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Department of Labor and Industries

RCW 43.22

The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is responsible for managing no-fault workers' compensation insurance for employers and workers. It ensures that employers provide safe, healthy working conditions; collaborates with healthcare providers and employers to help injured workers heal and return to productive jobs; fights fraud and the underground economy; and administers wage-and-hour, child labor, federal family leave, sick leave, prevailing-wage and other labor laws. L&I conducts electrical, elevator, factory-assembled structures and boiler inspections; registers construction contractors; issues electrician licenses; and certifies plumbers. L&I also maximizes apprenticeship opportunities and provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes.

Agency Mission

Keep Washington safe and working by protecting the safety of the state’s workers, providing benefits and recovery services to injured workers, enforcing wage and hour laws, and combating unscrupulous employers in the underground economy.
Request 974,155,000
Net change from current biennium (68,036,000) Decrease
Percent change from current biennium (6.5%) Decrease

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
11,876,000 General Fund - Federal 5,801,191 11,876,000 11,876,000
17,517,491 1,078,491 Accident Account - Federal 17,971,282 16,439,000 16,046,000
3,840,321 190,321 Medical Aid Account - Federal 3,770,366 3,650,000 3,608,000
Accident Account - Private/Local
Medical Aid Account - Private/Local
41,124,000 General Fund - State 15,779,344 41,124,000 26,414,000
590,000 Asbestos Account - State 496,205 590,000 573,000
58,124,000 Electrical License Account - State 49,980,024 58,124,000 56,774,000
28,000 Farm Labor Contractor Account - State 28,000 28,000 28,000
1,039,000 Worker/Community Right to Know Acct - State 984,989 1,039,000 999,000
25,453,000 Construction Regis Inspect Acct - State 20,824,321 25,453,000 28,876,000
11,001,000 Public Works Administration Acct - State 9,158,701 11,001,000 9,296,000
412,000 Manufacture Home Installation Train - State 365,792 412,000 393,000
1,434,000 1,434,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 1,435,000
396,164,000 (49,566,000) Accident Account - State 319,303,311 445,730,000 418,915,000
399,802,000 (12,318,000) Medical Aid Account - State 329,748,912 412,120,000 385,936,000
3,401,000 Plumbing Certificate Account - State 1,713,089 3,401,000 3,314,000
4,672,000 Pressure Systems Safety Account - State 4,390,003 4,672,000 4,575,000
976,477,812 (59,181,188) Total Appropriated Funds 781,750,530 1,035,659,000 967,623,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
(3,560,000) Crime Victims' Compensation Account - Nonappropriated 10,747,886 3,560,000 3,560,000
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 875,824
(500,000) Self-Insured Emplyr Overpaymt Reimb - Nonappropriated 535,931 500,000 500,000
992,597 992,597 Info Tech Invest Rev Acct - Nonappropriated
(1,236,000) Accident Account - Nonappropriated 978,723,340 1,236,000 1,236,000
(1,236,000) Medical Aid Account - Nonappropriated 1,159,219,476 1,236,000 1,236,000
Accident Reserve Account - Nonappropriated 1,746,762,862
Supplemental Pension Account - Nonappropriated 2,986,793,796
Second Injury Account - Nonappropriated 2,956,001
992,597 (5,539,403) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 6,886,615,116 6,532,000 6,532,000

Capital Budget: Summary

  Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   Actual Estimated Proposed
49,566,000 49,566,000 Accident Account - State 150,940
12,318,000 12,318,000 Medical Aid Account - State 150,940
61,884,000 61,884,000 Total Appropriated Funds 301,880

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 408,775,375 425,048,062 178,328,428 454,159,000 459,944,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
100,507,181 14.5% (190,692,053) (24.0%) 310,726,510 51.5%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 3,027.1 3,046.5 2,966.6 3,237.1 3,227.5