[caption id="attachment_40654" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Joseph Sorrentino[/caption] About five months after a Washington Supreme Court ruling granted dairy workers overtime pay for the first time, a proposed state law stemming from the same ruling may extend th...
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_24831" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/rightdx[/caption] As Washington enters a statewide lockdown on Nov. 17 to curb a record spike in coronavirus cases, employers will face new restrictions and come under extra scrutiny to ensure that workers...
[caption id="attachment_24357" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Motortion[/caption] Workers’ compensation insurance has been around for nearly 90 years and is mandated in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia to provide medical and financial benefits to emp...
[caption id="attachment_23250" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/maska82[/caption] The long-term economic losses of workers with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), whose common symptoms include numbness and weakening of the hand muscles, have long been known to exceed those of wo...
[caption id="attachment_21836" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Servet TURAN[/caption] An outbreak of coronavirus infections and three related deaths at a fruit farm in Washington state has spotlighted inadequate safety measures taken to protect seasonal farmworkers, a...
[caption id="attachment_20525" align="aligncenter" width="525"] iStock.com/Kunal Mahto[/caption] Undocumented workers in Washington state who missed out on coronavirus-related federal assistance have access to financial help. A new $40 million relief fund setup by Gov. Jay Inslee and a coalition o...
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has extended job protections for “high-risk” employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The high-risk workers – people over 65, people of any age who have certain chronic underlying health conditions and those who “might be at increased risk” from C...
[caption id="attachment_19169" align="aligncenter" width="525"] iStock.com/AndreyPopov[/caption] Washington state workers' compensation benefits increased by nearly 7% at the start of July. For most workers injured on or before July 1, 2019, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase by ...