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Photo of Trish Leimbach
Dec 14 2017
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Congratulations to Vigilant’s 2017 Safety Award Winners!

Vigilant’s 2017 Safety Award Winners
37 Retro Group Members Recognized for Exceptional Safety Efforts

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Dec 12 2017
Safety and Health  

No real winners in battle over intoxicated employee’s death after party

A New York appellate court recently ruled that a cancer treatment center wasn’t liable for the death of its 48-year-old employee who became extremely intoxicated at an annual department holiday party. The case serves as a sobering reminder, however, of the human consequences of a holiday event gone wrong. The party was…

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Dec 05 2017
Drug and AlcoholSafety and Health  

Think twice when conducting post-accident drug testing on employees

The Question: Our employee reported that he was injured on-the-job today, but we don’t yet know the nature of the incident or who (if anyone) was at fault. Our standard procedure is to send him for a drug test immediately. Can we do so?

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Nov 30 2017
Safety and Health  

ALERT: OSHA extends electronic filing deadline to December 15, 2017

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that it is postponing its December 1, 2017, deadline for electronic filing of summary injury and illness data, to December 15, 2017. OSHA’s electronic reporting requirement currently applies to employers in Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. Employers in California and Washington don’t have to…

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Nov 21 2017
Q&ADisabilitySafety and HealthTermination & Resignation  

Q&A: Accommodate for Questionable Religious Belief?

Question: We recently instituted a no-beard policy to ensure that men can securely wear their required safety masks. However, one of our Muslim employees refused, citing the Prophet Muhammad. I’ve studied the Quran, and I know that it doesn’t require beards. Can we discipline or fire him for not shaving?

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Photo of Trish Leimbach
Nov 08 2017
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Why Vigilant Retro? Cutter & Buck’s HR Manager, Andrea, tells us why

Claims Support, Safety & Employment Law Part 1 of a Conversation with Andrea McAuliff, Human Resources Manager at Cutter & Buck, about her Experience with Vigilant’s Workers’ Compensation Retro Program   Why does Cutter & Buck participate in Vigilant’s Workers’ Compensation Retro Group? First of all, we get great support from Vigilant and second, the complexity of Washington L&I can be…

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Photo of Diane Buisman
Oct 11 2017
Q&ASafety and HealthTermination & ResignationWorkers’ Comp  

Q&A: Termination after workplace injury may trigger workers’ comp retaliation claim

Question: One of our employees seriously injured his hand at work after just a couple of days on the job. Based on the nature of his injury, it seems obvious that he must have committed a safety violation. Can we fire him?

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Aug 15 2017
Safety and Health  

Q&A: Make practical preparations for August 21 solar eclipse

Question: We’re going to allow our employees to watch the upcoming solar eclipse in our parking lot. We’ve purchased eclipse glasses for everyone. Can we require employees to sign a waiver of liability in order to participate? What else should we be thinking about in preparing for the eclipse?

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Photo of Trish Leimbach
Jul 19 2017
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Christmas in Summer - Retro Refund Checks Delivered!

It never gets old. The thrill of delivering refund checks to Vigilant’s Retro Group members is topped only by the delight our members get from receiving them. Last month our safety managers distributed checks to our Washington manufacturers—our 33rd year of returning some of their hard-earned money and well-spent investment. Vigilant Retro…

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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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