Posts Tagged 'covid19'

Emergency Departments and Hospitals Becoming Increasingly Dangerous Workplaces

study reveals dangerous environments for healthcare workers at hospitalsAccepted for far too long as just “part of the job,” a sharp increase in violence or threats of violence against healthcare workers has elevated the nation’s hospitals and emergency departments to the status of dangerous workplaces. A new study has started to scratch the surface of just how pervasive the problem actually is.

“Multiple respondents…voiced a sense of resignation that violence is an unavoidable or ...

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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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Philips Ventilator Recall Sees Class I Status from FDA

philips breathing machines recalledAs the delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through largely unvaccinated swaths of populations around the world, certain Philips ventilators and other breathing apparatuses have been pulled from service for a failure to function properly. The severity of the failure has earned the recall a Class I status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which is reserved only for the direst of circumstances where continued use of the ...

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COVID-19 Raising “Take-home Tort” Questions

covid19 the subject of a new take-home tort in CaliforniaA recent opinion piece published on Bloomberg raises an interesting – and very timely – question: if your spouse’s employer requires your spouse to come to the work environment and contracts COVID-19, and then you contract the disease from your spouse, can you sue your spouse’s employer?

The question is not just a theoretical exercise. It is, indeed, the basis for a lawsuit recently filed ...

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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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