COVID-19: As offices reopen, here’s what to expect if you’re worried…

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter A brave new world. Luis Alvarez/Getty Images TAGSBenefitsCoronavirusCOVID-19Employment LawThe ConversationWork Previous articleEmotionally preparing your children for back-to-school seasonNext articleOrange County’s outlines changes to hurricane prep in the midst of pandemic Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment!center_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here By Elizabeth C. Tippett, Associate Professor, School of Law, University of OregonIf you’re among the tens of millions of people returning to work or preparing to do so after months sheltering in place, you may be worried it will put you and your family at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.The dilemma may be especially stark for the millions of Americans who can expect to see a significant cut in their unemployment insurance benefits near the end of July, when the US$600 per week subsidy from the federal government is set to expire.As a professor specializing in employment law, I don’t have a lot of reassurance to offer. Employment law is a patchwork at the best of times – let alone during a global pandemic – and legal protections may not cover your situation. Like so many of the challenges people are facing right now, you may be mostly on your own, negotiating the least bad of many bad options.Here is a basic overview of what your options are under some common scenarios.I’ve been called back to the office, but I don’t like the idea of being in an enclosed space for nine hours a day.Workers have good reason to worry about indoor spaces, as scientists increasingly acknowledge that the virus may be airborne.If you have a medical condition that makes you especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. That means your employer needs to engage in a dialogue with you to figure out if there is a way to limit your exposure – such as remote work, a temporary reassignment or a modified shift.Alternatively, some states are allowing medically vulnerable workers to refuse work and remain on unemployment insurance.[The Conversation’s newsletter explains what’s going on with the coronavirus pandemic. Subscribe now.]If the business is opening in defiance of a state or local order, you might be able to file a complaint with a state workplace health and safety agency. Or you could try negotiating a temporary or intermittent remote work arrangement with your employer.Everyone else has little choice but to head back to the office.Law professor Michael Z. Green and the author discuss the difficult choices workers face in returning to work.I believe I’m being asked to work in unsafe conditions.If you live in a state or city that has adopted a mask requirement – and your worksite is not allowing or enforcing the mask rules – look into how that requirement is being enforced. In Oregon, for example, the governor has tasked the state Occupational Safety and Health Agency with enforcing the rule. By contrast, the Texas governor’s mask order is being enforced – somewhat inconsistently – by local law enforcement.For other safety-related concerns, the first thing you are expected to do is talk to your employer about the unsafe condition. Be specific about the condition that concerns you and the fact that you are worried about your safety.If you are unionized, conveying your concern to the union will enable it to address the problem on behalf of everyone. Even if you’re not unionized, banding together with other employees to advocate for safer working conditions is protected under the National Labor Relations Act.If your employer does not address your safety concerns, you can complain to the state workplace safety agency or the local branch of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency should send an inspector to examine the situation or at least send a letter to the employer inquiring about your complaint.In the meantime, you should refuse to work only if you have no “reasonable alternative” and the unsafe condition would pose a “real danger of death or serious injury.”I have to go to work but have children at home and no child care options.If you work for a company with fewer than 500 employees, you may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. But if you’ve been using this leave over the spring or summer, you may be in a dicey situation by the fall if schools do not fully reopen.Beyond those 12 weeks of leave, companies are not required to make accommodations for employee child care issues. But failing to do so can make for bad PR, as Florida State University discovered when it tried to ban parents from watching their kids while working remotely.I live with a family member who is in a vulnerable population, and I don’t want to expose the person to the virus.If you need to care for the family member – and work for a company with fewer than 500 employees – you may be eligible for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Your employer might request documentation that a health care provider advised the family member to self-quarantine.Otherwise, you may be out of luck – and may not even get unemployment insurance if you refuse to work. That may mean doing your best to limit your exposure at work and transmission at home.I think I just got sick from exposure to the coronavirus at work.You should be eligible for two weeks of paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act if you work for a company with fewer than 500 employees. If you are still sick after that, you may be eligible for Family and Medical Leave. You’ll also want to check your company’s sick leave policy.You might be eligible to file for workers’ compensation, which covers medical costs and provides some wage replacement for workers who are injured because of work. State law varies a lot when it comes to workers’ compensation, including whether infectious diseases like COVID-19 count as a workplace injury. Your claim will also depend on whether you can show that you contracted the coronavirus at work – as opposed to exposure from other places. Some states are issuing presumptions that certain kinds of front-line workers – like health care workers and first responders – contracted the virus at work.My company asked me to sign a contract saying I waive my legal rights if I contract COVID-19.If you are presented with a waiver to return to work, consider asking whether you are required to sign it. Sometimes workplace contracts are actually optional, but you may not find out without asking directly or reading the fine print.But even if signing is mandatory, workers compensation claims are generally not waivable. In other words, if you contract COVID-19 as a result of a workplace exposure, a waiver form shouldn’t be a barrier to filing a claim and potentially receiving compensation.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Messi playing through pain barrier in Barcelona injury crisis

