[caption id="attachment_22651" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/8c061bbf_466[/caption] Workplace injuries and illnesses take many forms and require a variety of legal strategies to secure compensation. One of the more complex types of cases involves proving that an illness ...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finds itself in uncharted territory as workers’ compensation claims related to the novel coronavirus continue to flood in. Unlike claims around more common on-the-job injuries, those stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic pose unique questio...
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has added job protections for vulnerable employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a proclamation signed Monday, Inslee outlines new protections to "high-risk" workers who are more susceptible to severe illness or death from COVID-19: people over 65 and peo...
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...
[caption id="attachment_11510" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Washington state votes on overtime pay law[/caption] A long delayed update to America's overtime pay system has finally passed in Washington D.C., and the changes could usher in far more generous overtime benefits to Washington state w...
When someone says they “don’t have enough time,” what they really mean is they don’t have time for the stuff they really want or need to do. But in the end, it's always a matter of reorganization. Nobody can create more time out of thin air. We're all limited to a fixed 24 hours per day and ...
The future of work is a growing source of anxiety for Americans. In the 21st century, technology and globalization have dramatically changed the workplace and people’s overall sense of security. Unfortunately, the laws and traditions that traditionally supported workers have not changed along...
The mounting body of research on technology and personal productivity has shown that the average person is distracted or interrupted every 40 seconds when working at their computer. In short, we can’t work for even a single minute before we drift off to look at something else. Of course it’s som...
Washington State hopes to keep tolls as low as possible to avoid a mass diversion of cars through congested downtown Seattle streets, but still looks to raise enough money to cover the project's $200 million debt and operating costs. The leading proposal so far involves charging four different ra...
Beginning January 1, 2018, Washington employers will be required to provide workers with paid sick leave. Initiative 1433, which was passed by voters in fall 2016, requires four primary changes to Washington State law: Employers required to provide paid sick leave to most employees effective J...