[caption id="attachment_52618" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/JanakaMaharageDharmasena[/caption] Vulnerable workers in Washington state have a new tool at their disposal in the fight against wage theft.  The Washington Wage Recovery Act, signed into law by Gov. Jay...
[caption id="attachment_52611" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/t-lorien[/caption] Workers in Washington’s agricultural industry will soon be eligible for one of the most basic labor protections in the nation: overtime pay.  Senate Bill 5172, signed into law by Gov...
[caption id="attachment_40077" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Maksym Belchenko[/caption] A Seattle judge has given the go ahead for a gig worker hazard pay lawsuit to proceed against the City of Seattle. Filed by app-based food delivery service Instacart and the Was...
[caption id="attachment_25894" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/kazuma seki[/caption] It is no longer a rarity to find businesses in Washington state and across the country cutting corners on the enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines. Whether on purpose or inadverte...
[caption id="attachment_20781" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/ImageKit[/caption] A U.S. appeals court has upheld a Seattle federal court ruling that "last mile" drivers for Amazon.com Inc. cannot be forced into arbitration based on agreements the drivers signed with the o...
For the first time in a decade and a half, certain white collar workers in Washington state will be eligible for overtime pay, based on new rules announced by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The rules, which are part of an eight-year plan to compensate workers for a...
Workers in Yakima County’s apple industry are exploring a range of options to secure hazard pay, increased safety assurances and other protections enjoyed by many essential workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. In early May, hundreds of employees went on strike from from at ...
When it comes to wage theft, a company's popularity isn't a measure of how well it treats its employees. Just ask Lowell’s Restaurant, a reputable attraction in Seattle’s Pike Place Market for more than 60 years. The eatery recently settled a lawsuit involving 186 current and former workers on ...
On the heels of California’s landmark AB 5 law requiring some companies in the on-demand “gig” economy to treat thousands of self-employed contractors like regular employees, the Seattle City Council expanded worker protections for gig workers. Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey are expect...
Starting in about six months, for the first time in more than 15 year, salaried workers in Washington state who earn more than $23,700 a year will be eligible for overtime pay. The new overtime protections, finalized last week by Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries, are the first st...