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August 20, 2012
by Jamie Carlton

Wage Claims at a Record Setting High

Reports indicate the number of wage claims filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act is at an all time high.  Last year, there were approximately…

August 14, 2012
by Jeana Wines

The Sweet Taste of Victory

We always love a good win at SBH, but it is especially sweet when hard work results in important legal precedent.  The Court of Appeals…

July 31, 2012
by Deborah Sather

Washington Proposed Premium Increases: What’s an Employer To Do?

The good news is that Washington Legislature’s 2011 reforms are projected to reduce the state fund’s liabilities by almost $400 million. The bad news is…

July 30, 2012
by Aaron Bass

Washington Workers’ Comp. 101 – What Employers Need to Know

Join me this Thursday, August 2nd from 8 – 9 a.m. to learn about the L&I Administrative Process.  The training will include: Claim Investigation, Life…

July 10, 2012
by Lance Johnson

Court Rules Claimants’ Attorneys Need More Money

In SAIF v. Crystal L. DeLeon (06/28/2012), the Supreme Court held a claimant’s attorney is entitled to an attorney fee whenever the insurer initiates any…

June 26, 2012
by Lee Ann Dillbeck

No Annual Increase in Maximum Attorney Fees for July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013

Every July 1 the attorney fees awarded under ORS 656.262(11)(a) and ORS 656.308(2)(d) are adjusted by the same percentage increase as the average weekly wage. …

June 18, 2012
by Jamie Carlton

Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Apportion Permanent Disability Awards at Closure

In a new PPD case, Schleiss v. SAIF Corp., the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld an insurer’s right to apportion permanent disability awards.  Claimant was…

June 12, 2012
by Rebecca Watkins

Are actors and acting instructors employees or independent contractors for purposes of workers’ compensation?

Maybe.  In a recent case, SAIF Corp v. DCBS and Northwest Children’s Theater and School, the Oregon Court of Appeals discussed the legal framework a…

May 24, 2012
by Jamie Carlton

Join me at the DMEC Employer Work Group on May 30th

On May 30th I will be a facilitator at the ADA/FMLA Employer Work Group lunch session.  This is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente & DMEC Oregon/SW Washington.  This is an opportunity for…

May 1, 2012
by Rebecca Watkins

Wal-Mart Pays the Cost of Misclassifying Employees

The Department of Labor announced today that it has settled a nationwide overtime claim with Wal-Mart. Prior to 2007, the large retail chain misclassified certain…

April 24, 2012
by Bruce Byerly

New Washington Department of Labor & Industries Pension Review Process

To make more efficient use of pension adjudicators’ time, the Department has developed new procedures that went into effect 4-23-12.  There is a new Pension…

April 6, 2012
by Bruce Byerly

In Washington – New DLI Requirement

The department, workers, and providers often receive correspondence from self-insured employers or their third party administrators that doesn’t include the department’s (L&I) claim number. Many…

March 29, 2012
by Rebecca Watkins

Unemployment Discrimination

This week, the Oregon legislature passed SB 1548 preventing discrimination against the unemployed.  This new law, effective March 27, 2012, prohibits ads or job postings…

March 19, 2012
by Krishna Balasubramani

Employer may have violated ADA and state law by using post-offer medical information in discipline and WC

Employee sued employer alleging workers’ compensation retaliation.  Employee alleged the employer misused her post-offer medical questionnaire to terminate her employment and reduce workers’ compensation benefits. …

March 10, 2012
by Krishna Balasubramani

Welcome to the new SBH Blog

The world of employment and workers’ compensation law is ever changing.  The changes are not predictable and it does not make sense to wait until…