Washington state’s workers’ compensation arm spends a lot of time and resources investigating employers and employees suspected of defrauding the public safety net program that acts as a lifeline for workers injured on the job. Sometimes, the worker’s comp division itself comes under scrutiny...
On-the-job injuries can become a headache for workers for a number of reasons beyond the obvious ones: Coworkers might not be happy that they have to pick up the slack to hit production targets. Bosses might feel the same way. Too many injuries could even reflect poorly on the company as a whole. ...
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...
Take a deep breath, filling your belly. Pause. Now breath out slowly while counting to five. Repeat the cycle four times. Congratulations. You’ve just relaxed your body’s central nervous system. Controlled and mindful breathing, like the simple cycle described above, have been proven to re...
New research by the Department of Labor & Industries' (L&I) has shown that a common chemical used in commercial carwashes can endanger the health of people who work with it. SHARP, an occupational safety and health research program at L&I, closely examined 12 years’ worth of workers' ...
[caption id="attachment_6089" align="alignright" width="300"] Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, walks with Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn at the Sun Valley Inn during the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference[/caption] Walking meetings have become standard practice at LinkedIn headquarters. St...
Following a year of disturbing new coverage on the dangerous health effects of working on tobacco farms, 35 House Democrats have officially requested that the Obama administration prohibit children from this hazardous form of work. The Democratic legislators, led by Representatives David Cicill...
At last week’s Code Conference, a tech convention in L.A. sponsored by the publication Re/code, Walmart's CEO dodged a question about how to improve his employees' lives by reportedly stating that like them, he himself is just another "associate." President and CEO Doug McMillon earns just unde...
Claiming that future jobs are at stake in Washington state, several local political leaders  urged the Boeing Machinists union to vote in favor of the divisive contract following a meeting Monday with Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner. “We have an opportunity to either grow the aerosp...