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The WSIA Weekly, 10.16.15

Labor & Industries releases self-insurance assessment notices
Yesterday, the Department of Labor & Industries released the updated assessment rates for self-insurance administration, the Second Injury Fund, and the Insolvency Trust Fund. While the Insolvency Trust Fund assessment has not increased, and the Second Injury Fund assessment increased modestly, the biggest jump is in the assessment rate. The Department attributes much of the jump to expenses associated with the new Self-Insurance Risk Analysis System (SIRSAS) IT project to support audit reform. Take a look at the notices at this link. These are the fiscal year assessments. Any changes in the calendar year assessments like the Supplemental Pension Fund, Self-Insurance Overpayment Relief Fund, or Asbestos fund will be issued in January, although we do know the Department has proposed a 6.25% increase in the Supplemental Pension Fund assessment for 2016.

New workplace safety required poster coming
Also this week, the Department's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) released the new form of the required workplace safety poster all employers must post. The new languages takes into account rule changes adopted earlier this year related to certain accident/injury reporting timelines. The Department is mailing the poster out in three installments to employers between now and mid-November. Read about it at this link.

Complimentary workplace safety webinar next Thursday
HR expert Carol Tresca with the City of Yakima is presenting a workplace safety webinar next Thursday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m., covering prevention and response issues related to active shooters and other extreme workplace emergencies. Registration is free for WSIA members. Click here to learn more and register.

Congrats to WSIA employees Kari and Patrick
A special shout out to our office and events manager, Kari Heinold who celebrates her sixth year anniversary with WSIA next week, and Patrick Koenig, our professional development coordinator, who celebrates one year on staff today.
Registration is ongoing for the next Intro to Claims course, November 4-5 at Valley Medical Center. Click here for more details.
Been to a 'hawks game this season? Its enough to make you wonder about your hearing afterwards! To schedule an appointment or make a referral for hearing aids or services, contact WSIA's preferrred hearing claims vendor, MedPLUS.
Reach regional representative Gail Pearson right here.
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