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L&I’s lead rules will affect some retailers

For the past few years, Labor and Industries has been revising its rules on Lead (Pb) to incorporate all businesses. Washington Retail has been participating in this significant rule change…
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Retail workers are increasingly injury-prone

It might seem that retail jobs are relatively safe. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports findings that bear watching. Retail was the only industry with an uptick in employee…
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Hop on our upcoming workplace marijuana and safety webinars

Washington Retail is filling out a regular webinar schedule for the year including two in February and March. Both are free. Marijuana in the workplace: navigating its impact on safety…
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New state family leave law requires new posters

Employers are required to post notices about the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave law where other employment-related notices and posters are displayed. Employment Security also recommends that employers…
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Workers’ comp executives list their top concerns in 2020

What’s keeping workers’ comp insurance executives up at night in the beginning of the New Year? More than 100 such executives took part in an annual survey conducted by the…
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Washington State is #1

Here’s a fact many Washington State employers probably know. For the 10th consecutive year, Washington led the nation in the highest workers’ compensation benefit costs per covered worker, according to…
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Listening tour stops in Federal Way on January 9

Two members of Washington Retail’s management team invite Federal Way’s small business community to a roundtable meeting at 7:30 a.m., January 9 at the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce Boardroom,…
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Sign up for our Feb. 5 webinar on navigating marijuana in the workplace

In Washington State, where consuming marijuana is legal, the issue of employee use can be confusing. Do employers have recourse? How can the human resource department respond and ensure a…
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Get involved if you suspect workers’ comp fraud

The Attorney General’s Office has accused a construction worker with stealing more than $25,000 in wage-replacement checks while working. The case is a reminder that injured workers must report they…
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Stay-At-Work Program is a win/win proposition

The Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries’ Stay-at-Work Program pays employers to keep injured workers on the job. That’s right; it reimburses employers for some of the costs of…
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IRS issues new form for 2020 employee withholding

The Internal Revenue Service has made major revisions and issued a new W-4 employee tax withholding form for 2020. The main points about the form to remember are: All new hires as…
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L&I announces new rules for overtime pay obligations

In addition to the mandated 12.5% minimum wage increase for 2020, employers are facing another mandate due to Labor & Industries’ rule changes for overtime-exempt employees beginning on July 1,…
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