In the weeks ahead of Seattle City Council’s hotly contested elections, Amazon has injected more than $1 million in cash into the pro-business political organization seeking to reshape the Council. That brings Amazon’s total contributions to the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce’s political...
As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in three landmark cases that will shape how federal law treats LGBTQ employees, it’s a good time to ask how the justices' decision might affect Washington state protections for gay and transgender people in the workplace. The short answer is it won't: ...
Seattle is home to one of the fastest-growing hotel markets in the U.S., fueled by the ongoing tech boom centered in South Lake Union and massive developments including the expanded Washington State Convention Center and revamp of the Seattle Waterfront. The new growth is expected to attract recor...
“American Factory,” an important new Netflix documentary that spotlights the looming struggle workers face in the age of automation, has extra meaning in states like Washington, where some of the biggest companies in the world are going to great lengths to make operations ever more efficient....
The landmark reforms of California’s gig economy that ruffled the feathers of Uber, Lyft and other app-based companies last week has emboldened lawmakers in Washington and other states to enact similar worker protection laws. “It’s not just a bright idea from left field,” Washington State...
The future of work is a growing source of anxiety for Americans. In the 21st century, technology and globalization have dramatically changed the workplace and people’s overall sense of security. Unfortunately, the laws and traditions that traditionally supported workers have not changed along...
In her late twenties, business writer Cat Fu was diagnosed with stomach cancer. After doctors operated, she returned to Japan and tried to put it behind her. But a year later the tumors were back, and this time they'd spread to her liver. Fortunately, the surgeons found a new procedure to remove t...
Workplace wellness programs that provide tempting incentives to employees who volunteer for optional health screenings, commit to exercise regimens, or improve their cholesterol levels have been contentious for some time now. But starting January 2019, they may become even more controversial. Tha...
We often think of the home as a sanctuary from work stress. But as many of us know from lived experience, that isn’t always the case. Even if you manage to leave your work worries at the office, your spouse or partner may not be able to do so — and that stress can sometimes rub off on you. So wh...
With summer vacation upon us, teachers across America are scrambling to make ends meet. These are no longer the "off" months they were in years past. Now, teachers have to take side jobs to pay the bills. The data on pay rates is quite alarming. Teachers now make 24 percent less than the average ...