The steady stream of state and federal safety guidelines to halt the spread of coronavirus is leading to the renegotiation of the employee-employer relationship. Workers deemed “essential” – such as first responders, delivery drivers and grocery store checkers – have suddenly become, well, ...
The federal government recently launched the third wave of coronavirus relief aid, totaling more than $2 trillion which includes direct payments to taxpayers and expanded unemployment benefits. The third wave of federal help comes as nearly 1 million workers in the Puget Sound region are at immed...
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...
As coronavirus-related restrictions pile up with each new government mandate aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, also known as COVID-19, workers throughout Washington state are feeling the squeeze. In response, the state has highlighted benefits available to affected workers and has provide...
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...
Vaguely-worded workers' compensation laws can sometimes be as detrimental to injured employees as no protections at all. Fortunately, laws can be changed.  Senate bill 6440, introduced in January, seeks to rein in RCW 51.32.110, a law that gives self-insured employers and Washington's Department o...
For workers who've been injured on the job and fought for months or years in court for adequate compensation, collecting that payment shouldn’t have to be a continuation of the struggle. But due to the way current laws are written for self-insured employers, that’s all too often the case when it...
Workers’ compensation is a crucial form of insurance that most people never learn about until they’re injured on the job. That’s when the benefits kick in, covering lost wages and medical costs in exchange for the injured worker agreeing not to sue their employer. Like most forms of insurance...
After nearly a half of a year stuck in legal battles and hospital beds, East Olympia firefighter Chief Warren Peterson has been granted workers’ compensation benefits in what seemed like an open-and-shut case, according to an investigation by KING 5 News. The case, which turned out to be anythin...
Employers and business leaders constantly complain about the gap between what students learn in college and what they need to know in order to succeed in the workplace. This is especially concerning when we take into account large — and always-growing — number of people who earn college degree...