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...
Nurses working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state have raised serious complaints about being put squarely in harm’s way due a shortage of supplies to test and treat coronavirus patients. Some nurses say they've been ordered to remove stickers showing the long-passed e...
With the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) approaching 800 in Washington state, the army of medical workers administering those tests and caring for patients who test positive are at heightened risk of catching the virus themselves. Earlier this month, Washington state expanded jo...
Washington state is a surprisingly safe place to work when it comes to on-the-job fatalities, according to Business.org. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the business research firm looked at the number of fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 residents aged 18 and older. Combinin...
Sometimes workers’ compensation isn’t enough to cover the fallout from an injury sustained on the job. That’s been the case for Daniel Lyon Jr., the only surviving firefighter in the Twisp River blaze of 2015. But five years and one appeal later, Lyon’s lawyers negotiated a $5 million settle...
Independent contractor or full-time employee? Which of these two buckets a worker falls into can have far-reaching implications for their career, including how much they earn, how much they're taxed, what kinds of benefits (if any) they receive and whether they have access to worker protections. ...
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. ...
Employee wage theft can be so subtle that it goes unnoticed for years. A few dollars here and there may seem harmless. But over time, it can add up to enough to make a lower-wage worker’s life a lot harder. It may also be a sign that an employer is stealing from workers in other ways.  Tha...
Managers often seek to develop good working relationships with employees -- and for good reason. Those close ties motivate commitment to work and support among the workforce, along with better overall performance. But is there any risk that too much bonding with employees could backfire? Rece...
 A lot of us are rightfully worried that no matter how much we prepare, our negotiations will derail into an unproductive debate or shouting match. Even when we go into negotiations with a collaborative and positive problem-solving mindset, there’s always a risk that things can get emotionally ch...