Wash. Seeks Comment on Workers’ Comp Policy on For-Hire Drivers

June 1, 2011

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries is seeking comment on proposed rules to implement legislation requiring workers’ compensation coverage for certain for-hire vehicle operators such as taxi and limousine drivers.

The legislation requires L&I to work with the Department of Licensing and the Utilities & Transportation Commission that license for-hire vehicles, because those agencies could cancel licenses if the for-hire drivers do not pay their industrial insurance premiums.

Before the rules are implemented, L&I is reviewing the industry and considering alternative methods of reporting other than by hours worked. A group of individuals from the for-hire vehicle industry will be organized and consulted with to advise L&I regarding methods of implementation, classification, and to provide information to assist in setting rates. L&I will mail letters with ideas on possible rule changes to affected employers.

Employers are being encouraged to participate in the rule-making process to share ideas and/or attend meetings. Click here or information on submitting comments on Washington’s proposed for-hire driver rules (http://www.lni.wa.gov/LawRule/ruleProcess.asp). Comments also can be submitted electronically to moom235@lni.wa.gov or by calling (360) 902-4774 or by fax at (360) 902-4988.

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