At a carwash in an industrial district of Queens, NY, immigrants and other workers are preparing to open the next front in New York City’s labor battles. Carwash employees are often paid him less than the minimum wage, and are routinely cheated out of overtime pay. Moreover, workers are not giv...
 Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has now begun to accept applications for the state workers’ compensation medical network, which will launch in 2013. Network providers will give medical care to injured workers covered by L&I policies as well as those with self-insured empl...
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company Amy Food with one “willful,” four “serious” and three other-than-serious citations for placing workers in situations with a clear risk of amputation at the company's Houston facility. Proposed ...
The Department of Labor & Industries is soliciting public feedback on draft rules for implementing parts of the workers’ compensation medical network, scheduled to launch in 2013. These rules concern injured workers’ visits to non-network providers and will spell out what L&I will pay fo...
Wal-Mart rarely seems to get good press when it comes to workplace conditions or relations with its employees, and this past week was no exception. The United States Dept of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for a total of 24 “repeat and serio...
Two years ago a Washington state foundry worker fell into a tub of molten steel and sustained injuries that resulted in the loss of a leg and arm. Then, only a few months following this tragic incident, another Washington worker suffered severe burns at a galvanizing plant when he stepped into molte...
The absurdity of Arkansas State's workers' compensation rules came into the national spotlight this month when the Workers' Comp Commission denied an injured worker's request to see a new doctor – even after the physician attending to that worker died. Lauren Eason, an Arkansas woman receiving wo...
Employers who give injured workers the opportunity to stay at light-duty jobs during their recovery may be eligible for reimbursement through the Department of Labor & Industries.  This incentive has emerged out of a new program in Washington State designed to keep injured workers in their jobs...
Labor & Industries claims continue to evolve across the States and a recent development in Michigan may signal an alarming trend in the downsizing of L & I Commissions that specialize in protecting injured worker rights in the face of business lobby interests. Governor Rick Snyder pressed a...
A stalled Bill intended to give workers' compensation benefits to Washington State taxi and limousine drivers may receive new life.  The Department of Labor and Industries was tapped early this week to contact employers and drivers in an effort to move the Bill forward. The recent forced closure o...