North Carolina’s labor commissioner is downplaying the threat posed by COVID-19 workers.
“The state Department of Labor will not impose additional regulations requiring employers to protect workers from the coronavirus, according to a letter from N.C. Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry.
The letter was sent to worker advocacy groups that had demanded the department take stronger action to stop the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces . . .
‘While I am not dismissing the tragic deaths that have occurred as a result of this virus, statistically, the virus has not been proven likely to cause death or serious physical harm from the perspective of an occupational hazard,’ Berry wrote in the Nov. 9 letter.”
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