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Photo of Karen Davis
Apr 27 2017
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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Apr 13 2017
Workers’ Comp 

Workers’ comp time loss days reduced by 37%

Time is Money: Vigilant's Workers' Comp Retro Group Reduces Time Loss Days by 37%

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Mar 30 2017
Workers’ Comp 

$200k-claim cost avoided by Vigilant retro member

It All Adds Up: Vigilant Saves Lumber Manufacturer More Than $200K in Workers’ Comp Claim

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Feb 20 2017
Safety and Health 

Washington L&I expands reporting of motor vehicle accidents

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has issued new rules stating that all work-related motor vehicle accidents that result in amputation, loss of an eye, in-patient hospitalization, or fatality must be promptly reported to the agency. Previously, L&I allowed an exception for accidents that occurred on a public street or highway, as long…

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Photo of Jodi Slavik
Jan 03 2017
Q&ATermination & ResignationWage and Hour 

Can we deduct from a final paycheck for a missing laptop?

Q: We recently had to terminate a remote employee and he has refused to return his laptop. Can we take the cost of the laptop out of his final paycheck?

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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 07 2016
Workers’ Comp 

WASHINGTON: L&I proposes workers’ comp rate increase for 2017

Last week, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) proposed an average increase of 0.7 percent on workers’ compensation rates charged to employers.

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Sep 28 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

Posting anti-harassment policy is not enough – training also necessary

Even though an employee failed to report ongoing sexual harassment by her supervisor or to make use of the posted complaint process, a recent court decision will allow her sexual harassment claim to proceed to trial. The employee, along with many others, stated she had no knowledge of the workplace…

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Sep 14 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

Prompt investigation saves employer from harassment liability

In a nod to the value of HR professionals, a federal district court in Tennessee dismissed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case against Autozone, finding that the company did enough to stop alleged harassment by a store manager. How did the company address allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace? In…

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