WSIA files amicus brief in overpayment recovery case
On Monday, WSIA, joined by the Association of Washington Business, filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief on behalf of our membership in the Washington Supreme Court in Birrueta v. Department of Labor & Industries, a case involving the statute of limitations for recovering a benefit overpayment caused by a worker's non-fraudulent misrepresentation. The law is written to give the Department and self-insured employers one year to recover such an overpayment, but the Court of Appeals interpreted that statute to provide only 60 days. The Department has asked the Supreme Court to hear the appeal, and WSIA is supporting that request. Read more about the case, its possible ramifications for self-insurers, and our brief on our blog at this link.
Election on Tuesday - Reminder of WSIA's Legislative Fund endorsement
Next Tuesday is Election Day across the country - don't forget to return your ballots by 8pm Tuesday evening. For those WSIA members living in our state's 30th legislative district centered around Federal Way, we encourage you to consider our Legislative Fund's endorsement of Teri Hickel for the House of Representatives in her race against incumbent Carol Gregory. Hickel is widely endorsed by our workers' compensation coalition companion organizations, as well as the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times. Her election to the state House would further narrow the divide between the two parties. WSIA's Legislative Fund is a separate, wholly voluntary, political action committee supported by contributions from individuals and our eligible, private sector members.
Liaison Committee meets next week
WSIA's Liaison Committee is holding its bi-monthly meeting with L&I's Self-Insurance program next Thursday, November 5th. This is our opportunity to present claims management, operations, staffing, and other concerns to the self-insurance program on your behalf. If you have any issues you would like the liaison committee to bring up, please contact me by next Wednesday.
Kids' Chance Week next week!
Kids' Chance of Washington is a very special organization that provides need-based scholarships to the children of workers who die or are permanently disabled due to a workplace injury or disease, so that they may better pursue their academic goals. WSIA is a proud supporter of the organization and happy to announce Kids' Chance Awareness Week next week, November 2 though 6. Kids' Chance Awareness Week is a nationwide initiative by Kids' Chance of America to raise awareness of the program and increase support of its mission. WSIA members have contributed tens of thousands of dollars over the years to Kids' Chance through fundraisers and direct contributions. If you would like to learn more about the organization, or even consider a contribution to it, please visit Kids' Chance of Washington's website.
Recent Labor Market Survey webinar now available on demand
Vocational experts Cloie Johnson and Jan Donley presented a two hour webinar on September 9th, 2015 to WSIA and IARP-Washington members entitled "Labor Market Survey/Research: A New Approach to LMS Focused on the Injured Worker and Grounded in Objective and Reliable Data." The webinar had great turnout, and based upon the volume of inquiries by those who missed it live last month, we've made the webinar available on demand in our archive. The cost remains the same ($60 for both members and guests), and the webinar comes with CEUs for the CRC, CDMS, L&I, and WWCP certifications. Organizations may purchase the webinar for group training, but only the original registrant receives a CEU certificate of attendance. Click here for more information and registration.