For the majority of workers injured before July 2014, payments for time-loss and pension benefits will be raised by nearly 4.2 percent, based on changes in Washington state's average wage. This increase was announced by the Department of Employment Security on June 24. The increase became effective ...
What is the role of medical providers in ensuring a successful recovery for injured workers? Many occupational medicine specialists consider  a positive outcome for workplace injury recovery to include maximum physical improvement and a speedy return to work. Yet those healthcare providers are gen...
The workers’ compensation system has been in effect for decades in Washington State, and despite its restructuring in 2010, it essentially remains the same system it’s always been.  Times change, manufacturing systems change, the tasks of workers change – everything seems to evolve but those ...
Since employees generally work more physically hazardous jobs than their bosses, they suffer the majority of workplace injuries and file most of the L & I claims in Washington State. But with these claims also comes criticism and skepticism from insurers and the business community. Workers often...
The economy gained only 195,000 jobs in June, most of them low-level and low-paid positions. This works out to a nearly insignificant change in the U.S. unemployment crisis -- too small to lower the unemployment rate below it’s currently level of 7.6%. Long-term unemployment accounts for an alar...
With her sites set on a law that critics have labeled as weak and outdated, last week Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, introduced legislation to fortify the 1970 law governing workplace safety. The bill, commonly known as the Protecting America’s Workers Act, is directed at...
What do Americans spend their money on these days? And how do budgets shift as we move up and down income levels? The graph below, which Planet Money produced using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, charts these spending activities. Average household expenditures for U.S. households ...
According to results of a Department of Labor and Industries investigation, Bellevue Square escalator that malfunctioned and injured seven shoppers several months ago wasn't up on 32 of the state's safety codes. L&I investigators report that three of the escalator's safety-stop systems failed t...
A recent study indicates that allowing workers to take paid sick leave can lower the rate of workplace injuries among employees, while simultaneously boosting a company’s bottom line. See our previous story on sick leave legislation in Washington State, “New Bill Requires Seattle Employers to Pr...