The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in four years, strengthening evidence that our job market continues to improve.  The Department of Labor also confirmed that the U.S. economy grew by 3% in the fourth quarter of 2011. From December through Febr...
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited Florida-based Bennett Electrical Services Co. for three safety violations, including one judged to be willful, following the serious injury of an employee. In the course of an inspection begun in August b...
When Leroy MacKlem lost his veterans disability compensation for an injured hip, gas cost 27 cents per gallon and Harry Truman was President. The year was 1950. He just learned, however, that he will now get all of it back. This is a case that reveals both bureaucratic incompetence on the part of ...
In recent months the California Department of Insurance has been trying to enlist "suspicious employers," investigators, and "concerned co-workers" in the fight against insurance fraud by asking them to use social networks and "smart interviewing techniques that uncover information [leading] to pr...
With weather forecasters predicting one of the biggest Seattle snow storms in recent years to arrive tomorrow, workers and employers should prepare to take full precautions to ensure winter safety. The U.S. Department of Labor has created a new page on the website for its Occupational Safety and Hea...
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...
Although the Supreme Court shot down a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart earlier this year, a group of women are continuing to pursue a lawsuit against the retail super giant using a new tactic.  The new lawsuit seeks to narrow the class of women alleging institutional discrimination to workers...
While still uncommon, it seems like the evening news is reporting more and more sad instances of disgruntled employees bringing violence to the workplace.  Just last Wednesday, a troubled ex-husband of a hairdresser entered a Salon in Seal Beach, California and murdered eight people.  While the pe...
Insurance companies can deploy multiple “bad faith” tactics to delay, obfuscate, and muddle the workers’ compensation claims process as it unfolds between insured employers and injured workers.  One of the more common legal tactics is to bury clauses deep in workers comp contracts to create b...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled a lawsuit brought against a Wisconsin-based construction products firm.  The EEOC filed the suit against Richardson Industries of Sheboygan (working as Richco Structures) when an employee, Morgan Rae Brocker, charged that she ...