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...
Washington state has long been known for the strength of its labor unions. With nearly 20 percent of its workforce (almost 650,000 people) belonging to a union last year the state ranked No. 3 in the country for union membership, according to data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. It came ...
Mental illness is one of the most pervasive disabilities in the workforce. But unlike physical disabilities that may be outwardly noticeable, mental afflictions often go unseen in the office and, at times, unrecognized before the eyes of the law. A fairly recent change to Washington state law thr...
The first week in the new Trump White House kicked off with a breakfast "listening session" including major American business executives. For the most part President Trump promised traditional Republican incentives of lower taxes and less regulation. But the conversation also included threats to ...
In a recent interview with NPR, New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo notes that despite all the hype around self-driving cars, it’s the automated truck that’s driving us into the future. Last week, a big rig filled with 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer delivered a shipment in Colorad...
Two Seattle-area employers have been cited by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for violations that exposed workers to dangerous levels of asbestos while demolishing an apartment building. Asbestos is known to cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and conditions. In t...
A new Thanksgiving tradition has taken a prominent place alongside turkey carving, “food coma” naps and football-watching. After dinner, many now rush out to hunt for “door-buster” deals, often before the table has even been cleared. The day after Thanksgiving has long been a kickoff for...
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...
A recent study indicates that allowing workers to take paid sick leave can lower the rate of workplace injuries among employees, while simultaneously boosting a company’s bottom line. See our previous story on sick leave legislation in Washington State, “New Bill Requires Seattle Employers to Pr...