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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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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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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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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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