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    Dozens of anti-vax demonstrators swarmed a food court in New York City's Staten Island in protest against a New York City mandate which requires indoor diners to prove they have been vaccinated.  On Saturday, a crowd of about 60 people took over the Food District area at the Staten Island Mall.  In a video published to FreedomNewsTV, activists are seen waving American flags and continuously chanting, 'USA!' and F**k Biden.' One individual was seen wearing a QAnon-themed T-shirt, while another activist sported a 'Trump won' shirt.   Individuals who did not appear to be among the protestors were seen cheering for the group.   Despite having a vaccinated-only policy, the protesters were not asked to provide any proof of vaccination upon entry, nor did they receive any resistance from security or staff.  Anti-vax protestors swarm the the Food District area at the Staten Island Mall to protest the city-wide vaccine mandate on Saturday  In protest against vaccine mandates, dozens of anti-vax protesters swarmed a food court in New York City chanting 'USA' & 'f**k Joe Biden' Bystanders cheer on a group of anti-vax protesters...
    This year's flu season is going to be "a whopper," according to former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb. But it's not 2021, or any single year health crisis, which is going to cause the biggest issues for the economy in a post-pandemic future. According to Gottlieb, it is the twin specter of an annual peak flu season and the beginning of a perennial peak Covid season which together will cost the economy and workers more than can be imagined. Gottlieb told CNBC he believes the end of the pandemic phase of Covid-19 is in sight, but matching the outlook of many epidemiologists, he says the endemic phase is coming. Or in other words, Covid is never going away for good. Much like the flu season, an annual Covid season should be expected, and businesses need to prepare for that, Gottlieb said during a recent video interview with CNBC. Covid will be a "persistent risk, persistent virus that circulates every year," he said. Already, the flu season costs businesses billions of dollars a year....
    More than half of companies in the U.S. are planning to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates on their employees by the end of the year, a new survey finds. Researchers from Willis Towers Watson, a British multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company, polled nearly 1,000 companies who employ around 9.7 million people. They found that by the fourth quarter of 2021, 52 percent of employers are planning or could have one or more vaccine mandate requirements  Mandates could range from requiring vaccination for staff to access common areas such as cafeterias to requiring vaccination for all employees. It comes as some of the largest companies in the U.S. - such as Google's parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook - require some or all staff to be vaccinated.  A new survey found more than half, 52%, of about 1,000 U.S. companies said they are planning to impose Covid vaccine mandates on their employees by the end of the year (above) Nearly one-third are planning or considering making vaccines a requirement to enter the workplace and 21% are considering the shots for...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The U.S. Department of Labor filed an administrative complaint against ABM Janitorial Services following a compliance evaluation that alleged systemic racial discrimination against Black and a smaller number of white applicants for cleaning positions at their Baltimore and Alexandria locations, according to officials. “No one should be denied an opportunity to work based on race. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will vigorously enforce the law to ensure that companies doing business with the federal government meet their equal employment opportunity obligations,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Jenny R. Yang. READ MORE: Owings Mills Couple Charged In $20M Insurance Fraud Scheme The complaint, filed on Sept 15., alleges that from at least 2015 until the present day, ABM Janitorial Services has discriminated against Black workers for cleaning positions at all three facilities and white workers at one of the facilities. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the ABM failed to document hiring decisions properly — masking its discriminatory hiring practices. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also found that ABM violated Executive Order 11246...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The U.S. Department of Labor filed an administrative complaint against ABM Janitorial Services following a compliance evaluation that alleged systemic racial discrimination against Black and a smaller number of white applicants for cleaning positions at their Baltimore and Alexandria locations, according to officials. “No one should be denied an opportunity to work based on race. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will vigorously enforce the law to ensure that companies doing business with the federal government meet their equal employment opportunity obligations,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Jenny R. Yang. READ MORE: Owings Mills Couple Charged In $20M Insurance Fraud Scheme The complaint, filed on Sept 15., alleges that from at least 2015 until the present day, ABM Janitorial Services has discriminated against Black workers for cleaning positions at all three facilities and white workers at one of the facilities. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the ABM failed to document hiring decisions properly — masking its discriminatory hiring practices. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also found that ABM violated Executive Order 11246...
    Outdoor seating at Estiatorio MilosTanja Yokum In August, the Gerber Group's Manhattan bars and restaurants started hiring more workers in preparation for an influx of customers returning to the offices the following month. The labor crunch meant those restaurants weren't fully staffed even after the hiring push, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the company when the rush of business never came to pass. "Obviously, we were hopeful that everyone would start going back to their offices in September, but with the delta variant, it's been pushed back to October, or in some instances, next year," CEO Scott Gerber said. It's a familiar situation for many bars and restaurants in midtown Manhattan. With relatively few residential buildings, eateries rely on office workers and tourists for much of their lunch and dinner sales. As the highly contagious delta coronavirus variant forces companies to scrap their return-to-work plans, the usual customers have failed to materialize for many New York businesses. The delays have put even more pressure on a midtown hospitality industry struggling to emerge from the...
