As an employer or prospective employer, you must provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for your employees. In return, your employee ordinarily cannot sue you for damages when a work-related injury or illness occurs.
Employers open an account and purchase coverage through the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). L&I manages all claims and pays benefits out of an insurance pool called the Washington State Fund. The fund is financed by premiums paid by employers and employees, not by general revenue taxes.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) offers employers this free handbook to help with an audit. Start here if you believe you can manage your L&I workers’ compensation audit. Call us if you think you need more support. Free handbook for L&I audit.
Jeff and Elizabeth Steen have worked with state agencies in Washington since 2013, and overall have 10 years of experience with regulatory compliance and government audits at the state and federal level.
L&I investigators and auditors know how to ask a question that can force a business owner to admit to a fine. Busy employers don’t have time to keep up with all the rule changes, or the loopholes that allow a fine even if you had the best intentions. It’s easy to miss something small, and that can have big consequences for your business.
Jeff and Liz both grew up with small business owner parents. Jeff’s father runs a sporting goods supplier that his grandfather started in Australia. His step-father manufactured ski supplies for 20 years. Liz grew up working on her parents’ organic farm. Today, as small business owners themselves, they understand that you need to focus on your company and your work, not an audit.
Call us today if you could use some help or advice negotiating with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) or any other state agency. 206-747-3029.