Quarterly Safety Forum - L and I Stute Directive


12/13/2018 11:30 AM


Join us for the Quarterly Safety Forum.


MCAWW Training Center

1100 Olive Way, Suite 1250
Seattle 98101

Additional Information:

We encourage you to join us on December 13 for our final Quarterly Safety Forum of 2018.  Karen Galipeau Forner, Principal and Founder of K-Solutions Law, and Christopher Wright, Partner at Carney Badley Spellman, will be providing an overview of the Washington Department of Labor and Industries' revised Stute Directive and what it means for subcontractors, upper tier contractors, and general contractors.


Under the revised L&I Directive, the agency may cite upper tier contractors for the same WAC violation(s) they cite lower tier contractors for. This can be problematic for you if you do not have timely notice of a citation issued against one of your subcontractors. Karen and Christopher will walk attendees through the revised L&I Directive, discuss how it impacts you, and offer best practices and tips for managing risk as it relates to safety when contracting with general contractors and subcontractors.


Here is a summary of the key points they intend to address:


1. Brief history of general and upper tier contractor liability

2. Change in L&I’s policy in 2016 – “per se” liability

3. Change in L&I’s policy in 2018 – violation-by-violation citation risk

4. Impact of the policy change on risk to general contractors and upper tier contractors

5. Impact of change on risk to subcontractors

6. Best practices, including in contracting, to mitigate risk in light of L&I’s recent policy change


Karen has more than 25 years of experience defending and resolving a wide range of workers’ compensation, WISHA and employment law matters.  


Christopher's practice focuses on the construction industry. His top priority is providing risk assessment and developing strategies to help best manage his clients’ risk and achieve their goals, including understanding the shifting of risks achieved by various contract clauses. Chris is a frequent lecturer on construction related topics, serves on the International Construction Project Committee of the International Bar Association and is a member of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.


Event is limited to MCAWW members and is complimentary, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. 

To RSVP, please complete the registration form below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Middleton at MCAWW. 


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