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Report Criticizes Meat Industry, USDA Response to Pandemic

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At the height of the pandemic, the meat processing industry worked closely with political appointees in the Trump administration to stave off health restrictions and keep slaughterhouses open even as COVID-19 spread rapidly among workers, according …

Biden Vaccine Mandates Face First Test With Federal Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pushing forward with a massive plan to require millions of private sector employees to get vaccinated by early next year. But first, he has to make sure workers in his own federal government …

Software Vendors Would Have to Disclose Breaches to U.S. Government Users Under Planned Order

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON – A planned Biden administration executive order will require many software vendors to notify their federal government customers when the companies have a cybersecurity breach, according to a draft seen by Reuters. A National Security Council spokeswoman said …

Pace of COVID-19 Claims in Calif. Slower than Projected So Far

California workers had filed 5,093 COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims as of Tuesday, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations, a pace that might lead to a lower impact on costs than projected by actuaries. The potential cost of the …

WCIRB Lowers Mid-Range Estimate of COVID Workers Comp Costs by $10B

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California published estimated costs of allowing state workers to receive benefits for COVID-19 claims without proving virus exposure at work, dropping a prior mid-range estimate by $10 billion. In a report published on …

Infections Near U.S. Meat Plants Rise at Twice National Rate

The coronavirus spread at more than twice the national rate in U.S. counties with major meatpacking plants in the first week after President Donald Trump issued an executive orderdirecting that they be reopened. Confirmed Covid-19 cases jumped 40% during the …

Regulators and Lawmakers Introducing Workers’ Comp to COVID-19

Sympathetic state lawmakers and regulators in states both red and blue promise to make COVID-19 a major cost driver for workers’ compensation insurers. The governors of Kentucky, Arkansas, North Dakota and Florida and state regulators in Illinois, Washington, Michigan and …

Order to Tighten Chemical Safety After Blasts Issued

President Barack Obama issued an executive order aimed at reducing risks that hazardous chemicals pose to workers and communities, citing the April fatal fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. Explosions such as the blast that killed more than a dozen people …