Costco employees berate retailer over coronavirus response

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While Costco has become a go-to source for Americans stocking up on the supplies required to weather the COVID-19 pandemic at home, some frustrated employees of the warehouse retailer say it hasn’t been aggressive enough in protecting their health.

Roughly 100 staffers and contractors told BuzzFeed News that the multi-billion dollar company had displayed a lack of transparency on COVID-19 cases as well as a disregard for warnings and that it had failed to make necessary adjustments to long-standing policies.

To put this in perspective, however, there are more than 240,000 employees working for the company around the world.


“Working for Costco during this devastating point of time has become a living nightmare,” an unidentified warehouse employee in Los Angeles told the outlet. “They

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South Florida will reopen soon. How can you ensure your workplace stays coronavirus free?

Worker’s safety will be a priority as South Florida begins to reopen.

Each field will have to overcome their specific set of challenges, however, employers should share the same goal: preventing the coronavirus from spreading at their place of business. Doing so won’t be easy — the Department of Labor only issued a

list of recommendations — but analyzing past legislation can help employees better understand their rights.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which laid out acceptable working conditions, has a “general duty clause” that outlines an employer’s basic requirements, says Coral Gables-based employment and labor attorney Diane P. Perez.

“You got to keep employees healthy, safe and alive,” Perez explained with a chuckle.

This could mean a variety of things but may include frequently sanitizing surfaces, enforcing social distancing and the mandatory wearing of masks, according to the Department of Labor’s COVID-19 guidelines. Remember, facial coverings

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Edited Transcript of IBCP earnings conference call or presentation 30-Apr-20 3:00pm GMT

IONIA May 18, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Independent Bank Corp (Michigan) earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 3:00:00pm GMT

* Stephen A. Erickson

D.A. Davidson & Co., Research Division – VP & Senior Research Analyst

Good morning, and welcome to the Independent Bank Corporation First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions)

Please note, this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Brad Kessel, President and CEO. Please go ahead.

William Bradford Kessel, Independent Bank Corporation – President, CEO & Director [2]

Good morning. Thank you for joining Independent Bank Corporation’s conference call and webcast to discuss the company’s 2020 first quarter results. I am Brad Kessel, President and Chief Executive Officer; and joining me is Steve Erickson, Chief Financial Officer; and Jim Mack, Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking.

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Miami’s rich-poor divide is exposed by flawed Covid-19 testing

<span>Photograph: Cristóbal Herrera/EPA</span>
Photograph: Cristóbal Herrera/EPA

The first cars arrive at Hard Rock Stadium shortly after 4am. It is three hours until sunrise, and five before the state-run coronavirus drive-through testing station opens its gates, but the early arrivals, some coughing and feverish, all wearing face masks, want to be sure of their slot.

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Even so, some are out of luck. With a daily capacity of only 400 tests, it takes authorities fewer than 120 minutes to exhaust their limited supply of throat swabs, and those at the back of the queue – after hours waiting in temperatures close to 90F – are sent away to try another day.

Meanwhile, over on Fisher Island, a swanky enclave for the super wealthy barely 15 miles away, and where the average annual income is $2.5m, it is a different story.

Island managers’

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