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  • UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

    Workers’ comp programs fight addiction among injured workers

    Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers’ compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of …


  • Laborer wins Supreme Court appeal of worker’s compensation denial

    John Kovacs was injured Sept. 29, 2010. He filed a worker’s compensation claim on Sept. 29, 2011. The lower courts had said he missed the one-year deadline, but the Supreme …


  • Card dealer ordered to repay disability benefits

    A man who collected worker’s compensation benefits while working at new jobs has been ordered to repay more than $27,000 after pleading guilty to two counts of theft Monday.


  • Bringing injured workers back for light duty a boost for county

    An effort to bring injured Spokane County workers back to light duty is going to save an estimated $200,000 a year in the county’s self-insured workers’ compensation program. About 50 …


  • Group Health drops workplace health coverage for individual plans

    Self-employed and working three jobs, Tim Ray expects his health insurance to protect him all day long – not just on nights and weekends. So he was surprised to learn …


  • No workers’ comp lands shop owner in jail

    A Coeur d’Alene businessman will serve five days in jail for operating his company without providing workers’ compensation insurance for his employees. Joe Roope’s Castaway Fly Shop must also remain …


  • Restaurant co-owner faces workers’ comp charges

    The co-owner of a Spokane restaurant faces felony fraud charges for allegedly bilking the state of nearly $250,000 in workers’ compensation payments between 2003 and 2011. Wanitta Racicot, 69, is …


  • ‘Good news’ for business, Gregoire says

    OLYMPIA – Most Washington businesses will see lower unemployment taxes and many will have no increase in their workers’ compensation rates in 2012. In announcing the new rates for next …


  • Workers’ comp gets an overhaul

    OLYMPIA – An agreement on offering settlements to injured workers could remove one of the main obstacles to the Legislature passing a budget for the next two years. Gov. Chris …


  • Workers’ comp deal reported near to break legislative logjam

    OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime today on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said Saturday …


  • Legislature grinds toward compromise

    OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime Sunday on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said this …


  • Gregoire signs transportation budget

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the state’s 2011-’13 transportation budget Monday and issued a warning to the Legislature to hurry up on other spending plans for the next biennium …


  • Workers’ comp becoming a yellow brick road-block

    OLYMPIA – May might be the cruelest month in the state capital. The rain gives way only sporadically to sun breaks, momentarily lifting the gray gloom that shrouds the dome …


  • Editorial: Adding choice best for workers, companies

    Along with the stress and anxiety Washington’s lawmakers are feeling as they balance the state budget for the next two years, at least some must harbor a regret or two …


  • Workers’ comp reform goes to House

    OLYMPIA – The state Senate approved a measure Saturday that would drastically change Washington’s workers’ compensation system by establishing an option for lump-sum settlements. The 34-15 vote in the Senate …


  • Editorial: Gregoire’s workers’ comp plan is good start

    After 15 years of sharply escalating workers’ compensation costs, Washington state urgently needs to adopt corrective measures. Unfortunately, voters turned down the most direct reform in November when they defeated …


  • Caldwell: Governor’s work plan needs quick approval

    While legislators find their seats, Gov. Chris Gregoire remained center stage last week in Olympia, announcing proposals that would restructure education oversight, alter ferry system management, and amend the state’s …


  • Bills would save state’s businesses millions

    Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday said she will ask Washington lawmakers to approve bills that would save businesses and employees $300 million this year and more than $1 billion over …


  • Wash. proposes 12 percent workers’ comp rate hike

    The state Department of Labor and Industries says workers’ compensation rates are going up an average of 12 percent next year, or about 6.5 cents per hour worked.


  • Ads put state official in middle of I-1082 fight

    As if Initiative 1082 weren’t confusing enough, television commercials for the opposing sides now feature the same person: State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. Kreidler is against the proposal, as he …


  • Rally to bring out labor voters focuses on I-1082, Boeing bid

    An initiative that would privatize Washington’s workers’ compensation system is one of the key issues that will bring the state’s union members to the polls, labor leaders said at a …


  • Caldwell: L&I silence on premiums seems to be political ploy

    The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has delayed release of 2011 workers’ compensation premium adjustments until November, after an election that includes a proposal that would drastically change the …


  • Man mauled after smoking pot can get workers comp

    A worker who was mauled feeding the bears at a tourist attraction near Glacier National Park is eligible for workers’ compensation even though he smoked marijuana that morning, a judge …


  • Editorial: Insurance reform would give options to workers

    Washington state’s industrial insurance program is notoriously unconventional. This is one of only four states where private insurance carriers can’t compete for workers’ compensation business. Only in Washington is the …