Workplace injuries in warehousing are surprisingly high: 1 in 5 workers is injured at work, and nearly 70% report their injuries and file an L&I claim. Yet less than 1/3 of those workers actually recieve workers compensation benefits, and an alarming number is fired as a result of their workplac...
In observation of Worker's Memorial Day today, the Workers Compensation Attorneys at Emery Reddy commemorate the 69 individuals who died in Washington State last year as a result of job-related injuries and illnesses. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to families, friends and co-workers, and our deepe...
 Last week an advisory medical panel recommended that over 30 different types of cancers be covered by the Zagroda 9/11 Health Care Act for those suffering from illness as a result of Ground Zero toxins. The advisory committee says studies show a large number of cancers, including blood, digestive...
 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...
The Department of Labor & Industries will host four hearings for public comment on regulations concerning structured settlement agreements for workers’ compensation claims. In 2011, the Washington State Legislature passed several major workers’ compensation reform acts.  Engrossed House Bi...
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...
The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a historic new rule that could require federal contractors and subcontractors to establish hiring goals that 7 percent of their workforce be people with disabilities. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is currently soliciting public comment o...
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, all for-hire drivers in Washington will be required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Under Washington law, “for-hire vehicles” include taxis, cabulances, and limousines. In Washington State, workers’ compensation insurance coverage is offered through L&I...
The Department of Labor’s recently-launched Misclassification Initiative – initiated though Vice President Joe Biden’s Middle Class Task Force – is showing signs of early success in cracking down on businesses that misclassify workers to cheat them of workers’ compensation benefits and oth...
Good news from the Governor’s office: Christine Gregoire has announced that the unemployment tax and workers’ compensation reform bills from last legislative session will help businesses weather the continuing economic slump by lowering next year’s unemployment tax rates and holding workers’...