News Digest 9-20-2021


Ailing Hanford employees criticize attempt to kill Washington workers’ comp law

A group of Hanford Nuclear Reservation employees last week criticized the Department of Justice for the government’s third attempt to strike down a Washington state law aimed at helping them. The Supreme Court is the fed’s final shot at scrapping the law. KING


Seafood company owner pleads guilty to visa fraud

An ice and seafood company and its owner have pleaded guilty to illegally employing foreign employees and visa fraud in a manipulation of the H2-B visa program to boost profits at employees’ expense, federal prosecutors announced last week. News Times


South Carolina: Workers’ comp commission immune from law firm’s suit

A law firm that had been dismissed by its client in a workers’ compensation dispute will not be able to sue the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission for failing to notify it of a hearing at which the commission approved the settlement, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled. South Carolina Lawyers Weekly [may require registration]


Postal Service says vaccination, testing requirements subject to ‘mandatory’ union negotiations

The Postal Service on Thursday announced its management is working closely with union leadership ahead of Fed-OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week. While subject to Fed-OSHA regulations, USPS does not fall under the executive order requiring federal employees to get vaccinated. Federal News Network