[caption id="attachment_109447" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/smodj[/caption] The US Supreme Court has overturned a 2018 Washington state law that gave federal contractors and subcontractors working at a nuclear waste site an easier path to collect workers’ compen...
[caption id="attachment_46872" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Cineberg[/caption] Workers who are injured or develop a work-related illness in Washington state are entitled to benefits through the workers’ compensation insurance system. About 70% of workers’ com...
[caption id="attachment_24357" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Motortion[/caption] Workers’ compensation insurance has been around for nearly 90 years and is mandated in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia to provide medical and financial benefits to emp...
As Washington’s economy gradually reopens as part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, concerns from both businesses and employees about who will be responsible in the event of a workplace outbreak are rising. The phased economic opening is proceeding on a county-wide basis contingent on the...
Nearly two years after Seattle City Council’s dramatic (and ultimately failed) attempt to tax big businesses on a per-employee basis, Washington state lawmakers are taking a new approach–this time widening the tax net to encompass businesses in all of King County. Like the City Council’s so-c...
The Seattle City Council, which often prides itself as a defender of workers’ rights amid one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., might look totally different after Nov. 5 general elections. All seven of the Council’s district seats are on the ballot but only three incumbents are runni...
[caption id="attachment_11510" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Washington state votes on overtime pay law[/caption] A long delayed update to America's overtime pay system has finally passed in Washington D.C., and the changes could usher in far more generous overtime benefits to Washington state w...
 Last week an advisory medical panel recommended that over 30 different types of cancers be covered by the Zagroda 9/11 Health Care Act for those suffering from illness as a result of Ground Zero toxins. The advisory committee says studies show a large number of cancers, including blood, digestive...
 As residents recover from storms that created havoc across the Midwest and South last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been on the scene to provide compliance assistance to cleanup and recovery workers who face multiple hazards in their activit...
Many people identify Berkeley with the Free Speech Movement of 1960s, but few know that Berkeley was also a central player in the disability rights movement. Berkeley’s campus is where Ed Roberts — a student with quadriplegia — emerged as an outspoken advocate of the cause. Peggy Klaus, a con...