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Oct 21 2015
Safety and Health  

Washington Employers: Safety & health poster has been updated

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is mailing an updated version of its mandatory safety and health poster to employers.

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Oct 20 2015
Wage and Hour  

Washington Employers: You don’t have to “police” employee meal breaks

Washington employers can let out a collective sigh of relief due to a recent federal district court decision reaffirming that they are not required to “police” employee meal breaks to make sure employees are taking them.

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Oct 08 2015
Workers’ Comp

Stay at Work reimbursement process changes coming to Washington in October.

The Washington Legislature is making it easier and faster for companies to apply for wage and other reimbursements online beginning in mid-October.

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Sep 28 2015
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

5 Reasons to Offer Early Return-to-Work to Injured Employees

Have you wondered if you should offer early return-to-work options to employees injured on the job? At Vigilant, we answer this question with an enthusiastic YES!

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Sep 24 2015
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

WASHINGTON: L&I proposes 2016 workers’ comp rate increase

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has just announced a proposed 2% average base rate increase for 2016 workers’ compensation coverage.

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Jul 01 2015
Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: Injury reporting rules revised July 1, 2015

Employers in Washington must comply with new requirements for reporting serious injuries beginning July 1, 2015.

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Apr 03 2015
Wage and Hour  

Seattle, Washington minimum wage ordinance upheld; regulations released

A federal district court in Washington has refused to stop the City of Seattle from treating each franchise as a “large employer” for fast phase-in of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage, and Seattle has moved ahead in issuing its new administrative rules on minimum wage.

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Mar 31 2015
Q&AWage and Hour  

Do employees occasionally working in Seattle get a minimum wage bump?

Q: Our business isn’t in Seattle but we have some employees who occasionally work there. Do we have to pay the new minimum wage to these employees starting April 1st?

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Dec 30 2014
Disability  

Collaboration and communication key to disability accommodation

When a disability interferes with an employee’s ability to work, Washington’s Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) requires employers to engage in a collaborative process to search for reasonable accommodations, and eventually explore other available positions that meet the employee’s restrictions, ruled a federal district court.

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Oct 30 2014
Hiring  

WASHINGTON: Overbroad, anticompetitive noncompetes are unenforceable

Three different versions of a noncompete agreement, signed by three employees hired at different times, were too harsh to be enforced, said a federal district court in Washington. The employer, which specialized in artificial insemination of livestock, sued the workers when they left to work for a competitor.

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