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Photo of Trish Leimbach
Jun 08 2017
Workers’ Comp  

5 Reasons Early Return-to-Work Leads to Better Results

Let’s put one workplace myth to rest right now: an injured employee who returns to work in a light duty position isn’t going to bust the morale of fellow co-workers. Period. Seeing their co-worker back on the road to recovery by performing lighter tasks and transitioning back to full duties will more than…

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May 25 2017
Workers’ Comp  

Safety Violations Cost Washington Company More Than $642K

All the accident-free days in the world may not be enough to save you from costly fines for workplace safety violations. One Washington company found this out the hard way.

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May 10 2017
Workers’ Comp  

10 Signs a Workers’ Comp Claim is Going to Cost You

1.    A claim is filed by a difficult employee If you have a difficult employee, chances are they are going to be a difficult injured employee. Be pro-active with clear performance expectations and deal with any behavior and performance challenges early. If a claim is filed, treat the worker the same as anyone else,…

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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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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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Photo of Melissa Cornwell
Sep 12 2016
Wage and HourWorkers’ Comp  

Q&A: Washington injured workers’ attending providers

Q: In Washington, which of the following types of providers can be an injured workers' attending provider?

Advanced RN Practioner (ARNP)
Physician's Assistant (PA)
Chiropractic (DC)
Naturopathy (ND)
Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Dentistry (DDS or DMD)
Optometry (OD)
Podiatry (DPM)

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May 19 2016
Q&AEmployee BenefitsLeave LawsWorkers’ Comp  

Is an employee out on workers’ comp entitled to health insurance?

Q: Our employee was injured at work and he’s out on a workers’ compensation claim. Are we required to carry him on our health insurance plan since this was an on-the-job injury?

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May 05 2016
Workers’ Comp  

Injured employee found guilty of fraud & required to pay back workers’ compensation benefits

An employee who was working as a board edger for a large wood manufacturer was injured on the job when two boards collided and one board allegedly hit the employee in the groin.

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