On March 14, 1911, Washington enacted the first workers’ compensation system in the country, alongside Kansas.  It was a new concept at the time, giving workers insurance benefits, including payment of lost wages and medical costs as well as protection from coercion by their employers in exch...
Dick’s Drive-in is the latest Washington state business to face scrutiny for allegedly failing to comply with COVID-19 safety and health guidelines and pressuring employees to work after they were exposed to the virus. Five employees from the burger joint’s Capitol Hill and Queen Anne locatio...
[caption id="attachment_35160" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/roman023[/caption] When employers knowingly fail to protect their workers, they are typically slapped with heavy fines by the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which also admin...
[caption id="attachment_27718" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/deyangeorgie[/caption] Washington state lawmakers have introduced identical bills in the House and Senate to tax fruit and vegetable processors that violate any worker protection laws. The proposed laws were ...
[caption id="attachment_27723" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/geoffsp[/caption] A fruit grower and processor outside Yakima, Washington is the latest agricultural company in the state to face steep fines for ignoring COVID-19 workplace safety and health rules multiple t...
[caption id="attachment_27502" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/lisafx[/caption] Workers’ rights group Working Washington has proposed a plan to help minority workers in the coming year, in the wake of the economic devastation these workers experienced in 2020. “Black...
[caption id="attachment_27139" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Canan turan[/caption] Workplace safety issues affect all workers, regardless of their age, the industry in which they work, or the language they speak. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&...
[caption id="attachment_25992" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Cylonphoto[/caption] A Washington state congresswoman has drafted legislation to protect workers from having to pay back federal pandemic unemployment assistance if agencies mistakenly pay them these benefi...
[caption id="attachment_25981" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/jarino47[/caption] In response to the growing list of front line workers fired or otherwise punished for raising concerns about workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, state senator Karen Keiser is p...
[caption id="attachment_25894" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/kazuma seki[/caption] It is no longer a rarity to find businesses in Washington state and across the country cutting corners on the enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines. Whether on purpose or inadverte...