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Racist policies have led to COVID-19 being more dangerous and deadly for Black, Latino, Asian and Indigenous Americans than for white Americans.

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WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday the Senate would vote on a roughly $500 billion COVID-19 stimulus plan next week, only two weeks before the election, as President Donald Trump urged Republicans to “go big or go home” on stimulus. 

McConnell said in a statement the Republican-led Senate’s “first order of business” once they return Monday would be to vote on a “targeted” relief plan, including new funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a loan forgiveness program for small businesses. 

“Unless Democrats block this aid for workers, we will have time to pass it before we proceed as planned to the pending Supreme Court nomination as soon as it is reported by the Judiciary Committee,” he said, referring to the ongoing

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After a 5-year battle, bill to increase N.J. nursing home staffing passes. It’s now up to Murphy.

It took five years and a worldwide pandemic to make it happen, but state lawmakers Thursday approved a bill that would require a minimum number of frontline nursing home workers on every shift.



a man holding a sign: Tonya Monture looks on at her husband Robert Montuore after he spoke about her father, Howard Conyack Sr. that died at the facility. Rally by veterans groups and union workers at the state run Menlo Park nursing home for veterans, where at least 65 residents and one staff member died of cover, in Edison, N.J. September, 16, 2020 r


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Tonya Monture looks on at her husband Robert Montuore after he spoke about her father, Howard Conyack Sr. that died at the facility. Rally by veterans groups and union workers at the state run Menlo Park nursing home for veterans, where at least 65 residents and one staff member died of cover, in Edison, N.J. September, 16, 2020 r

Certified nursing aides — who feed, bathe and comfort nursing home residents and get paid an average of about $36,000 a year — have long complained they have more responsibilities than they can handle, especially on nights and weekends. The coronavirus outbreak sickened

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Spain’s Home Working Draft Bill to Make Employers Pay for Expenses | Investing News

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government has agreed with unions and business leaders to make employers cover home working expenses after the coronavirus pandemic caused millions to work from their living rooms, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias said on Tuesday.

“It was fundamental to regulate remote working to protect the rights of workers,” Iglesias said in an interview with state-owned TV channel TVE.

The draft bill would force companies to pay for all expenses employees may have when working from home while allowing working hours flexibility and granting workers disconnection time, Iglesias said.

He did not detail the expenses employers will have to assume or what employers may have obtained in the agreement.

The draft bill still needs to be approved by the cabinet before being sent to parliament.

During the strict lockdown imposed in Spain from mid-March to late June, millions of workers had to stay at home with

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