Washington State Could Soon Fine Parties For Revealing Injured Worker Files if Signed By Gov.
Employers in Washington state could soon face a $1,000 fine for revealing information about injured workers' claim files to any unauthorized persons. The Senate on Wednesday, April 3rd voted 48-0 to pass House Bill 1909, by Rep. Jenny Graham, R-Spokane.
The House of Representatives voted 97-0 to pass the bill on March 6, see bill HERE. The bill will now go to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee to enact or veto. The bill authorizes a $1,000 civil penalty for employers that disclose "information in a claim file regarding a mental health condition or treatment to any person other than a duly authorized representative.