Author: Kara Cogswell

May 18, 2022
by Kara Cogswell

Ninth Circuit Agrees Temporary Impairments Can Be Disabilities Under ADA

A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit confirms that temporary medical conditions can qualify as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The outcome…

December 29, 2021
by Kara Cogswell

Sixth Circuit Upholds Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lifted a stay by the Fifth Circuit on President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate…

August 25, 2021
by Kara Cogswell

Board’s 2020 Significant Decisions Include Two of Interest to First Responder Employers

The Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals recently published its list of Significant Decisions for 2020.  Per WAC 263-12-194, these are decisions which the Board…

April 29, 2021
by Kara Cogswell

Washington L&I Updates Guidance on Out-of-State Travel for IMEs

For employers with Washington claims involving individuals who have moved out of state, the pandemic has made it very difficult to obtain independent medical examinations….

December 21, 2020
by Kara Cogswell

New Year, New Restrictions On IMEs in Washington

New Year, New Restrictions On IMEs in Washington With the new year, comes new restrictions on independent medical examinations in Washington. On January 1, legislative…

August 26, 2020
by Kara Cogswell

Washington Self-Insured Employers Face Increased Penalty Amounts Starting September 1

Self-insured employers in Washington should be aware that penalty amounts increase on September 1, 2020, as a result of HB 2409, passed earlier this year….

April 21, 2020
by Kara Cogswell

L&I Offers Some Guidance on Active Retraining Plans through Office Careers as Moratorium On New Plans Remains in Place

In early March, the Washington Department of Labor of Industries announced a moratorium on approval of new vocational plans that include retraining by Office Careers….

December 6, 2018
by Kara Cogswell

Final Rules Issued for Oregon Equal Pay Law Effective January 1, 2019

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently issued final rules implementing the Oregon Equal Pay Law, most provisions of which take effect on January…

September 11, 2018
by Kara Cogswell

BOLI issues proposed rules for Equal Pay Law

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (“BOLI”) recently issued proposed rules implementing the Oregon Equal Pay Law, most provisions of which take effect on January…