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_19715" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/vlastas[/caption] Workers who were exposed to toxic substances at the Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state may finally have a clearer path to workers’ compensation benefits, if newly proposed fede...
In recent weeks, state and federal courts have seen a growing number of lawsuits from workers alleging they were fired for raising COVID-19-related health and safety concerns including a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). The complaints, also being filed with the Occupational Safety and...
The growing list of safety precautions taken to curb the coronavirus outbreak is touching the lives of most Seattle-area workers, whether they’ve been exposed to the disease or not. Many workers have been asked to skip shifts, cut back hours or work from home. While necessary to slow the spread of...
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. ...
What do changes to workers compensation mean for injured workers? Last week ProPublica and NPR released the second extensive report in their investigative series on the dismantling of the American Workers Compensation system. As they explain, corporate lawyers like Bill Minick in Dallas have liter...
Those who study workplace injuries in the U.S. had both good and bad news to report this past week. There are fewer occupational injuries today; but the bad news is those who are hurt now get far less help. This data comes from an important report just released on how the system is failing to provi...
In a major report on U.S. labor conditions just published by ProPublica and NPR, researchers sledgehammer the workers' compensation system, specifically insurers, state regulators and the business community. No matter what industry you work for or how you feel about the issue, if you have a job in A...
What does the flu pandemic of 1918 have to do with the current Ebola crisis and the U.S. worker’s compensation system? A lot, unfortunately. When a pandemic of influenza swept across the world in 1918, just as World War I was coming to a close, more deaths occurred than in any single event in worl...
Earlier this week, Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill raising Michigan’s minimum wage by 25% over the next four years to $9.25 an hour. Meanwhile, Republicans controlling the state government moved to block a November ballot measure that would have increased the wage rate even more. Michigan’s c...