Category: COVID-19

OSHA’s vaccine & testing mandate expected to return

“I do not view OSHA’s announcement about suspending activities related to implementing and enforcing the [emergency temporary standard] as anything other than a public acknowledgment that it is complying with the Fifth…

Lessons from the pandemic for event cancellation coverages

The Coachella Music Festival in California and Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. were canceled out of precautions related to the ongoing global pandemic. And then, the Tokyo Summer Olympics saw significant disruption,…

American workers are stressed out: What can employers do?

The challenges of the past pandemic year and a half have significantly impacted the mental health of workers across the U.S. A recent survey from The Conference Board pinpoints the driving factor of mental…

OSHA Updates Guidance for Unvaccinated & Other At-risk Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated guidance for COIVD-19 safety measures for higher-risk industries with workplaces that have mixed vaccination-status employees. The revised guidance recommends: Fully vaccinated workers in areas of substantial…

Making Return-to-work Plans Amid the Latest Pandemic Surge

Recent spikes in COVID-19 and lagging vaccination rates in some areas have raised concerns about how to proceed as many companies work to transition employees back to the office or hybrid arrangements this…

COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Cases are Hitting Courts

There are now 120 cases on appeal, in both state and federal courts, that allege insurance companies wrongfully denied coverage for pandemic-related business interruption claims. Lawyers are awaiting rulings from the Ohio…

OSHA’s new COVID program focuses on high-risk companies

Following through on a portion of President Joe Biden’s January executive order, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a national emphasis program (NEP) with a focus on enforcement efforts for companies…

Businesses Struggling in Pandemic Sue Insurers, With Mixed Results

This article is being republished as part of the WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (December 30, 2020). Chef Matthew Kelly is one…

Food Delivery and Carryout Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

One visible result of the COVID-19 pandemic is that once-bustling food establishments sit empty while staff and management adjust to the new realities of the business. As we stay at home to…

The Future World of Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred many changes in how people work across organizations and industries. Some of these changes (e.g., limited social gatherings, mandatory face coverings) are likely to be temporary. Others,…