[caption id="attachment_35160" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/roman023[/caption] When employers knowingly fail to protect their workers, they are typically slapped with heavy fines by the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which also admin...
[caption id="attachment_25981" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/jarino47[/caption] In response to the growing list of front line workers fired or otherwise punished for raising concerns about workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, state senator Karen Keiser is p...
[caption id="attachment_24573" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/J. Michael Jones[/caption] Washington state regulators received no formal comment from Amazon.com Inc. during public hearings on a proposal to create a new insurance risk category for the e-commerce compan...
As coronavirus-related restrictions pile up with each new government mandate aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, also known as COVID-19, workers throughout Washington state are feeling the squeeze. In response, the state has highlighted benefits available to affected workers and has provide...
Vaguely-worded workers' compensation laws can sometimes be as detrimental to injured employees as no protections at all. Fortunately, laws can be changed.  Senate bill 6440, introduced in January, seeks to rein in RCW 51.32.110, a law that gives self-insured employers and Washington's Department o...
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 f...
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...