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Posted by: Alan Pierce on May 17, 2021

Podcast: The filmmaker behind the documentary ‘Radium Girls’ brings to life the inspiring and tragic tale of the teenage dial painters during WWI.

Posted by: Caitlin Shields on May 15, 2021

With widespread closures of schools and childcare centers, COVID-19 kicked away the scaffolding of care working families rely on to balance the demands of work and family. Mothers, in particular, have borne a heavy load.

Posted by: Caitlin Shields on May 13, 2021

Washington has recently adopted legislation (Substitute House Bill 2409 that established Revised Code of Washington 51.14.179) that will impose new licensing and other regulatory requirements on workers compensation Third Party Administrators (“TPAs”) that contract with one or more self-insured employers to handle their claims.  Specifically, effective July 1, 2021, all TPAs administering workers compensation business for self-insured employers must be licensed by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (“Washington DLI”). Per the Washington DLI, such self-insured employers have used TPAs for a long time in Washington, but this is the first time there will be a requirement to obtain a TPA license.

Posted by: Caitlin Shields on Apr 29, 2021

Return-to-work programs are only effective if they are implemented with the support of upper, middle and lower management.

Posted by: Caitlin Shields on Apr 26, 2021

On April 13, 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the Superior Court’s decision in Hager v. M&K Construction that required New Jersey employers to reimburse the cost of medical marijuana for injured workers.

Posted by: Caitlin Shields on Apr 22, 2021

Teen workers have workplace rights but are not always aware of them. To gather ideas on how best to share information with teens about their rights and workplace protections, the U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a national online dialogue from April 19–30.

Posted by: Robert Wisniewski on Feb 18, 2021

It should come as no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic decrease in unemployment rates in Arizona and the rest of the country.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, over 600,000 Arizonans have filed for unemployment thus far. That amounts to roughly 17 percent of the total state workforce.

What may be more of a surprise is that with higher unemployment comes a lower rate of workers’ compensation claims. This finding is based on data from multiple studies.

Posted by: Robert Wisniewski on Sep 16, 2020

As it pertains to workers’ compensation laws, recognized Native American tribes are immune from having to comply with state workers’ compensation regulations. That said, the recognized tribes traditionally have taken 1 of 3 approaches to workers’ compensation.

Posted by: Robert Wisniewski on Jun 24, 2020

Learn the connections between chronic pain, opioid painkillers and workers' comp professionals. See ways workers' comp professionals can be part of the solution. 

Posted by: Benjamin Gerber & Thomas Holder on Jun 17, 2020

Is COVID-19 considered a work-related disease? Can I get coverage? Learn about the issues and challenges of obtaining workers’ compensation.


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