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As hundreds of thousands of people are heading back to work, and the nation has created nearly one million jobs in March according to the bureau of Labor Statistics, on Friday, the report on the latest jobs is expected to show even further acceleration in job growth expected t due to more Americans getting vaccinated and the weather becoming warmer. The business community has become even more concerned about thousands of people returning to work as [they] say the federal government has fell in defining work safety issues of masks and vaccinations— causing complications or conflicting information in their reopening efforts. Some employers have already offered paid time off, swag or other perks, to get people to return to work. While offering such incentives could “coerce employees into getting the or disclosing their vaccination status to get the benefits, which could cause conflict [of interests] with EEOC guidelines.

Worker safety advocates such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics is finalizing long-delayed Covid-19 emergency workplace safety rules that would last through November, which many expect to require workers to wear face masks, and other safety measures.
Marc Freedman, vice president of employment policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce comments on the matter, “How they handle the vaccine, the high number of people getting vaccinated, is one of the central questions around the emergency temporary standards.”
Debbie Berkowitz, an adviser at OHSA comments on the matter, “I think that industry is going to find every excuse they can to fight against the rule, and to raise that whatever it is the OSHA does is going to be an unbearable burden,” she said. “I find that disingenuous, at best, because I think what’s really need to get workers back into the economy, and to get the economy open, is that workers know there are requirements that employers have to meet to protect them,” added Berkowitz, now with the left-leaning National Employment Law Project. “And whatever OSHA does is going to be a minimum.”

“I think that industry is going to find every excuse they can to fight against the rule, and to raise that whatever it is that OSHA does is going to be an unbearable burden,” said Debbie Berkowitz, an adviser at OSHA during the Obama administration.
“I find that disingenuous, at best, because I think what’s really needed to get workers back into the economy, and to get the economy open, is that workers know there are requirements that employers have to meet to protect them,” added Berkowitz, now with the left-leaning National Employment Law Project. “And whatever OSHA does is going to be a minimum.”
Safety experts say that if employers do not ensure workers are vaccinated, the Covid variant could return as cited a new report from CDC this week, concluded that is businesses were to slack off on taking workplace safety precautions outside of ensuring workers are vaccinated, it “could lead to substantial increases of Covid-19 outcomes even with improved vaccination coverage.” Businesses groups caution that whichever pathway the Biden administration take when it comes to the protections employers must provide to their workers could reverberate throughout the economy.