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Highlights of the short-term unemployment benefit relief

By Rose Gundersen, VP of Operations and Retail services The extraordinary involuntary layoffs mandated to protect against the spread of COVID-19 have strained Washington’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund (UITF). The UITF…
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Claims analyst closes long-running case file

Claims analyst Brigitte Le Vie recently closed a prolonged worker compensation case with significant savings for the Retro pool. The case significantly reduced claim costs that helps to control the…
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Register for March 11 webinar: Learn how proposed bills might impact small business

Washington Retail will be presenting an informative webinar at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 11. The content will be targeted to small businesses including minority-owned businesses. During this virtual webinar,…
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Five marketing trends to boost business this year

Article courtesy of Washington Retail partners at SpotOn Marketing is constantly evolving, especially with new trends and innovations emerging to satisfy customer needs, behaviors, and requirements. As we continue to…
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Automotive Apprenticeship opportunity for trained and loyal technicians

Getting well-trained auto technician as long-term employees are essential to our auto service members. For this reason, Washington Retail Association (WR) continues to research alternative avenues of educational training for…
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Welcome Jocelyn Bonilla to Washington Retail

Jocelyn Bonilla has recently joined Retail Services as a communications coordinator. She’s an excellent addition to the RS Team. She brings enthusiasm, creativity, and fresh ideas to the group. Jocelyn…
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Telemedicine moves into workers’ compensation

Telemedicine has proven to be an effective and convenient way to treat and counsel people with COVID-19 or its symptoms. Now, an increasing number of companies are using it for…
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Retail Services is about reducing your cost of doing business

Rose Gundersen, VP of Operations & Retail Services We want to congratulate all our members for exerting incredible resiliency throughout 2020! Nobody has a crystal ball for 2021, but our…
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RS claims analyst successfully challenges unsupported injury payment

Senior claims analyst Michele Whinery recently won a challenge involving an employee who filed a Workers’ Compensation claim for suffering a lower back strain. Although x-rays showed a pre-existing degenerative…
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Claims analyst wins settlement of a faulty forklift injury claim

Senior claims analyst Kim Kendall’s initiative helped an employer avoid damages from a claim of injury by an employee who was operating a forklift. The worker claimed that his repetitive…
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Join us in developing a new safety app

Washington Retail is seeking volunteers to help us test and develop a free smartphone app to reduce on-the-job injuries that result from lifting. Overexertion is the highest frequency and costly…
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Spot the hazards, courtesy of Labor & Industries

Labor & Industries uses its downloadable 2021 monthly calendars to help teach employees about the potential for hazards and injuries in the workplace. This month’s calendar photo was staged in…
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