On July 21, the State of Florida took a concrete step toward protecting the rights of consumers against the corporate might of the insurance industry.  Jeff Atwater, State Chief Financial Officer, announced that insurance industry "watchdog" Robin Westcott would serve as Insurance Consumer Advocat...
Nearly 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace, and occupational hearing loss affects large numbers of Washington workers across a variety of workplaces. Sometimes permanent hearing loss occurs all at once from a single, isolated incident (such as a worker bein...
Construction site jobs are among the most dangerous work in the U.S.  Each year, thousands of Washington workers are seriously injured or killed in construction site accidents.  Some of the most frequent injuries include falling, crane accidents, scaffolding accidents, hazards from compressed gase...
Workers' compensation law in Washington State will be transformed.  The question has now become "how much." Last week lawmakers revealed that protecting workers' compensation benefits is so crucial, they are willing to stall the entire state budget to protect workers' rights against the rising tide...
The Corporate Food Industry has often been the scene of labor rights abuses ranging from dodging minimum pay laws to mandating long hours linked to the ebb and flow of customer patronage at  food establishments.  Many a waiter and waitress will tell you that they rarely are given the mandatory bre...
Recently the full Oklahoma Senate approved a series of bills ostensibly designed to reduce the cost of doing business in Oklahoma.  As states compete to bring in companies amidst a slowly recovering economy, the usual suspects have emerged as siren songs of the "pro-business" community: lower corpo...
As the showdown between Governor Scott Walker and Labor activists in Wisconsin continues to rivet the nation, one thing has become clear: Anti-labor forces across the country are using spiraling budget debt to justify attacks on established labor law.  Washington State is no different. Last week, ...
The tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and several constituents in Tucson last month has highlighted many issues confronting our country today: questions of gun control, the level of vitriol in political discourse, and, interestingly, many questions of public ...
Fatal workplace injuries in the U.S. fell to 4,340 in 2009, down from 5,214 in 2008.  While these numbers are still alarmingly high, the rate of fatal occupational injuries last year was actually the lowest it has been in ten years. The present state of the economy appears to be a significant fact...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Companies that cut costs by misclassifying regular employees as “independent contractors” will face tighter regulations and stricter penalties in 2010. The Obama administration has already begun to cra...