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Job Search Tips from a Recruiter

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, layoffs and furloughs have hit workers across all industry sectors in all parts of the country. In April 2020, the U.S. unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7%, representing a 10.3 percentage point increase from the month prior. The result is that 23.1 million Americans are without employment, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics’ news release. With such a sharp increase in unemployment,… 

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Five Common Workers’ Comp Myths and Facts

It is no secret that Washington state has very complex workers’ compensation laws—even a seemingly straightforward claim can become complicated under closer examination. This is frustrating for employers, especially when they have information that could assist in the claims process but aren’t sure if they should provide it or what their next step should be. To provide clarity amidst all of the complexity, here are five common myths and facts… 

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COVID-19 Cleaning Guidance for Employers

As the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) stay-at-home orders start to lift, and business restrictions begin to relax, you may be considering how to ramp up operations and bring employees back to work safely and within compliance. Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees from potential COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. No matter what type of business you run, one of your main concerns should be creating or strengthening… 

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Legal Updates Employers May Have Missed This Spring

As employers have been dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and the new laws associated with the virus, other new laws or changes to existing legislation have transpired. The following is an overview of recent laws affecting employers in the Pacific Northwest. Washington Protected Class Updates: Effective June 11, 2020, Washington law has updated two items related to protected class status. The definition of “race” in the Washington Law Against… 

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Ten Ways Employers Are Now at Risk for Lawsuits

As businesses previously forced to close move toward reopening or bringing furloughed employees back to work, employers must heed a disturbing trend of increased employee lawsuits arising from doing business during a pandemic. Federal Court employee lawsuits rose more than 215% from March 2020 to May 2, 2020. Employee claims arising out of the pandemic include the usual wage and hour, whistleblower, contract, wrongful termination, protected leave, and discrimination claims… 

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States Continue to Release Reopening Guidelines for Employers

Over the past several days, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho have announced a gradual lifting of ”stay home” orders and reopening of non-essential businesses. In order to ensure the safety of employees and compliance with new requirements, employers must be mindful of federal and state guidelines before and during the reopening phases. See below for links to the most recent guidance from federal and state agencies: Centers for Disease Control and… 

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The Importance of Salary Survey Data

Figuring out appropriate pay for employees can mean the difference between life and death for businesses. Whether it be for long-term or short-term planning, compensation data is invaluable in helping HR identify market-level pay rates, budget, and guide the recruitment and retention of top talent. During times of uncertainty, an organization must be more mindful about planning and managing expenses related to total rewards practices. Incorporating compensation data from salary… 

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Preparing for Workplace Safety and Health Inspections During COVID-19

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? Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington Labor & Industries, and Oregon OSHA have all announced safety directives for employers, whether they have employees working now or will… 

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

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 program in 1985 and manages the largest and one of the highest performing retro groups for manufacturing companies in the state of Washington. In… 

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

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 centers are closed; have at-risk people at home, such as immunocompromised family members; or are simply afraid to come to…