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No increase in average cost of Washington workers’ compensation insurance in 2021

L&I Director Joel Sacks said in a statement the agency has "the funds for existing claims and contingency reserves to help during tough times, like today.”

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This May 23, 2020, photo shows rental vehicles parked outside a closed Hertz car rental office in south Denver. Hertz said Wednesday, June 17, it has put its plans to sell $500 million worth of stock on hold because the offering is being reviewed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) NYHK303

Insurers win most COVID business-loss lawsuits

Since COVID-19 sparked government-ordered shutdowns in March, judges have dismissed more than four times as many business-interruption lawsuits as they've allowed to proceed, but some... Updated