A stalled Bill intended to give workers' compensation benefits to Washington State taxi and limousine drivers may receive new life.  The Department of Labor and Industries was tapped early this week to contact employers and drivers in an effort to move the Bill forward. The recent forced closure o...
Workers' compensation law in Washington State will be transformed.  The question has now become "how much." Last week lawmakers revealed that protecting workers' compensation benefits is so crucial, they are willing to stall the entire state budget to protect workers' rights against the rising tide...
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...
On Tuesday, March 29, The Supreme Court heard arguments in what might be the largest, most important class action lawsuit in American history.  The top court is not deciding whether the women in the case were indeed victims of large-scale sex discrimination.  At issue is a procedural question: can...
The Corporate Food Industry has often been the scene of labor rights abuses ranging from dodging minimum pay laws to mandating long hours linked to the ebb and flow of customer patronage at  food establishments.  Many a waiter and waitress will tell you that they rarely are given the mandatory bre...
Recently the full Oklahoma Senate approved a series of bills ostensibly designed to reduce the cost of doing business in Oklahoma.  As states compete to bring in companies amidst a slowly recovering economy, the usual suspects have emerged as siren songs of the "pro-business" community: lower corpo...
The Washington State Court of Appeals decided yesterday that a 14 year teaching veteran deserves a trial in an Employment Discrimination case.  At issue for the jury is whether the Seattle School District should have transferred her to a clean, mold free environment before terminating her. Denise ...
As the showdown between Governor Scott Walker and Labor activists in Wisconsin continues to rivet the nation, one thing has become clear: Anti-labor forces across the country are using spiraling budget debt to justify attacks on established labor law.  Washington State is no different. Last week, ...