New DSHS New Hire Reporting Requirements

Dear Employer:
The state legislature recently made some important changes to Washington State New Hire Reporting laws. 
Beginning June 7, 2012, employers must include the date a new employee is hired with all new hire reports. The requirement also applies to rehires, if the employee hasn’t worked for you within the past 60 days.  The “date of hire” is the date on which the employee first works for pay.
The reporting requirement is an anti-fraud measure that will help stop unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and welfare fraud. Preventing fraud helps keep tax and premium rates stable and protects benefits for workers who are entitled to coverage.
If you have questions or need more information please visit our website  Our FAQ section has additional details about the new reporting requirements. 
Thank you,
Washington State New Hire Reporting Program
DSHS Division of Child Support

L&I Updates Prevailing Wage Rates 3/2/12

This is a reminder that the Prevailing Wage Program published updated wage rates on February 1, 2012.  The new wage rates became effective today, on March 2, 2012.

We currently have more than one way to view or print prevailing wage rates.  At the following website you may view or print a report of the new journey level wage rates by county or by trade.

You may also look up or print prevailing wage rates for journey level or apprentice wages by visiting the following webpage.  To view the new wage rates please select an Effective Date on or after 3/2/2012.

If you have questions regarding the prevailing wage rates please contact Sean Anderson, at 360-902-5337 or by email at or Nathan Peppin, at 360-902-5304 or by email at

NICA Gets SHIP Grant!

Northwest Independent Contractor recently heard news they had received a grant from Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investments program to provide Disaster Site Worker Training around the State in 2012-2013.  The grant will feature updating safety training curriuclum and company plans for contractors, creating a Disaster Site Worker curriuculum that can be used in Washington State, and providing training for 150 individuals interested in getting the OSHA 10, First Aid, and OSHA 7600.  Classes will be posted on our class calendar page.  Look forward to seeing you there!

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