Friday’s news that the private sector added 227,000 jobs in February gives President Obama a renewed opportunity to boost his slow political recovery. However, eight more jobs reports will follow in the months leading up to Election Day in November, each one an uncertain and potentially dangero...
 As residents recover from storms that created havoc across the Midwest and South last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been on the scene to provide compliance assistance to cleanup and recovery workers who face multiple hazards in their activit...
American companies boosted hiring in February, strengthening expectations that the labor market’s recovery has shifted into a higher gear. Data released Wednesday, followed by more this morning, revealed that wages grew faster at the end of last year than originally estimated, providing welcome ne...
 Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has now begun to accept applications for the state workers’ compensation medical network, which will launch in 2013. Network providers will give medical care to injured workers covered by L&I policies as well as those with self-insured empl...
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company Amy Food with one “willful,” four “serious” and three other-than-serious citations for placing workers in situations with a clear risk of amputation at the company's Houston facility. Proposed ...
The Department of Labor & Industries is soliciting public feedback on draft rules for implementing parts of the workers’ compensation medical network, scheduled to launch in 2013. These rules concern injured workers’ visits to non-network providers and will spell out what L&I will pay fo...
Wal-Mart rarely seems to get good press when it comes to workplace conditions or relations with its employees, and this past week was no exception. The United States Dept of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for a total of 24 “repeat and serio...
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited Florida-based Bennett Electrical Services Co. for three safety violations, including one judged to be willful, following the serious injury of an employee. In the course of an inspection begun in August b...
Many people identify Berkeley with the Free Speech Movement of 1960s, but few know that Berkeley was also a central player in the disability rights movement. Berkeley’s campus is where Ed Roberts — a student with quadriplegia — emerged as an outspoken advocate of the cause. Peggy Klaus, a con...
The Department of Labor & Industries will host four hearings for public comment on regulations concerning structured settlement agreements for workers’ compensation claims. In 2011, the Washington State Legislature passed several major workers’ compensation reform acts.  Engrossed House Bi...