On March 14, 1911, Washington enacted the first workers’ compensation system in the country, alongside Kansas.  It was a new concept at the time, giving workers insurance benefits, including payment of lost wages and medical costs as well as protection from coercion by their employers in exch...
[caption id="attachment_25022" align="aligncenter" width="525"] iStock.com/Boyloso[/caption] As Washington enters a renewed, statewide lockdown to curb growing COVID-19 infection rates, Tacoma nurses are fighting for reasonable working conditions and assurances that they will be taken care of if th...
[caption id="attachment_24357" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Motortion[/caption] Workers’ compensation insurance has been around for nearly 90 years and is mandated in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia to provide medical and financial benefits to emp...
[caption id="attachment_22987" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/sinology[/caption] Janitors are an indispensable part of the workforce. But they often don’t get the credit they deserve. A recent report from the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)...
In a recent account shared on Lifehacker, freelance writer Rebecca Fishbein described her experience working from home for a full year. She noted several upsides to the laid-back life of couch-consulting. She doesn't have to deal with a commute, she rarely puts on real pants or shoes, and she can...
Starbucks just pledged to eliminate plastic straws by 2020. To date, it is the biggest food and beverage company to make this move, so the ban is more than just symbolic. Starbucks customers use more than one billion plastic straws each year. The decision could encourage other companies to go the...
Wonder if your current job will still be around in 2030? LinkedIn’s Carolyn Fairchild analyzed a study by The McKinsey Global Institute to offer a glimpse into the crystal ball of careers. Teachers will still be in high demand, As Fairchild argues, “doing jobs that require human interaction...
[caption id="attachment_6985" align="alignright" width="620"] Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant encouraged protesters to block freeways on May Day[/caption] The Seattle City Council passed a unanimous resolution this week which declares May 1 a "day of action" on which city employees are welc...
For bosses who want to spy on employees at work, it’s never been easier – or more commonplace – than it is today. But the practice has HUGE drawbacks. Despite the fact that some companies justify employee monitoring as a way to make their operations run more smoothly, it can actually damage mo...
Contrary to popular belief, there are no laws against sharing salary information -- and doing so actually increases the chance of being paid fairly. To ensure that you’re paid fairly at your job, the best advice may be to talk to co-workers about how much you make. Seriously. This is exactly wh...