Follow-Up: 1998 Workers' Compensation Performance Audit
Report Type Final Report 
Date Published September 2003 
Publication Number 03-10 
JLARC Directed follow-up
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In 1998, in response to a legislative mandate, JLARC conducted a broad performance audit of Washingtons Workers Compensation System.  That audit found that Washingtons Workers Compensation System is particularly efficient, in that it provides a relatively high level of benefits to injured workers at a relatively low cost.  However, the report also found many areas that could be improved.  In light of the recent trend toward substantially higher workers compensation premiums in Washington (and nationally), JLARC decided to revisit the recommendations of the audit.  This follow-up to the 1998 performance audit found that Washingtons Workers Compensation System still offers higher than average benefits at lower than average costs.  However, many of the recommendations of the 1998 audit, which potentially could improve the operation of the system, remain unimplemented.  Washingtons system, moreover, does not put its highest emphasis on returning injured workers to employment.

Tom Sykes, Project Supervisor
Larry Brubaker
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Number of Pages 43 
Keywords Insurance, workers' compensation, L&I, Labor and Industries, injured worker 
Category Labor/Workforce Development