[caption id="attachment_40654" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Joseph Sorrentino[/caption] About five months after a Washington Supreme Court ruling granted dairy workers overtime pay for the first time, a proposed state law stemming from the same ruling may extend th...
[caption id="attachment_39236" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Microsoft's "Hybrid Workplace Dial" tells employees how safe it is to return to the office – or whether they should continue working from home – during the pandemic.[/caption] Momentum toward inviting Seattle-area employees back to...
On March 14, 1911, Washington enacted the first workers’ compensation system in the country, alongside Kansas.  It was a new concept at the time, giving workers insurance benefits, including payment of lost wages and medical costs as well as protection from coercion by their employers in exch...
Dick’s Drive-in is the latest Washington state business to face scrutiny for allegedly failing to comply with COVID-19 safety and health guidelines and pressuring employees to work after they were exposed to the virus. Five employees from the burger joint’s Capitol Hill and Queen Anne locatio...
[caption id="attachment_36422" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/Drazen Zigic[/caption] Seattle school workers have accused the city school district of unfair labor practices for ordering hundreds of educators back to the classroom amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Represented by...
[caption id="attachment_35160" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/roman023[/caption] When employers knowingly fail to protect their workers, they are typically slapped with heavy fines by the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which also admin...
[caption id="attachment_27718" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/deyangeorgie[/caption] Washington state lawmakers have introduced identical bills in the House and Senate to tax fruit and vegetable processors that violate any worker protection laws. The proposed laws were ...
[caption id="attachment_27723" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/geoffsp[/caption] A fruit grower and processor outside Yakima, Washington is the latest agricultural company in the state to face steep fines for ignoring COVID-19 workplace safety and health rules multiple t...
[caption id="attachment_27590" align="alignnone" width="525"] Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda introduced the legislation.[/caption] The Seattle City Council voted 8-0 Monday to approve a new law that will reinstate an extra $4 per hour in hazard pay for grocery store workers in the city. ...
[caption id="attachment_24831" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/rightdx[/caption] Washington state investigators have handed out a growing number of hefty fines to businesses violating COVID-19 safety rules designed to protect employees and customers. But none of them eve...