Washington State's minimum wage has been the highest in the U.S. for the past decade, and now labor advocates can claim another small victory: the minimum wage just rose 37 cents to $9.04 per hour. Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in all industries and across every sector; however, 14 an...
Boeing Corporation recently settled a suit by a former American Airlines worker who claimed she has suffered from multiple complications after being exposed to toxic fumes in the cabin.  Terry Williams now suffers from a range of symptoms, from memory loss to sever headaches.  What is particularly...
A New York Lumber Mill was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 35 violations of safety standards after the tragic death of a worker last February. This incident sheds light on what happens when mandated safety procedures are ignored and the cita...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held a public meeting in June focused on the use of medical leaves of absence as "reasonable accommodation" for employees' disabilities.  Two representatives from the EEOC, two advocates for disabled workers, and two panelists representing the busine...
Gender discrimination on the job continues to be an issue that affects women across the country.  Although women have made great strides in achieving workplace equality, wage discrimination still exists. We reported in this blog recently on the struggle of former female Wal-Mart workers to form a ...
In the continuing effort to confront mounting budget shortfalls, states across the country are making deep cuts in important government programs, including workers' compensation.  The Bill passed by the Illinois Senate recently is worth examining as it contains many proposals that are being debated...
In an attempt to reign in the Washington State Budget, a group of House Democrats put forward a proposal that seeks to make more moderate changes to the State's Labor & Industries program than a prior proposal unveiled in the State Senate. As we have reported before here, Washington State's Work...
The tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and several constituents in Tucson last month has highlighted many issues confronting our country today: questions of gun control, the level of vitriol in political discourse, and, interestingly, many questions of public ...
The lone survivor of a Toronto construction accident from December of 2009 has reportedly filed a $16.3 million suit under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against Metron Construction of Toronto and Swing N Scaff of Ottawa.  The worker is seeking damages from an incident that occurred last Ch...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Companies that cut costs by misclassifying regular employees as “independent contractors” will face tighter regulations and stricter penalties in 2010. The Obama administration has already begun to cra...