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Class-action claims bias in coronavirus response

As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in workplaces, a trickle of lawsuits that began in the spring has turned into a raging torrent. Lawyers are finding novel ways to litigate safety decisions employers made months ago, before the impact of the virus was as well understood as it is now.

Biden to push enforceable OSHA covid rules

President-elect Joe Biden has said bringing the coronavirus under control is his Day One priority when he takes office on Jan. 20. A flood of coronavirus-related initiatives is likely to immediately follow. Here is what to expect.

CDC research: Telecommuting really does help prevent covid-19

Employees who worked exclusively in an office setting between March and July 2020 were twice as likely to contract covid-19 as those who worked from home.

Snapshot: What employers are doing to promote coronavirus safety

Most employers have implemented these measures to ensure employee safety as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

OSHA’s COVID crackdown tool: ‘General Duty Clause’

You may be surprised to learn that while OSHA has a lot to say about workplace safety during the pandemic, the agency lacks any specific standards covering infectious diseases or viral prevention at work. Instead, OSHA exercises its COVID-19 authority under what’s known as its “General Duty Clause.”

OSHA issues COVID workplace ventilation guide

Effective ventilation is just one tool in your organization’s effort to mitigate coronavirus in your workplace.

U.S. employers outpace foreign firms on coronavirus

For example, 64% of U.S. employers say they provide personal protective equipment for all employees, compared to an average of 48% of employers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Thanksgiving during the pandemic: Leave and workplace safety issues

There are some things you need to be aware of for the impending holiday season.

OSHA nets $2.5 million in coronavirus penalties

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations arising from 179 inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $2,496,768.

Coronavirus cancels this year’s holiday party plans

One year after nearly 76% of companies planned to hold holiday parties, just 23% are planning a year-end celebration this year, and 74% of those will be virtual events, according to a new survey by the Challenger, Gray & Christmas outplacement firm.