COVID-19

It's not like Virginia to side with labor over business. So when the administration of Gov. Ralph Northam – fed up with federal inaction to protect workers and customers from the coronavirus pandemic – released new workplace safety mandates, it shook things up.Unions and advocates for low-income workers and...
Virginia’s largest insurer for local school divisions had a clear message for administrators on Monday: Don’t worry about COVID-related worker’s compensation claims from school employees.“The burden of proof to determine that’s where you contracted the disease is going to be tough to do,” said Lee Brannon, the senior school...
Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them.The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members...
By Allison PowellAt the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was terminated from the job I had been working at for the last four years.I was very fortunate to find another job within one week of being let go, as I know most people haven’t had this same experience....
About a week and a half ago, Susan Hartle came down with deep fatigue and a dry cough. A COVID-19 test confirmed the worst for the wedding planner, who coordinates events in North Carolina and Virginia. “To catch it really is shocking to me,” she said. She’s been vigilant about...
WASHINGTON — The nation’s political leaders return to the capital this week with their sights on a fifth — and perhaps final — round of coronavirus relief before the November elections.The stakes are high and the timetable is short with Congress' August recess looming. House leaders have said they...
Laura Efford, a preschool teacher in Albemarle County, is anxiously awaiting September, when her Bright Stars classroom (an early childhood education program based in some local elementary schools) is scheduled to reopen.“A lot of what we do in preschool is learning through play,” she said. “Building with blocks and...
Social distancing and other precautions against COVID-19 will soon be mandatory in workplaces around Virginia under emergency pandemic safety regulations finalized Wednesday.The new rules, proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and adopted by the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board over strenuous objections from business groups, make Virginia the first...
Virginians took a scolding on Tuesday as Gov. Ralph Northam linked rising COVID-19 caseloads, particularly in the Hampton Roads region, with a failure to obey the state’s mask order and other social distancing guidelines.“They’re occurring when people are gathering, especially in areas around a bar,” Northam said at a...
With a vote expected Wednesday on Virginia’s first-in-the-nation workplace pandemic safety regulations, employers and labor groups are at odds over a provision that would allow businesses to disregard the new rules if they instead follow all CDC guidelines for their industry.Advocates for workers, including the AFL-CIO and Legal Aid...