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Sep 14 2017
Workers’ Comp  

Wage Replacement is Not a Start-Up Fund: Employee Faces Charges for Operating Insurance Business

Workers’ Comp exists for a good reason: to aid employees when they have been hurt on the job. It’s a type of insurance that protects not only employees, but employers. But like any type of insurance, it’s subject to fraud. In a recent case involving workers' comp, insurance was actually what helped bring charges…

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Aug 15 2017
Vigilant NewsDisabilityLeave Laws  

9/26/17 Advanced Leave & Accommodations Management: Navigating the Legal Maze

Legal and Legislative Update/Compliance Experienced HR professionals know that a classroom understanding of employment laws does not compare to real world experience handling injured, ill, and/or troubled workers. Join employment attorneys Josephine Ko and Kandis Sells, for an informative, advanced dialogue on best practices on time off, reasonable accommodation, light duty,…

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Aug 15 2017
Workers’ Comp  

$167k saved by Washington manufacturer, Vigilant member

Tenacity Pays Off: Vigilant Retro Group Member Saves $167k, Tough Claim Closes

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Aug 03 2017
WebinarLeave Laws  

Washington Paid Sick Leave webinar: 9/21/17

Thursday, September 21, 2017 10–11 a.m. Pacific (full) / 1:30–2:30 p.m. Eastern Have you heard about Washington’s new paid sick leave law that goes into effect January 1, 2018, and wondered how it might affect you and your business? More importantly, have you figured out what the requirements of the law are and how to smoothly…

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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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