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Experience Modification Rate–What Employers in Washington Need to Know

In Washington State, the workers’ compensation insurance landscape is unique compared to the rest of the country. Almost all employers with operations in the state must have a workers’ compensation account registered with the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) and pay their insurance premiums...
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Four Tips for Employers Dealing with Drug or Alcohol Use in the Workplace

With more employees working remotely, reports have shown that there has been an increase in substance abuse during work hours. Whether it is due to difficult home conditions that have brought on a drinking problem, the stress of the pandemic, or the increased availability of alcohol throughout the workday, employers...
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How to Prevent and Respond to Violence in the Workplace

The devastating school shooting at Uvalde, Texas, has caused many to ponder the likelihood of a mass shooting in a location where they spend time, such as work or school. The tragedy has prompted nationwide discussions about violence prevention, mental health resources, and survival strategies if a mass shooting...
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Unique Considerations for Hiring Teenagers This Summer

As summer is fast approaching, many employers tap into a newly available talent pool for their seasonal positions – teenagers on summer break from school. Summer jobs can be a win-win solution for employers and young workers alike. Employers can fill open hourly positions that have been difficult to recruit for in...
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Masks are gone - but what about other COVID-19 safety requirements?

On March 12, 2022, Washington, Oregon, and California joined other states across the country by lifting mandates that required the use of masks in most indoor and some outdoor settings. Two weeks prior, the governors of these states cited declining COVID-19 cases and announced a unilateral move to ending mask...
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