There’s a lot at stake when an injured employee applies for workers’ compensation benefits. You may be working reduced hours or unable to work at all as medical bills pile up and your condition doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Although wage replacement, medical coverage and other worker...
[caption id="attachment_44695" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/designer491[/caption] If you are injured at work in Washington state, you are more than likely entitled to medical and financial workers’ compensation benefits from the state’s Department of Labor and ...
[caption id="attachment_24573" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/J. Michael Jones[/caption] Washington state regulators received no formal comment from Amazon.com Inc. during public hearings on a proposal to create a new insurance risk category for the e-commerce compan...
For the first time in a decade and a half, certain white collar workers in Washington state will be eligible for overtime pay, based on new rules announced by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The rules, which are part of an eight-year plan to compensate workers for a...
As Washington’s economy gradually reopens as part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, concerns from both businesses and employees about who will be responsible in the event of a workplace outbreak are rising. The phased economic opening is proceeding on a county-wide basis contingent on the...
Nearly 110 million people in the U.S., representing three-quarters of the workforce, have jobs that can't be done remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a University of Washington study. The study found that these workers, which are also the lowest-paid in the country, are not only p...
The steady stream of state and federal safety guidelines to halt the spread of coronavirus is leading to the renegotiation of the employee-employer relationship. Workers deemed “essential” – such as first responders, delivery drivers and grocery store checkers – have suddenly become, well, ...
The federal government recently launched the third wave of coronavirus relief aid, totaling more than $2 trillion which includes direct payments to taxpayers and expanded unemployment benefits. The third wave of federal help comes as nearly 1 million workers in the Puget Sound region are at immed...
Nurses working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state have raised serious complaints about being put squarely in harm’s way due a shortage of supplies to test and treat coronavirus patients. Some nurses say they've been ordered to remove stickers showing the long-passed e...
As coronavirus-related restrictions pile up with each new government mandate aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, also known as COVID-19, workers throughout Washington state are feeling the squeeze. In response, the state has highlighted benefits available to affected workers and has provide...