Washington State Mulls Numerous Workers Comp Bills


Olympia, WA (WorkersCompensation.com) – Washington legislators will debate several bills this session that could have significant impact on the workers' compensation regulations in that state. Currently there are five bills proposed that are intended to save businesses money by making the system more cost effective.

The specific bills are:

  • SB 5124 Simplifying and adding certainty to the calculation of workers' compensation benefits.
  • SB 5125 Addressing workers' compensation reform through clarification of occupational disease claims.
  • SB 5126 Concerning recovery for purposes of legal actions under the industrial insurance statutes.
  • SB 5127 Amending provisions governing structured settlements by removing age barriers and clarifying legislative intent.
  • SB 5128 Addressing compensation for injured workers.

The links above provide access to information and full text files of each proposed bill.

Proponents cite efficiencies that the changes would bring, as well as improved settlement processes for injured workers. Opponents say they would hurt injured workers, and accuse Republicans in that state of pushing this agenda through.

Leaders of the Republican led legislature say these bills have a good chance of passing.

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