"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...
In the words of Warren Buffett, health care costs are "a hungry tapeworm on the American economy." So now the Berkshire Hathaway CEO is teaming up with the CEOs of Amazon and JPMorgan Chase to create a new company that would offer high-quality health care for their employees at a significantly l...
 $41,600 in fines, no criminal charges. A plumber’s death in a trench cave-in shows how the country values the lives of workers. When you hear people complain about government regulations and overbearing safety rules in the workplace, keep in mind the thousands of workers killed when those r...
It's a heated labor dispute, even though the "workers" can't speak out on their own. If you've ever been a tourist in Chicago, you've likely seen the horses that pull carriages through some city's swankiest neighborhoods. The carriage operators claim that those animals are healthy and happy. But...
In a recent article warning about the trend to categorize an increasing number of Americans as “independent contractors,” economist Robert Reich offered the following comparison between Uber and General Motors: GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line worke...
Those who study workplace injuries in the U.S. had both good and bad news to report this past week. There are fewer occupational injuries today; but the bad news is those who are hurt now get far less help. This data comes from an important report just released on how the system is failing to provi...
Ever found yourself complaining about your job, but then wondering about all the places where your situation could be worst? A new study is here to answer your questions about which places on the planet are the worst countries to be a worker. The new study conducted by the International Trade Uni...
Every day, workers in different industries across Washington State are injured by workplace hazards including: Slips, Trips, and Falls Falls from heights (ladders, elevations) Moving parts on machinery Strains and sprains (lifting, moving, reaching) Third Party Injuries Some of the more serio...
Premium rates on workers' compensation insurance increased for 2014, marking the first time premiums have gone up in three years, according to the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). The average rate increase was 2.7%, which, as L&I Director Joel Sacks pointed out, comes out to a bump ...