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New Post-COVID Hybrid Work Arrangements May Not Be as Flexible as Desired

Fourteen months after coronavirus confined the world’s office-workers to their homes, companies are embarking on another great experiment — how to get their teams back together, in-person, at least some of the time. It’s a task that is briefly uniting …

OSHA Prepares to Issue Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19

Mask mandates are coming down across the country, even as COVID cases are rising in most states. But the Biden administration appears poised to reinstate masking and other social distancing rules for recalcitrant governors — at least in the workplace. …

City of London Financial Center Likely to See Most Workers Return After Pandemic

LONDON – The City of London financial center, which has resembled a ghost town since the coronavirus swept the world last year, is likely to see most workers return to their offices after the pandemic, the City’s political leader said …

OSHA to Review COVID-19 Workplace Safety Enforcement Under Trump

Federal workplace safety regulators said on Friday they will revisit several COVID-19 related safety investigations performed during the Trump administration as part of a wider effort to better protect workers from the pandemic. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration …

Many Meatpackers, Other Food Workers Still Waiting for Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are making their way into the arms of U.S. meat and agriculture workers, but companies and union officials say progress needs to be faster after coronavirus outbreaks idled slaughterhouses and sickened thousands of workers. Vaccinating food workers could …

Biden Extends Unemployment Insurance for Workers Fearing COVID Risk

The Biden Administration is expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers who feel they are forced to choose between working in an unsafe environment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection. The U.S. Department of Labor is …

Many Firms Aren’t Paying OSHA Fines Levied for COVID-19 Safety Violations: Reuters

U.S. workplace safety regulators have announced more than $4 million in penalties on more than 300 employers they say put workers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. But about two-thirds of these employers aren’t paying up. Only 108 companies had …

House Committee to Probe Tyson, Smithfield, OSHA Over Covid Outbreaks

A Democratic-led House panel is launching a probe into coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants and whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration adequately enforced worker safety rules. Representative James Clyburn, who chairs the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, …

Workers Refusing Unsafe Work May Be Able to Get Unemployment Insurance

Many workers called back by employers resuming or expanding operations despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic face a dilemma: return to jobs that put them at high risk of the virus, or say no, and risk going without pay or unemployment …

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance

President Joe Biden’s administration released new workplace guidelines Friday that signaled a more proactive approach to protecting workers from the coronavirus. The new guidance from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration seeks to protect all types of workers, not …