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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... (Read More)
The latest economic stimulus package aimed at helping American workers struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic extends federal unemployment checks this year and waives up to more than $1,000 in taxes on jobless assistance you may have received in 2020.  The tax break amendment comes in response ... (Read More)
Seattle school workers have accused the city school district of unfair labor practices for ordering hundreds of educators back to the classroom amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Represented by the Seattle Education Association union, the school employees filed several complaints against Seattle Public ... (Read More)
Before Black History Month comes to a close, one Seattle institution and its leader deserve the spotlight for its work promoting racial equality for nearly 100 years.  The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, formerly the Seattle Urban League, was established in 1930 to improve the lives of the... (Read More)
As millions of American workers have shifted to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, physical therapists are noticing a new class of injuries associated with long hours in the makeshift home office. “I’m seeing a lot of injuries just from people being in - too static or being in on... (Read More)
When employers knowingly fail to protect their workers, they are typically slapped with heavy fines by the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which also administers the state’s workers’ compensation system. But in rare cases, the severity and circumstances of the sa... (Read More)
A new worker protection law winding through the Washington state legislature could provide health care providers extra breathing room to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 5271, sponsored by Senators Keith Wagoner (R), Jamie Pedersen (D) and Manka Dhingra (D), would provide ... (Read More)
Minority tech workers in Washington and California have scored a significant win in the ongoing battle against systemic pay and hiring discrimination in the United States.  More than 5,500 female and Asian software engineers at Google’s offices in Silicon Valley, Seattle and Kirkland will rece... (Read More)
workers' compensation lawyers John Henry Ryan was a successful journalist, businessman, solicitor and politician who defended Black rights and voices at a time and in a place where he was often the only African-American in the room. Born on Aug. 6, 1865 in Chillicothe, Ohio, Ryan moved with his wife Ella Ryan to Spokane, Wash... (Read More)