A Kirkland construction company has been hit with substantial fines for risking workers' safety by operating a crane too close to high-voltage power lines without proper precautions. Every year workers are hurt and killed when cranes come in contact with power lines. Those accidents have become a ma...
Bloomberg analyst Samuel Estreicher recently argued that guest-worker programs put low-skilled Americans at a disadvantage. As he points out, one of the more confusing facts in the U.S. labor market is why, even with unemployment hovering at 4%, wages and salaries remain flat. Economists have propos...
There was a drop in U.S. employment numbers in September, marking the first time in seven years that we’ve experienced backsliding. This comes as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma leaving displaced workers temporarily unemployed and delayed hiring – yet another indication that the storms hu...
Workers compensation is a type of insurance that helps employees recover from workplace injuries or illnesses developed through one’s work. Each state has a different set of laws for its workers compensation program, with benefits covering medical expenses, prescription medication, death benefits,...
Forklifts are some of the most dangerous machinery in the workplace, posing great risk of injury and death if operated improperly or not maintained to specifications. In fact, some of the highest rates of warehouse accidents resulting in deaths involve forklifts. Businesses that knowingly and repeat...
It doesn’t take a Harvard Medical School medical study to tell us that poor sleep effects work performance – and just about every other part of our lives. But back in 2011, those Harvard researchers put some cold hard numbers on the problem, and showed when projected onto the entire U.S. workfor...
Washington state’s Department of Labor and Industries has fined the retailer Target $21,000 following a worker’s death at a Lake Stevens Target in June. L&I cited the store for three serious workplace safety violations, according to findings published on Monday. Each of those violations in...
In a recent article warning about the trend to categorize an increasing number of Americans as “independent contractors,” economist Robert Reich offered the following comparison between Uber and General Motors: GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line worke...
Two Seattle-area employers have been cited by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for violations that exposed workers to dangerous levels of asbestos while demolishing an apartment building. Asbestos is known to cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and conditions. In t...