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...
[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_23746" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/zhaojiankang[/caption] The two costliest safety violations in the construction industry over the past three months happened at jobs sites in Washington state, totaling more than $780,000, according to industry ...
[caption id="attachment_22987" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/sinology[/caption] Janitors are an indispensable part of the workforce. But they often don’t get the credit they deserve. A recent report from the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)...
[caption id="attachment_22806" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/BernardaSv[/caption] Workers’ compensation is often thought of as insurance limited to physical injuries on the job. But some work-related psychological conditions are also covered, if they stem from a sudden...
[caption id="attachment_22651" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/8c061bbf_466[/caption] Workplace injuries and illnesses take many forms and require a variety of legal strategies to secure compensation. One of the more complex types of cases involves proving that an illness ...
[caption id="attachment_22364" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Hanford was used to produce plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons program during World War II and the Cold War. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy. [/caption] The U.S. Department of Energy is exploring ways to bolster ...