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...
While the federal government hashes out the details of the third phase of its economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may include direct payments to taxpayers, here’s a recap of the main coronavirus benefits and protections on the books. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCR...
As coronavirus-related restrictions pile up with each new government mandate aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, also known as COVID-19, workers throughout Washington state are feeling the squeeze. In response, the state has highlighted benefits available to affected workers and has provide...
Our greatest priority is keeping safe and supporting one another during these unprecedented times. Recognizing these extraordinary challenges, Patrick and I want to share some of our plans about how our team is moving forward. Our primary focus is on service to our clients, service to our commun...
With the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) approaching 800 in Washington state, the army of medical workers administering those tests and caring for patients who test positive are at heightened risk of catching the virus themselves. Earlier this month, Washington state expanded jo...
The growing list of safety precautions taken to curb the coronavirus outbreak is touching the lives of most Seattle-area workers, whether they’ve been exposed to the disease or not. Many workers have been asked to skip shifts, cut back hours or work from home. While necessary to slow the spread of...