[caption id="attachment_22067" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/Feverpitched[/caption] Health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic have risked their health, lives and livelihoods during the ongoing public health crisis that has killed over 200,000 Ame...
[caption id="attachment_21836" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Servet TURAN[/caption] An outbreak of coronavirus infections and three related deaths at a fruit farm in Washington state has spotlighted inadequate safety measures taken to protect seasonal farmworkers, a...
[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 ...
For the first time in a decade and a half, certain white collar workers in Washington state will be eligible for overtime pay, based on new rules announced by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The rules, which are part of an eight-year plan to compensate workers for a...
[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 ...
As Washington’s unemployment department reels from the largest imposter fraud scheme in its history, the state workers' compensation division is wrapping up a historical fraud case of its own. A 67-year-old Renton delivery driver has been ordered to repay nearly $340,000 to Washington State De...
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the U.S. in March, federal and state governments intervened with emergency measures to shore up company balance sheets and provide temporary benefits to employees being laid off and furloughed. Now, as businesses contemplate reopening, some of those workers ar...
As millions of American “essential” workers during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ensure the rest of society has access to things like food, mail and health care, policymakers are proposing different types of hazard pay that are commensurate with the health risks these workers face. The Wash...
The federal government recently launched the third wave of coronavirus relief aid, totaling more than $2 trillion which includes direct payments to taxpayers and expanded unemployment benefits. The third wave of federal help comes as nearly 1 million workers in the Puget Sound region are at immed...
Nurses working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state have raised serious complaints about being put squarely in harm’s way due a shortage of supplies to test and treat coronavirus patients. Some nurses say they've been ordered to remove stickers showing the long-passed e...