Seattle's thriving tech hub has earned it the reputation as a sort of Silicon Valley of the Pacific Northwest in recent years, owing in large part to the growth of cloud computing. Startups and tech giants alike have flocked to the Seattle area to scoop up talent churning out of the creator and mo...
About two years after launching an initiative to eliminate "no-poach" agreements that franchise operators have used to restrict worker wages and mobility in Washington state, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his office has succeeded in that effort. In a report released Tuesday, Ferguson said mi...
In a landmark ruling on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that gay and transgender workers are protected from workplace discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The decision hinged on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, rel...
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 ...
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 ...
The growing list of safety precautions taken to curb the coronavirus outbreak is touching the lives of most Seattle-area workers, whether they’ve been exposed to the disease or not. Many workers have been asked to skip shifts, cut back hours or work from home. While necessary to slow the spread of...
With 18 deaths and more than 135 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state as of Sunday afternoon, state officials and business leaders are scrambling to contain the spread of the disease without grinding the economy to a halt. For workers, that means a dizzying set of new and perhaps confl...
Nearly two years after Seattle City Council’s dramatic (and ultimately failed) attempt to tax big businesses on a per-employee basis, Washington state lawmakers are taking a new approach–this time widening the tax net to encompass businesses in all of King County. Like the City Council’s so-c...
American women roared into the workforce in the last month of 2019, according to data from the U.S. Labor Department, accounting for about 139,000 of the 145,000 jobs added to the economy in December. It was enough to tip the jobs scale in favor of women for only the second time, giving them 50.04 ...
On the heels of California’s landmark AB 5 law requiring some companies in the on-demand “gig” economy to treat thousands of self-employed contractors like regular employees, the Seattle City Council expanded worker protections for gig workers. Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey are expect...