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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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Oct 11 2017
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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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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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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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Nov 14 2016
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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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Jul 21 2016
Safety and Health  

OSHA will scrutinize employee safety incentive programs

Safety incentive programs are under fire from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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