Workers compensation is a type of insurance that helps employees recover from workplace injuries or illnesses developed through one’s work. Each state has a different set of laws for its workers compensation program, with benefits covering medical expenses, prescription medication, death benefits,...
[caption id="attachment_6763" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] California's Blue Cut Fire Explodes to 30,000 Acres; Over 82000 Evacuated[/caption] As we move through the peak month of wildfire season, and massive fires cause evacuations across California and the West (with San Bernadino’s fire a...
Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new rule mandating that employers notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or is hospitalized due to a work-related injury, amputation or loss of an eye. The requirement, which ...
Every day, workers in different industries across Washington State are injured by workplace hazards including: Slips, Trips, and Falls Falls from heights (ladders, elevations) Moving parts on machinery Strains and sprains (lifting, moving, reaching) Third Party Injuries Some of the more serio...
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...
As summer approaches and teenagers in Washington look to line up jobs for the season, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries is pushing employers, parents and others to rally behind its current “Safe Jobs for Youth Month.” Last summer more than 450 young workers (ages 12-17) sustai...
While many have cheered the economic recovery, many analysts have reminded us that our celebration may be premature. A close look at the data reveals that the U.S. economy has created over four times the number of part-time jobs compared to full-time jobs the previous year; and recent reports issues...
According to federal government reports, the rate of workplace injuries has fallen by 31% over the last 10 years. However, that improvement may not exactly be the great news it appears to be if you ask the swelling ranks of workers who experience retaliation from their employers as a result of repo...
Many are surprised to learn that hotels can be a dangerous place to work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hotel worker injury rate stands at 5%, making it the highest level of injury among all service industry workers. Hotel room cleaners have substantially higher rates of injury...
A good number of us spend long hours every day sitting in one position in front of a computer screen. While health studies indicating the benefits of being less sedentary may seem like common sense, a closer look at accumulating research shows some interesting and disturbing results. In particular...