[caption id="attachment_20740" align="aligncenter" width="525"] B Reactor at Hanford nuclear site. Photo credit: iStock.com/smodj[/caption] A federal appeals court has upheld Washington state’s right to create worker protection laws for employees of the Hanford Nuclear Site who fall ill cleaning ...
[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...
As Washington’s economy gradually reopens as part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, concerns from both businesses and employees about who will be responsible in the event of a workplace outbreak are rising. The phased economic opening is proceeding on a county-wide basis contingent on the...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finds itself in uncharted territory as workers’ compensation claims related to the novel coronavirus continue to flood in. Unlike claims around more common on-the-job injuries, those stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic pose unique questio...
After several weeks of government-mandated business closures and social restrictions, the coronavirus conversation is starting to shift to a new phase: how to reopen the economy amid the legal uncertainties surrounding worker protections. One of the central questions state officials are debating in...
When we talk about workers who need flexibility to manage their personal lives and family responsibilities, most people envision a working mother. The leading assumption is that working moms want and need flexibility at work. It's true, of course, that many working mothers carry the load of double s...
McDonald’s announced Monday that it will settle a U.S. labor board case on whether the company is responsible for labor law violations committed by its franchisees. The settlement is now pending approval by a National Labor Relations Board judge, but if successful it would allow McDonald’s to...
One in five American jobs is now held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. Workers across all industries and at all professional levels will be affected by the movement toward independent work — one without the const...
 As we approach the shortest and darkest days of the year, it's natural to feel more sleepy than usual. But let's admit a bigger problem here: Americans are severely sleep-deprived, no matter the time of year. Whether we're pulling extra hours at work or staying up all night fretting about fina...
Just in the last two years, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Oracle have been hit with high-profile lawsuits over to their employment practices. And while those were the cases that made headlines, workers in nearly every sector sue their bosses for unpaid wages, discrimination and verbal a...