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SCOTUS to Hear State Workers’ Compensation Case Targeting Federal Contractors

By Lisa Soronen

In United States v. Washington the Supreme Court will decide whether Washington State may adopt a workers’ compensation statute which applies exclusively to federal contract workers.

Washington’s statute applies to federal contractors working at Hanford, a decommissioned federal nuclear production site covering over 500 square miles in the state. It is easier for workers covered by the Hanford program to demonstrate they are entitled to benefits than those covered by Washington’s regular workers’ compensation program.