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 10, 2021
by Evan Novotny

Combined Conditions in Oregon Workers’ Compensation: Not always a Simple Open and Shut Case

Combined condition acceptances and denials can be a useful claim processing tool in Oregon for several reasons. They can be used as a defense against…

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 27, 2021
by Elyse Lopez

Oregon’s 2021 Legislative Session has Started: SBH’s Watchlist

The Oregon State legislative session for 2021 is underway and we have seen several bills introduced in the House and the Senate that will be…

January 22, 2021
by Laurel

Join SBH Attorney Steve Verotsky to learn about Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Insurance

SBH resident Longshore expert, Steve Verotsky, will join Dan Schaller from Woodruff Sawyer and Moderator Gary McCann on Wednesday February 10 at 12:00 pm in…

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…

January 13, 2021
by Andrew Evenson

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, keep in mind OAR 436-060-0141 requirements before issuing a denial

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Oregon, it is reasonable to anticipate a corresponding surge in workers’ compensation claims related to confirmed COVID-19 cases…

January 12, 2021
by Megan Vaniman

New Oregon 801 Form Effective January 1, 2021

The Workers’ Compensation Division implemented a new 801 and 827 form–effective January 1, 2021. The new 801/827 forms remove the Social Security Number. The removal…

January 6, 2021
by Randi Ensley

Employer Resources for Compliance with Oregon OSHA’s Temporary COVID-19 Workplace Standards

The recently adopted Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA) includes a series of requirements for employers…

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 27, 2020
by Jamie Carlton

FFCRA Leave not Extended under New Stimulus Bill

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which required covered employers to provide eligible employees with paid leave for specific…

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 18, 2020
by Randi Ensley

EEOC Provides Guidance on Employer Mandated COVID-19 Vaccination

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provided updated guidance on the subject of vaccines in the wake of the Food…

December 16, 2020
by Kevin Anderson

Oregon MLAC Holds Final Meeting for 2020

The Management Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) held what is most likely its final meeting of 2020. Much of the meeting was recapping the significant changes…

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…

December 2, 2020
by Megan Vaniman

Shift in Oregon Claim Closure Analysis?

As of recently, the Oregon Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Workers’ Compensation Board have issued significant decisions relating to closure of Oregon workers’ compensation…

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…

November 18, 2020
by Adriana Ortega

Employee Handbook: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

As the holiday season rounds the corner of this eventful year, our thoughts turn to gifts and gift-giving. From a business perspective, I happen to…

November 11, 2020
by David White

Oregon Court of Appeals Expands on Supreme Court’s Holding in Caren in Robinette v. SAIF

Last year, in Caren v. Providence Health System Oregon the Oregon Supreme Court held that without a preclosure combined condition denial employers must pay the…

November 4, 2020
by Stephen Verotsky

OR OSHA still has not passed final rules relating to COVID-19

In June 2020 Oregon OSHA announced it would implement temporary workplace rules to address the COVID-19 hazard.  Oregon OSHA expected it would have the final…

October 28, 2020
by Hannah Teig

Court of Appeals reconsiders Meyers v. SAIF in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Gadalean

Meyers v. SAIF has been a long time coming– the case has been on appeal since 2013, traveling all the way up to the Oregon…

October 21, 2020
by Rebecca Watkins

Washington employers, remember to review exempt salaries for 2021

In late 2019, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) outlined new rules for exempt employees, including base salaries. The salary threshold for exempt…

October 14, 2020
by Evan Novotny

Oregon WCD Issues Revised Temporary Rule on Claims for COVID-19 or Exposure to COVID-19

The Workers’ Compensation Division has issued OAR 436-060-0141,  a temporary rule addressing claims for COVID-19 and claims for exposure to COVID-19. The rule will remain…

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 30, 2020
by Elyse Lopez

As the COVID pandemic continues, where does the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division stand on telemedicine?

In March 2020, the Division set out temporary rules to address fees related to telemedicine appointments following Governor Brown’s “Stay at Home Order.” The temporary…

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