Counties Retro Pool
Retrospective Rating (Retro) Plans are an optional
program offered by L&I to allow employers the ability to recapture a
portion of their workers compensation premiums. All retro plan rules and
regulations are mandated by L&I. The
Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) offers a Retro Plan that
can reward member counties, special districts, cities and Regional
Support Networks for maintaining a safe workplace and controlling
workers' compensation costs. Depending
on the plan year, if the group's claims costs are low, participants in
that year can recoup refunds of premiums paid to L&I.
However, if the group's claims costs are high, additional
premiums may need to be paid to L&I.
Since its inception in 1986, the WSAC Retro Plan
members have received more than $4.9 million in refunds from L&I - an
average of 10% of the group's standard premiums. As the WSAC Retro Plan
continues to grow, it continues to implement changes that will
facilitate even greater savings for participating members.
County Workplace Safety Alliance (CWSA)
The CWSA allow members to realize the benefits of
claims management and loss prevention services through a group purchase.
Some counties opt out of the Retro Plan but want to use CWSA services to
improve workplace safety and reduce costs. Other members use the
services of CWSA to help them reduce losses and re-qualify for retro
plan years and potential refunds. CWSA membership is a requirement for
any employer wishing to participate in the WSAC Retro Plan.
Protection of Group Participation. The Retro Plan has reduced risk
by establishing a reserve account to help offset assessment years.
Training is offered
at no extra cost to members and is available on-site and at regional
meetings throughout the year.
Conferences. The WSAC
Retro Program offers an annual conference each year to members at no
additional fee. The conference offers members an opportunity to
network and share ideas, participate in training, as well as hear
industry experts discuss current labor and industries issues.
Washington State Association of Counties employs a Retro Program
Coordinator to liaison between member agencies and the Department of
Labor and Industries. The Coordinator provides current news updates
and serves as a resource for member questions.
Policy Library. The
Retro Program manages a library of safety and accident prevention
policies, and other resource materials available to all Retro
Members pay an enrollment and service fee of 6 percent
of their quarterly L&I premiums to a third-party administrator (Sedgwick
Claims Management Services) to participate in both the CWSA and the
Retro Pool. This fee is in addition to the workers compensation premium
paid to L&I.
Karlyn Shannon provides staff support to counties and
other entities involved in this Program. Karlyn can be reached by