WASHINGTON — Wages and salaries rose in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record, dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Hillary Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn’t have enough support.
Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire
We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworking. The remaining quarter is for countering the ill effects of overworking. We do the latter not necessarily to...
Date: 06/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The path toward trade bills that would allow the U.S. to secure pacts with 11 Pacific Rim nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership has had more uphill climbs and switchbacks than the Silk Road.Trade issues, specifically trade authority for President Obama and related worker...
Date: 06/23/2015 | Editorials
NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs is telling its summer interns to take the night off.Banking interns were instructed to leave the office by midnight and not return before 7 a.m., while also taking Saturdays off, Michael DuVally, a spokesman for the New York bank, said Wednesday.
Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire
Paid family leave affects our country and our businesses and the personal lives of the parents trying to strive without it. The United States is one of only four nations in the world without a federal entitlement to paid leave for families (out of around 200 nations). So it is obvious...
Date: 06/17/2015 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — The federal government is strongly urging employers to give transgender employees access to bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, marking a new policy front in the fast-moving campaign for transgender equality.
Date: 06/10/2015 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.
Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire
In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That's no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using "noncompete" agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.Originally designed to stop tech...
Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists
LOS ANGELES — Moving to the forefront of a national campaign to boost the incomes of low-wage workers, Los Angeles lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve an ordinance hiking the citywide minimum wage to at least $15 an hour by 2020.
Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire
It's an ode to cognitive dissonance when pundits come out swinging (rhetorically) against a strong minimum wage or decent pensions for everyday working people but don't even bat an eyelash at big-time CEOs who take home millions of dollars a year or outsource local jobs —...
Date: 06/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists
BISMARCK, N.D. — BNSF Railway Co. says it’s planning employee furloughs due to slipping freight shipping demand across its rail network.The company said Wednesday in a statement that it hopes to call back employees “as soon as business needs change.”
Date: 05/27/2015 | Business Wire
Investing wisely through our expenditures in education, transportation, research and development will help create opportunities for sustainable economic growth. To do so, however, we have to attract high quality employees to actually do the work.The people who keep our...
Date: 05/24/2015 | Commentary
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation’s second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.
Date: 05/21/2015 | Business Wire
When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smartphone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.In the lawsuit, Arias,...
Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World
I am taken aback by the hostility expressed toward public school teachers in two recent letters to the Herald ("Accountability must play part,"
Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary
It is axiomatic that a knowledge of history is necessary to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. When it comes to the minimum wage, Washington has a track record worth remembering.Amid heightened labor activism, however, state and local policymakers should carefully...
Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — Private-sector job growth surprisingly slowed again in April, with businesses adding just 169,000 net new positions, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said Wednesday.
Date: 05/07/2015 | Business Wire
SAN FRANCISCO — Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday.The analysis uncovered a glaring imbalance...
Date: 05/07/2015 | Business Wire
At $9.47 an hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage among the 50 states, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. But even at that rate, a family of three with one wage-earner grossing a little less than $19,700 a year would still fall below the federal poverty level...
Date: 05/01/2015 | Editorials
The bell tolled 89 times Tuesday for those in Washington state who died from injuries or illness related to their work.Twelve times it rang for residents of Snohomish County. The annual Worker Memorial Day...
Date: 04/30/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is preparing to do what the U.S. economic recovery has been slow to accomplish: raise the wages of millions of Americans.
Date: 04/22/2015 | Business Wire
Viewpoints: Many workers older, supporting families
Date: 04/19/2015 | Commentary
I am writing in response to an opinion piece published in the Herald Business Journal on March 31, titled "Right-to-work effort under way in state." In this commentary there was use of...
Date: 04/19/2015 | Commentary
NEW YORK — The Fight for $15 campaign that began with fast-food workers expanded in size and scope Wednesday to include a range of workers who say their meager pay is a form of economic injustice.
Date: 04/15/2015 | Business Wire
The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious — and utterly lacking in nutritious content.Just as desserts should be.Washington political...
Date: 04/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Ellen Pao's gender discrimination suit against her employer contained the juicy elements that captivate us. The plaintiff was a Harvard-educated lawyer suing for a healthy $16 million. The defendant was Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the high-powered venture capital firm. The...
Date: 04/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists
With Democrats in the state House and Republicans in the Senate in general agreement about how much to spend on education, both now face a tougher climb in finding agreement in how to pay for it.The Senate...
