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Nov 14 2016
Q&ALabor RelationsSafety and HealthWage and Hour 

Q&A: Are employees’ social media posts on wages and safety protected?

Question: All our employees make more than minimum wage, but we had an employee go on social media and say, “Minimum wage for this work?! How are we supposed to live off that?!” A number of other employees commented on the post and a few complained about a recent safety incident. Can we discipline the employee who lied about his pay? What can we do to address this?  

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Nov 10 2016
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Alert: 2016 ballot measures and election results will impact the workplace

With the November 8, 2016, election in our rear-view mirror, we’re reporting on three significant developments that will affect the workplace: California’s ballot measure on recreational marijuana, Washington’s ballot measure on paid sick leave and minimum wage, and the presidential election’s impact on recent federal employment law developments.

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Sep 21 2016
Q&ASafety and HealthWorkers’ Comp 

Q&A: Can we discipline for failure to promptly report an injury?

Question: Today an employee said she hurt her back at work three days ago. Our policy requires immediate reporting of work-related injuries. Can we write up the employee for failing to promptly report her injury?

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Jun 07 2016
Safety and Health 

OSHA Safety Violations Result in Work-Related Amputations, Injuries, and $172K in Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued three citations to an employer for multiple safety violations, leading to penalties totaling $172,000, following two separate work-related amputations and one severe employee injury. Schwan’s Global Supply Chain Inc., a subsidiary of The Schwan Food Company, was cited for failing to guard…

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Apr 07 2016
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp 

On-demand webcast on safety recordkeeping and reporting for Washington employers

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has posted an on-demand webcast explaining the requirements for recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses.

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Nov 16 2015
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp

Light duty work is a win for injured millworker and employer

Millworker with a hand injury gets back to work in one day instead of five by seeing an occupational medical clinic specialist and getting approved for light duty work right away.

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Oct 21 2015
Safety and Health 

Washington Employers: Safety & health poster has been updated

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is mailing an updated version of its mandatory safety and health poster to employers.

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Oct 15 2015
Harassment & DiscriminationLabor RelationsLeave LawsSafety and HealthWage and Hour 

California Employers: More 2015 bills signed

Governor Jerry Brown has signed more bills from the 2015 California legislative session that affect employers, some of which are extremely significant.

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Sep 28 2015
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp 

5 Reasons to Offer Early Return-to-Work to Injured Employees

Have you wondered if you should offer early return-to-work options to employees injured on the job? At Vigilant, we answer this question with an enthusiastic YES!

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Sep 24 2015
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp 

WASHINGTON: L&I proposes 2016 workers’ comp rate increase

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has just announced a proposed 2% average base rate increase for 2016 workers’ compensation coverage.

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