You will need the assistance of workers’ compensation lawyers if you want your claim to be accepted. In Washington, workers’ comp is handled mostly by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), but some employers are self-insured. A lawyer can find out which of these your employer is affilia...
[caption id="attachment_40654" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Joseph Sorrentino[/caption] About five months after a Washington Supreme Court ruling granted dairy workers overtime pay for the first time, a proposed state law stemming from the same ruling may extend th...
[caption id="attachment_40383" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/MachineHeadz[/caption] As part of the latest economic rescue plan to buoy the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved a $3 billion payroll support program for the aviation manufacturing ind...
[caption id="attachment_40077" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Maksym Belchenko[/caption] A Seattle judge has given the go ahead for a gig worker hazard pay lawsuit to proceed against the City of Seattle. Filed by app-based food delivery service Instacart and the Was...
[caption id="attachment_39569" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Miljan Živković[/caption] Wage theft is more common than you think, often because employers cover their tracks in subtle ways. That seems to be the case with Penhall Company, a contractor on the Sound Tr...
[caption id="attachment_39236" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Microsoft's "Hybrid Workplace Dial" tells employees how safe it is to return to the office – or whether they should continue working from home – during the pandemic.[/caption] Momentum toward inviting Seattle-area employees back to...
Rising to the top of the legal profession is daunting for any lawyer, but particularly so for women in the hyper-competitive world of law whose upper echelons have long been guarded by powerful men.  Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, who joined the Washington State Supreme Court in 1992 and became C...
[caption id="attachment_37944" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/djedzura[/caption] On April 25, 1973, Seattle attorney Barbara T. Yanick was sworn in as the first female judge on the Seattle Municipal Court. Her 17-year tenure on the court would inadvertently pave the ...
On March 14, 1911, Washington enacted the first workers’ compensation system in the country, alongside Kansas.  It was a new concept at the time, giving workers insurance benefits, including payment of lost wages and medical costs as well as protection from coercion by their employers in exch...
Dick’s Drive-in is the latest Washington state business to face scrutiny for allegedly failing to comply with COVID-19 safety and health guidelines and pressuring employees to work after they were exposed to the virus. Five employees from the burger joint’s Capitol Hill and Queen Anne locatio...