More frequent, extreme heat waves linked to workplace injuries

Jul 26, 2021
New research from UCLA shows climate change-induced heat waves pose a growing threat to workers.
People wait to buy ice cream from a Washington, D.C., vender during a June heat wave. A recent study links heat waves to worker injuries, which were highest in low-wage industries that require physical labor.
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N.Y. businesses await details of "HERO Act"

Jun 15, 2021
It will require companies with more than 10 employees to implement a series of safety protocols to help prevent airborne diseases.
The law says that workers have the right to refuse to work in unsafe conditions and that it’s illegal to retaliate against them for raising safety concerns. It requires companies to allow workers to form safety committees.
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OSHA issues workplace COVID rules, but they're limited to health care

Jun 11, 2021
There are still no emergency COVID standards from OSHA for other industries like meatpacking and farming.
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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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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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Biden orders OSHA to strengthen COVID-19 safety rules

Jan 22, 2021
The order also asks OSHA to strengthen its workplace enforcement efforts.
An employee wipes down outdoor tables at a restaurant in Florida.
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California adopts emergency workplace safety rules for COVID-19

Nov 20, 2020
OSHA has declined to create national rules during the pandemic.
A security guard checks a customer's temperature outside a retail store. Efforts to prevent virus transmission in the workplace are gaining steam.
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Retail workers balance financial need with pandemic risk

Nov 17, 2020
A recent survey from Korn Ferry found that 47% of retailers are having a hard time finding seasonal workers this year.
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Republicans propose funding cuts to OSHA during pandemic

Nov 11, 2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has received more than 10,000 COVID-related complaints.
Loren Sweatt, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, responds to questions during a House subcommittee hearing on the federal government's actions to protect workers during COVID-19 on May 28, 2020 in Washington.
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A worker arrives at a COVID-19 testing site in Long Beach, California.
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