WHAT IS A FREEZE DATE?
Washington workers’ comp freeze dates explained:
The freeze date is when L&I takes a snapshot of your open workers’ comp claims to determine how much retro refund you’re eligible for. The fewer open claims, the higher the chance for a refund.
In preparation for freeze, please review your open workers’ comp claims. Contact your Approach Retro Coordinator to determine what you need to do to close the claims, bring the worker back to work light-duty or permanent modified duty. Doing so will improve the claim status and hopefully maximize your potential refund!
The retro freeze date happens once a year for all retro programs, but the date of freeze is determined by what retro group you participate in.
If you are in one of the following retro groups, your annual retro freeze date is September 28th, 2018:
• PITB Elite
• PITB Platinum
Getting workers back on the job before freeze
The Preferred Worker Program is another great opportunity to successfully return an injured employee to work and mitigate the financial impact. By doing so, you could be eligible for three years of premium relief, financial protection against subsequent claims as well as the same reimbursements as the Stay-At-Work Program. In addition, you could also be eligible for a $10,000 bonus for regular continuous employment.
The Preferred Worker Program can help an injured worker get back on the job, reduce your claims costs, and protect your company from future costs. Learn more here & here and ask your retro coordinator if this program might help your company before the freeze date.
No claims? Let’s keep it that way!
If your company doesn’t have any open workers’ comp claims, then you don’t need to do anything in preparation for freeze.
This would be a great time to let your employees know that safety is a priority so that we can help avoid any new claims in the future.
Remember, as a member of an Approach-managed retro group, you receive an annual complimentary safety visit! Schedule your visit HERE.