The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a branch of the Department of Labor, has announced a new “National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities.” This initiative aims are protecting workers from safety and health hazards commonly found in the medical ind...
In a recent article we discussed ways that excessive workplace stress can compromise a workers’ health, both physically and emotionally. High workplace stress can be triggered by a work-related injury or illness, or caused by fear of being laid off; putting in additional overtime hours because of ...
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...
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...
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...
Union membership in Washington State and the U.S. has fallen yet another year, continuing a trend now spanning several decades. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, membership rates in 2011 fell to 11.8% of the American work force.  That figure was down slightly from 11.9% in 2010, despite ...
Two years ago a Washington state foundry worker fell into a tub of molten steel and sustained injuries that resulted in the loss of a leg and arm. Then, only a few months following this tragic incident, another Washington worker suffered severe burns at a galvanizing plant when he stepped into molte...
The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor just issued its final ruling to implement an exclusion for recreational vessel workers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. The rule sets guidelines for what constitutes a "recreational vessel" under ...
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...