According to this month’s issue of the American Public Health Association journal, Medical Care, studies of occupational healthcare in Washington indicate that improving medical care for injured workers significantly decreases missed work time. The study was conducted by Dr Thomas Wickizer of Ohio...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of Washington State (OSHA) will be meeting in late July to begin talks on the risks of infectious disease exposure in the workplace. Using research, feedback and other information from these meetings, OSHA will assess the possibility of developing ne...
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...
Workers' compensation law in Washington State will be transformed.  The question has now become "how much." Last week lawmakers revealed that protecting workers' compensation benefits is so crucial, they are willing to stall the entire state budget to protect workers' rights against the rising tide...
On Tuesday, March 29, The Supreme Court heard arguments in what might be the largest, most important class action lawsuit in American history.  The top court is not deciding whether the women in the case were indeed victims of large-scale sex discrimination.  At issue is a procedural question: can...
Recently the full Oklahoma Senate approved a series of bills ostensibly designed to reduce the cost of doing business in Oklahoma.  As states compete to bring in companies amidst a slowly recovering economy, the usual suspects have emerged as siren songs of the "pro-business" community: lower corpo...
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to a hear a case that would have forced a broader ruling on whether States can deny workers' compensation to undocumented workers injured on the job. According to court documents, Antonio Garcia Rodriguez sustained an injury on February 6, 2004 while doing roofin...
The scenario is familiar: a person posts videos of him or herself engaged in sexual activities on the Internet, believing that in the infinite ebb and flow of global information, this particular bit of titillation will be lost in the wash. Then, someone who is interested in the honesty and fidelity ...
In an October 21 press release, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an encouraging decline in workplace injuries and illnesses.Across much of the U.S., workers compensation claims are down in many industries, particularly construction.Among private employers, nonfatal...
Debates over the latency period for developing asbestos-related lung disease reemerged in a recent case involving a union worker suffering from an occupational disease.  The claimant—a 74 year-old industrial worker employed by the Delaware City Refinery from 1982 to 2007—developed bilateral int...