Vancouver Call Center Employee Cannot Use Long-Standing Disability as Excuse for Recent Poor Performance and New Accommodations

By: Loyd Willaford and Mathias Deeg

In Mesmer v. Charter Communications Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that Charter Communications did not wrongfully fire or need to accommodate a call center employee suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder where that employee’s poor performance was independent of his disability.

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Representing the Injured or Disabled Member Part 36: An Introduction to Workers Compensation and the Injured Public Safety Officer

By Jim Cline and Erica Shelley Nelson

Representing the Injured or Disabled Member

Part 36: An Introduction to Workers Compensation and the Injured Public Safety Officer

This article is the 36th in a multiple part series covering the rights your injured and disabled members have and how you, as a union or guild representative, can best assist them.  Over the next several weeks and continuing for the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing, in various segments, information on how state and federal laws protect your members who are hurt or otherwise unable to work. We’ll cover topics including disability discrimination law, the FMLA, job protection rights under the CBA, workers compensation, disability benefits, and the right to bring a civil lawsuit.

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Representing the Injured or Disabled Member Part 35: An Introduction to Workers Compensation and the Injured Public Safety Officer

By Jim Cline and Erica Shelley Nelson

Representing the Injured or Disabled Member

Part 35: An Introduction to Workers Compensation and the Injured Public Safety Officer

This article is the 35th in a multiple part series covering the rights your injured and disabled members have and how you, as a union or guild representative, can best assist them.  Over the several weeks and continuing for the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing, in various segments, information on how state and federal laws protect your members who are hurt or otherwise unable to work. We’ll cover topics including disability discrimination law, the FMLA, job protection rights under the CBA, workers compensation, disability benefits, and the right to bring a civil lawsuit.

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Representing the Injured or Disabled Member Part 34: Time Loss Benefits under Workers Compensation

By Jim Cline and Erica Shelley Nelson

Representing the Injured or Disabled Member

Part 34: Time Loss Benefits under  Workers Compensation

This article is the 34th  in a multiple part series covering the rights your injured and disabled members have and how you, as a union or guild representative, can best assist them.  Over the several weeks and continuing for the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing, in various segments, information on how state and federal laws protect your members who are hurt or otherwise unable to work. We’ll cover topics including disability discrimination law, the FMLA, job protection rights under the CBA, workers compensation, disability benefits, and the right to bring a civil lawsuit.

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Washington State Supreme Court Finds Race-Based Staffing Directive Was Discriminatory

By: Erica Shelley Nelson and Sarah Burke

In Blackburn v. Dep’t of Soc. & Health Servs., nine employees at a Washington state psychiatric hospital alleged racial discrimination after the hospital restricted job assignments. The Washington State Supreme Court found the temporary race-based restriction violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination.

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Representing the Injured or Disabled Member Part 33: Right to Medical Treatment under Workers Compensation

By Jim Cline and Erica Shelley Nelson

Representing the Injured or Disabled Member

Part 33: Right to Medical Treatment under Workers Compensation

This article is the 33rd  in a multiple part series covering the rights your injured and disabled members have and how you, as a union or guild representative, can best assist them.  Over the several weeks and continuing for the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing, in various segments, information on how state and federal laws protect your members who are hurt or otherwise unable to work. We’ll cover topics including disability discrimination law, the FMLA, job protection rights under the CBA, workers compensation, disability benefits, and the right to bring a civil lawsuit.

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Representing the Injured or Disabled Member Part 32: Reporting a Workers Compensation Claim

By Jim Cline and Erica Shelley Nelson

Representing the Injured or Disabled Member

Part 32: Reporting a Workers Compensation Claim 

This article is the 32nd  in a multiple part series covering the rights your injured and disabled members have and how you, as a union or guild representative, can best assist them.  Over the several weeks and continuing for the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing, in various segments, information on how state and federal laws protect your members who are hurt or otherwise unable to work. We’ll cover topics including disability discrimination law, the FMLA, job protection rights under the CBA, workers compensation, disability benefits, and the right to bring a civil lawsuit.

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PERC Examiner Dismisses Renton Police Officers’ Guild’s Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Over Compensation For Bicycle Officers, Finding Guild Already Knew About The Change

By Chris Casillas and Sarah E. Derry

In City of Renton, PERC Examiner Coss dismissed the Renton Police Officers’ Guild’s Unfair Labor Practice complaint, which challenged the pay scheme for bicycle officers. The Examiner held that, contrary to the Guild’s allegations: (1) the City did not engage in direct dealing with Officers when it created a new payment method; (2) the Guild had actually agreed to end the alternate payment method and so the City did not unilaterally change the bike pay; and (3) the Guild’s complaint was barred by the statute of limitations.

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Representing the Injured or Disabled Member Part 31: An Introduction to Workers Compensation and the Injured Public Safety Officer

By Jim Cline and Erica Shelley Nelson

Representing the Injured or Disabled Member

Part 31: An Introduction to Workers Compensation and the Injured Public Safety Officer

This article is the 31st  in a multiple part series covering the rights your injured and disabled members have and how you, as a union or guild representative, can best assist them.  Over the several weeks and continuing for the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing, in various segments, information on how state and federal laws protect your members who are hurt or otherwise unable to work. We’ll cover topics including disability discrimination law, the FMLA, job protection rights under the CBA, workers compensation, disability benefits, and the right to bring a civil lawsuit.

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Representing the Injured or Disabled Member Part 30: Pregnancy Discrimination Rights in the “Hazardous Workplace”

By Jim Cline and Erica Shelley Nelson

Representing the Injured or Disabled Member

Part 30: Pregnancy Discrimination Rights in the “Hazardous Workplace”

This article is the 30th in a multiple part series covering the rights your injured and disabled members have and how you, as a union or guild representative, can best assist them.  Over the several weeks and continuing for the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing, in various segments, information on how state and federal laws protect your members who are hurt or otherwise unable to work. We’ll cover topics including disability discrimination law, the FMLA, job protection rights under the CBA, workers compensation, disability benefits, and the right to bring a civil lawsuit.

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