[caption id="attachment_21618" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Oranat Taesuwan[/caption] Safety violations in the construction industry can quickly turn into to jaw-dropping fines if state inspectors catch wind of the lapses. But the fines are often eclipsed by the me...
[caption id="attachment_21522" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/nikom1234[/caption] The Washington state agency that typically spends a great deal of time investigating employment issues like wage theft or workers’ compensations fraud has shifted its focus in recent ...
[caption id="attachment_19715" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/vlastas[/caption] 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 fede...
[caption id="attachment_19169" align="aligncenter" width="525"] iStock.com/AndreyPopov[/caption] 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 ...
Falls, trips and slips are consistently among the top ways workers get seriously injured or worse on the job. In 2018, Washington state witnessed 7,400 injuries and 17 deaths from work-related tumbles, according to statistics from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Not s...
It's clever, but also a troubling sign of Japan's labor priorities. Researchers at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute have built HRP-5P, a humanoid robot that can do a large number of construction tasks during labor shortages or in the case of serious hazards. The pr...
[caption id="attachment_8145" align="aligncenter" width="1020"] Members of Iron Workers Local 86 show up at Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s press conference outside the Amazon Spheres to voice, literally, their opposition to a proposed head tax on businesses, especially Amazon. (Alan Be...
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...