A long delayed update to America's overtime pay system has finally passed in Washington D.C., and the changes could usher in far more generous overtime benefits to Washington state workers starting next year. The U.S. Labor Department finalized a new rule last week to expand overtime pay to 1.3 m...
For many office workers, “working from home” has replaced a day spent recovering under the covers. In a recent NYT article on "The Death of the Sick Day," respondents flooded the comment section to say that it had been years - even more than a decade - since they had taken a sick day. Ind...
There are plenty of factors that can hold back our careers, from lack of skills and education to more personal things like physical appearance or a family reputation. But one factor many of us don’t consider is our personality: preferences, habits, quirks, and style. Yet it doesn’t have t...
Two weeks ago the Federal Jobs Report showed our economy to be in an unusual sweet spot, with steady growth and widespread improvement in the labor market. But how good are the numbers? An Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times wrote that the biggest question in evaluating the May jobs numbers...
Jobs requiring less education run a high risk of automation, according to the PwC report. Yet U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin believes the prospect of robotics replacing American jobs is so remote “it’s not even on my radar screen.” Over one third of U.S. jobs may be at “high risk”...
There’s still hope for expanded paid parental and sick leave. Many left-leaning groups are wringing their hands over what Donald Trump may or may not do over the new four years in office.  Yet for all the uncertainty and anxiety, staff with the Washington DC Paid Family Leave Coalition are cheeri...
After Donald Trump’s election last week, a number of U.S. business owners breathed a sigh of relief, believing that the December 1st deadline for implementing the new overtime threshold required by the Department of Labor had just been postponed — if not cancelled entirely. In a statement dur...
Female employees make 77 cents for every dollar men earn at these new companies. We assume most startups are hip and progressive. But in terms of income equality, the new companies seem to be much like old companies: Women bring in significantly less than their male counterparts, according to a ne...
Shell Oil has been charged with $77,000 in fines by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for workplace health violations following an investigation into an extensive toxic release last February. L&I launched the investigation at Shell's Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes after disc...
In the book “The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success," business executive Teresa Taylor explains, “I never believed the hype that women have to choose between a career and a personal life to live their best life. You shouldn't, either.” She urges workers to abandon the frustrating and ...