On March 14, 1911, Washington enacted the first workers’ compensation system in the country, alongside Kansas.  It was a new concept at the time, giving workers insurance benefits, including payment of lost wages and medical costs as well as protection from coercion by their employers in exch...
[caption id="attachment_35363" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/dragana991[/caption] As millions of American workers have shifted to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, physical therapists are noticing a new class of injuries associated with long hours in t...
[caption id="attachment_27723" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/geoffsp[/caption] A fruit grower and processor outside Yakima, Washington is the latest agricultural company in the state to face steep fines for ignoring COVID-19 workplace safety and health rules multiple t...
[caption id="attachment_25992" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Cylonphoto[/caption] A Washington state congresswoman has drafted legislation to protect workers from having to pay back federal pandemic unemployment assistance if agencies mistakenly pay them these benefi...
[caption id="attachment_25981" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/jarino47[/caption] In response to the growing list of front line workers fired or otherwise punished for raising concerns about workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, state senator Karen Keiser is p...
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_25022" align="aligncenter" width="525"] iStock.com/Boyloso[/caption] As Washington enters a renewed, statewide lockdown to curb growing COVID-19 infection rates, Tacoma nurses are fighting for reasonable working conditions and assurances that they will be taken care of if th...
[caption id="attachment_25020" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com:sayu_k[/caption] The number of complaints about workplace violations of COVID-19 safety measures in Washington has soared in the weeks leading up to Gov. Jay Inslee’s renewed statewide lockdown. The heighten...
[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_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...