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Gorsuch seen as business-friendly on labor, workplace issues

In a decade as a federal appeals court judge, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has criticized courts for giving too much power to government agencies that enforce the nation’s labor and employment laws. As a lawyer in private practice, he also backed curbs on some class-action lawsuits.

Spokane’s first legal pot buyer’s firing rescinded

One of the employment opportunities Spokane’s first legal pot purchaser said he’d lost as a result of his fame has been reinstated, a company official said. Mike Boyer, first in line to buy legal recreational marijuana at a Spokane retailer earlier this week, posted online he’d lost a security job Wednesday and later said he’d also been forced out of his part-time temp employment with LaborReady, a Tacoma-based firm.

Fired Coeur d’Alene officer’s $3.2 million judgment upheld

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $3.2 million judgment against the city of Coeur d’Alene for firing a police lieutenant without cause. Dan Dixon, who had worked 17 years for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, and his wife, Heidi Dixon, sued the city in 2009. His firing that summer followed a string of frivolous complaints against him by a subordinate, the couple argued.

State’s jobless benefits fund in nation’s top 10

Washington’s unemployment compensation fund is among the healthiest in the nation, according to a study by the National Employment Law Project. With $2.1 billion in reserves as of March 31, the Washington system ranked ninth strongest among the 13 still solvent after more than two years of heavy job losses around the United States, according to the study.