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Washington state investigators have handed out a growing number of hefty fines to businesses violating COVID-19 safety rules designed to protect employees and customers. But none of them even come close to the $2,038,200 citation against Gebbers Farm Operations, LP, one of the biggest apple and ch... (Read More)
Firing pregnant workers who can’t perform certain job duties like lifting heavy objects is against the law. But that didn’t stop a pair of FedEx contractors from terminating delivery driver Sarai Alhasawi when she asked for accommodation during her pregnancy in 2018. Washington state Attorney... (Read More)
Thousands of Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama are scheduled to vote on the formation of what would be the e-commerce company’s first ever labor union. From Feb. 8 to March 29, about 6,000 regular and seasonal workers will have a chance to vote whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Depart... (Read More)
Workplace safety issues affect all workers, regardless of their age, the industry in which they work, or the language they speak. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which handles workers’ compensation claims for injured employees in the state, has released a Spanish la... (Read More)
After a months-long standoff, U.S. congressional leaders have agreed on a second coronavirus stimulus package aimed at helping struggling American workers and business owners pull through economic devastation caused by the pandemic. In its current form, the $900 billion emergency stimulus bill wo... (Read More)
A Washington state congresswoman has drafted legislation to protect workers from having to pay back federal pandemic unemployment assistance if agencies mistakenly pay them these benefits. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA sponsored the Relief for Working Families Act in response to a ProPublica n... (Read More)
In response to the growing list of front line workers fired or otherwise punished for raising concerns about workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, state senator Karen Keiser is pushing for a worker protection law that will shield whistleblowers from vengeful employers. Called the Health ... (Read More)
It is no longer a rarity to find businesses in Washington state and across the country cutting corners on the enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines. Whether on purpose or inadvertently, doing so puts the health of customers, employees and the wider community at risk of contracting coronavirus,... (Read More)
The long-awaited vaccine that could help stop coronavirus in its tracks is almost here. Its widespread availability could give consumers, business owners and workers the confidence to return to life as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in unprecedented social restrictions starting earlie... (Read More)
Workers in the meat-processing industry may be on the chopping block in the final weeks of the Trump administration. Less than a week after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released news of a proposed regulatory change to spe... (Read More)