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Workers Refusing Covid Vaccine Could Lose Their Jobs

Texas nurse Jennifer Bridges plans to go to work on June 7, like it’s any other day. The only difference is, when she gets there she expects to be fired. That day is the deadline her employer, Houston Methodist hospital, …

Workplace Safety Regulator Warns Of COVID-19 Hazards Inside Iowa Capitol

A top workplace safety regulator warned the Republican leaders of the Iowa Legislature that conditions inside the state Capitol are hazardous and may be exposing workers to the coronavirus, according to documents released April 19. Russell Perry, administrator of the …

Wisconsin Food Plant Worker Sues ConAgra After Contracting COVID-19

A food plant employee is suing his Walworth County, Wisconsin, employer alleging he contracted the coronavirus at work and infected his wife who died from the disease. Rigoberto Ruiz, of Beloit, says ConAgra Foods didn’t enforce a policy to ensure …

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. …

Indiana Senate OKs Bill Making Pregnant Worker Accommodations Optional

Indiana legislators gave final approval to a bill that won’t require businesses to make accommodations for pregnant workers, despite an appeal from Gov. Eric Holcomb for a law requiring more protections. The proposal allows a pregnant employee to request accommodations …

Home Working Likely to Remain – Even After Pandemic Ends: UK Survey

Home working is likely to remain after the pandemic finishes, according to a survey of 2,000 companies the UK, most of which are planning to allow employees greater flexibility on where and when they do their jobs. CIPD, the professional …

Grant Thornton Staff in UK Want to Stay Home After Pandemic, in New Blow to the Office

In a fresh blow to the office, staff at one of the UK’s largest accountancy firms have given strong support to working mostly from home after the pandemic subsides. A survey of Grant Thornton UK LLP employees found that 88% …

PwC Announces Hybrid Post-COVID Working Model for UK Staff

PricewaterhouseCoopers will give UK staff Friday afternoons off this summer and allow them to choose the amount of time they spend working from home as part of a post-pandemic shakeup of working patterns. The accountancy firm announced its hybrid working …

Judge: Austin Can Require Masks Despite Lifting of Texas’ Statewide Mandate

A Texas judge is allowing the City of Austin to continue to require face coverings in local businesses weeks after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ended a statewide mask mandate and other COVID-19 safety measures. The ruling by state District Judge …

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 …