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24

MAR
2020

National COVID-19 Virtual Training in Development

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it is developing a COVID-19 virtual safety training initiative for targeted industry sectors and front-line responders. The intended audience includes emergency medical personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers, environmental cleanup workers, high-risk custodial service workers, food processing and delivery workers, water and sewage treatment workers, sanitation workers, and health […]

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24

MAR
2020

FMCSA Waives Certain Provisions for Commercial Drivers

In response to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted a waiver from certain commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver regulations. The waiver will remain in effect until June 30, 2020. The waiver applies to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders, and to […]

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12

MAR
2020

COVID-19 Declared Pandemic as Case Numbers Rise

The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a global pandemic. The coronavirus that causes respiratory illness was first reported in China in December and quickly spread to other countries. In a press briefing, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of affected countries has tripled in the past two […]

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25

FEB
2020

CDC Updates Coronavirus Warning on Non-Essential Travel

In a Travelers’ Health Update, public health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend avoiding non-essential travel to mainland China and South Korea to help prevent exposure to and spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The Level-3 warning does not include Hong Kong, Macau or the island of Taiwan. Older adults and […]

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18

FEB
2020

DOT Clarifies Marijuana and CBD Testing Policy

The federal Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance issued this notice today to clarify rules that apply to screening of employees with safety-sensitive jobs for marijuana and its derivatives: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (Farm Bill) removed hemp from the definition of marijuana under the […]

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31

JAN
2020

What’s Up With Super Bowl Monday Blahs?

A petition started by a New York teenager on Change.org asking the National Football League to move the 2021 Super Bowl from Sunday to Saturday, potentially with an earlier start time, now has more than 70,000 signatures. Arguments in favor of this proposal include economic benefits, giving kids a chance to see more of the […]

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29

JAN
2020

U.S. Surgeon General Recognizes Value of Worker Well-being

In “The Value of Worker Well-being,” an article published in Public Health Reports, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., recognizes the important relationship between work and health, or total worker health (TWH). Dr. Adams recommends that employers implement TWH concepts more broadly to improve employee health and business outcomes. A TWH approach recognizes that […]

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25

JAN
2020

Retaliation Tops List of Charges Filed With EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns for the 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2019. Comprehensive statistics for FY 2019, including by state, are posted on the agency’s website. The data show that retaliation continued to be the most frequently filed charge, followed by disability, […]

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