The WSIA Weekly, 6.24.16

Department announces COLA increases for July 1
The Department of Labor & Industries earlier today released the COLA information for the various workers’ compensation disability benefits, effective July 1. The state’s average annual wage as calculated by the Employment Security Department rose slightly year-over-year to $56,273, affecting the various benefits that are calculated based upon the state’s average annual or monthly wage, including the July 1st cost of living adjustment for time loss claimants and pensioners. A copy of the new benefits schedule for self-insured employers is available here.

Medical EDI requirements now available
The Department also announced this week that the technical requirements for self-insured employers to report to medical bill component of the new Self-Insurance Risk Analysis System (SIRAS) are now available for review at Click on the Implementation Guide link in the left column, and related links, for the info. Medical bill data submission will begin testing later this year with voluntary employer reporting in early 2017 and mandatory employer reporting expected to begin July, 2017.The medical EDI is an important component of WSIA’s mutual efforts with L&I to improve data collection, to allow for better benchmarking and comparisons of performance between self-insurance, the state fund and other states’ programs.     

Slides from WCAC meeting available
Last Friday, the state’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee held its quarterly update meeting at Labor & Industries’ Tukwila office. We’ve posted a copy of the meeting materials online for anyone interested in following the work of the WCAC. The self-insured community is represented on the WCAC by WSIA board president Sheri Sundstrom of Hoffman Construction.

SI Colloquium Next Week
Registration has unfortunately closed for next week’s WSIA/L&I colloquium on occupational health best practices, but for those who have registered, we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning, June 29th at the Glaser Auditorium inside Swedish Medical Center on First Hill in Seattle. Parking is available in the center’s garage, as well as in nearby structures. View the agenda and other event information here.  

Invitation out for stakeholder discussion on new federal overtime rule
The Department of Labor & Industries is inviting interested parties to attend a meeting on Thursday, June 30 at 2pm at the L&I headquarters in Tumwater to discuss the Department’s implementation of the new US Department of Labor rule addressing overtime pay thresholds and requirements. This important human resources/wage and hour issue could have a crossover impact on benefit calculations in workers’ compensation. It is possible to participate in the meeting by telephone. Interested individuals should let the Department know they plan to attend, or obtain the call-in information, by contacting L&I’s Allison Drake at

Lots of new postings on WSIA Employment Exchange
Do you check back in frequently to WSIA’s job board? We’ve got a handful of new postings up. Our job board is a great way to advertise and view open positions of interest to the workers’ comp and safety/accident prevention community. You can access the job board by visiting our homepage at and scrolling about halfway down.