    A Los Angeles-area poll worker dressed in clothing supportive of former President Trump was removed from a voting site Tuesday after election officials advised him that his attire was "inappropriate and unacceptable." The unidentified worker was spotted at a polling site in West Hollywood's Plummer Park Community Center, a spokesman for the office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk told Fox News. A photo showed him wearing a "Trump 2020" cap and a T-shirt that read: "Where's Hunter" and "Trump 2020" as he sat behind a laptop.  GAVIN NEWSOM CALIFORNIA RECALL ELECTION RESULTS: SEE THE MAP In a tweet, the Registrar-Recorder's office said he had been released from the voting center. "Based on his response and reports that other workers had previously counseled him on this, he was released and is no longer working at the vote center," officials said. The spokesman said poll workers are not allowed to wear political attire while on duty. Typically, election workers help set up the polls, assist voters when signing in and issue and account for ballots.  Voters went to polls across...
    Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Washington state Democrat, was accused in a published report Monday of running a ‘miserable’ workplace despite a public persona of being a strong progressive force for workers across the country. Buzzfeed News, ran a long-form article about Jayapal's apparent reputation among ex-staffers in Washington, D.C. The report cited 14 former workers from her office who worked there over the past five years. They described an "especially harsh office with a boss whose treatment of workers runs contrary to the public expectations she has set for others," the report said. The report-- which took three months to produce-- pointed to several alleged run-ins between the congresswoman and staffers. She is accused of bringing a new staffer to tears after a House Budget Committee hearing and the report, citing three sources, also said that she once blamed a staffer for her personal weight gain. The staffer was accused of not scheduling enough gym time for her, the report said. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Holding up a copy of the U.S. Constitution, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Monday marks a major milestone on the road to reopening in New York City. More than one million students head back to in-person classes for the first time in nearly 18 months, and city workers return to the office full time. READ MORE: New York City Officials Celebrate 1st Day Of School, Parents Say Theyre Still Nervous Workers have to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Masks are required in most indoor, communal settings. READ MORE: Leslie Odom Jr. Announced As Host For The Tony Awards Present: Broadways Back! On CBS And Paramount+ Also starting Monday, indoor dining, entertainment and fitness establishments must check proof of vaccination or they could be fined. Businesses that don’t comply will face a warning, then fines starting at $1,000. Additionally, more of the city’s recreation centers are now open to vaccinated guests. A few remain closed because they’re being used as COVID vaccination and testing centers. MORE NEWS: NYC Vaccine Mandate: Where And How To Show Proof Of Vaccination For Indoor Activities CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Vaccination Sites In New York...
    A 'huge number' of Delta employees rushed out to get vaccinated after the company's decision to enforce $200 on workers who refused the shot.  The new policy will take effect November 1, and staffers using the airline's health insurance will face a $200 premium each month if unvaccinated at that point, CEO Ed Bastian announced late last August in a memo sent across the company.  'The average hospital stay for COVID-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person. This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company,' the memo reasoned. Following the declaration, nearly 4,000 Delta employees out of an approximate 20,000 who had yet to get vaccinated have since been spurred to get the jab, the company's Chief Health Officer, Dr. Henry Ting, said Thursday, during a media briefing presided over by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Nearly 4,000 Delta employees out of an approximate 20,000 who had yet to get vaccinated have since been spurred to get the jab after a memo from the CEO threatened...
    In this article BNTXBusiness colleagues with protective face masks using infrared thermometer for measuring temperature before entrance in office.filadendron | E+ | Getty ImagesOffice politics has been a thing of the past for most of us over the last 18 months, as millions of people worked from home throughout Covid-induced lockdowns. Now, as many employees return to their offices, tensions appear to be emerging along new lines: Those who are vaccinated against Covid, and those who are not. In the U.S. in particular, companies have taken a rigorous approach towards employees' Covid vaccination status, with many announcing that their staff must be fully vaccinated in order to return to the workplace. Then, in late August, the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid shot in late August. This approval is already reportedly inflaming workplace conflicts because it has meant that fewer employees can remain "on the fence" regarding vaccine safety, with some workers now hardening their stance on whether vaccines should be mandatory, particularly when it comes to their co-workers, according to one workplace consultancy. Read more: FDA grants full...
    Two employees at a Valley Proteins Inc. plant in North Carolina died at the site on Sunday, authorities said.  Cumberland County deputies were dispatched to the industrial plant in Fayetteville around 1:30 p.m. after the employees were found unresponsive, the sheriff’s office said.  Firefighters evacuated the building, and North Carolina’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration emergency response team also came to the scene, the sheriff’s release said. The workers’ names weren’t immediately released, pending notification of family members. Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the employees' cause of death and more details will be released as they are confirmed, the sheriff's office said.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Valley Proteins collects, renders, and recycles fat and bone trimmings, meat waste, and used cooking oil, according to the company’s website. The Winchester, Virginia-based company has locations on the East Coast and in the southern U.S. The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.
