The WSIA Weekly, 4.8.16

Room block cut-off for Annual Conference is today
Today marks the deadline for room reservations for our blockbuster Annual Conference, “Lights! Camera! Action!” in just under a month at the new Davenport Grand hotel in Spokane. Although our room block is already full and then some, the hotel has been honoring our discounted rate of $139/night for conference attendees through today.  Click here for conference hotel information, and be sure to get your registrations in so we can secure your spot at the event! Contact Kari Heinold with any questions.

 West Regional Meeting next week in Renton
Our next association Regional Meeting is taking place next Wednesday in Renton, featuring networking time and a presentation by attorney Sarah Ewing and neuropsychologist Elizabeth Ziegler, both focusing on neuropsychological evaluations in workers’ compensation. It is taking place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on April 13th at Valley Medical Center, with continuing education credits on application. Regional Meetings are free for WSIA members to attend, but require an e-mail RSVP. For more information, visit our website here or contact Kari Heinold with any questions.  

WSIA Safety Committee’s regular monthly meeting next Thursday
Next Thursday, April 14th, WSIA’s Safety Committee holds its regular monthly online meeting using the GoToMeeting platform. The meeting, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., will focus on the theme of “Moving to a Pro-Active Safety Program” by searching for leading indicators, behavior-based reinforcement, needs based training, motivational consequences, analysis and action, promoting near-miss reporting, becoming a safety coach, and how these factors lead to an increase in capacity and production as well as a safer worksite. Use this link to register for the meeting, and please feel free to forward or share with safety personnel in your company or organization. Contact committee chair John Shervey or WSIA’s Patrick Koenig with any questions.

“DOSH Talk” added to the calendar of events for April 27th
In addition to its meeting this month, the WSIA Safety Committee is hosting another installment of our “DOSH Talk” series, an interactive online presentation format on a safety compliance issue with regulatory experts. On April 27th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Mary Yakawich, a consultant with the Department of Labor & Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), will be addressing safety rules related to confined spaces like attics, crawl spaces for inspectors or installers, and other covered areas that might be overlooked under the rule. Click here for registration. Feel free to share/forward to your safety personnel, and we ask that any questions be submitted in advance by e-mail to Safety Committee chair John Shervey.   

WCAC meets next week in Tumwater
For those not attending our regional meeting next Wednesday, the state’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee is holding its regular quarterly meeting that day at the Department of Labor & Industries headquarters in Tumwater. The agenda runs from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and will focus on updates related to the financial status of the State Fund, ongoing implementation of legislative directives, and other departmental initiatives. WCAC meetings are open to the public, and members are encouraged to attend. WSIA is represented on the WCAC by Sheri Sundstrom of Hoffman Construction. Contact Kris Tefft with any questions.           

Labor & Industries announces rulemaking on preferred worker status
Earlier this week, the Department of Labor & Industries filed its formal notice that it will be considering rules related to changes in vocational rehabilitation brought about by the Legislature’s passage of last year’s House Bill 1496, which expanded Option 2 benefits and made changes to the Preferred Worker Program. Option 2 rules have already been adopted; the apparent subject of the second round of rules relates to the preferred worker program. Self-insured employers should recall the law’s provision that preferred worker program benefits are only available to the self-insurer when the preferred worker was injured in the employ of a state fund employer. Contact Kris Tefft with any questions.   

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