April 17, 2021


OSHA fines Lynn tax business $136K for prohibiting face masks in office

A Lynn tax preparation business is facing $136,532 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor after an inspection found its owner prohibited employees and customers from wearing face masks while in the office.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Ariana Murrell-Rosario, owner of Liberty Tax Services, for “willfully failing to develop and implement measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” the agency said in a press release on Tuesday.

According to OSHA, Murrell-Rosario banned masks despite the state’s mask order that required they be worn in places of business; made employees and customers work within six feet

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Usher Allegedly Gave an Exotic Dancer Money With His Face on It

It’s been a tough year for dancers in the adult industry. In light of the closure of clubs during the pandemic, many dancers have had to scramble to make ends meet, pivoting to platforms like OnlyFans or dancing for tips on IG Live. So when a dancer at Sapphire Las Vegas accused Usher of using counterfeit money with his face on it to tip, dancers across the country rallied behind her.

On her Instagram story, a dancer who goes by @beel0ve posted a photo of the Usher-branded bills. “Ladies, what would you do if you danced all night for

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Businesses Face Backlash for Criticizing Georgia Voting Law

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For two weeks, Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola had been under pressure from activists and Black executives who wanted the companies to publicly oppose a new law in Georgia that makes it harder for people to vote. On Wednesday, six days after the law was passed, both companies stated their “crystal clear” opposition to it.

Now Republicans are mad at the companies for speaking out. Hours after the

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No Shoes, No Mask, No Service? Businesses Now Write the Rules on Face Coverings

Getting a beer at Hills & Dales Ice House in San Antonio doesn’t require wearing a mask. But getting a coffee at the


franchise located a third-of-a-mile away still does. At Scout & Molly’s women’s wear boutique 20 minutes south, masks are recommended but not required. Heading to lunch for sushi at Piranha Izakaya next door, though, means putting one on until seated at the table.

As Covid-19 restrictions loosen in several states, the shopping plazas and small businesses of Texas tell corporate America—and its consumers—what to expect as the country reopens. We have months of inconsistency ahead of

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COVID-19: Business owners share how they’ll respond to Texas’ face mask mandate lift

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Many people are trying to decide what they’ll do next Wednesday when the state’s mask mandate gets lifted.

Some leaders and health professionals across the city said it’s still too soon, and one bar owner said lifting the order puts an unfair pressure on local businesses.

National businesses have already taken a stance in Texas, saying they will continue their corporate policy of requiring a mask for employees and customers.

The owner of Marquis II, a longtime staple in West University, said he’s frustrated because making a decision one way or the other could have big

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Geico must face lawsuit claiming it overcharged on car insurance during pandemic: judge

(Reuters) – The auto insurer Geico Corp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, must face a proposed class action claiming it overcharged policyholders as the coronavirus pandemic led to less driving and fewer accidents, a judge has ruled.

In a decision on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in Chicago said Illinois drivers may try to prove Geico violated a state consumer fraud law by unfairly and deceptively marketing its “Geico Giveback” discount program. She dismissed breach of contract and unjust enrichment claims.

Neither Geico nor its lawyers immediately responded to requests for comment on Friday. Lawyers

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