New federal COVID-19 safety rules exempt most employers

Mgn 1280x960 00124c00 OpfbhNEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration has exempted most employers from long-awaited rules for protecting workers from the coronavirus.

The move has angered labor advocates who had spent more than a year lobbying for the protections.

The Labor Department included only health care workers in its new emergency temporary standard.

The rules require employers to draw up a virus protection plan, and tighten requirements for recording and reporting COVID-19 cases among workers.

They also require employers to provide workers with paid time off for COVID-19-related absences, including getting vaccinated and recovering from side effects.

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