As the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Washington has cultivated one of the largest cannabis industries in the United States. As of Jan. 2019, Washington had more workers in the industry (33,591) than any other state, according to cannabis website Leafly. Not surprisingl...
Companies really don’t like having their dirty laundry aired in public. And they’ve come up with a lot of legal tools to ensure that employee disputes never see the light of day in open court. One of them is a mandatory arbitration agreement that many workers sign when they’re hired, which r...
For the majority of workers injured before July 2014, payments for time-loss and pension benefits will be raised by nearly 4.2 percent, based on changes in Washington state's average wage. This increase was announced by the Department of Employment Security on June 24. The increase became effective ...
What is the role of medical providers in ensuring a successful recovery for injured workers? Many occupational medicine specialists consider  a positive outcome for workplace injury recovery to include maximum physical improvement and a speedy return to work. Yet those healthcare providers are gen...
The workers’ compensation system has been in effect for decades in Washington State, and despite its restructuring in 2010, it essentially remains the same system it’s always been.  Times change, manufacturing systems change, the tasks of workers change – everything seems to evolve but those ...
Since employees generally work more physically hazardous jobs than their bosses, they suffer the majority of workplace injuries and file most of the L & I claims in Washington State. But with these claims also comes criticism and skepticism from insurers and the business community. Workers often...
The economy gained only 195,000 jobs in June, most of them low-level and low-paid positions. This works out to a nearly insignificant change in the U.S. unemployment crisis -- too small to lower the unemployment rate below it’s currently level of 7.6%. Long-term unemployment accounts for an a...
With her sites set on a law that critics have labeled as weak and outdated, last week Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, introduced legislation to fortify the 1970 law governing workplace safety. The bill, commonly known as the Protecting America’s Workers Act, is directed at...
What do Americans spend their money on these days? And how do budgets shift as we move up and down income levels? The graph below, which Planet Money produced using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, charts these spending activities. Average household expenditures for U.S. households ...