Date: 04/03/2015 | Editorials
Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.The fast food workers who staged walkouts to advance the...
Date: 04/02/2015 | Business Wire
The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the...
Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Since the Equal Pay Act became law in 1963, women have made gains as the gap has closed between what they and men earn working at comparable jobs. According to
Date: 03/26/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — Fueled by higher stock and home values, Americans' net worth reached a record high in the final three months of 2014.Household wealth rose 1.9 percent during the October-December quarter to nearly $83 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Stock and...
Date: 03/13/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — More federal workers feel financially stable than the rest of the U.S. workforce, according to a recent national survey.A Gallup poll released this month found that 44 percent of federal employees described their financial well-being as...
Date: 03/13/2015 | Business Wire
I'll spare you the details — since you've likely been through a similarly undignified experience — but a bout of intestinal flu isn't pretty. Hopefully you were able to do what I did: take a few days off work to get well. I could do that without losing part of my paycheck,...
Date: 03/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The idea of helping low-income people by subsidizing their fares on public transportation sounds noble. It truly does. But as a means of confronting the national problem of meager paychecks, it's rather misdirected.All eyes are now on Seattle, which has started offering...
Date: 03/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Obesity is weighing heavily on the U.S. economy.As a panel of scientists considers ways to help Americans trim down, unpublished research shows medical expenses linked to being extremely overweight have skyrocketed. Experts say the damage is augmented by...
Date: 03/07/2015 | Business Wire
According to most measures, the economy is humming along, healthy and growing. Which, in capitalistic theory, is a good thing, but it turns out that once again, it's mostly those who are already wealthy that are benefitting from the economic gains.A new report from
Date: 03/02/2015 | Editorials
To the casual observer, the investment returns recently announced by the California pension system might seem like cause for celebration. The state's investments in firms that buy private companies generated a 20 percent return in 2014.California's $30 billion worth of...
Date: 03/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — The new boss proved an able negotiator, winning himself an outsize compensation and benefits package. They even bought him a mansion.But at his first and only party for employees, he roped off most of the interior and installed backyard...
Date: 02/27/2015 | Business Wire
TJX Cos., the owner of discount retailers T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, is raising its worker pay to at least $9 an hour this year, a sign that the retail industry is responding to a similar wage hike announced last week by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire
Herald editorial: Young athletes should be paid their due
Date: 02/25/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — While Washington’s four teams in the Western Hockey League are under investigation for child labor practices, the state Legislature is considering a league request to exempt amateur athletes from state labor laws.
Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — An Everett lawmaker said Monday she is introducing a bill to reduce Boeing's generous tax break if the aerospace giant trims its workforce in the next 25 years.Democratic Rep. June Robinson said her aim is to ensure...
Date: 02/17/2015 | Business
ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal agency sued Seasons 52 restaurants Thursday, contending the chain owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants is discriminating against job applicants age 40 or older.
Date: 02/13/2015 | Business Wire
Quid pro quo.The Latin term generally means "something for something." In Washington state it often means "tax breaks for jobs." At least that was what many thought it meant in late 2013 when the Legislature and the governor
Date: 02/12/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — Aerospace companies that save millions of dollars through tax breaks — or billions in the case of the Boeing Co. — could face new rules if they want to keep them.A group of House Democrats are pushing to...
Date: 02/07/2015 | Business
DETROIT — Ford is adding 1,550 jobs at four plants to meet demand for the new 2015 F-150 pickup, and the influx of new entry-level workers will bump up the wages of as many as 500 lower-paid employees already on the automaker’s payroll.
Date: 02/05/2015 | Business Wire
CHICAGO — Many workers might have reason to feel more optimistic about their chances of getting a raise than they have in years.
Date: 01/23/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — A healthy month of hiring in December capped the best year for U.S. job growth since 1999, demonstrating that employers are more confident than they’ve been since the Great Recession began.
Date: 01/09/2015 | Business Wire
MILL CREEK — The City Council might have set some sort of record, having forced half of its city managers to resign since Mill Creek was incorporated in 1983. The pattern has people concerned.Most recently, city manager Ken Armstrong resigned, effective Jan. 2, after...
