Washington High Court Remands To Board For Determination Of ‘Worker’

(June 10, 2016, 11:43 AM EDT) -- OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court on May 19 remanded a workers’ compensation case to the state Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals to determine which of a janitorial services franchisor’s franchisees employ subordinates (The Department of Labor and Industries v. Lyons Enterprises Inc., No. 91610-1, Wash. Sup.; 2016 Wash. LEXIS 588).

(Opinion available. Document #98-160614-060Z.)

At issue is whether those franchisees who do not employ subordinates are considered “workers” covered by the Washington Industrial Insurance Act (IIA).

The IIA, Title 51 Revised Code of Washington...
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