[caption id="attachment_110271" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo caption: iStockphoto.com/coffeekai[/caption] As summer temperatures begin to climb across Washington state, a new set of emergency worker protection rules issued by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) a...
Amazon Go, the automated convenience store that recently opened to the public in Seattle, lets shoppers stroll in, grab whatever they want, and zoom back out, all without having to deal with a checkout line or a human worker at the cash register. The self-checkout store is, of course, just the late...
Uber has been ordered to pay $100 million to drivers seeking to be classified as employees, finally settling lawsuits threatening the company’s on-demand business model, which has historically depended on independent contractors. Just yesterday the popular ride-hailing company announced it will b...
Black Friday has started earlier and earlier every year for American retailers, creeping from Friday itself to openings on Thanksgiving Day. But now three states are requiring businesses to wait until midnight for those door-buster deals. What are known as blue laws -- first created in the coloni...
At last week’s Code Conference, a tech convention in L.A. sponsored by the publication Re/code, Walmart's CEO dodged a question about how to improve his employees' lives by reportedly stating that like them, he himself is just another "associate." President and CEO Doug McMillon earns just unde...
Last month, a group of low-wage workers spoke at a New York City Council hearing, sharing their views on economic injustice throughout the fast food industry.  Council members are joining other public officials in a growing trend of scrutinizing what labor advocates and employment attorneys say is ...
Across the U.S., employees in the fast food industry are walking off the job in a gesture of protest against poor pay, wage and hour violations, workplace discrimination, workplace injuries, and other unfair labor practices. According to Workers Compensation attorneys, employees in large cities l...
A handful of Mexican guest workers walked off the job at CJ’s Seafood in Louisiana and filed a complaint with the U.S. Labor Department, alleging that the seafood processing plant forced them to work 24 hours at a time picking crawfish, while withholding breaks or any overtime pay. The letter c...
At a carwash in an industrial district of Queens, NY, immigrants and other workers are preparing to open the next front in New York City’s labor battles. Carwash employees are often paid him less than the minimum wage, and are routinely cheated out of overtime pay. Moreover, workers are not giv...