Author Archives: Wes Foreman

A Summary of L&I’s Requirements and Guidance for Employers as Washington Reopens

On June 30, 2021, Washington State officially reopened, thanks to the progress made in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.  By “reopen” we mean the return of industry sectors to normal capacity and operation under Governor Jay Inslee’s Washington Ready plan. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries published new requirements and guidance for employers, outlining what employers must now do to continue to protect employees from COVID-19, now that the state has reopened. Below is a summary … Continue reading

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What Employers Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Voluntary Wellness Incentive Programs

As more and more Americans become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, many Employers are wrestling with a number of questions regarding how to most effectively get as many of their personnel vaccinated as possible. We previously looked at the circumstances in which an employer can require employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but what if your company would rather incentivize employees to get the vaccine, instead of requiring it? There are many advantages that will come from having a workforce … Continue reading

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May Employers Require Employees to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Many employers are considering whether they can or should require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it is available.  Distribution and availability of the vaccine is such that the general public does not yet have access to it, but employers should begin considering how they want to address this issue. As with any topic that involves the health and medical care of employees, employers should know to proceed cautiously.  There are a number of factors that should be considered … Continue reading

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Washington’s Travel Advisory

Governor Inslee’s November 13 Travel Advisory states that persons arriving to Washington from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.  This does not apply to those involved in Essential Travel. Washington residents are further encouraged to stay home, or stay within their region of the state, as doing so reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other parts of the state.

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