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Business Climate Blog

Part 3: Why L&I’s “Lower Than First Proposed” .8% Workers’ Comp Tax Increase Is Not a Great Deal for Employers or Workers

December 3, 2014 in Blog

While the seemingly “modest” or “measured” .8% increase in workers’ compensation taxes for 2015 appear unremarkable and have garnered little criticism, our neighbors to the south continue to enjoy significant rate decreases.

Why L&I’s “Lower Than First Proposed” .8% Workers’ Comp Tax Increase Is No Great Deal for Employers or Workers

December 3, 2014 in Blog

Last week the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced the average rate increase for workers’ compensation taxes in 2015 would be .8%, a full percentage point less than the 1.8% increase the agency first proposed this fall.  L&I says this lower tax rate will allow employers and workers to “keep about $20 million in their pocketbooks—money they would have paid into the syst

Another Victory for Right-to-Work: Indiana Supreme Court Rejects Union Lawsuit

November 7, 2014 in Blog

The Indiana Supreme Court has dealt another blow to unions desperate to turn back existing right-to-work laws and stop them from spreading to other states.  Yesterday the Court unanimously rejected a lawsuit by unions to have the state’s recently passed right-to-work law found unconstitutional.

Labor Files Lawsuit in Wisconsin Demanding a Higher Minimum Wage

November 5, 2014 in Blog

A labor union-backed group in Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit demanding Governor Scott Walker unilaterally increase the state’s current minimum wage of $7.25.

A Work Force of Robots: Part 2

October 23, 2014 in Blog

Yesterday The Wall Street Journal published an outstanding editorial pointing out the predictable response of businesses to a higher minimum wage—automation.

After posting a grim quarterly earnings report of a 30% decline in profits on a 5% decrease in sales, McDonald’s plans to begin replacing workers with machines. 

Will Boeing Become a Workforce of Robots?

October 22, 2014 in Blog

After years of strife with the Machinists union, Boeing is embracing a new approach to building the future 777X.   The new approach?  Robots.

A Real World Look at Increasing the Minimum Wage

October 10, 2014 in Blog

The CEO of CKE Restaurants, which runs 2,000 restaurants nationwide, published an outstanding editorial in the Wall Street Journal last weekend that explains why a government mandate increasing the minimum wage is bad for employers and workers.

King County Mandates Higher Wages for County Employees...While Proposing to Cut 500 County Jobs

October 9, 2014 in Blog

This week the Metropolitan King County Council passed an ordinance that will require most county employees, and the employees of companies that do business with the county, to earn a “living wage.”

WPC testifies before Congress on the Small Business Health Option Program exchanges

September 22, 2014 in Blog

Last week, WPC's Health Policy Analyst, Dr. Roger Stark, testified at a Congressional hearing, conducted by the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, to examine the ongoing problems with the Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) exchanges.