"Sleeping on the job has long been frowned upon, but office napping may finally be climbing out from under the desk." So ran the headline in a recent Chicago Tribune story. The number of employers who encourage sleep-deprived employees to take a short nap during the workday is on the rise, and th...
Amazon reports that its median employee pay last year was $28,446. That data, made public on Wednesday in the company's annual report, is a reminder that even though tech-workers and business managers at Amazon headquarters earn more than $100,000, across most of the country, Amazon offers blue-c...
Earlier this week the Seattle Times editorial board called on Mayor Jenny Durkan to veto the proposal for a head tax on jobs if it’s approved by city council. As they argue: "Seattle’s City Council will harm the city, its business climate and workers across the board if it starts taxing large c...
The most popular article in the New York Times' Smarter Living newsletter last year was an interview with Millie Tran of the NYT Global team sharing advice on one of the most important questions we face during our lives: What am I going to do with my life? Tran explained that she had been sharin...
As the farm labor shortage grows worse, some farmers are turning to automated harvesting machines and other robotic technology to carry out the tasks of pruning, seeding and weeding. Robotic harvesting vehicles are currently being piloted in Florida and California to pick strawberries and repla...
[caption id="attachment_6425" align="alignright" width="300"] Carol Houlder, a substance abuse counselor, waited a year for surgery on her injured ankle to be approved. “I was in so much pain and felt so hopeless for so long,” she said.[/caption] Last week, following investigative reports about...
Last month our story “Employee v. Employer: Who Gets The Shortest End of the Work Comp Stick?” discussed a number of hardships employees face once they are designated as an “aging injured worker.”  Yet the difficulties employers experience in dealing with the workers’ comp system are sign...
Following this week’s devastating tornado in Oklahoma, workers may find themselves in a number of rescue and recovery operations. These general guidelines apply to many workers involved in evaluating and/or clearing damage on their worksites. However, some operations (including utility restoration...
Construction jobs rank among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Every year, thousands of individuals in Washington suffer from construction site accidents or workplace fatalities. Frequent causes include: Scaffolding accidents Falls Crane accidents Accidents involving compressed gases...