A Kirkland construction company has been hit with substantial fines for risking workers' safety by operating a crane too close to high-voltage power lines without proper precautions. Every year workers are hurt and killed when cranes come in contact with power lines. Those accidents have become a ma...
Workers compensation is a type of insurance that helps employees recover from workplace injuries or illnesses developed through one’s work. Each state has a different set of laws for its workers compensation program, with benefits covering medical expenses, prescription medication, death benefits,...
[caption id="attachment_6763" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] California's Blue Cut Fire Explodes to 30,000 Acres; Over 82000 Evacuated[/caption] As we move through the peak month of wildfire season, and massive fires cause evacuations across California and the West (with San Bernadino’s fire a...
[caption id="attachment_6425" align="alignright" width="300"] Carol Houlder, a substance abuse counselor, waited a year for surgery on her injured ankle to be approved. “I was in so much pain and felt so hopeless for so long,” she said.[/caption] Last week, following investigative reports about...
The National Labor Relations Board has officially dismissed a petition by Northwestern football players seeking to unionize. In effect, this action rejects their claim to be university employees with the right to collectively bargain. In a unanimous decision that signaled a big win for the college s...
The Family and Medical Leave Act was passed over 20 years ago, making landmark changes that allow workers to take off 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical or family reasons without risking termination from their jobs. But now, many workers, politicians, labor activists and workers compensation la...
[caption id="attachment_6089" align="alignright" width="300"] Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, walks with Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn at the Sun Valley Inn during the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference[/caption] Walking meetings have become standard practice at LinkedIn headquarters. St...
In a major report on U.S. labor conditions just published by ProPublica and NPR, researchers sledgehammer the workers' compensation system, specifically insurers, state regulators and the business community. No matter what industry you work for or how you feel about the issue, if you have a job in A...
Debates over child labor laws have involved a new group in Washington State: amateur sports teams. A new labor bill before the House -- HB 1930 -- specifies that athletes playing in an amateur sports league would not count as employees, as defined under the Minimum Wage Act, Industrial Welfare Act...