About two years after launching an initiative to eliminate "no-poach" agreements that franchise operators have used to restrict worker wages and mobility in Washington state, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his office has succeeded in that effort. In a report released Tuesday, Ferguson said mi...
A pair of laid-off workers whose unemployment benefits have been delayed for more than two months during the coronavirus pandemic have sued Washington state. Filed Friday with the Supreme Court, the lawsuit demands that the Employment Security Department (ESD) release all payments owed to legitim...
While the federal government hashes out the details of the third phase of its economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may include direct payments to taxpayers, here’s a recap of the main coronavirus benefits and protections on the books. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCR...
Nearly two years after Seattle City Council’s dramatic (and ultimately failed) attempt to tax big businesses on a per-employee basis, Washington state lawmakers are taking a new approach–this time widening the tax net to encompass businesses in all of King County. Like the City Council’s so-c...
Washington state legislators recently passed a bill to protect lower-wage workers from companies trying to limit their job options through unfair non-compete agreements. The bill, known as the "Non-Compete Act," was designed precisely for the type of contract Mercurys Coffee made its employees s...
The Seattle City Council, which often prides itself as a defender of workers’ rights amid one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., might look totally different after Nov. 5 general elections. All seven of the Council’s district seats are on the ballot but only three incumbents are runni...
[caption id="attachment_11507" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Clipboard with non-compete agreement and pen on wooden desk background[/caption] Washington State's recent restrictions on non-compete contracts won’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2020, but employees potentially affected by the chang...
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...
In her late twenties, business writer Cat Fu was diagnosed with stomach cancer. After doctors operated, she returned to Japan and tried to put it behind her. But a year later the tumors were back, and this time they'd spread to her liver. Fortunately, the surgeons found a new procedure to remove t...
If you want to remain competitive as the global job market changes under your feet, there are three important things to remember. Much of what you learned in college is of limited use, the majority of future jobs don’t even exist yet, and a large percentage of current jobs remain vacant because th...