News Digest 3-26-2020


EEOC: Employers covered by ADA can screen workers, applicants for fever

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has provided guidance stating that during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act may measure employees’ body temperature, even though it is a medical exam. Moreover, an ADA-covered employer can ask employees who call in sick if they are experiencing symptoms of a pandemic virus. HR Dive


Ag groups call for animal feed production, sales to be labeled essential

The American Feed Industry Association is asking state officials to keep animal feed production and retail sites open as states are closing “non-essential businesses.” Feed Navigator


IOSH cites battery manufacturer

Iowa OSHA has fined a battery manufacturer in the eastern part of the state $42,000 for five alleged safety violations, including a potential racking system collapse and airborne contaminants. Des Moines Register


Seven workplace injuries that can put you out of business

A successful personal-injury lawsuit due can be costly, and in some cases, cost you your business. So, when can employee sue for injuries on the job? Entrepreneur


New Hampshire contractor survives trench collapse

A 60-year-old contractor on a Rochester, New Hampshire sewer line connecting project was rescued by first responders and subsequently hospitalized after an 8-foot-deep trench collapsed on him Monday afternoon. According to a fire official, proper stabilizing techniques were not in place at the worksite. Foster’s Daily Democrat/


Nurse who was beaten into coma by patient dies 6 years later

A nurse who was beaten into a coma by a patient in a Brooklyn hospital in 2014 has died at 75 years old. Her death has been ruled a homicide. The assault left the nurse with multiple skull fractures, and she never regained consciousness after the attack. New York Daily News