Oil company BP just plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 Gulf Oil spill and will pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil. The formal announcement was made earlier this morning by company execut...
The vast number of U.S. workers claim to periodically suffer from depression, anxiety and stress; moreover, every year an alarming percent are diagnosed with chronic mental health issues related to these conditions. However, as with all mental health problems, the symptoms can manifest at the physic...
Forget about that sneeze guard... A new study by the workers’ rights group Restaurant Opportunities Center reports that 40% of restaurant employees who worked while sick admitted to coughing or sneezing while preparing food. This troubling statistic becomes even more worrisome when we consider th...
For most cases, Washington State law holds that a worker cannot sue his or her employer -- or a co-worker -- for a job injury covered by the workers’ compensation (or L&I) system. L&I effectively replaces a worker’s option to sue their boss for negligence. So in general, the system doesn...
 A third-party claim can be filed against the individuals or companies whose negligence caused your injuries. Yet many third party injuries are not as straightforward as they initially seem. These cases can require careful investigation and a comprehensive understanding of liability law to identify...
Many consider government regulations in the workplace to be pure bureaucratic obstacles, offering dubious  protection to employees and consumers, and driving companies to layoffs and bankruptcy through the high cost of compliance. Yet both critics and supporters of regulation have historically tend...
Washington Congressman Doc Hastings, current chair of the U.S. Natural Resources Committee, recently proposed to reduce federal protection for national forests in the northwest, arguing that predation by the Barred Owl, rather than habitat destruction is the real threat that the Northern Spotted Owl...
How do I know if I have a third party claim? Individuals have a third party claim if they are injured in the course of their employment by a party who is NOT that person’s employer or coworker. For example, a delivery truck driver could be hit by another vehicle in the course of their daily route...
Despite the fact that state and federal regulations require employers to observe a wide variety of safety measures, thousands of workers are seriously injured or killed on the job each year. For the majority of workplace injuries, employees are restricted to amounts and benefits established by the w...