Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has added job protections for vulnerable employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a proclamation signed Monday, Inslee outlines new protections to "high-risk" workers who are more susceptible to severe illness or death from COVID-19: people over 65 and peo...
Protecting American workers during the coronavirus pandemic has largely proceeded from a flurry of ad hoc, government guidelines in reaction to the evolving situation. But whether federal, state or local guidelines, the government recommendations are not enforceable as laws, and can’t be regulate...
The steady stream of state and federal safety guidelines to halt the spread of coronavirus is leading to the renegotiation of the employee-employer relationship. Workers deemed “essential” – such as first responders, delivery drivers and grocery store checkers – have suddenly become, well, ...
The federal government recently launched the third wave of coronavirus relief aid, totaling more than $2 trillion which includes direct payments to taxpayers and expanded unemployment benefits. The third wave of federal help comes as nearly 1 million workers in the Puget Sound region are at immed...
Nurses working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state have raised serious complaints about being put squarely in harm’s way due a shortage of supplies to test and treat coronavirus patients. Some nurses say they've been ordered to remove stickers showing the long-passed e...
While the federal government hashes out the details of the third phase of its economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may include direct payments to taxpayers, here’s a recap of the main coronavirus benefits and protections on the books. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCR...
As coronavirus-related restrictions pile up with each new government mandate aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, also known as COVID-19, workers throughout Washington state are feeling the squeeze. In response, the state has highlighted benefits available to affected workers and has provide...
Our greatest priority is keeping safe and supporting one another during these unprecedented times. Recognizing these extraordinary challenges, Patrick and I want to share some of our plans about how our team is moving forward. Our primary focus is on service to our clients, service to our commun...
With the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) approaching 800 in Washington state, the army of medical workers administering those tests and caring for patients who test positive are at heightened risk of catching the virus themselves. Earlier this month, Washington state expanded jo...