[caption id="attachment_44168" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/zimmytws[/caption] Generally speaking, workers’ compensation is available to any employee who is injured or acquires certain types of illnesses at the workplace, or during work-related activities, accord...
[caption id="attachment_25992" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Cylonphoto[/caption] A Washington state congresswoman has drafted legislation to protect workers from having to pay back federal pandemic unemployment assistance if agencies mistakenly pay them these benefi...
Workers in the meat-processing industry may be on the chopping block in the final weeks of the Trump administration. Less than a week after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released news of a proposed regulatory change to spe...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which has been monitoring whether businesses are following coronavirus guidelines to keep workers safe, is also in charge of accepting or rejecting claims filed on behalf of injured or ill workers to the state’s workers’ compensation...
[caption id="attachment_20740" align="aligncenter" width="525"] B Reactor at Hanford nuclear site. Photo credit: iStock.com/smodj[/caption] A federal appeals court has upheld Washington state’s right to create worker protection laws for employees of the Hanford Nuclear Site who fall ill cleaning ...
[caption id="attachment_19715" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/vlastas[/caption] Workers who were exposed to toxic substances at the Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state may finally have a clearer path to workers’ compensation benefits, if newly proposed fede...
As Washington’s economy gradually reopens as part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, concerns from both businesses and employees about who will be responsible in the event of a workplace outbreak are rising. The phased economic opening is proceeding on a county-wide basis contingent on the...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finds itself in uncharted territory as workers’ compensation claims related to the novel coronavirus continue to flood in. Unlike claims around more common on-the-job injuries, those stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic pose unique questio...
After several weeks of government-mandated business closures and social restrictions, the coronavirus conversation is starting to shift to a new phase: how to reopen the economy amid the legal uncertainties surrounding worker protections. One of the central questions state officials are debating in...
When we talk about workers who need flexibility to manage their personal lives and family responsibilities, most people envision a working mother. The leading assumption is that working moms want and need flexibility at work. It's true, of course, that many working mothers carry the load of double s...