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Jan 25 2021
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From the CFO desk: Evaluating Retro Groups

As the CFO of Vigilant I am often asked how I would evaluate a Retro program in Washington State and what would be my greatest objectives for such a program. Although my responsibilities as CFO lie largely in the financial area, my top objective would still be to provide a…

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Nov 16 2020
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Keep good company for large retro refunds

Receiving consistently large Retro refunds requires being in good company. As we all begin to accept that operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic is our reality for the foreseeable future, it’s time to evaluate some of the business decisions that we may have put off for steadier times. One of those may be…

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Nov 10 2020
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The Case for Kept on Salary: a Strategic Tool not a Mandate

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are all realizing that business decisions aimed at the future cannot wait for the pandemic to be over. We are eager to shift from surviving the current climate, to thriving into the future. It is with this spirit that we have resumed our e-mail…

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Mar 12 2020
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Part 4: Deconstructing a 30% retro refund - claims management

Dear Washington Manufacturer, The most recent letter in our series on deconstructing a 30% Retro refund highlighted the positive impact of customized and dedicated loss prevention services. This letter shares why sophisticated claims management strategies have a similar effect: lowering upfront premiums and increasing Retro refunds. We acknowledge and sympathize with the…

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Mar 04 2020
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Part 3: You’re invited to receive a 30% retro refund

Dear Washington Manufacturer, You’re invited to apply for participation in Vigilant’s best-in-class Manufacturing Retrospective Rating Program—members are projected to receive a 30% refund for the most recent Retro plan year. Because of the elite composition of the manufacturers in our program, our use of proprietary data analytics, and our staff’s dedication, we expect that number to…

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Feb 25 2020
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Part 2: Strong refunds are achieved by lowering workers’ comp premiums

This is the second in a series of letters deconstructing Vigilant’s projected 30% refund for the most recent Retro plan year. In the first letter we focused on demystifying the black box of the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) workers’ compensation system. This letter shares why a 30% refund starts with a…

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Feb 11 2020
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Part 1: Demystifying the black box of L&I’s Workers’ Compensation

Dear Washington Manufacturer, Vigilant’s most recent Retro plan year is projected to earn a 30% premium refund. This is the result of obsessing and hard work. Over the next several weeks, our team will begin to deconstruct achieving a 30% refund, beginning with this letter from me on demystifying the “Black Box of L&I’s…

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Jan 14 2020
Featured Worker’s CompSafety and Health  

OSHA updates standards on amputation hazards in manufacturing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a directive on December 10, 2019, updating its National Emphasis Program (NEP) focusing agency inspections on amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. These updates don’t create any new requirements for employers but focus agency enforcement on these hazards. Among other steps, the directive allows area…

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Nov 13 2019
Featured Worker’s CompSafety and Health  

New hire fatality from wood chipper results in $67k penalty

A sole proprietor of a tree-trimming business was ordered to pay $66,986 in penalties after an employee was killed by a wood chipper on his first day on the job. A crew of four workers, including the new employee, met in the morning at the owner’s house. Two of the workers were…

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Oct 23 2019
Featured Worker’s CompSafety and Health  

OSHA cites employers for poor emergency procedures after two fatalities

In two separate cases, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued six-figure citations against employers that failed to plan ahead for foreseeable emergency situations. The employers have 15 business days to comply with the citations, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or challenge the findings before the Occupational…

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