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Meatpacking Safety Recommendations Are Largely Unenforceable

MINNEAPOLIS– Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees’ lives at risk. Extensive guidance issued …

Millions Evacuated From India, Bangladesh as Cyclone Nears Making Landfall

Authorities along India’s east coast and neighboring Bangladesh evacuated millions to safer places and shut some factories as the biggest cyclonic storm in two decades makes landfall, causing heavy rain and strong winds in the region. Amphan, now equivalent of …

Reopening U.S. Economy Will Mean Creating All Kinds of New Jobs

Thermal scanners in Utah and Maryland. Contact tracers in San Francisco. Decontamination technicians in Miami. Meet the people needed to keep the post-Covid economy running. In the wake of a pandemic that’s put millions of Americans out of work, a …

U.S. Employers Wary of Coronavirus ‘Immunity’ Tests as They Move to Reopen

NEW YORK — U.S. employers have cooled to the idea of testing workers for possible immunity to the coronavirus as they prepare to reopen factories and other workplaces. Blood tests that check for antibodies to the new coronavirus have been …

Pa. Gov. Cites Denied Insurance Claims as Reason Not to Defy Shut-Down Orders

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf issued a warning Monday to businesses that choose to open in defiance of the pandemic shutdown, saying they could be jeopardizing their insurance coverage. With several counties in open rebellion against …

In Midst of Pandemic, Resorts Prepare For Summer Guests

RICHMOND, Minn. — Families are waiting to see what their summer vacations will look like in the midst of a pandemic, but some of the places preparing to host them are still making plans. At Riverside Resort on the Horseshoe …

Frontier Airlines to Mandate Temperature Screening For All Passengers

Frontier Airlines said on Thursday it would begin temperature screenings for all passengers and crew members on June 1 and bar anyone with a temperature at or exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C). The move, in what Frontier said was …

Viewpoint: How COVID-19 and Recession Are Upending Workers’ Comp

COVID-19 and the onset of a deep global recession are reshaping every corner of workers’ compensation, from legal issues surrounding coverage to the delivery of care to injured workers. Some of the changes can be anticipated based on prior recessions. …

Back To Work, Owners Make Changes So Workers Feel Safe

NEW YORK — Before the coronavirus outbreak, furniture deliveries at Sunnyland Outdoor Living meant two employees sitting side-by-side in a truck. Now, one will be driving the truck while the second follows in a car. And when Sunnyland’s workers reach …

Historian Compares COVID-19 With Past Pandemics

Newswise — George Dehner might take exception to those who say the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. “This pattern of the appearance of a novel infection that spreads pandemics is as old as a human story. Once we began to settle …