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OSHA expected to issue emergency workplace safety standard

Mar 15, 2021
The agency did not set safety rules for COVID-19 under the previous administration.
A set of binding national requirements will make it clear to employers what they need to do, said David Michaels, who headed OSHA during the Obama administration.
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How do interns learn about the workplace when there is none?

Mar 11, 2021
The programs are less about casual networking and observation in a remote world. Remote internships need more direction, one expert says.
"There's no observation, really, there's no serendipitous contact," in remote internships, says Marianna Savoca of Stony Brook University.
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Yup, looking at yourself on video all the time can get exhausting

Mar 1, 2021
Stanford researchers say being constantly confronted with our own faces in videoconferencing takes a toll.
"When you look at yourself, you evaluate yourself. And evaluating yourself for eight hours a day is not good," said Jeremy Bailenson with Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab.
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For teachers, pandemic adds new stresses

Feb 25, 2021
A new Rand survey found stress was the top reason why teachers leave the profession, even before COVID-19.
A new report from the Rand Corporation shows the toll stress takes on those in the profession, and how the pandemic has made things worse.
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People who refuse unsafe work can get unemployment benefits

Feb 11, 2021
Until now such decisions have been left to states, leading to wide variation and confusion.
The lack of consistency across the country as to what counts as "unsafe work" means workers are consistently denied unemployment benefits.
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Moms with straight As in high school get similar leadership opportunities as dads who got failing grades

Feb 10, 2021
A new study provides more evidence that mothers are particularly penalized in the workplace.
During the pandemic, many mothers have been forced to cut back on their hours or leave jobs to care for kids, often because they make less than a male partner.
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New viral variants spur calls for better masks

Jan 28, 2021
Front-line workers are especially at risk indoors. Wearing a cloth and surgical mask together is an option to N95s, one doctor says.
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk past a "Prevent the spread of COVID-19" banner in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.
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Biden executive actions target LGBTQ discrimination

Jan 20, 2021
The president is strengthening workplace protections and rolling back the military ban on transgender service.
LGBTQ rights supporters rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2019, as the court holds oral arguments in three cases dealing with workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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There's a push to mandate hazard pay at the local level

Jan 13, 2021
With COVID-19 spreading out of control, it's never been riskier for front-line workers.
Cashier Olga Jiminez, clad in mask and gloves, at work at Presidente Supermarket in Miami in April. Many companies that provided hazard pay early in the pandemic eventually phased it out.
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