    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has said he will defy Mayor Bill de Blasio's order for city workers to return to working in their offices. Desperate to revive Manhattan's ailing business districts, de Blasio ordered all city employees to begin working from their offices starting on Monday, the same day vaccine passport enforcement goes into effect. In a series of tweets on Friday, Stringer slammed the mayor's demand and said that he and his staff would continue working from home until at least next month, citing the Delta variant surge and saying productivity had not suffered during remote work. 'Mr. Mayor, this is not the time for a 'my way or the highway' approach,' Stringer wrote. New York City's controller has slammed Mayor de Blasio (above) over his mandate for all city workers to return to the office on Monday, and will refuse to comply New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (above) has said he will defy Mayor Bill de Blasio's order for city workers to return to working in their offices RELATED ARTICLES ...
    President Joe Biden's vaccination mandate for the private and public sector stirred outrage and threats of lawsuits over his 'extraordinary sweeping use of presidential authority to force a medical treatment on workers' as businesses big and small scramble to get clarity on the edict.  Ethan Brecher, a top labor lawyer and founder of The Law Office of Ethan A. Brecher in New York City, told DailyMail.com in an interview on Friday that he's 'never seen anything like this' in his 30 years of practice.  'This is a watershed moment in our history - compelling people to take a medical treatment,' he said, adding that he believes it will be challenged in court.   'The economy depends on companies going back to work, but there are people who are concerned about the vaccine. This mandate is an extraordinary sweeping use of presidential authority to force a medical treatment on workers.'  President Joe Biden’s executive orders announced Thursday require all executive-branch employees, federal contractors and millions of health-care workers to get the jab Under the federal mandate, large private employers must either...
    LONDON (AP) — Rebekah Ingram’s remote internship has come with a series of unexpected challenges: She lacks a proper office set-up, her mother often calls for her while she works, and her dog barks during video calls. Her situation will sound familiar to anyone who has worked from home during the coronavirus pandemic. The difference for Ingram is that she, like many other young people who started jobs in the past 18 months, hasn’t spent any time in a traditional office. She speculates that remote work is “way more informal.” “It’s kind of trippy because … you’re working but … you’re in your own environment,” said the 22-year-old, who is interning at Like Minded Females Network, a global tech and entrepreneurship non-profit based in London. Many 2020 graduates left school and entered a world in turmoil, with limited job prospects. Some lost work opportunities as companies canceled internships or froze hiring altogether. As restrictions have eased in many places, jobs have become easier to find, but work remains far from normal. Most of all, many young workers say, they know...
    Uber is again delaying the reopening of its corporate offices as COVID cases continue to surge across the country.  Employees at the rideshare company were initially expected to return to offices on a part-time basis  this month, before the date was pushed back to October.  But on Thursday, the company announced corporate workers will not be allowed back until next January, citing the highly-contagious Delta variant as cause for the delay.  Uber has now given a tentative office reopening date of January 10, 2022. The news comes despite the fact company has mandated that all office employees are vaccinated. Uber has close to 10,000 corporate employees across the US.  Uber is again delaying the reopening of its corporate offices as COVID cases continue to surge across the country. An Uber office is pictured  Uber says employees will be able to work a 'hybrid model' when offices are eventually reopened. They will still be able to work from home at least two days of the week.  The announcement follows a similar one made by Google on Wednesday.   The tech giant...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The coronavirus pandemic has made it possible for millions of employees to work remotely for the first time in their lives and now most are saying they don’t want to go back to the old way of doing things. But as the pandemic winds down and hospitalizations decrease, it is getting down to decision day for those working remotely and their employers, who might want them back in the office. READ MORE: Florida Unemployment Claims Tick Up As Federal Assistance Programs Set To End “Over 70% of workers under 40 said they would leave their job instead of going back,” said Evan Hock co-founder of MakeMyMove. That’s from a survey commissioned by MakeMyMove, a company that hooks up remote workers with cities that are looking to attract residents and are willing to provide incentives to make a move. “These folks are intending to move and they are not going to let their employer stand in the way,” said Hock. The survey said 100% want to maintain some level of remote work, 90% would look for...
    A survey of Manhattan employers finds that more than four in 10 have delayed their return-to-work timelines as the delta variant continues to cause a surge in coronavirus cases. Business advocacy group Partnership for New York City told The Hill it surveyed 180 companies representing 229,364 Manhattan office employees between Aug. 9-20 for its latest poll. The survey found that 44 percent said they had delayed their return plans, while 54 percent said they had not. According to the poll, just 23 percent of office workers in Manhattan have returned to the workplace, far fewer than previously expected. The group said that a poll conducted in late May found that New York employers predicted that 62 percent of workers would be back in the office by the end of September, but employers now expect about 41 percent of office workers to return by the end of the month.  The survey also showed that 76 percent of Manhattan employers project that workers will be in the office by January 2022, though 70 percent of those employers plan to adopt a hybrid work schedule with employees working at least...
