As we approach the shortest and darkest days of the year, it's natural to feel more sleepy than usual. But let's admit a bigger problem here: Americans are severely sleep-deprived, no matter the time of year. Whether we're pulling extra hours at work or staying up all night fretting about fina...
Workplaces have to make rules—that’s a given.  But is it necessary that they be shortsighted and lazy attempts at creating order? Many of us can understand the temptation. As any company grows, so does our difficulty maintaining standards. There are numerous instances where people cross a li...
Workers compensation is a type of insurance that helps employees recover from workplace injuries or illnesses developed through one’s work. Each state has a different set of laws for its workers compensation program, with benefits covering medical expenses, prescription medication, death benefits,...
For the majority of workers injured before July 2014, payments for time-loss and pension benefits will be raised by nearly 4.2 percent, based on changes in Washington state's average wage. This increase was announced by the Department of Employment Security on June 24. The increase became effective ...
“Crazy-busy.” It’s a personal and workplace buzzword that has come to genuinely define more and more of our lives. We are hounded by constant email, internet browsing at 3am, meetings that block out our calendars, communications with work at all hours, and even professional duties that follow ...
Two Seattle-area employers have been cited by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for violations that exposed workers to dangerous levels of asbestos while demolishing an apartment building. Asbestos is known to cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and conditions. In t...
In Washington State, truck drivers experience among the highest rates of workplace injuries, according to a new report from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Every year, 1 in 13 truck drivers suffers from a work-related injury serious enough to require missed days of work. The r...
Following a year of disturbing new coverage on the dangerous health effects of working on tobacco farms, 35 House Democrats have officially requested that the Obama administration prohibit children from this hazardous form of work. The Democratic legislators, led by Representatives David Cicill...
We get it, we get it: exercise is good for us. Mountains of evidence show the endless benefits of routine physical activity, and federal health guidelines recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day, such as a brisk walk. As extensive research shows, when you adhere to a phys...