Despite a last-minute $1 million Amazon donation to steer the Seattle City Council more in a more business-friendly direction, the legislative body appears to have emerged even more progressive than its predecessor. It will take time to what kind of political brand emerges from the incoming counc...
After nearly a half of a year stuck in legal battles and hospital beds, East Olympia firefighter Chief Warren Peterson has been granted workers’ compensation benefits in what seemed like an open-and-shut case, according to an investigation by KING 5 News. The case, which turned out to be anythin...
Often, injured workers involved in a workers' compensation claim will receive notice from the Department of Labor and Industries instructing them to schedule and complete an IME exam. The reason cited by L&I, as well as many other private insurance companies, is that the IME allows a doctor othe...
Part two in our Labor Day series. In our recent post on the working poor in America, we discussed our broken economy’s inability to provide enough decent jobs for millions of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, uninsured, or living in poverty.  As we celebrate Labor Day this comin...
As parents in Sacramento, CA, put children to bed earlier this week, planes flying overhead doused a 30,000-acre area with blanket of pesticides. The target of the repeated aerial spraying: mosquitoes. An increasing number of mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus, but many citizens, environmentali...
L&I makes significant payments for workplace injuries each year, with the biggest amount going to employees injured in major accidents involving machinery or construction injuries.  But one of today’s fastest-growing costs is payouts for strong painkillers, including many to workers who have ...
As Americans celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge, many are reflecting back on sweeping changes in workplace safety since the 1930s.  Workers who built the high-steel bridge understood a grim rule of thumb in those days: on average, one worker would die on the ...
One of the most disturbing trends in the American workforce is the high correlation between race and the likelihood of being killed on the job.  Fatality rates for Latino workers in the U.S. are considerably higher than for workers overall. At its peak in 2006, the annual rate of workplace fatality...
In the state of Washington, workers you have the right to choose their own doctor (or remain with their regular family physician) while receiving treatment for a work injury. Yet in some cases an employer or insurance provider will select a different doctor for an “independent medical examination...