Articles by Dee-Ann Durbin and Anne D'Innocenzio

Stay Home or Go to Work Sick? Omicron Poses a Conundrum.

As the raging omicron variant of COVID-19 infects workers across the nation, millions of those whose jobs don’t provide paid sick days are having to choose between their health and their paycheck. While many companies instituted more robust sick leave …

Relaxed Mask Rules Make Some Retail Workers Nervous

An abrupt relaxation of mask policies has left workers at some retail and grocery stores reeling as they try to sort out what the new environment means for their own safety and relationship with customers. Kroger, the country’s largest grocery …

As States Ease Mask Rules, Essential Workers Worry About Safety and Jobs

Leo Carney worries that bigger crowds and mask-less diners could endanger workers at the Biloxi, Mississippi, seafood restaurant where he manages the kitchen. Maribel Cornejo, who earns $9.85 an hour as a McDonald’s cook in Houston, can’t afford to get …

Pullback by Wary Credit Insurers Leaves Suppliers, Retailers in Bind

Gold Medal International is sitting on millions of dollars worth of socks at its North Carolina warehouse that it can’t ship to stores. The reason? The 66-year-old family-owned sock maker can’t get enough credit insurance to cover potential losses if …

Feds Charge 11 in Biggest-Ever Identity Theft Case

Authorities in Boston have cracked what is believed to be the largest federal hacking and identity theft case ever, involving the theft and sale of more than 41 million credit and debit card numbers. Eleven people, including a U.S. Secret …

Feds Charge 11 in Biggest-Ever Identity Theft Case

Authorities in Boston have cracked what is believed to be the largest federal hacking and identity theft case ever, involving the theft and sale of more than 41 million credit and debit card numbers. Eleven people, including a U.S. Secret …

Consumer Safety Chief Slams Toy Industry Over Poor Safety

The acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission lashed out this week at the toy industry for a lack of safety controls that led to a string of highly publicized recalls, and she warned that the industry is obligated …

Mattel Could Announce Second Recall of Chinese-Made Toys

Less than two weeks after Mattel Inc. recalled 1.5 million Chinese-made toys because of lead paint, the toy industry is bracing for another blow that could give parents more reason to rethink their purchases just before the critical holiday shopping …

Parents, Toy Companies Stressed Over Major Toy Recall

Many American parents are facing a quandrary about what toys to buy their children following the recall by Mattel Inc. of almost 1 million Chinese-made toys because they may contain lead. As if fears over contaminated toothpaste, poisoned pet food …