Coronavirus News

Illinois Governor Signs Law Giving Benefits to Chicago First Responders Disabled by COVID

Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week signed a law providing full disability benefits to Chicago police officers and firefighters struck by COVID-19 before vaccines were available, presiding over an emotional statehouse ceremony which marked the end of a financial struggle for …

Seattle Ending Virus Emergency Proclamation, Rules for Gig Workers Changing

The City of Seattle, Washington, will end its COVID-19 emergency proclamation at the end of October. Mayor Bruce Harrell said in a statement Tuesday that Seattle will lift its remaining COVID emergency order to align with Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision …

Supreme Court Justice Denies Detective’s Bid to Block New York City’s Vaccine Mandate

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday denied an appeal from a New York Police Department detective who asked for an emergency injunction to keep the city from firing him over its mandate that municipal employees be vaccinated against …

China’s Tough COVID Policy Still Drags on Economy

China has been tweaking its stringent COVID curbs but shows no sign of backing off from its “dynamic zero” policy, and has lagged in vaccination efforts that would enable it to do so, casting a heavy shadow over the world’s …

New York City Firms’ Return-to-Office Plans Face Persistent COVID Headwinds

Efforts by financial firms and others to bring workers back to Manhattan offices more than two years after the start of the coronavirus pandemic face persistent headwinds, consultants said, with commuters still worrying about COVID-19 as well as safety. New …

Report Blasts Head of Massachusetts Care Center Where 76 Veterans Died From COVID

The leader of a veterans’ care center in Massachusetts where 76 veterans died after contracting the coronavirus in the spring of 2020 lacked both the leadership skills and the temperament to run such a facility when he was hired in …

California Cites Agencies, Foster Farms $3.8M for COVID-19 Sick Leave Violations

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited three temporary staffing agencies as well as joint employers Foster Farms, LLC and Foster Poultry Farms nearly $3.8 million for failure to inform 3,476 temporary workers of their available COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. …

Popular Garlic Festival in California Canceled over Insurance, Pandemic

This year’s edition of California’s beloved Gilroy Garlic Festival has been canceled and the annual event’s future is uncertain, organizers announced. The celebration of the pungent vegetable has been held for more than 40 years, drawing huge crowds over three …

Worker Died of COVID After Staff Meeting at Washington Business

An investigation into the COVID-19 death of a worker at a Sumner, Washington, fish processing plant found company leaders knowingly putting workers at risk of exposure to the virus. The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries cited and fined …

California to Keep Workplace Pandemic Rules Through 2022

California workplace regulators are poised to extend mandatory pay for workers affected by the coronavirus through the end of 2022, more than two months after state lawmakers restored similar benefits through September. The decision again pits management against labor as …