[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_21618" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Oranat Taesuwan[/caption] Safety violations in the construction industry can quickly turn into to jaw-dropping fines if state inspectors catch wind of the lapses. But the fines are often eclipsed by the me...
[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 ...
As Washington’s unemployment department reels from the largest imposter fraud scheme in its history, the state workers' compensation division is wrapping up a historical fraud case of its own. A 67-year-old Renton delivery driver has been ordered to repay nearly $340,000 to Washington State De...
In recent weeks, state and federal courts have seen a growing number of lawsuits from workers alleging they were fired for raising COVID-19-related health and safety concerns including a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). The complaints, also being filed with the Occupational Safety and...
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...
Washington state’s workers’ compensation arm spends a lot of time and resources investigating employers and employees suspected of defrauding the public safety net program that acts as a lifeline for workers injured on the job. Sometimes, the worker’s comp division itself comes under scrutiny...
Sometimes workers’ compensation isn’t enough to cover the fallout from an injury sustained on the job. That’s been the case for Daniel Lyon Jr., the only surviving firefighter in the Twisp River blaze of 2015. But five years and one appeal later, Lyon’s lawyers negotiated a $5 million settle...