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Employers rely on basics to stay coronavirus safe

Physical distancing, requiring employees to wear facemasks, encouraging frequent hand washing and regularly disinfecting equipment and surfaces are the pillars of maintaining a safe workplace, Mercer Health found.

Complicated vaccine questions for employers

As COVID vaccines become more widely available in the coming months, employers have big questions to answer: Should they require it for all employees? What if employees refuse? Are the vaccines covered cost-free under your group health plan?

Limit covid by addressing off-duty behavior

Here’s what you can and cannot do to get your workforce safely through the holiday season without catching the coronavirus.

OSHA’s coronavirus-related fines pass $3.5 million since March

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Dec. 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations arising from 263 inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in penalties totaling $3,504,345.

CDC offers employer resources to address covid-rage incidents

News reports regularly feature accounts of low-wage retail and restaurant employees being assaulted by customers who object to being told to put on a mask or leave. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a web page of advice to help employers counter that threat.

CDC urges masking, relaxes quarantine rules

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone to wear cloth facemasks indoors when they are not at home and has revised its recommendations for quarantining some workers.

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.