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Category: Business/Technology

The best of business and technology news from The Seattle Times.

January 28, 2015 at 6:01 AM

Tacoma businesses required to provide 3 sick days a year

The Associated Press TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma City Council voted Tuesday night to require businesses to give employees at least three sick days a year. KCPQ reports the ordinance was approved on an 8-1 vote. It takes effect in a year. An employee can earn one hour of sick time for every 40 hours of work. Some small…


Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news | Topics: minimum wage, Tacoma

January 27, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Avian flu quarantine on eggs, poultry lifted in S.E. Washington

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The Washington Agriculture Department has lifted a quarantine that restricted the movement of eggs, poultry and poultry products in parts of southeast Washington after avian flu was found in two Benton County backyard flocks in December. The department said Tuesday that the outbreak doesn’t appear to have spread beyond those two sites….


Comments | Topics: Avian flu, Benton County, Clallam County

January 19, 2015 at 11:19 AM

SpaceX releases video of rocket crash-landing on ocean barge

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX has released dramatic footage of its booster rocket trying to land on a floating ocean barge after a launch — an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion. The video released Friday shows the 14-story rocket hitting the football field-sized barge at an angle, lighting up the night sky off the…


Comments | More in Business/Technology | Topics: Elon Musk, SpaceX, video

November 19, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Seattle City Councilwoman Sawant arrested at wage protest

Update at 10:10 p.m.: A Working Washington spokesman said the organization expects the four people arrested for investigation of disorderly conduct during a wage protest to be released Wednesday night. Someone apparently posted bail for Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, spokesman Sage Wilson said. Original post: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant was arrested after she failed to disperse…


Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, The Blotter | Topics: $15 minimum wage

November 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Workers on one-day strike at two Tacoma hospitals

TACOMA — About 1,100 workers have started a one-day strike at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The News Tribune reports the Service Employees International Union Local 1199NW called the walkout Tuesday during contract negotiations. A spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, Scott Thompson, says it will keep negotiating. A federal mediator…


Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Health | Topics: hospitals, strike, Tacoma

October 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Seattle City Council committee takes step on affordable housing ‘linkage fee’

The Seattle City Council moved a step closer Tuesday to establishing a new set of fees on real estate development to pay for affordable housing. The council’s land use committee recommended approval of a resolution directing city staffers to draft legislation to create the so-called “linkage fees.” The full council is expected to vote on the resolution next Monday. The…


Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Government | Topics: linkage fees, real estate development, Seattle City Council

September 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Seattle Times warns of fake bills arriving in mailboxes

The Seattle Times wants to alert people about fake bills telling recipients they have been charged $499.95 for a year’s worth of content from The Seattle Times, The Los Angeles Times and possibly other major newspapers. A genuine Seattle Times bill looks like the image at the right. About a dozen people have been mailed the…



September 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Seattle mayor proposes new city office to oversee labor laws

Now that Seattle has “captured the nation’s attention” by passing a series of high-profile laws to protect workers and increase their pay, it must make sure that businesses understand and follow the new rules, Mayor Ed Murray said Monday as he proposed creating an Office of Labor Standards. The office would carry out education and enforcement duties related…


Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Government, Politics | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 2015 Seattle city budget, Mayor Ed Murray

September 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Paul G. Allen Foundation to give $9 million to fight Ebola

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced Thursday that it is donating $9 million to help fund the effort to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The $9 million contribution to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global Disaster Response Fund will establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which…


Comments | Topics: Ebola, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

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