    In this article AMZN As workers start to prepare to return to the office, the workplace that will welcome them will be drastically different than what they remember pre-pandemic. While the spread of the highly contagious Covid delta variant has pushed back the return-to-office plans of companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and McDonald's, companies remain eager to have employees back in the office. Not only when that will happen is unclear, but exactly how workers will return and what they will face is also still up in the air, a group of top economists recently told CNBC. "There will be much more hybrid work; there will be people working in offices and we will have people working at home," said Mohammed El-Erian, advisor to Allianz and Gramercy. "It's going to be a much more fluid population than it was before, and it's going to evolve — I think a lot of people are going to discover that hybrid workplaces are not that easy to run and we're going to have lots of changes in the way work is done."...
    Ralph Hamers, CEO of UBS Group AG, said employees who don't want to be vaccinated can work from home  The CEO of UBS Group AG banking, an international financing service with more than 25,000 U.S. employees, has said it would allow workers who don't want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to work from home.  The move comes after more than 40 of the largest companies operating in the U.S. imposed vaccine mandates for their workers with deadlines in September and October amid the delta variant's spread.     UBS CEO Ralph Hamers said it was the best move for his company as different country's around the world have different rules and regulations. 'Every country has a different legal framework around what you can and can't make mandatory' with respect to vaccines, Hamers said at the Swiss Economic Forum in Interlaken on Thursday. 'The pandemic has delivered solutions to manage the risk of carrying the virus and passing it to your colleagues, and that is to work from home.'  UBS has around 70,000 employees worldwide, with more than a third in...
    BOSTON (AP) — A question that would require voters to present an ID and a second that would grant new benefits for drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft while stopping short of declaring them employees have cleared an initial hurdle on their way to next year’s ballot. Other proposed initiatives that received a constitutional green light from Attorney General Maura Healey’s office Wednesday would legalize the sale of fireworks in Massachusetts, create a “whale safe fishing act,” allow for the return of “happy hours,” and create a “Right to Counsel Program” for those facing eviction. READ MORE: Tornado Warnings Issued For Parts Of Cape Cod, Marthas Vineyard The questions were among 16 proposed laws and one proposed constitutional amendment that met the requirements for ballot initiatives outlined in the Massachusetts Constitution, according to Healey’s office. Another 13 proposed were deemed unconstitutional. The Massachusetts Constitution requires proposed initiatives be in the proper form to present to voters, not be substantially the same as any measure on the ballot in either of the two preceding statewide elections, contain only subjects related...
    Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-January, in addition to requiring all employees to be vaccinated once its sprawling campuses are fully reopened. CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Tuesday that Google is delaying its global return to offices until at least January 10, after pushing the planned September return back to October.  Pichai said that starting in January the company will let countries and locations determine when to end voluntary work-from-home policies 'based on local conditions, which vary greatly across our offices.'  He also promised a 30-day heads up before workers are expected back in the office.  CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Tuesday that Google is delaying its global return to offices until at least January 10, the second pushback in recent weeks Google also promised a 30-day heads up before workers are expected back in the office RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Facebook delays employees' return to campus until 2022 as... Twitter closes its NYC and San Francisco...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)Google has yet again postponed a full return to the office, announcing that its employees can continue to work remotely until next year. The decision follows similar ones already made by the company's tech industry peers like Facebook and Amazon. Google (GOOGL) workers around the world will not be required to return to their offices until at least Jan. 10, 2022, CEO Sundar Pichai said in a note to employees on Tuesday. (The policy only applies to Google and not its parent company Alphabet, a company spokesperson said)."Beyond January 10, we will enable countries and locations to make determinations on when to end voluntary work-from-home based on local conditions, which vary greatly across our offices," he said, adding that employees will get "a 30-day heads-up" before they are required to come back. The decision marks the second time in recent months that Google has delayed a full office return — it had previously pushed it from September to October — illustrating how much of a moving target reopening continues to be as the coronavirus Delta variant spreads....
    Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., wears a protective mask while attending a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google is postponing its voluntary return to the office to January 10, CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a blog post Tuesday. The news comes as several tech companies including Amazon and Apple reassess return to office plans amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the Covid-19 virus. Pichai said the extension will give workers more flexibility and said the company will allow countries and different locations to decide when to end the voluntary work-from-home conditions with at least a 30-day heads up.  "The road ahead may be a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together," Pichai said. This is the company's third delay. Last December, Google delayed its return to offices to Sept. 1, after which employees would be required to work in...
