Malooly said six public hearings around the state will take testimony on a proposed 7.6 percent average increase in premiums next year.

He added that L&I has a new Q&A on its Web site providing accurate and up-to-date information prior to the hearings. It addresses a variety of issues, including the agency’s administrative costs, pensions and time-loss claims.

Final 2010 rates will be adopted in late November following these public hearings:

§       Tukwila: Oct. 27, 1 p.m., L&I Office, 12806 Gateway Dr.

§       Tumwater: Oct. 28, 10 a.m., L&I Headquarters, 7273 Linderson Way S.W.

§       Vancouver: Oct. 28, 10 a.m., Red Lion Inn at the Quay, 100 Columbia St.

§       Bellingham: Oct. 29, 1 p.m., Bellingham Quality Inn, 100 E. Kellogg Road

§       Spokane: Oct. 30, 9 a.m., Spokane Airport Ramada, 8909 W. Airport Dr.

§       Richland: Oct. 30, 2 p.m., Richland Hampton Inn, 486 Bradley Blvd.


Written comments, accepted through Nov. 7, may be e-mailed to Ronald Moore, Employer Services Program Manager, or mailed to him at the Department of Labor & Industries, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504-4140. Faxed comments should go to 360-902-4729.