A week after Washington state announced plans to temporarily halt the payment of unemployment checks due to a spike in suspicious claims, the extent of the fraud scheme is coming into focus. Fraudsters have used the stolen personal information of tens of thousands of Washingtonians to secure hund...
With the economy in shambles due to COVID-19, Washington state has delayed the payment of unemployment checks after discovering a rising number of fraudulent claims using stolen personal information. Suzi LeVine, the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) Commissioner, reported a "signi...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finds itself in uncharted territory as workers’ compensation claims related to the novel coronavirus continue to flood in. Unlike claims around more common on-the-job injuries, those stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic pose unique questio...
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the U.S. in March, federal and state governments intervened with emergency measures to shore up company balance sheets and provide temporary benefits to employees being laid off and furloughed. Now, as businesses contemplate reopening, some of those workers ar...
After several weeks of government-mandated business closures and social restrictions, the coronavirus conversation is starting to shift to a new phase: how to reopen the economy amid the legal uncertainties surrounding worker protections. One of the central questions state officials are debating in...
While the evolving set of state and federal worker safety guidelines and recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic are not legally enforceable, the consequences of not following them in some cases are likely to be settled in court. At least six workers in a Long Island, New York, warehouse have ...
As millions of American “essential” workers during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ensure the rest of society has access to things like food, mail and health care, policymakers are proposing different types of hazard pay that are commensurate with the health risks these workers face. The Wash...
The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Wallula, WA. (Greg Lehman / Walla Walla Union-Bulletin). For some essential workers, the flurry of government guidelines being issued to protect them against COVID-19 weren't implemented in time to prevent workplace outbreaks. That’s the case at the Tyson Fresh...
Seattle-based Amazon.com has come under the scrutiny of federal labor regulators following worker allegations that the company retaliated against them for protesting safety conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public documents filed last week and viewed by Buzzfeed News. The Chicago-...
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has added job protections for vulnerable employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a proclamation signed Monday, Inslee outlines new protections to "high-risk" workers who are more susceptible to severe illness or death from COVID-19: people over 65 and peo...