Category: Washington Workers’ Compensation

May 5, 2021
by Sarah Cohen

Governor Inslee Expected to Sign Additional COVID-19 Related Legislation

Over the past year, the Washington legislature has passed several bills meant to protect workers from the impacts of COVID-19. During the most recent session,…

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….

April 21, 2021
by Dan Schmidt

Washington Workers’ Compensation in a Work from Home World

If there is one thing the pandemic showed us – outside of the beauty of sourdough and the ease of making chicken stock – it…

April 14, 2021
by Elizabeth Aaberg

Big Changes to Structured Settlements with Passage of Washington’s Senate Bill 5046

A claim resolution structured settlement agreement (“CRSSA”) is a type of settlement agreement that can be utilized in matters involving claimants of at least 50…

April 9, 2021
by Laurel

Join SBH at its 11th Annual Washington Workshop

Although we are all still working from home, we know you need your Washington Claims Examiner Credits.  We have an excellent lineup of speakers and…

March 31, 2021
by Matthew Baker

Washington Legislature Considers New Presumptions for COVID-19

In the past, the Washington legislature created presumptive workers’ compensation causation for firefighters and workers at the Hanford Site. The legislature is close to creating…

March 10, 2021
by David White

The Pacific Northwest Worker: Subjectivity of the Traveling Employee

Given their proximity to each other, workers’ in Oregon and Washington often find themselves traveling to/from both states as part of their jobs. Both Oregon…

February 24, 2021
by Hannah Teig

Tips and Tricks for Independent Medical Exams (IMEs)

Independent medical examinations (IMEs) are a great tool for claims examiners to use in processing at the beginning, middle, and end of claim. They are…

February 3, 2021
by Christine Olson

As COVID-19 Pandemic Continues, Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries Continues to Adapt

As the COVID-19 pandemic endures and uncertainty surrounds vaccine roll outs, the virus continues to impact our everyday lives and how we conduct our businesses….

January 21, 2021
by Michael Godfrey

Washington Legislature Begins 2021 Session: Senate Bill 502

The Washington Legislature started its 2021 session on January 11, 2021 and recently began deliberations on several bills including Senate Bill 5102 which includes numerous…

December 31, 2020
by Sarah Cohen

Reflecting on 2020 and Looking Ahead to 2021

The past year brought many changes within the world of Washington workers’ compensation. Some changes were planned, such as the Department’s updated forms and templates…

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…

December 9, 2020
by Elizabeth Aaberg

COVID 19 Travel Restrictions – Impact on Independent Medical Examinations in Washington

On November 13, 2020 Washington state governor Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory recommending that people arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including…

November 25, 2020
by Dan Schmidt

What Came First: The Acceptance or the Authorization? An exploration of Clark County v. Maphet

In 2019, the Washington Court of Appeals issued Clark County v. Maphet, 451 P.3d 713 (2019). The case held that a self-insured employer authorizing treatment…

October 7, 2020
by Christine Olson

Washington Court of Appeals opinion serves as a strong reminder to double check filing requirements for appealing BIIA orders

On September 8, 2020, the Washington Court of Appeals published a decision that serves as a reminder of the importance of double checking state and…

September 23, 2020
by Michael Godfrey

Department of Labor & Industries Requiring New and Updated Forms on October 1, 2020

The Department of Labor & Industries has created new forms and templates for use by self-insured employers, third-party administrators, and Physical and Occupational Therapists. The…

September 2, 2020
by Sarah Cohen

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Hanford Presumption Law

On August 19, 2020, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion finding Washington was not in violation of federal law when it implemented HB 1723, also…

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….

August 12, 2020
by Elizabeth Aaberg

Wage Calculation of H-2A Visa Workers in Washington

The United States H-2A visa program allows employers to bring foreign nationals into the country to fill temporary agricultural positions. Due to labor shortages, it…

July 1, 2020
by David White

Washington State Announces 2020 COLA Increase; Affects Temporary Disability Payments Starting July 1st

Under RCW 51.32.075 temporary disability benefits are recalculated July 1st of each year to reflect changes in the states average wage. According to the Washington…

June 10, 2020
by Christine Olson

Back to Basics: While easy to overlook during the COVID-19 pandemic, double checking details in Washington Claims is still as important as ever

As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to occur and affect people and businesses, it is easy to get swept up in the breadth of complexities…

May 27, 2020
by Michael Godfrey

Course of Employment in Washington: What Factors are Considered When an Employee is Injured While Working from Home?

As the State of Washington slowly implements its four-phase recovery plan, many employees continue to work remotely from home in various capacities due to the…

May 6, 2020
by Sarah Cohen

Adjusting to the New Normal – Washington Claims Processing and COVID-19

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to reverberate through Washington, it has created numerous challenges for employers and claims managers who are working hard to…

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….

April 1, 2020
by Elizabeth Aaberg

Washington: COVID 19 and Voluntary Termination/Unemployment Benefits

Workers’ Compensation Is time loss due if a worker performing modified duty takes a voluntary layoff in the context of COVID-19? According to RCW 51.32.090(4),…