Date: 01/09/2015 | Local News
LOS ANGELES — A month after firing its founder over alleged misconduct toward female employees, American Apparel on Wednesday unveiled a new sexual harassment policy.
Date: 01/08/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.
Date: 01/07/2015 | Business Wire
The stock market is going great guns! That's supposed to be the good news for this New Year's Eve. It is indeed for a very small slice of people, but not really for the rest of us. That's because the median household income in Washington state fell between 2009 and 2013 (half of...
Date: 12/31/2014 | Opinion Columnists
CHICAGO — Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama's recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally.Labor leaders say the president's...
Date: 12/25/2014 | Business Wire
Pro vs. con: Should colleges and industries team up?
Date: 12/21/2014 | Commentary
CHICAGO — The National Labor Relations Board on Friday issued 13 complaints against McDonald’s and some of its franchisees, calling them "joint employers" and alleging they violated labor rights of employees at various restaurants nationwide.
Date: 12/19/2014 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of congressional leaders reached a deal Tuesday evening that would for the first time allow the benefits of current retirees to be severely cut, part of an effort to save some of the nation’s most distressed pension plans.
Date: 12/10/2014 | Business Wire
If John Olajide's staffers have one too many at his company's holiday party he'll have them shuttled home in a taxi or send them to a hotel room for the night."If they're at our party, we're responsible for them," says Olajide,...
Date: 12/06/2014 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation's 1,400 multi-employer pension plans.Several unions and pension advocates oppose the move, which...
Date: 12/04/2014 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses hired at a solid pace last month, according to a private survey, a signal that Friday’s November jobs report from the government will likely also show strength.
Date: 12/04/2014 | Business Wire
EVERETT — A top administrator in Snohomish County's Public Works Department was placed on paid leave recently after higher-ups learned she had two felony theft convictions — from more than a year earlier.
Date: 11/26/2014 | Local News
One desk was stashed in a forbidding storage closet. One was crammed into a corner. Another was curiously isolated in a large, spooky warehouse and surrounded by skids stacked with boxes.
Date: 11/26/2014 | Business Wire
It's not surprising that male-dominated, tech-happy businesses such as Apple and Facebook have recently announced that as a benefit, they will pay for their female employees to freeze their eggs,...
Date: 11/24/2014 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act so far has not prompted the nation’s employers to drop health benefits for some or all of their workers as critics of the law had predicted, according to two major surveys released Wednesday.
Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — More than five years into the economic expansion, the signs that economists look for to herald the pickup in pay that has long eluded American workers are starting to emerge.
Date: 11/20/2014 | Business Wire
PHOENIX — Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to change some of the rules for workers at the Web retailer's warehouses in the United States so that employees can communicate about pay and working conditions without fear of retaliation.In a...
Date: 11/20/2014 | Business Wire
SNOHOMISH — The city is on the road to recovery from the economic recession. But that progress isn’t coming without a cost to residents.
Date: 11/11/2014 | Local News
Companies love to tout their generous maternity leaves and flexible work arrangements as evidence they’re supporting their female employees. They promote perks such as company-sponsored child care and elder care benefits to show they’re committed to helping women balance their lives - and...
Date: 11/08/2014 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market should continue to improve.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a...
Date: 11/07/2014 | Business Wire
Under pressure to raise his state's minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so. Low-wage workers had filed a complaint charging that the state's minimum wage — $7.25 — did not constitute a "living wage" as...
Date: 11/03/2014 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Luke Grossman makes $6 an hour and he’s proud of it. At the YMCA in Norfolk, Virginia, where he washes towels, the boss is nice and the coffee’s free.As for his salary, “that’s my business,” he said.
Date: 10/26/2014 | Nation & World
Tech companies are offering egg freezing as a benefit to their employees. There's some suspicion among women I know that this is supposed to help/force women in technology balance family and career by delaying childbirth; it's not a good time in your late 20s and early 30s, so freeze...
Date: 10/19/2014 | Commentary
SAN FRANCISCO — Still working to repair damage caused by his gaffe about women seeking pay raises, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has again apologized to employees and announced in a company-wide memo that all workers will receive expanded training on how to foster an inclusive culture.
Date: 10/17/2014 | Business Wire
Don't ask. Just trust that the system will reward you for your compliance.That is the message Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella delivered last week, when prodded for advice to give women who are reluctant to request raises."It's not really about...
