[caption id="attachment_21618" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Oranat Taesuwan[/caption] Safety violations in the construction industry can quickly turn into to jaw-dropping fines if state inspectors catch wind of the lapses. But the fines are often eclipsed by the me...
[caption id="attachment_20944" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/scaliger[/caption] Washington state workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19-related disruptions can apply for $300 in extra weekly unemployment benefits. The federal program, called Lost Wage Assistan...
[caption id="attachment_20525" align="aligncenter" width="525"] iStock.com/Kunal Mahto[/caption] Undocumented workers in Washington state who missed out on coronavirus-related federal assistance have access to financial help. A new $40 million relief fund setup by Gov. Jay Inslee and a coalition o...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finds itself in uncharted territory as workers’ compensation claims related to the novel coronavirus continue to flood in. Unlike claims around more common on-the-job injuries, those stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic pose unique questio...
Falls, trips and slips are consistently among the top ways workers get seriously injured or worse on the job. In 2018, Washington state witnessed 7,400 injuries and 17 deaths from work-related tumbles, according to statistics from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Not s...
While he was in his twenties, Fritz Gilbert knew that he didn't want to die at his desk. Earlier this year, Gilbert retired at 55. He has started saving decades ago and now made himself available to answer one of the trickiest decisions: When should a worker retire? The question is deeply pers...
When was the last time someone at work complained about getting "too much sleep?" We know the answer to that one: never. Over the past decade Fast Company has posted thousands of articles on every topic about productivity. The one issue that comes up more than any other is sleep. In fact, it lie...
 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...
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,...