WSIA Weekly, 2.6.15
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Legislature holds hearings on major workers' comp bills
As predicted, this was a busy week for workers' compensation legislative proposals, as three big issues -- wage & benefit accuracy, a private "three-way" compensation system, and private group self-insurance were heard in the Senate, while presumptive occupational disease extensions, expanded attorney's fees on appeal, and increased penalties on self-insurers were heard in the House. Follow the action each week at our weekly legislative update page, available by clicking here. (member login required; e-mail us if you've forgotten)
Labor & Industries Releases WISHA penalties rule proposal
After the better part of a year of thinking and talking about it, and following a raised eyebrow from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department on Tuesday formally released its proposed rules for increasing penalties for violations of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act. You can read a copy of the proposed rule by clicking this link, and get more general information about the rulemaking, including the schedule of public hearings to be held around the state during the month of March by clicking here.
Remember, Coston rules went into effect late last month
As a reminder, the Department's rule for implementing the Board's Coston decision on delayed or denied benefit payments went into effect on January 23, 2015. Late last week, the Department send around a reminder of that fact, including this flyer or summary, with a link to the rule language. Some questions have arisen amongst the membership about the implementation of these rules, and we're planning to incorporate some future training around them. Stay tuned.
Safety Committee online presentation on Hazardous Communications Standards - February 11th
On February 11, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to noon, WSIA's Safety Committee is presenting an online interactive presentation, available to any interested WSIA member, featuring Linda Anyan, an Industrial Hygienist with the Department of Labor & Industries to update members on recent federal and state changes to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for communication to employees about hazardous substances in the workplace. Please feel free to share word of the event with safety personnel in your organization who may not receive this newsletter. All you have to do to get the login/call-in information is e-mail your RSVP by clicking here; login information will be sent to registrants on February 9th.
John Klor's WSIA 2014 Year in Review webinar - February 19th
WSIA Legal Committee chair John Klor of Wallace Klor & Mann presents the "2014 Year in Review" online February 19th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., covering all the major legal, regulatory, and administrative cases, rules, and policies to come out of the last year in Washington, along with interactive Q&A. RSVP your spot today by e-mail to Kari Heinold. We'll be seeking CLE and other continuing education credits for the broadcast.