Like most things in Texas, the construction sector in this state is big. In fact, 1 in every 13 workers in the Lone Star State works in homebuilding and commercial construction, a  $54 billion-per-year industry for Texas. Yet while construction is a key economic engine for the state, it's also fil...
The workers’ compensation system has been in effect for decades in Washington State, and despite its restructuring in 2010, it essentially remains the same system it’s always been.  Times change, manufacturing systems change, the tasks of workers change – everything seems to evolve but those ...
Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed by Casey B. Mulligan, economics professor at the University of Chicago and author of “The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy.” Proposals by the Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour promp...
Gun violence has marked yet another great American pastime, as Black Friday shoppers scuffled for holiday deals before the Thanksgiving turkey coma had even worn off.  Two shoppers were shot at a Florida Walmart yesterday, while a rash of fights, robberies and other violent incidents signaled the b...
Construction site injuries and fatalities cost the state of Washington hundreds of millions of dollars, and exact an incalculable price on the lives of workers themselves.  These costs were recently compiled and published in a report by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group. The repo...
In Washington State, workers have the right to choose their own doctor (often the patient’s family doctor) to administer care for a work injury.  Within the Department of Labor and Industries, and the workers’ compensation system, that provider becomes your “treating doctor.”  Yet there ar...
Dig U.S. Out is an organization created to put Americans back to work. With the national unemployment rate still hovering over 8% and millions seeking jobs, it is time for Americans to take action. The website of Dig U.S. Out features companies that manufacture 70% of their products in the U.S. Th...
How do I know if I have a third party claim? Individuals have a third party claim if they are injured in the course of their employment by a party who is NOT that person’s employer or coworker. For example, a delivery truck driver could be hit by another vehicle in the course of their daily route....
One year after the implementation of its new Stay at Work program, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has reimbursed over 560 employers with $2.5 million. All total this has helped 1,200 employees who were injured at work to remain on the job, making SAW one of the fastest growing wo...
According to manyAlaska Airlines flight attendants, the company’s new uniforms are making them physically ill. And this has nothing to do with unfashionable style. In a recent letter to the president of Alaska Air, union representatives speaking on behalf of 2,800 flight attendants said ten perce...