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Judge blocks federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states

Enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for millions of health care workers was blocked in 10 states on Monday, after a ruling by...

What’s the deal with the omicron variant, and will it impact Louisiana?

Louisiana's top public health officer says the omicron variant of COVID-19 is cause for concern depending on how contagious it is, while the World...

Vaccine requirement for Louisiana schools draws GOP wrath

Louisiana's Republican legislative leaders are outraged about a plan by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to start requiring some students to get the coronavirus vaccination or submit a written dissent to attend school.

Managers navigate workplace tension as vaccine mandate looms

Business owners are facing challenges preparing for President Biden’s vaccine mandate, with some saying the mandate is heightening hiring problems and causing tension among...

Unemployment claims fall closer to pre-pandemic levels  

U.S. jobless claims are gradually drifting down toward pre-pandemic levels as employers avoid layoffs and many workers quit or remain sidelined in a tight...

COVID-19 vaccine now required for 36% of U.S. workforce

A recent Gallup survey found that 36% of U.S. employees say their employer is requiring all workers without medical exemptions to get their COVID-19 vaccination

Jeff Landry among AGs challenging vaccination rule for health care providers 

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced this morning he has filed a lawsuit against a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule that mandates COVID-19 vaccines for employees, which he says will cause a health care shortage.

Outdoor dining options explode in Baton Rouge 

Two years ago, only a modest number of area restaurants offered al fresco seating. Since the pandemic began, however, more have expanded or added patio dining, and customers have embraced it. If you’ve tried to grab an outdoor table on a balmy weekend night, you’ve probably found one hard to come by.

Biden administration wants legal cases against vaccine mandate consolidated 

Its private employer vaccine mandate on hold, the Biden administration wants the multiple challenges to its workplace rule—including Louisiana Secretary of State Jeff Landry’s—consolidated in a single federal court and has asked for a decision by early next week.

Federal vaccine rule for private businesses kicks in Jan. 4

Many private employers beginning in January will have to ensure their workers either are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they will undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering, under a new federal rule announced by the White House this morning.