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President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders replacing the expired $600 weekly unemployment benefit with $400 per week and  deferring payroll taxes after Congress missed a Friday deadline to iron out those and other details in a new coronavirus relief package. The $600 weekly feder... (Read More)
Workers who were exposed to toxic substances at the Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state may finally have a clearer path to workers’ compensation benefits, if newly proposed federal legislation becomes law. In response to a Seattle Times investigation about workers at the Hanford si... (Read More)
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has extended job protections for “high-risk” employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The high-risk workers – people over 65, people of any age who have certain chronic underlying health conditions and those who “might be at increased risk” from C... (Read More)
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the Trump administration for removing health protections given to the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender patients, under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare. The Trump administration’s new rule seeks to narrow the... (Read More)
For the first time in a decade and a half, certain white collar workers in Washington state will be eligible for overtime pay, based on new rules announced by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The rules, which are part of an eight-year plan to compensate workers for a... (Read More)
Washington state workers' compensation benefits increased by nearly 7% at the start of July. For most workers injured on or before July 1, 2019, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase by 6.7% in line with a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of the state's average wage, according to t... (Read More)
As Washington’s economy gradually reopens as part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, concerns from both businesses and employees about who will be responsible in the event of a workplace outbreak are rising. The phased economic opening is proceeding on a county-wide basis contingent on the... (Read More)
Nearly 110 million people in the U.S., representing three-quarters of the workforce, have jobs that can't be done remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a University of Washington study. The study found that these workers, which are also the lowest-paid in the country, are not only p... (Read More)
Zero-tolerance policies on workplace discrimination are being put to the test as #BlackLivesMatter protests demand action against systemic racism in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, Boeing alerted law enforcement and launched an internal investigation at ... (Read More)
A Washington law passed last year raised hopes among minority and marginalized populations whose access to public resources has withered since affirmative action was banned in the state in 1998. But before the law went into effect and reintroduced diversity goals into public education, employment... (Read More)