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COVID-19 Cases, Deaths on Rise Again at Nursing Homes

COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too, leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted. …

Health Insurers Cooperating With Plan to Pay for Home COVID Tests Starting Saturday

Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks to lower costs and make testing for …

Employers Fear Long-Term Liability From ‘Take-Home’ COVID-19 Lawsuits

As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States, businesses say they fear a California court ruling has increased the likelihood that companies will be sued for infections, even by people who are not employees or customers. The Dec. 21 ruling …

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 …

Supreme Court Conservatives Question OSHA Business Vaccine Rule

Fully vaccinated and mostly masked, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared skeptical Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on the nation’s large employers. The court seemed more open to a separate vaccine mandate for most …

Safety Council Finds Employer Vaccine Mandates Boost Worker Vaccination Rate 20%

The National Safety Council (NSC) released survey findings showing that employer vaccine requirements are driving higher vaccination rates among workers. According to the survey, employer vaccine requirement led to a 20% increase in worker vaccination uptake. About 95% of workers …

Transport Industry Expects Continued Staffing Woes as Concern Over Omicron Spreads

From seafarers refusing to get back on ships to truck drivers whose concern over Covid-related border closures trumps the lure of higher pay, the transport industry is bracing for another roller coaster year of supply-chain disruptions. As omicron infections surge …

Supreme Court Weighs Bids to Block Biden Vaccine Mandates Today

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday is set to consider requests by Republican state officials and business groups to block President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 workers and a similar requirement for healthcare facilities at …

Study Questions Link Between In-Person Schooling and COVID Infection Rates

A new study shows that COVID-19 incidence rates were not statistically different in counties with in-person learning versus remote school modes in most regions of the U.S. Many educators believe that in-person learning results in high learning outcomes but that …

Many Re/Insurance Buyers Are ‘Frustrated’ With Multiple Years of Price Rises

Frustration is setting in for commercial insurance buyers subjected to multiple years of price rises, especially those that have improved their risk profiles by de-risking and elevating risk management, according to a recent report published by Howden. And that frustration …