    He added, "It's not just a 'week off' for the team ... it's an acknowledgement that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done. Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right thing to do." What else? One unnamed employee told KGW-TV that the week off is "not only a chance to recharge and keep us together, but also a thank you for an impressive year." The company also told the station that the time off is "intended for employees to refresh and recharge during the ongoing pandemic." Nike's retail stores remained open, according to the station. Liz Tippett, an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, said that the move should set an example for all companies. "I like raising the focus of mental health as a basis for people to take their time off, not just when they're physically ill," she said. "I think it's important to recognize the role mental health plays for workers and worker...
    Hurricane Ida: Gulf Coast braces for Sunday arrival of potential Category 4 storm Afghanistan live updates: US warns Americans to leave Kabul airport immediately; Biden says another Kabul attack highly likely London's once bustling City finance district is grinding back to life, but it bears the scars of the deadly pandemic, sparking fresh questions over the future of the so-called "Square Mile". © JUSTIN TALLIS Britain fully exited lockdown last month, but many workers appear in no hurry to return to the office The Covid-19 health crisis erupted in April last year, sparking a nationwide lockdown that turned the global financial hub into a ghost town. Load Error City workers were forced to work remotely and some have since adopted hybrid or flexible work that splits time between home and the office. Britain fully exited lockdown last month, buoyed by speedy vaccination, but many workers appear in no hurry to return to the office amid fears over the Delta Covid variant. - 'Reluctance to risk exposure' - "There remains an underlying reluctance of many to risk exposure to...
    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is set to order all teachers from kindergarten to college to take vaccines as schools reopen amid surging cases of the Delta variant. Pritzker also plans to force all children over the age of two to wear masks in class, as well as mandate face coverings for university students and teachers.  The Democrat's announcement is expected later on Thursday and comes after the FDA on Monday approved the Pfizer vaccine for over-16s - taking it beyond its emergency phase.  The ruling prompted the Pentagon to order all 800,000 active service members to get the shot, while private firms including Delta Airlines and Goldman Sachs also told their staff to get the vaccine. Joe Biden has already signed an executive order requiring millions of federal staff to either get vaccinated or abide by a regular Covid testing scheme.  Pritzker has faced backlash over vaccine mandates for other state employees, however the largest teachers' unions - the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers - are expected to embrace his order in a statement later today, according to the Chicago...
    Chicago police have said 'hell no' to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's plan to mandate vaccines for all city employees.  The Democrat told a press conference on Monday that shots 'are absolutely going to be required' hours after the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for over-16s - taking it beyond its emergency phase. The ruling prompted the Pentagon to order all 800,000 active service members to get the shot, while private firms including Delta Airlines and Goldman Sachs also told their staff to get the vaccine. Joe Biden has already signed an executive order requiring millions of federal staff to either get vaccinated or abide by a regular Covid testing scheme.  But cop union boss John Catanzara told Fox: 'This vaccine has no studies for long-term side effects or consequences. None. 'To mandate anybody to get that vaccine, without that data as a baseline, amongst other issues, is a "hell, no" for us. 'We are 100% against mandated vaccines for our members,' he added. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told a press conference on Monday that shots 'are absolutely going to be required' hours...
    SARASOTA (CBSMiami/AP) — Employees of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office who knowing came to work after testing positive for COVID-19, or after experiencing symptoms, won’t face any disciplinary action. On Aug. 3, Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jon Goetluck sent an email asking employees to stay home if they felt ill. The email included a list of COVID precautions to employees about handwashing and staying home when ill. READ MORE: High On Mushrooms, Miami Beach Accused Shooter Tells Police He Felt Empowered, Chose Victims At Random On Aug. 12, he resent that email “because we are still having employees coming into work with symptoms and exposing other employees and then testing positive 2-3 days later.” He sent a third email Aug. 18 after cases continued to increase. “It appears that we still have personnel coming to work sick, to include some that have tested positive,” Goetluck’s email said. “I wasn’t going to publicize our numbers to avoid unnecessary panic, but I find it necessary to do so.” On Tuesday, the agency reported 93 employees were out sick, and that 57...
    In this article AAPLThis photo, taken in March 2019, shows Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California.felixmizioznikov | iStock Editorial | Getty ImagesApple staff won't be returning to the office until January, amid fears over surging coronavirus cases, CNBC has confirmed. News of the delay was first reported by Bloomberg. The company has told staff it continues to monitor the coronavirus situation and will give them a minimum of one month's notice before they are required to go back into the office. The delay applies to all corporate employees globally. Apple's offices and stores remain open. It comes as the number of Covid cases in the U.S. are surging. Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii, Oregon and Mississippi all reached new peaks in their seven-day average of new cases per day as of Sunday, according CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Apple isn't the only big tech company pushing back its office return plans. Last week, Facebook said it would delay its plan to return U.S. employees to the office until January 2022 due to concerns about the Covid-19 delta variant. Meanwhile, Amazon announced...
