Wal-Mart rarely seems to get good press when it comes to workplace conditions or relations with its employees, and this past week was no exception. The United States Dept of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for a total of 24 “repeat and serio...
Many people identify Berkeley with the Free Speech Movement of 1960s, but few know that Berkeley was also a central player in the disability rights movement. Berkeley’s campus is where Ed Roberts — a student with quadriplegia — emerged as an outspoken advocate of the cause. Peggy Klaus, a con...
The Department of Labor & Industries will host four hearings for public comment on regulations concerning structured settlement agreements for workers’ compensation claims. In 2011, the Washington State Legislature passed several major workers’ compensation reform acts.  Engrossed House Bi...
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...
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...
Boeing Corporation recently settled a suit by a former American Airlines worker who claimed she has suffered from multiple complications after being exposed to toxic fumes in the cabin.  Terry Williams now suffers from a range of symptoms, from memory loss to sever headaches.  What is particularly...
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 ...