[caption id="attachment_46877" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Natee127[/caption] Workers’ compensation insurance gives employees access to a variety of benefits if they are injured on the job or develop an occupational illness. In Washington state, about 70% of w...
[caption id="attachment_44168" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/zimmytws[/caption] Generally speaking, workers’ compensation is available to any employee who is injured or acquires certain types of illnesses at the workplace, or during work-related activities, accord...
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_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...
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...
Independent contractor or full-time employee? Which of these two buckets a worker falls into can have far-reaching implications for their career, including how much they earn, how much they're taxed, what kinds of benefits (if any) they receive and whether they have access to worker protections. ...
Washington State's minimum wage has been the highest in the U.S. for the past decade, and now labor advocates can claim another small victory: the minimum wage just rose 37 cents to $9.04 per hour. Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in all industries and across every sector; however, 14 an...
Boeing Corporation recently settled a suit by a former American Airlines worker who claimed she has suffered from multiple complications after being exposed to toxic fumes in the cabin.  Terry Williams now suffers from a range of symptoms, from memory loss to sever headaches.  What is particularly...
A New York Lumber Mill was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 35 violations of safety standards after the tragic death of a worker last February. This incident sheds light on what happens when mandated safety procedures are ignored and the cita...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held a public meeting in June focused on the use of medical leaves of absence as "reasonable accommodation" for employees' disabilities.  Two representatives from the EEOC, two advocates for disabled workers, and two panelists representing the busine...