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Workers fired from Google plan federal labor complaint

Four workers fired from Google last week are planning to file charges against the company with a federal agency, claiming it unfairly retaliated against them for organizing workers around social …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Lawsuit alleges McDonald’s puts employees in physical danger

A group of employees from 13 McDonald’s restaurants in Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the company’s drive for profits puts workers at “daily risk” of physical attack by …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

New Jersey seeks $640M from Uber for misclassifying workers

New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Poll results show a third of workers changing actions amid #MeToo movement

Roughly a third of American workers say they’ve changed how they act at work in the past year amid the #MeToo movement

UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019

Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employees

Virginia Beach officials Saturday sought to put the focus on the 12 people who were fatally shot in a government building, not the gunman. The guns recovered from the scene …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019

Spokane’s National Weather Service employees feeling strain of government shutdown

Patience is wearing thin at the National Weather Service office in Spokane as its 25 employees remain unpaid and their jobs continue to be restricted by the longest federal government …

UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018

Walmart to offer employees a college education for $1 a day

Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, announced Wednesday that it will pay for its workers to go back to school – as long as they get degrees in business or …

Number of employees leaving jobs increases at fastest pace in 17 years, signaling higher pay

U.S. companies posted the fewest open jobs in seven months in December, yet the number of Americans quitting their jobs rose to a 17-year high, a mixed reading on the …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

AT&T, Boeing and Wells Fargo pass tax cut savings to workers

At least four major companies are building goodwill in the wake of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts by finding ways to pass along some of their likely savings to employees.

Sheriff: Undercover video shows dairy workers hitting cows

Police in Florida arrested three dairy farm employees on animal cruelty charges following the release of an undercover video by animal rights group showing workers abusing cows.

80 percent of employees say managers are unnecessary, survey finds

Eighty percent of employees say managers are unnecessary, a national survey on manager-employee relationships found.

Seattle-based steakhouse agrees to pay $1.5M to employees in settlement

The Seattle-based steakhouse El Gaucho has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed its restaurants withheld wages and tips from employees.

UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

A U.S. company offers to implant chips in its employees

A Wisconsin company is offering all of its employees the option to get a microchip implanted between the thumb and forefinger. It’s quick, painless and the company will even pick …

UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017

Appeals court: Civil rights law prohibits discrimination of LGBT

A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Tuesday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, setting up a likely battle before the Supreme …

Hugging employees may create hostile work environment, appeals court rules

Hugging can create a hostile work environment. In a decision Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived a sexual harassment lawsuit against Yolo County …

Sen. Michael Baumgartner and Rep. Marcus Riccelli: Bills promote second chance for workers

Disclosing one’s criminal history on a job application often immediately eliminates them from the applicant pool, regardless of qualifications.

Robert J. Samuelson: New era of labor scarcity?

The gig economy has been hyped. It poses as the labor market’s new reality. It isn’t. The new reality is how the old reality is being remade

Seattle officials propose sweeping law to protect workers from erratic schedules

Under a sweeping new scheduling law being considered by the city of Seattle, large retailers and many food-service companies with more than 500 employees would be required to give their …

Chicago lays off almost 500 teachers, another 500 school-based workers

Chicago Public Schools is laying off almost 500 teachers and another 500 school-based staff members, the district said Friday. The teachers being laid off will be eligible to apply for …

Feds find clues of gender bias at Microsoft, court filing says

U.S. Labor Department investigators told Microsoft this year they had found preliminary evidence of gender-based discrimination at the company, according to court papers filed this week in a gender-discrimination lawsuit.

Five things we learned from the surprisingly strong July jobs report

U.S. employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs in July, a sign of confidence amid sluggish economic growth that points to a resilient economy.

Employees give CEO a new car after he shared the wealth

The employees of a company whose boss gave them a well-publicized big raise have bought him a new Tesla.

Robert J. Samuelson: Are you a ‘work martyr’?

Millions of Americans aren’t taking all the vacation time they’ve earned – and that’s a commentary on America’s new work culture.

Spokane County 2016 budget includes pay raise for most employees

The 2016 Spokane County budget includes a bump in sales tax revenues, but also includes a pay increase of 1.5 percent for most employees, their first since 2011.

Study finds data theft among ex-employees

WASHINGTON – Many people who are either laid off from their job or simply moving to another opportunity often secretly take proprietary data from their employer on their way out …

County Manager’s Suspension Isn’t His First Cotter Served A Two-Day Suspension In ‘94 For Similar Comments

One of two Spokane County managers suspended this week for having an “earthy” on-the-job conversation also was suspended in 1994 for making profane and inflammatory comments. Jim Cotter, operations manager …

Wppss Will Lay Off 240 Workers

The Washington Public Power Supply System will lay off a total of 240 workers by the end of the year from the state’s only operating commercial nuclear power plant, a …