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Jan 2012

WA State Labor Council AFL-CIO To Hold Seminars On Structured Settlements

The first of two free seminars to explain and answer questions about “structured settlements” in workers’ compensation will be this Friday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the WSLC’s Davis Williams Building, 906 S. Columbia St. SW. Read More...

L&I Extends Deadline To Feb. 3 For State-Fund Employers To Submit Workers' Comp Premiums

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is extending its quarterly filing deadline for State Fund employers to submit their workers' compensation premiums from midnight Jan. 31 to midnight Feb. 3. Employers will be allowed this extra time because of the recent snow storm that shut down businesses in much of the state. Read More...

Rite Aide Employee Waited Too Long To File Sex Assaults As Industrial Injury

The Washington Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that a drug store clerk who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a supervisor 15 times over a three-month period waited too long to file a claim for industrial injury three years after the last assault. The court also affirmed the Board’s decision that she could not pursue an occupational disease claim. Read More...

Bills Introduced For Retro Groups Scheduling IMEs, And Removing Doctors From Medical Provider Network

Business and labor are fighting over whether legislation that would allow some Washington employers to schedule independent medical exams and create an appeals process for doctors who are removed from the state's newly-created medical provider network will reduce the quality of care to claimants. Read More...

L&I Joins Effort To Improve Safety In Primary Metals Industry

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has joined a national effort to improve safety in the primary metals industry. L&I is offering training and other resources to reduce the number of injuries among workers who melt, cast, or refine metal. In Washington, about 70 businesses fall within the primary metals industry. Read More...

L&I Adopts Chemotherapy Drug Handling Rule

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) adopted rules designed to protect health care workers from exposure to chemotherapy drugs and other hazardous drugs. Read More...

Program Reimburses Employers for Returning Workers to Light Duty

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries on Tuesday launched a program that will provide reimbursement to employers who provide light-duty jobs to injured workers. Read More...

L&I Finalizes Rules for Provider Network

The Department of Labor and Industries published final rules to establish a statewide provider network that is projected to save the state $218 million over the next four years. Read More...

Doric Olson Taking Over L&I Fraud Program

Doric Olson, currently the Fraud Operations and Detection Manager for the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries, will take over for Carl Hammersburg as the agency's Fraud Prevention and Compliance manager with the start of the new year. Read More...
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