As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in three landmark cases that will shape how federal law treats LGBTQ employees, it’s a good time to ask how the justices' decision might affect Washington state protections for gay and transgender people in the workplace. The short answer is it won't: ...
[caption id="attachment_11513" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Washington State to vote to curb discrimination in public contracts[/caption] Washington state’s impending voter ballot on affirmative action has given hope to marginalized business owners who’ve seen public contracting work dry up...
[caption id="attachment_11505" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Image of hotel worker in a hotel corridor[/caption] Seattle is home to one of the fastest-growing hotel markets in the U.S., fueled by the ongoing tech boom centered in South Lake Union and massive developments including the expanded W...
Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear of some prominent celebrity or public figure being brought down by accusations of sexual harassment. In the #MeToo era, it can be easy to forget that just a few short years ago there was considerably less attention to the issue -- a marker of how quickly s...
Earlier this week the Trump administration proposed a change to hiring requirements that could prove detrimental to employment prospects for those accused of misdemeanors or low-level felonies. According to the new policy, job applicants who get an offer for any position within the federal governmen...
Managers often seek to develop good working relationships with employees -- and for good reason. Those close ties motivate commitment to work and support among the workforce, along with better overall performance. But is there any risk that too much bonding with employees could backfire? Rece...
It's clever, but also a troubling sign of Japan's labor priorities. Researchers at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute have built HRP-5P, a humanoid robot that can do a large number of construction tasks during labor shortages or in the case of serious hazards. The pr...
 A lot of us are rightfully worried that no matter how much we prepare, our negotiations will derail into an unproductive debate or shouting match. Even when we go into negotiations with a collaborative and positive problem-solving mindset, there’s always a risk that things can get emotionally ch...
Employers and business leaders constantly complain about the gap between what students learn in college and what they need to know in order to succeed in the workplace. This is especially concerning when we take into account large — and always-growing — number of people who earn college degree...
Workplace wellness programs that provide tempting incentives to employees who volunteer for optional health screenings, commit to exercise regimens, or improve their cholesterol levels have been contentious for some time now. But starting January 2019, they may become even more controversial. Tha...