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 ...
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...
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...
Protecting American workers during the coronavirus pandemic has largely proceeded from a flurry of ad hoc, government guidelines in reaction to the evolving situation. But whether federal, state or local guidelines, the government recommendations are not enforceable as laws, and can’t be regulate...
Workers in Washington state are set to benefit from a range of new laws in 2020. From nation-leading minimum wages and overtime benefits to unprecedented restrictions on noncompete agreements, Washington is in many ways a great place to be employed. But as many of those new worker protection laws g...
[caption id="attachment_11507" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Clipboard with non-compete agreement and pen on wooden desk background[/caption] Washington State's recent restrictions on non-compete contracts won’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2020, but employees potentially affected by the chang...
[caption id="attachment_11501" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Indianapolis - Circa July 2017: Ride sharing companies Lyft and Uber pickup spot at the airport.[/caption] The landmark reforms of California’s gig economy that ruffled the feathers of Uber, Lyft and other app-based companies last we...