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...
In an effort to promote best practices and reduce worker injury from exposure to hazardous chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC). Working together, these organizations will continue to ad...
The Department of Labor & Industries is soliciting public feedback on draft rules for implementing parts of the workers’ compensation medical network, scheduled to launch in 2013. These rules concern injured workers’ visits to non-network providers and will spell out what L&I will pay fo...
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...
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...
Some companies assume they can ignore the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when it comes to employees who haven’t yet reached their anniversary dates. Yet that belief was directly overturned this month by the Eleventh Circuit, which covers Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Pereda v. Brookdale Sen...
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 ...