    If social media is any indication, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has underwhelmed the public with his latest project: Nusiness conference meetings in virtual reality. Gayle King interviewed Zuckerberg for CBS This Morning — with their conversation revolving around his ideas on the “metaverse” and the concept of the internet becoming a futuristic, fully-immersive virtual reality environment. As part of the interview, Zuckerberg officially announced Horizon Workrooms, which he described as “a virtual reality service for collaborating together and doing work.” “It basically gives you the opportunity to sit around a table with people at work and brainstorm and white board ideas for people who can’t be there through virtual reality,” he continued. “They can just video conference in. You can include everyone. It’s this pretty amazing experience where you feel like you’re really right there with your colleagues.” King and Zuckerberg donned Oculus headsets and demonstrated how the VR conferencing works. King was quite impressed as she called the layout “so frigging cool.” But many others were let down, unreceptive of the idea, and left wondering why Zuckerberg chose to...
    A woman and her granddaughter were killed Wednesday after a gunman opened fire at an automotive plant in central Indiana, according to authorities. The shooting happened during a shift change around 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the NHK Seating of America plant in Frankfort, about 45 miles north of Indianapolis. The women killed in the shooting were identified as Promise Mays, 21, and her grandmother Pamela Sled, 62, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. INDIANAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER SHOT, WOUNDED ON CITY'S NORTHEAST SIDE: REPORTS Gary C Ferrell II (Clinton County Sheriff's Office) The suspected shooter, Gary C. Ferrell II, 26, of Frankfort, fled the scene in a blue Ford Focus but was apprehended by police shortly after, Sheriff Richard Kelly told reporters. "It ended in Frankfort city with a vehicle crash," Kelly said, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. "The suspect wasn't injured in the crash and has been taken into custody and is being detained at this time at the Clinton County Sheriff's Office." Kelly said speeds in the brief chase approached 100 mph and...
    A NEW Covid wave could hit as school and office workers return next month. Scientists fear case and hospitalisation rates will surge into September, based on the current trends. 2People are starting to return to the office, as commuters are pictured on London BridgeCredit: Rex Professor Neil Ferguson, a scientific government adviser, told the Today programme on Radio 4: "Numbers have basically plateaued at this time and are really quite high, about 30,000 cases-a-day. "That's a slightly sobering situation coming into September because our contact rates are at half the levels and we will be opening schools going back into offices. "So we have the potential for quite a large wave going into September/October."  Prof Ferguson, of Imperial College London, said the current levels of infection are “sobering”. After a dramatic fall from mid-July, cases are now on an upward slope yet again. Prof Ferguson warned the UK could still see 100,000 daily Covid cases this autumn, higher than the record 81,500 reported on December 29. This could lead to 1,000 hospitalisations per day, up from the 880 currently, he...
                      by A.J. Kaufman  The physical return of people to downtown Minneapolis offices expected after Labor Day likely will not transpire to the degree expected just a month ago. It’s been a troubling time across the Twin Cities. COVID-19 hit 17 months ago, closing businesses and sending office staff, sports fans, diners, and tourists home. The city then suffered through a summer of rampant violence and rioting, due to Black Lives Matter and radical activists in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. This led to calls to “defund police” from Rep. Ilhan Omar and the Minneapolis City Council. Studies show Minneapolis has since experienced one of the largest homicide increases in the nation. While the riots and looting died down, violent crime has not relented one iota, causing many to fear being near downtown at night. Due to unrest and mental health struggles, more than 200 officers left the Minneapolis Police Department in the months following the Floyd tragedy and the destruction that followed. Now comes the Delta variant, with caution about working in crowded settings, regardless of vaccination...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For many residents of the southland, one of the silver linings of the pandemic was new dog ownership, but as COVID-19 related safety protocols are being lifted and people are returning to work outside the home, many pups and their owners are experiencing separation anxiety. “Dogs are very emotional creatures,” Janine Pierce, a dog trainer and owner of J9’s K9s in Canoga Park. READ MORE: If Precautions Are Taken, Public Health Experts Say It Is Safe To Send Kids To School Pierce, who helps dog owners navigate the often complex relationship between pet and owner, said that she’s been seeing approximately 200 dogs a week lately, with the past six weeks being the busiest she’s ever been. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “Every single dog trainer that I know are swamped. All these dogs that people brought home during the pandemic are entering into adolescence,” she said. The Canoga Park trainer added that as more businesses open up and people head back to work, it’s been really hard on the dogs and as a result their owners. Some dog-owners...
