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California Will Keep Workplace Pandemic Rules Through 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California workplace regulators on Thursday extended mandatory pay for workers affected by the coronavirus through the end of 2022, acting more than two months after state lawmakers restored similar benefits through September. The decision again pitted …

Mass. Finds Virus Caused No Physical Loss, the 1st State High Court to Rule

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in the first state high court ruling on the question, has sided with an insurer and an insurance agency in finding that the COVID-19 losses claimed by three restaurants were not “direct physical loss of …

Travelers’ Profit Beats Estimates on Lower Catastrophe Losses

Property and casualty insurer Travelers Companies Inc. reported a 48% jump in quarterly profit that beat analysts’ estimates on Tuesday, as lower catastrophe-related claims cushioned a hit from investment losses. The company’s core income rose to $1.04 billion, or $4.22 …

Companies Cautious on Impact of Omicron Coronavirus Variant

Pandemic-weary corporations struggled to assess the impact of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Monday, with industries from airlines to autos awaiting more details to help determine how it might affect their operations and profits. The World Health …

Viewpoint: High Bar For Litigators Who Want to Compel In-Person Depositions

Due to concerns regarding coronavirus over the past 18 months, in-person depositions have dramatically decreased in number. Remote technology has allowed litigators to conduct depositions entirely from the comfort of their home or office, and avoid any related travel time …

Covid Hit at Least 59,000 Meat Workers in Pandemic’s First Year, Report Says

At least 59,000 meatpacking workers contracted the coronavirus in the first year of the pandemic as the virus rapidly spread in plants’ cramped conditions, according to internal documents from five major meat conglomerates obtained by a U.S. House subcommittee investigating …

6th Circuit Joins 8th and 11th in Rejecting COVID-Related Business Interruption Claim

A third federal appellate court has ruled against a policyholder seeking business-interruption coverage for income lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. A panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published decision released Wednesday, affirmed a district court …

Biden Vaccine Mandate Will Test OSHA’s Authority

WASHINGTON — The U.S. agency in charge of the Biden administration’s new rules requiring COVID-19 vaccination at many private workplaces faces stiff challenges in developing and enforcing the mandate. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that all staff at U.S. …

US Senate Panel Hears From Chubb, Others on Insuring Pandemic Risk

NEW YORK — New Jersey business owner Adenah Bayoh told a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Wednesday she paid about $275,000 a year to insure her group of restaurants, only to discover the limits of her policy during the coronavirus …

Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a judge’s ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic regulations for cruise ship operation. The one-paragraph decision by a …