News of the Month — October 2020

October 27th, 2020

As Election Day looms, U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, a cunning lawyer committed to dismantling regulation, is weakening one employee protection after another, The New Yorker reports.

Gov. Newsom announced a framework for rolling out an eventual COVID-19 vaccine that gives priority to healthcare workers at risk of contracting the virus, according to the Los Angeles Times.

California workplace safety officials issued a serious citation against a Kaiser Permanente psychiatric facility in Santa Clara, accusing the center of failing to provide workers with N95 masks and other protection against COVID-19, CalMatters reported. 

Black Americans – and Black parents in particular – have been especially hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, both financially and emotionally, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Undefeated. 

Amid new COVID infections at skilled nursing facilities, the Los Angeles Times reports that there are questions about whether nursing homes are following state testing requirements and concerns that another spike could be in the offing at facilities that care for some of California’s most frail and vulnerable.