    To some Americans, being able to work remotely is so important they're willing to take a pay cut. Just ask Google. Since June, roughly 10,000 of the internet company's more than 135,000 workers have asked for permission either to work remotely on a full-time basis or to relocate to a different office once COVID-19 subsides. Google has so far approved 85% of the requests. The catch? Employees who choose to work from home, or even at an office in a new city or state, often must accept pay cuts. Location mattersGoogle said the company sets employee salaries based on where around the country they work, along with other factors such as job function and a person's qualifications. "Our compensation packages have always been determined by location, and we always pay at the top of the local market based on where an employee works from," a Google spokesperson told CBS News.  In June, Google developed a new "Work Location Tool" to assist employees in calculating their pay. It was "developed to help employees make informed decisions about which city or state...
    New York (CNN Business)Citigroup is the latest big bank to mandate vaccines for employees returning to the office as the Delta variant of Covid-19 surges.Starting September 13, employees working in the bank's New York headquarters as well as other offices in the New York metropolitan area, Chicago, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia, will need to be vaccinated and are expected in the office at least twice a week. For employees working at other branches, Citi (CPRJ) is strongly encouraging, but not requiring, vaccination. Those employees are required to wear masks and participate in company-provided rapid testing regardless of vaccination status. The bank said it is monitoring data but will not be bringing more employees back to any other corporate offices yet. Unlike other Wall Street banks, Citi's executives have been accepting of hybrid work. In March, the company recognized that hybrid work had been beneficial for some employees and promised to embrace flexibility when returning to the office.Joining the trendRead MoreThe decision to mandate vaccinations adds Citi to a growing list of companies mandating vaccines for employees, and in some cases,...
    More On: go to greg Why do I keep getting told my resume is weak? Why do youngsters keep crying to their parents for career help? Can I reveal my amorous feelings to someone on my staff? How can my son get hired with an arrest on his record? In Zoom meetings, I’ve noticed that people feel free to check their phones and do e-mail. Others turn off their cameras, so who knows if they are paying attention? I find this distracting and rude when I present. Can I say something even if I’m not the boss? When meetings took place in the office, at least people tried to be more subtle and hide their phones under the conference table while they checked e-mail or texted. I generally don’t think there’s a problem with politely and professionally asking people to turn on their cameras and stay off their phones even if you are not the boss — provided you have enough authority to make that request, otherwise it could backfire. And you don’t want to do that if your...
    Three CNN employees were fired for going to a company office without being vaccinated, the media firm’s CEO said a memo that was leaked Thursday. In an email to staffers about returning to work in person, Jeff Zucker warned that the company has a "zero-tolerance policy" about allowing people back who haven’t gotten the life-saving shots, according to Deadline. "Thus far, we have left proof of vaccination to an honor system. While we have asked for attestation to your status via Passcard, it has not been mandatory to produce a vaccine card," Zucker wrote. "In the past week, we have been made aware of three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated. All three have been terminated. Let me be clear — we have a zero-tolerance policy on this." CNN, CHRIS CUOMO UNDER FIRE FOR ADVISING BROTHER: 'THIS IS ETHICS 101,' BRENT BOZELL SAYS The email continues, "You need to be vaccinated to work in the field, with other employees, regardless of whether you enter an office or not. Period. We expect that in the weeks ahead, showing proof of vaccination...
    London (CNN Business)It's been roughly 18 months since the coronavirus pandemic started wreaking havoc on the US economy. The labor market is a long way from making a complete recovery.One big problem: Millions of open jobs are going unfilled, despite high levels of unemployment. Companies had 9.2 million open jobs in May, according to government data, the highest number on record going back to 2000. In June, 9.5 million people were unemployed, while another 6.4 million people weren't in the labor force but wanted jobs. Job growth is picking up again, but the Delta spike could change that"It's a really unusual situation to have — to have the ratio of vacancies to unemployed be this high," Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell told reporters last month.What gives? The labor market is really complicated, and it's not always obvious why companies and workers do the things they do. But there's clearly a disconnect between the jobs that are available, the compensation they offer, and what workers are looking for.Read MoreIf we look at the big picture, perhaps it's not surprising that the...
    In a domino effect fashion, an increasing number of private companies are beginning to implement vaccination mandates as employers plot returns to the office amid the latest surge in COVID-19 infections. The matter is hotly contested, with some complaining that the mandates are unfair to those who don’t wish to get vaccinated and others hailing the decisions as progress in vanquishing the ever-evolving virus. The delta variant of the virus has proven to be wildly contagious. It has been the main contributor to a 139% increase in infections and a 92% increase in hospitalizations over the past two weeks. In grappling with delta, companies including Delta Air Lines, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Tyson Foods, and many others have been implementing some form of vaccination requirement, particularly for employees to be permitted back into the office. Michael Urban, a senior lecturer and the director of the doctorate of occupational therapy program at the University of New Haven, told the Washington Examiner that the increase in companies mandating vaccinations is likely a combination of delta variant concerns and the desire...
