[caption id="attachment_109447" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/smodj[/caption] The US Supreme Court has overturned a 2018 Washington state law that gave federal contractors and subcontractors working at a nuclear waste site an easier path to collect workers’ compen...
[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. ...
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...
The tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and several constituents in Tucson last month has highlighted many issues confronting our country today: questions of gun control, the level of vitriol in political discourse, and, interestingly, many questions of public ...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Companies that cut costs by misclassifying regular employees as “independent contractors” will face tighter regulations and stricter penalties in 2010. The Obama administration has already begun to cra...