Author: Lee Ann Lowe

June 30, 2016
by Lee Ann Lowe


Effective Friday July 1, 2016 the annual cost of living adjustments (COLA) will take effect for the benefit period of July 1, 2016 through June…

December 17, 2015
by Lee Ann Lowe

New Oregon Sick Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2016, all Oregon employers are required to implement sick leave for all employees.  Here is what you need to know about the…

July 17, 2015
by Lee Ann Lowe

Washington Department of Labor and Industries Revises the Interlocutory Process

On July 16, 2015 the Department issued a new set of guidelines for self-insured employers to obtain an interlocutory order.  The 60-day period following the…

May 20, 2014
by Lee Ann Lowe

Washington Court of Appeals finally issues long-awaited Zimmerman opinion.

In Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals v. South Kitsap School District and Daniel Zimmerman, issued today, the Court of Appeals addressed the extent of the…

April 1, 2014
by Lee Ann Lowe

L&I Responsible for Post-Pension Medical Treatment When Second Injury Fund Relief Has Been Granted

The Court of Appeals has determined when Second Injury Fund relief has been granted, the Department, not the employer, is responsible for payment of post-closure…

November 15, 2013
by Lee Ann Lowe

New Washington Appellate decision limits Department discretion to authorize additional medical treatment under RCW 51.36.010 to cases closed with permanent total disability.

In Dep’t of Labor and Indus. v. Slaugh, decided October 31, 2013, the Washington Court of Appeals, Division III reversed a BIIA Order allowing ongoing…

July 1, 2013
by Lee Ann Lowe

New Washington 2013 Benefits Schedule Effective Today

On June 25, 2013 the Department announced the 2013 benefits schedule.  The cost of living adjustment (COLA) rate increase is 1.03409, based on a statewide…

March 13, 2013
by Lee Ann Lowe

New Portland City Ordinance Requires Mandatory Sick Leave

Today the City of Portland passed a citywide ordinance which will take effect January 1, 2014 requiring all Portland businesses to provide sick leave to…

December 11, 2012
by Lee Ann Lowe

Washington Court of Appeals Addresses Burdens of Proof in Occupational Disease Cases

Potter v. Department of Labor and Industries, a decision issued yesterday by the Division One Court of Appeals, is a good reminder that building strong…

November 14, 2012
by Lee Ann Lowe

A Slim Connection Can Still be a Proximate Cause in Washington

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals, Division 1, released its opinion in Dep’t of Labor and Indus. v. Shirley.   Claimant’s low back claim was closed in…

September 10, 2012
by Lee Ann Lowe

Medical Provider Network Reforms in Washington

Beginning January 1, 2013, Washington medical providers will be required to be in the new statewide workers’ compensation medical network in order to treat injured…