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Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, declared a public health emergency on February 29, 2020 due to COVID 19. Restaurants and many other businesses closed or operated remotely outside of the office and away from other employees. However, health care and other front-line workers continued to work with the public and or coworkers with risk of exposure to COVID. While personal protective equipment was required, health care and front-line workers nevertheless had increased risk of becoming infected with COVID in comparison to those working remotely during “shelter-in-place”. In general, the Industrial Insurance Act covers workers who sustain an injury or disease within […]
On March 11, 2021, Congress passed and signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which includes another economic stimulus payment. This document is intended to provide you with information and resources regarding the upcoming Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus) and provide information regarding the role your workers’ compensation benefits may or may not have on your eligibility to receive the most recent round of payments. This resource is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal or tax advice. We strongly recommend you contact a tax professional for any questions regarding your personal financial and […]
OK, I notified my employer. How much time do I have to file a Workers’ Compensation claim? The actual statute of limitation for Workers’ Compensation claims imposes a more precise time track compared to your duty to forthwith notify your employer. Depending on the nature of your work-related illness or injury, either of two deadlines will apply to you: If you suffer a work-related injury, you have one year, starting on the day after the accident, to file your Workers’ Compensation claim. If you contract a work-related illness (an “occupational disease”), you have two years from the date on which […]
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun in health care and senior living facilities across the U.S., and employers in many industries are eagerly awaiting the chance to have their employees vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, employers must balance their desire for a safe workplace with the risks of requiring vaccinations and the potential workers compensation implications if a worker experiences serious side effects, experts say. Employers “need to recognize that if they do impose a vaccination mandate that it’s likely that they are going to have to pay for the vaccination, that this will be compensable work time, and … […]