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 ...
The long-anticipated and hotly-debated new documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” finally debuted last night on PBS, with public interest and critical attention at a fever pitch after ESPN (foolishly) tried to dilute the film’s impact but withdrawing its name and support...
The rate of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 15,000 earlier this month to a seasonally adjusted 320,000. While that figure is certainly nothing to boast about, it does mark the lowest point since October of 2007 – another indication that layoffs have stalled, and that the pa...
According to federal government reports, the rate of workplace injuries has fallen by 31% over the last 10 years. However, that improvement may not exactly be the great news it appears to be if you ask the swelling ranks of workers who experience retaliation from their employers as a result of repo...