[caption id="attachment_93144" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Student employee group on Washington State University campuses file to form union (Photo courtesy of UAW)[/caption] On the heels of unionization efforts at the University of Washington and the University of California, about 1,600 grad...
[caption id="attachment_92394" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Ivan-balvan[/caption] Wage theft comes in many forms and affects all industries. On May 11, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the state Attorney General’s office fi...
[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_33929" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/jacoblund[/caption] Minority tech workers in Washington and California have scored a significant win in the ongoing battle against systemic pay and hiring discrimination in the United States.  More than ...
[caption id="attachment_21522" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/nikom1234[/caption] The Washington state agency that typically spends a great deal of time investigating employment issues like wage theft or workers’ compensations fraud has shifted its focus in recent ...
[caption id="attachment_21135" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/nuttapong[/caption] Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a pizza delivery driver’s class action lawsuit that Seattle-based Pagliacci Pizza fought hard to keep out of the public eye by sett...
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...
As millions of American “essential” workers during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ensure the rest of society has access to things like food, mail and health care, policymakers are proposing different types of hazard pay that are commensurate with the health risks these workers face. The Wash...
Employee wage theft can be so subtle that it goes unnoticed for years. A few dollars here and there may seem harmless. But over time, it can add up to enough to make a lower-wage worker’s life a lot harder. It may also be a sign that an employer is stealing from workers in other ways.  Tha...
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...