[caption id="attachment_40654" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Joseph Sorrentino[/caption] About five months after a Washington Supreme Court ruling granted dairy workers overtime pay for the first time, a proposed state law stemming from the same ruling may extend th...
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...
[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_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_27590" align="alignnone" width="525"] Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda introduced the legislation.[/caption] The Seattle City Council voted 8-0 Monday to approve a new law that will reinstate an extra $4 per hour in hazard pay for grocery store workers in the city. ...
[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_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_24831" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/rightdx[/caption] As Washington enters a statewide lockdown on Nov. 17 to curb a record spike in coronavirus cases, employers will face new restrictions and come under extra scrutiny to ensure that workers...
[caption id="attachment_24357" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Motortion[/caption] Workers’ compensation insurance has been around for nearly 90 years and is mandated in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia to provide medical and financial benefits to emp...
[caption id="attachment_23746" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/zhaojiankang[/caption] The two costliest safety violations in the construction industry over the past three months happened at jobs sites in Washington state, totaling more than $780,000, according to industry ...