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11 Questions on Workers’ Compensation & COVID-19 - Archbright

For the first time in history, employers have had to navigate workers’ compensation insurance during a global pandemic. It seems that just as quickly as new information comes out to address one situation, a new concern emerges, often leaving businesses scrambling for answers. In this post, you will find answers to...

Are Union Employers Required to Engage in Bargaining Before Deducting the New Long-Term Care Tax? - Archbright

Governor Jay Inslee passed the nation’s first long-term care insurance (LTI) for Washington employees last spring. The LTI program mandates a payroll tax for Washington-based employees to pay for long-term care expenses. The statutory language provides that an employer “must collect” LTI premiums from employees...

Preparing for Workplace Safety and Health Inspections During COVID-19 - Archbright

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers face difficult decisions regarding business operations. Decreased product demand, staff shortages, and ever-changing regulations are just some of the challenges employers are facing. Do employers also need to be worried about a surprise state safety inspection?

Archbright’s Manufacturing Retro Program: A Nice Piece of the Pie - Archbright

In 1981 L&I started offering a voluntary Retrospective Rating program, also known as “retro.” Retro programs are safety incentive programs providing the opportunity for employers to earn refunds on L&I insurance premiums as a reward for creating safe work environments. Archbright began sponsoring its first retro...

How to Respond to Employees Who Are Afraid to Return to Work - Archbright

As employers prepare to return employees to work and resume operations, employees may not be ready to return to physical workplaces. Workers could be unwilling to return to work because they are sick; are high-risk individuals; are caregivers for sick family members; are caregivers for children if schools or daycare...

4 Ways to Strengthen Employee Relations During the Pandemic - Archbright

In light of the current pandemic, the employer-employee relationship is more critical than ever. As companies transition to remote work at an unprecedented magnitude, this new arrangement can leave people at all levels of the organization confused, nervous, and frustrated. Without a strong employee relations plan or...

Accommodating High-Risk Employees During a Pandemic - Archbright

Employers are required to reasonably accommodate employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. The ADA prohibits discrimination by an employer against any “qualified individual with a known disability” regarding job applications, hiring, advancement, termination, compensation,...