Washington Extends Relief for Employers Struggling to Pay Workers’ Comp

July 29, 2020

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is again extending the deadline for employers that are finding it difficult to pay their workers’ compensation premiums during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under L&I’s extension, employers who are participating in the Employer Assistance Program have until Nov. 2 to pay their workers’ comp premiums for the second quarter (April-May-June). Without the extension, the full payments would have been due on July 31. L&I previously extended the due date for first quarter premiums (January-February-March) through July 31.

Interested employers must still reapply for the second quarter payment relief, even if they received a payment extension for the first quarter.

Under state law, L&I is required to collect workers’ comp premiums from employers to pay benefits for workers who are injured on the job or develop work-related illnesses.

The Employer Assistance Program offers a grace period for premium payments, along with payment plans for employers facing financial difficulties during the pandemic. Under this offer, employers can request a payment deferral for up to 90 days, or ask for a 90-day payment plan. the delayed payments are penalty- and interest-free.

Employers must contact the L&I Collections, Education, and Outreach unit if they know they will not be able to make their quarterly premium payment by calling (800) 301-1826 or by sending an email to L&I’s dialer collections mailbox.

L&I will waive late penalties and interest charges as long as qualifying businesses pay their premiums within 90 days. In some cases, the payment plan may be renegotiated if a business goes deeper into financial distress.

As part of the agreement, businesses must still file their quarterly report on time, which is no later than July 31, for second quarter workers’ comp premiums. Quarterly reports can be filed online through QuickFile.

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