Have you been injured at work? Did you apply for workers’ compensation, or are you still waiting for your settlement? Have you found yourself asking why workers’ comp takes so long to settle? As with any legal process, it can take time and patience. There isn’t a cookie-cutter, one-size-fi...
Every industry tries to maintain safety standards for its staff at all times. Sometimes, regardless of what precautions are taken, there is always a chance of an accident happening and a worker getting injured. According to the Bureau of Labor’s statistics, there were approximately 2.8 million ...
[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...
On March 14, 1911, Washington enacted the first workers’ compensation system in the country, alongside Kansas.  It was a new concept at the time, giving workers insurance benefits, including payment of lost wages and medical costs as well as protection from coercion by their employers in exch...
[caption id="attachment_27723" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/geoffsp[/caption] A fruit grower and processor outside Yakima, Washington is the latest agricultural company in the state to face steep fines for ignoring COVID-19 workplace safety and health rules multiple t...
[caption id="attachment_27502" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/lisafx[/caption] Workers’ rights group Working Washington has proposed a plan to help minority workers in the coming year, in the wake of the economic devastation these workers experienced in 2020. “Black...
[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...
The long-awaited vaccine that could help stop coronavirus in its tracks is almost here. Its widespread availability could give consumers, business owners and workers the confidence to return to life as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in unprecedented social restrictions starting earlie...
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...