Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation on June 1 that requires app-based delivery companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Doordash to provide sick pay to workers amid the city’s declared COVID-19 emergency. Designed to protect a group of essential workers who otherwise wouldn’t ...
One of the first whistleblowers to highlight inadequate safety measures in U.S. workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic has sued the Bellingham hospital and staffing firm that fired him in March. Dr. Ming Lin filed the lawsuit in Whatcom County Superior Court last week, claiming wrongful termi...
In recent weeks, state and federal courts have seen a growing number of lawsuits from workers alleging they were fired for raising COVID-19-related health and safety concerns including a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). The complaints, also being filed with the Occupational Safety and...
Workers in Yakima County’s apple industry are exploring a range of options to secure hazard pay, increased safety assurances and other protections enjoyed by many essential workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. In early May, hundreds of employees went on strike from from at ...
After several weeks of government-mandated business closures and social restrictions, the coronavirus conversation is starting to shift to a new phase: how to reopen the economy amid the legal uncertainties surrounding worker protections. One of the central questions state officials are debating in...
While the evolving set of state and federal worker safety guidelines and recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic are not legally enforceable, the consequences of not following them in some cases are likely to be settled in court. At least six workers in a Long Island, New York, warehouse have ...
As millions of American “essential” workers during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ensure the rest of society has access to things like food, mail and health care, policymakers are proposing different types of hazard pay that are commensurate with the health risks these workers face. The Wash...
The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Wallula, WA. (Greg Lehman / Walla Walla Union-Bulletin). For some essential workers, the flurry of government guidelines being issued to protect them against COVID-19 weren't implemented in time to prevent workplace outbreaks. That’s the case at the Tyson Fresh...
Seattle-based Amazon.com has come under the scrutiny of federal labor regulators following worker allegations that the company retaliated against them for protesting safety conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public documents filed last week and viewed by Buzzfeed News. The Chicago-...
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...