Date: 10/15/2014 | Opinion Columnists
American business leaders express guarded confidence in the economic recovery, yet many low- and middle-income households continue to experience stagnant incomes and bleak prospects. This marks a dangerous and decisive moment for the country, says a new report from the Harvard Business School.
Date: 10/15/2014 | Opinion Columnists
ASPEN, Colo. — One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen — yes, I realize the irony — is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government...
Date: 10/14/2014 | Opinion Columnists
NEW YORK — Don't ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you "superpowers" that will translate into employer trust and other "good karma" that will eventually come back around to your purse.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was widely derided...
Date: 10/10/2014 | Business Wire
NEW YORK — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized Thursday night and said he was wrong for saying that women don't need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well.
Date: 10/09/2014 | Business Wire
Why haven't you gotten a raise?In the past few years, corporate profits have climbed ever higher. Legions of unemployed people are now finding gainful employment, with joblessness finally falling below 6 percent. Meanwhile, if you're anything like the average American...
Date: 10/09/2014 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Workers who fill customer orders for Internet retailer Amazon might be out of luck in their quest to be paid for time they spend going through security checkpoints each day.
Date: 10/08/2014 | Business Wire
If you wanted to nudge the courts to establish a right to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, you couldn't pick a more sympathetic plaintiff than Brandon Coats of Colorado. As a teenager, Coats was in an automobile accident that left him severely disabled. Now 34, Coats...
Date: 10/06/2014 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Where are the pay raises?Employers in the United States are hiring at a brisk pace. Unemployment has sunk to a nearly healthy rate. Jobs are being filled across a range of industries.Yet the September jobs report released Friday contained a...
Date: 10/03/2014 | Business Wire
The percentage of women working in the aerospace industry in Washington has remained stagnant for more than 20 years, according to a state labor market economist.Women account for 1 in 4 jobs in aerospace, a ratio that has changed little since the 1990s, said Anneliese...
Date: 09/22/2014 | Business
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits plunged last week to a two-month low, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen.
Date: 09/18/2014 | Business
Americans are starting fewer businesses, new companies are going out of business more quickly, and the new firms that do get off the ground are creating fewer jobs.None of that bodes very well for an economy still trying to find its footing.
Date: 09/18/2014 | Business
The tea party mantra, "I want my country back," resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared.Older and mostly...
Date: 09/16/2014 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON - If starting salaries were the sole measure of elite universities, U.S. News' most recent college rankings would look very different.Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Columbia, the country's top four universities by U.S. News' measure, for one, wouldn't crack the top...
Date: 09/14/2014 | Nation & World
Three years ago, Harvard Business School asked thousands of its graduates, many of whom are leaders of America's top companies, where their firms had decided to locate jobs in the previous year. The responses led the researchers to declare a "competitiveness problem" at...
Date: 09/13/2014 | Business
Our economy is made up of elements that interact with each other in ways that are as simple and as complicated as people’s relationships. We don’t always think about them as being related, but it might help if we did.
Date: 09/12/2014 | Business
LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers.
Date: 09/11/2014 | Business
Fast-food workers in more than 150 cities staged another in a series of one-day strikes on Thursday. At least 19 people were arrested outside of a New York City McDonald's. The workers' "Fight for 15" campaign, an effort to win $15 hourly wages and contracts from some of the...
Date: 09/07/2014 | Commentary
Full-time American workers labor the equivalent of nearly an additional day each week, averaging 47 hours instead of the standard 40, according to Gallup poll results released Friday.Just 42 percent of full-time employees work 40 hours a week, the traditional total based on...
Date: 08/30/2014 | Nation & World
When I think of the controversy over telecommuting at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, I’m reminded of a line from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
Date: 08/20/2014 | Business
Looking for a business book to add to your end-of-summer reading list?
Date: 08/18/2014 | Business
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple's workforce may be 70 percent male and 55 percent white, but the company still managed Tuesday to hand in one of the most impressive diversity scorecards in Silicon Valley.In revealing for the first time the demographic breakdown of its...
Date: 08/14/2014 | Business
Three factors are converging to raise the cost of labor in Snohomish County. The passage of the $15 minimum wage in neighboring Seattle, a 4.9 percent (and falling) unemployment rate and continued positive news in the economy likely will push wages at all skill levels higher in the foreseeable...
Date: 08/04/2014 | Business