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 Gov. Jay Inslee has added job protections for vulnerable employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a proclamation signed Monday, Inslee outlines new protections to "high-risk" workers who are more susceptible to severe illness or death from COVID-19: people over 65 and peo...
Protecting American workers during the coronavirus pandemic has largely proceeded from a flurry of ad hoc, government guidelines in reaction to the evolving situation. But whether federal, state or local guidelines, the government recommendations are not enforceable as laws, and can’t be regulate...
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...
It should come as no surprise that harassment and discrimination in the workplace are illegal. But reporting the unwanted treatment, let alone hiring a lawyer to fight back, can be emotionally exhausting and puts your career at risk. In the worst-case scenario, a superior who’s doing the harassing...
The growing list of safety precautions taken to curb the coronavirus outbreak is touching the lives of most Seattle-area workers, whether they’ve been exposed to the disease or not. Many workers have been asked to skip shifts, cut back hours or work from home. While necessary to slow the spread of...
With 18 deaths and more than 135 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state as of Sunday afternoon, state officials and business leaders are scrambling to contain the spread of the disease without grinding the economy to a halt. For workers, that means a dizzying set of new and perhaps confl...
Vaguely-worded workers' compensation laws can sometimes be as detrimental to injured employees as no protections at all. Fortunately, laws can be changed.  Senate bill 6440, introduced in January, seeks to rein in RCW 51.32.110, a law that gives self-insured employers and Washington's Department o...
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...
Falls, trips and slips are consistently among the top ways workers get seriously injured or worse on the job. In 2018, Washington state witnessed 7,400 injuries and 17 deaths from work-related tumbles, according to statistics from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Not s...