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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.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COSTCO, THE WAREHOUSE RETAILER

“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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U.S. airlines ease loyalty programs in coronavirus travel slump

By Tracy Rucinski

(Reuters) – U.S. airlines are extending loyalty program benefits and status into 2021 for members homebound because of the new coronavirus.

Business and leisure travel have virtually ground to a halt worldwide, forcing airlines to drastically reduce flying schedules and ground their jets. Before the pandemic, carriers had been actively courting business or first-class travelers in particular to boost revenue as competition intensified.

United Airlines Holdings Inc <UAL.O> is extending current members’ MileagePlus Premier status through January 2022, reducing thresholds for Premier qualification by 50%, offering more credit card points and making it easier to upgrade seating.

Delta Air Lines Inc <DAL.N> is extending its SkyMiles Medallion Members’ status as well as the expiration dates for upgrade certificates and travel vouchers.

American Airlines Group Inc <AAL.O> on Monday had no updates on its elite program, but said it was continuing to assess the situation.

Airlines are also

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Coronavirus hotspots brace for deaths with refrigerated trucks on an unprecedented scale

Music festivals have been canceled, gatherings prohibited, construction projects stalled. Yet Keith Futerman has been inundated with calls from prospective clients requesting estimates for mobile cooler and freezer rentals.  

A Maryland hospital needed extended morgue space. A family-owned cemetery in California wanted walk-in units. A hotel inquired about cooler storage. 

“Who knows what they’re doing,” said Futerman, director of sales at Stewart’s Mobile Concepts in Huntington Station, New York. “I get so many calls I’ve just got to pump out the quotes.”

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping America has brought a surge in business to the refrigerated truck and storage industries. As the specter of virus-induced deaths looms, medical examiners and funeral homes across the U.S. are scrambling to secure temperature-controlled trailers in anticipation of overwhelmed facilities. 

Even grocery stores have taxed the refrigerated truck industry in an attempt to keep their freezers well-stocked for Americans now eating most of their

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