    Many big companies are rethinking their plans to reopen their offices and require workers to return in September. And now some have officially pushed back their reopening dates into October, hoping that the current surge in Covid-19 infections will subside. BlackRock Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. have pushed their return-to-office plans back a month to early October,  Bloomberg News reported Thursday. “Wells Fargo, with almost 260,000 employees, will now begin bringing back staffers who have been working remotely starting Oct. 4 rather than Sept. 7., as previously announced,” Bloomberg reported, citing an internal memo Thursday from Chief Operating Officer Scott Powell. Delays are also being considered at several New York City law firms and other mega-banks. Many have also reversed themselves on mask requirements and now plan to have all workers wear masks in public areas,  regardless of vaccination status. Now that Wells Fargo and BlackRock have delayed reopening, other firms are expected to follow suit. None want to be seen as endangering their workers. This will be a disappointment to businesses in major cities that cater to office workers....
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    SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has pushed back its return-to-office date for tech and corporate workers until January as COVID-19 cases surge nationally due to the more contagious delta variant. Unlike its Seattle-area rival Microsoft and other tech giants, Amazon will not mandate employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine before they return to the office. Instead, the company said Thursday that unvaccinated employees will be required to wear masks in the office. The surge of the delta variant of the coronavirus has upended many companies’ plans to bring office workers back this fall, a drive already complicated by efforts to accommodate widespread employee preference for flexible remote work policies, and debates over how to handle vaccine and masking policies. Other companies that have postponed reopening plans include Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Lyft. Amazon, which had previously set a Sept. 7 return date, said employees will now be expected to report to it U.S. offices on Jan. 3, according to plans previously reported by The Seattle Times. Amazon is also implementing a hybrid work plan that will allow many corporate employees to continue...
    Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, said on Thursday that it would not try to compel its nearly 4 million drivers worldwide to get the COVID-19 vaccine Uber will not require its drivers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 even though it has mandated the shot for its corporate office-based staff. Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, said on Thursday that it would not try to compel its nearly 4 million drivers worldwide - 1 million of whom are in the United States - to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Instead, he said it was up to government agencies and not private companies to impose a mandate. Uber drivers are independent contractors.  Unlike full-time staffers in their corporate offices, Uber drivers are gig workers do not have the same benefits including health care, 401K, or paid time off that are accorded to regular employees.  ‘When you get to the numbers in the hundreds of millions, which is what we’re talking about as far as riders and drivers go, to put that responsibility, that kind of decision making power, on a company I don’t think is...
    More On: wells fargo Wells Fargo is reportedly closing all personal lines of credit Hostage situation unfolds at Wells Fargo in Minnesota Feds reportedly OK Wells Fargo overhaul plan Jamie Dimon ignores his own advice about workers and shareholders Wells Fargo and BlackRock announced Thursday that they’re pushing back their return-to-office plans to October amid rising cases of COVID-19. Wells Fargo, the largest workforce of any US bank with almost 260,000 employees, said it will start calling workers back to the office on Oct. 4, rather than Sept. 7, as previously planned, according to an internal memo from Chief Operating Officer Scott Powell. “The delta variant does not change the basic facts: vaccinated people are at lower risk of becoming infected with Covid-19, and much lower risk of becoming seriously ill and requiring hospitalization if they do become infected,” Powell wrote in the memo. Wells Fargo will start calling workers back to the office on Oct. 4.Spencer Platt/Getty Images Wells Fargo is giving workers eight hours paid time off to get vaccinated. “Please take advantage of the...
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    In this article LYFT UBER VIDEO3:0303:03Uber CEO: Vaccine mandates should be pushed by local governments, not companiesSquawk BoxAll of Uber's U.S. employees will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before returning to the office later this year, but the company fell short on requiring an integral part of its business, its drivers, to get vaccinated. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi explained his thinking to CNBC on Thursday. "When you get to the numbers in the hundreds of millions, which is what we're talking about as far as riders and drivers go, to put that responsibility, that kind of decision making power, on a company I don't think is right," Khosrowshahi said in a "Squawk Box" interview. Uber hasn't shared recent figures on how many drivers it has but said Wednesday it facilitated 1.51 billion trips on the platform in its second quarter. "I think these mandates, if they're pushed, should be pushed by local or federal governments and that's really the direction that we're going with. And then whatever mandate is put forward, we are doing our best to support,"...
    From ripping open bread bags in the middle to spitting across keyboard, workers have revealed some of their colleagues' worst habits in the office. Professionals from around the world shared images online proving why some people are just not meant to work with others. In a gallery collated by Bored Panda, one worker shows a celebration cake which has had square pieces cut out of it in various different places without any organised approach. Another photograph shows an ice cube tray with just one frozen square left in it, while a third captures an office kitchen with every cupboard door left open.  Right down the middle! One worker was left less than impressed with how their colleague ripped open the bread In a gallery collated by Bored Panda, one worker shows a celebration cake which has had square pieces cut out of it in various different places without any organised approach (above) An employee who shared the above image admitted he was left furious after noticing his coworker had spat across his keyboard Posting the above snap,...