On March 14, 1911, Washington enacted the first workers’ compensation system in the country, alongside Kansas.  It was a new concept at the time, giving workers insurance benefits, including payment of lost wages and medical costs as well as protection from coercion by their employers in exch...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which has been monitoring whether businesses are following coronavirus guidelines to keep workers safe, is also in charge of accepting or rejecting claims filed on behalf of injured or ill workers to the state’s workers’ compensation...
[caption id="attachment_24831" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/rightdx[/caption] As Washington enters a statewide lockdown on Nov. 17 to curb a record spike in coronavirus cases, employers will face new restrictions and come under extra scrutiny to ensure that workers...
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...
A new Thanksgiving tradition has taken a prominent place alongside turkey carving, “food coma” naps and football-watching. After dinner, many now rush out to hunt for “door-buster” deals, often before the table has even been cleared. The day after Thanksgiving has long been a kickoff for...
While a certain level of workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can take a dangerous toll on a workers’ health. Excessive workplace stress is often caused by a work-related injury or illness; fear of being laid off; working more overtime hours due to staff cutbacks; sexual harassment or work...
Disruptions In Trash and Recycling Pickups Predicted as Workers Strike Against Republic’s Labor Law Violations and Attacks on Health Care Workers at Republic Services/Allied Waste  – the second largest solid waste and recycling company in the U.S. – found picket lines outside the facilities ...
Reports of an in increase in consumer spending provided more good news for the U.S. economy and boosted stocks on Friday as Wall Street closed its best first quarter since 1998.  In February, consumer spending rose by the highest rate in seven months – 0.8% – prompting economists to boost their...
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...
 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...