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...
As American workers worry more each year about losing their jobs to losing their jobs to robot, one group is helping the workforce learn about these issues and develop solutions to the problem. WorkingNation, a nonprofit project that launched just a few months ago, will be educating Americans about...
It doesn’t take a Harvard Medical School medical study to tell us that poor sleep effects work performance – and just about every other part of our lives. But back in 2011, those Harvard researchers put some cold hard numbers on the problem, and showed when projected onto the entire U.S. workfor...
[caption id="attachment_6387" align="alignright" width="300"] A worker in a protective suit at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year.[/caption] When Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors went into meltdown following the 2011 tsunami in Japan, over 44,000 workers were dispat...
New research by the Department of Labor & Industries' (L&I) has shown that a common chemical used in commercial carwashes can endanger the health of people who work with it. SHARP, an occupational safety and health research program at L&I, closely examined 12 years’ worth of workers' ...
A Yakima orchardist has been penalized with $105,000 in fines from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) following multiple serious health violations related to chemical pesticides. L&I has cited Gilbert Orchards with 12 serious and repeat-serious health violations. Read more here ...
The National Labor Relations Board has officially dismissed a petition by Northwestern football players seeking to unionize. In effect, this action rejects their claim to be university employees with the right to collectively bargain. In a unanimous decision that signaled a big win for the college s...
A lack of sleep doesn't just kill your energy level -- it also impacts productivity at the office, and can lead to workplace injuries and even fatalities. In a recent study titled "Asleep on the Job: The Causes and Consequences of Employees’ Disrupted Sleep and How Employers Can Help," Virgin ...
Some ingredients used in nail products have been tied to cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases and other ailments. But despite rising concerns about effects on worker and client health, the industry continues to fight regulations. This week, the New York Times is running an investigative series on th...