Premium rates on workers' compensation insurance increased for 2014, marking the first time premiums have gone up in three years, according to the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). The average rate increase was 2.7%, which, as L&I Director Joel Sacks pointed out, comes out to a bump ...
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...
Yesterday former Industrial Appeals Judge Wayne Lieb published an op-ed in the The Olympian titled "Republicans Attacking an Important Safety Net."  His article is reprinted in full below. March 07, 2013 Wayne Lieb is a former Industrial Appeals Judge and currently an attorney in Olympia, with mo...
In Washington State, workers have the right to choose their own doctor (often the patient’s family doctor) to administer care for a work injury.  Within the Department of Labor and Industries, and the workers’ compensation system, that provider becomes your “treating doctor.”  Yet there ar...
How do I know if I have a third party claim? Individuals have a third party claim if they are injured in the course of their employment by a party who is NOT that person’s employer or coworker. For example, a delivery truck driver could be hit by another vehicle in the course of their daily route....
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited Florida-based Bennett Electrical Services Co. for three safety violations, including one judged to be willful, following the serious injury of an employee. In the course of an inspection begun in August b...
In recent months the California Department of Insurance has been trying to enlist "suspicious employers," investigators, and "concerned co-workers" in the fight against insurance fraud by asking them to use social networks and "smart interviewing techniques that uncover information [leading] to pr...
Survey results released by the Department of Labor & Industries show that job sites across Washington became safer in 2010, continuing a trend that started over a decade ago.  According to the Washington State Occupational Injury and Illness Survey, 5 out of every 100 full-time workers (includi...
On January 3, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) adopted the Hazardous Drugs rule, which aims to protect health care workers from harmful exposure to chemotherapy or other hazardous drugs. The rule will go into effect in stages, beginning January 1, 2013. The rule was enacted in res...
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...