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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 27 2017
Workers’ Comp  

PPD Claim Vigilance Saves Retro Group Members More Than $700,000

Attention to Detail Pays Off with PPD Claim Savings Vigilant’s Due Diligence Saves More Than $700,000 in Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Claim Costs   One of the many ways Vigilant helps save money for our Workers’ Compensation Retro Group members is by reviewing each PPD case thoroughly and making sure all the information is correct and…

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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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Sep 29 2017
Workers’ Comp  

Washington L&I Proposes Lower Workers’ Comp Rates in 2018

Safety in the workplace pays. That’s why Washington employers can expect an average 2.5 percent drop in workers’ comp base rates in 2018. According to the state Department of Labor & Industries, the proposed rate decrease is the result of improved workplace safety as well as initiatives to help injured workers recover sooner,…

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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
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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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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