first_img The problem is different from the injury that sidelined Messi for around six weeks at the start of the season. He missed five matches with a calf strain before eventually making his first appearance of the campaign as a substitute in Barca’s goalless draw with Dortmund in the Champions League in September. Since then, Messi has been involved in almost every game, only sitting out the league fixture against Getafe with a minor knock and the Copa del Rey match at Ibiza, when he was rested. Despite making a slow start to the season, and the problems with his thigh, Messi’s numbers remain good. He’s the top scorer in La Liga with 14 goals and has created more goals than anyone else in Spain’s top flight, laying on eight assists for his teammates. Ansu, who scored twice in Sunday’s win against Levante, is still technically registered to the club’s B team, meaning Setien only has 14 fit first-team players, with Neto and Arturo Vidal also injured. Vidal is expected back this week but the wait for Dembele’s return will go on. The 22-year-old winger had to drop out of training on Monday due to muscle fatigue, and the club have not confirmed when he’s expected back in action. Read Also:La Liga: Fati, Messi connection sees Barca hold on against Levante Barca’s depth will be tested with two tough away games in the space of four days this week as travel to Athletic Bilbao for a Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Thursday, before facing Real Betis in the league on Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Lionel Messi has been struggling with a thigh problem for several weeks but continues to play through the pain barrier with Barcelona’s attacking options severely depleted. Sources at the club say there are no major long-term concerns about the problem but there is an awareness that it needs to be managed carefully. Despite not operating at peak fitness, Messi’s performances on the pitch have been largely unaffected — he set up both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Levante. But sources said that the changes to training since Quique Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde as first-team coach in January have had a negative effect on the discomfort Messi has been managing in his left thigh. “The sessions are different and some of the drills are more intense,” one source told ESPN. “Some players seem to be feeling the fatigue a bit more and that’s when the pain can appear.” Barca could ill-afford to be without Messi at the best of times, and Setien’s small squad is now stretched to the limit. With Luis Suarez out until May and Ousmane Dembele still not recovered from a hamstring injury, the Spanish champions have just three fit forwards: Messi, Antoine Griezmann and 17-year-old Ansu Fati. Loading… last_img read more

Aqua Bulldogs Winners Over Aqua Cubs

first_imgBatesville Boys & Girls Swim Team each got victories over Madison.Girls: Batesville  89    Madison  81Lady Bulldogs finish regular season 18-5 (10-4 EIAC).Boys: BHS  107    Madison  63Bulldogs are 15-5 on the season (9-4 EIAC). Individual Event Winners: Girls :  Hanna Cox 200 IM, Emily Gutzwiller 200 free/100 breast, Elizabeth Weiler 100 free, 100 back.Boys:  Matt Weiler 100 free/100 back, Thomas Hatcher 200 IM/100 breast, Evan Miller 500 freeJV event winners: Harsh Patel 50 free, 100 free Sarah Poltrack, 100 free Harsh Patel. Improvements:   Zach Hall 500 free, Graham Hunter 500 free, Jonathan Kunkel 200 free, Elliot Main 50 free/100 free, Evan Miller 50 back, Lycda Olsen 100 free, Seth Parker 100 free, Harsh Patel 50free/100 free, Damien Pelo 200 free, Sarah Poltrack 100 free/100 back, Ally Ritter 100 fly, Caleb Rogers 100 free, Ben Schwettman 50 free.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene.last_img read more

