As the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Washington has cultivated one of the largest cannabis industries in the United States. As of Jan. 2019, Washington had more workers in the industry (33,591) than any other state, according to cannabis website Leafly. Not surprisingl...
  In many workplaces, the holiday season is synonymous with boozy office parties, where every branch of the work family comes together to celebrate a year of hard work. The uninhibited atmosphere can be a welcome pressure release valve in an otherwise stressful part of life. It’s also a ...
The battle of the generations is alive and well, as a new meme can attest. And it may soon have implications in the office. The catchphrase “OK Boomer” has become a weapon of choice for young Americans to shoot down baby boomers, the generation ranging in age from 55 to 73 years old. After ...
Seattle City Council expanded protections for gig economy workers Monday, establishing a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers and passing new taxes that will go in part to establishing a dispute resolution center for aggrieved drivers. The new legislation, which enshrines Seattle Mayor Jenny Du...
Companies really don’t like having their dirty laundry aired in public. And they’ve come up with a lot of legal tools to ensure that employee disputes never see the light of day in open court. One of them is a mandatory arbitration agreement that many workers sign when they’re hired, which r...
Adequate rest and meals breaks are one of the most basic workplace rights, helping ensure that employees not only don’t burn out, but they can reach their potential day in and day out. For dangerous jobs, particularly when they affect the public, regular breaks are all the more important. That'...
Despite a last-minute $1 million Amazon donation to steer the Seattle City Council more in a more business-friendly direction, the legislative body appears to have emerged even more progressive than its predecessor. It will take time to what kind of political brand emerges from the incoming counc...
Seattle’s $15 minimum wage may have been a win for workers trying to make a living in an increasingly expensive city, but other wage challenges that have accompanied its implementation make clear that the fight for fair compensation isn’t over. That was made clear in a $2.4 million settleme...
After nearly a half of a year stuck in legal battles and hospital beds, East Olympia firefighter Chief Warren Peterson has been granted workers’ compensation benefits in what seemed like an open-and-shut case, according to an investigation by KING 5 News. The case, which turned out to be anythin...
Long hours and ruthless competition are often the prerequisites of a successful career at tech companies in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and the east-side suburbs. While employees' personal sacrifices are amply rewarded with stock options and salaries, it’s not always possible to li...