covid19

It Took a Lawsuit to Get a McDonald’s Franchise Owner to Protect His Employees from COVID-19

mcdonalds franchise owner sued over lack of covid-19 precautionsAs the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to cause an unprecedented surge in new infections across the United States, one McDonald’s franchise operator is finally doing his part to protect his employees – after if it took a lawsuit to make it happen.

The suit was filed against Michael Smith, the operator of an Oakland, California McDonald’s location after, according to the plaintiffs’ claims, he completely ...

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Spike in Workplace Lawsuits Driven Largely by COVID-19

pandemic led to hundreds of additional workplace lawsuits in 20202020 broke records across the board when it came to workplace-related lawsuits, particularly class-action lawsuits filed by groups of employees banding together to take on their employers’ approach to workplace safety, pay, and leave policies. The lawsuits were driven in large part by COVID-19 and its profound impact on how we view work in this country.

Over 1,000 workplace-related lawsuits were filed in one of the most tumultuous ...

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Holiday Travel Resumes Once More as Experts Urge Testing, Restraint

holiday travel brings new coronavirus cases to strained health systemsSome might say that the throes of a global health crisis caused by a contagious disease are a less than ideal time to pack up and go visit friends and family. In many cases, those that would make such a point would have high-level education in things like epidemiology, microbiology, and other courses of study that would, indeed, make them experts in their fields. And, while we might ...

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Tyson Foods Sued Over Coronavirus Lies, COVID Pool

Tyson Foods manager Tom Hart at center of betting pool wagering on employees contracting COVID-19The industrial meat complex has not fared well in its handling of employee coronavirus concerns and keeping its workers safe, but Tyson Foods appeared to have raised the bar on misconduct last month. Two new lawsuits target the meat packing giant’s Waterloo, Iowa plant and vary in scope from appalling to outright abhorrent.

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As Cases Spike, Attention Turns to Holiday Pandemic Safety

With the runup to the holiday season fast approaching and attention turning to turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and spending time with friends and family, it’s not long before that voice in the back of your head spoils the moment and says “sure, but what about the pandemic?”

For those heeding the advice of experts and working to keep themselves and those around them safe, this holiday season promises to be unlike any in a long, long time. Students ...

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Federal Lawsuit Alleges COVID Retaliation in Amazon Worker’s Firing

lawsuit alleges retaliation against amazon employee enforcing pandemic rulesA federal lawsuit filed against Amazon alleges that a company “learning ambassador” was fired in retaliation for his attempts to enforce company Covid-19 safety protocols when he reported a shift manager for a variety of violations.

After observing shift manager Kristopher Lauderdale ignoring social distancing protocols and standing within just a few feet of another manager while speaking, learning ambassador David Bailey asked Lauderdale to ...

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