Nassau aim for Pretending

first_img The Ballydoyle handler also saddled Irish Oaks runner-up Venus De Milo and he plans to drop the lightly-raced Duke Of Marmalade filly in grade for the Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork on August 6 for her next start. “She gets a mile and a half well. She might go for the race in Cork,” he said. Just Pretending is all set to tackle the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 3 following her good run in the Darley Irish Oaks. Trainer Aidan O’Brien feels the daughter of Giant’s Causeway will be suited by the step back to a mile and a quarter after she finished a close third behind French raider Chicquita in the fillies’ Classic at the Curragh on Saturday evening. “We’ll bring her back to the mile-and-a-quarter race at Goodwood,” said O’Brien. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

RSG and USG host collaborative open forum

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government partnered with Residential Student Government on an open forum Wednesday night that allowed students to voice their concerns about student life. The event was meant to give USG and RSG a better understanding of what students want out of their daily lives on campus so they can then advocate for those changes to be made.Voicing concerns · Sera Choi, president of Residential Student Government, listens to students at Wednesday night’s open forum. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThere were four panelists at the forum: RSG President Sera Choi, RSG Vice President of Advocacy David Branson, USG Director of University Affairs Jordan Fowler and USG Vice President Rini Sampath. Alana Victor, USG Co-Director of External Relations, planned the event.According to Sampath, this was the first direct partnership between USG and RSG, but both committees look forward to collaborating more in the future. Sampath reached out to Choi to set up the collaboration. Sampath said that she and Choi met last year when they were part of a task force to address alcohol and social policies at USC. When talking, they realized that it would be a good idea to pool their resources and create a bigger event that would allow for undergraduate students to voice their opinions about campus life.“We’re really excited to have this forum with you all because I think it’s a great way to see where students stand on what they’re passionate about and what students want to see on campus,”  Choi said. “Hopefully, we can come up with solutions together and find out and be inspired for future projects during the rest of the year.”The panelists talked about the current projects USG and RSG are working on. One of the first mentioned by USG was improving the printers in residence halls. Students have mentioned that they would prefer heavy-duty black and white printers as opposed to individual use color printers. USG is working on a proposal to get printers that are more reliable.Fowler talked about possibly extending dining hall hours so that they open earlier and close later. Students have also complained about the dining halls being closed during Spring Break. USG is trying to pass a proposal that would keep at least one dining hall open during breaks when some students remain on campus.Sampath addressed the complaints brought up by spring admits. Due to the lack of space in residence halls that are hubs of social activity, spring admits often have to live in off-campus housing and university-owned apartments, such as Cardinal Gardens. USG plans to start working on creating a stronger community in the fall between spring admits.“There is a housing freeze right now, so we can bring spring admits into certain areas. We’re keeping spaces open in first-year communities so they can be integrated into those communities. In the east area, they have isolated pockets so people can be together. That way they are not just randomly set aside with the senior that’s about to graduate,” said David Hong, advisor of RSG and an assistant director for Parkside Residential Colleges.USG panelists mentioned the possible implementation of a bike-sharing program on campus, but due to the small acreage of the University Park, Transportation is questioning whether it would be necessary or even in demand.Another topic of discussion was expanding the LAX shuttle schedule. Students are asking for more shuttles to run to and from the airport during breaks. One limitation to this potential project, however, is a lack of storage space for the shuttles.RSG talked about how they are working with Hospitality. There is a recipe committee that goes over the dishes that are served in all the dining halls. The committee attempts to figure out which dishes are working and which aren’t, but RSG is trying to figure out a way to extend that to the students and get more direct input.RSG and USG talked about improving sustainability. The panelists mentioned that the student government bodies are planning on working with the Environmental Student Assembly to spread awareness about the conservation of water, paper and electricity. Also, RSG has asked housing to add recycling bins to each residence hall.“I think both of our student governments do awesome things, but it’s frustrating to find out that nobody knows about it. We want the students to take advantage of these programs. We’re trying to figure out, how can we effectively communicate to the students of USC? I think that working on promoting these events and programs is a great way USG and RSG can collaborate,” said Michael Tong, national residence hall honorary president.last_img read more