Since employees generally work more physically hazardous jobs than their bosses, they suffer the majority of workplace injuries and file most of the L & I claims in Washington State. But with these claims also comes criticism and skepticism from insurers and the business community. Workers often...
 As residents recover from storms that created havoc across the Midwest and South last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been on the scene to provide compliance assistance to cleanup and recovery workers who face multiple hazards in their activit...
American companies boosted hiring in February, strengthening expectations that the labor market’s recovery has shifted into a higher gear. Data released Wednesday, followed by more this morning, revealed that wages grew faster at the end of last year than originally estimated, providing welcome ne...
With weather forecasters predicting one of the biggest Seattle snow storms in recent years to arrive tomorrow, workers and employers should prepare to take full precautions to ensure winter safety. The U.S. Department of Labor has created a new page on the website for its Occupational Safety and Hea...
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...
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...
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...
They have become known in the press around the world as the "Fukushima 50," the 50 anonymous workers who venture into the dark, flooded depths of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami that sent the plant's systems spinning perilously out of control...
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...