News Digest 2-19-2021


Private investigator attacked while looking into workers’ comp claim

A 51-year-old Chicago-area private investigator was attacked by two men while on a routine stakeout last month in suburban Chicago while trying to determine whether a workers’ compensation claim was legitimate. He suffered a crushed nose and cracked skull after being hit multiple times in the face, but was able to summon police by cellphone and video record some of the incident. Chicago Sun-Times


New standards seek to clarify choosing most effective face masks

As a result of a joint effort between ASTM International, the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, academics, industry stakeholders, government agencies and independent participants, a new national mask standard outlines minimum fit, design, performance and testing requirements for face masks and would require user instructions, package labeling and a permanent tag. Until this point, there were no standards. Mercury News


New York waitress fired for telling employer she wanted to delay vaccination over pregnancy concerns

A New York waitress was fired from her job on Monday after she reportedly told her employer she wanted to wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine until she could learn more about its side effects on women who are pregnant. The employer reportedly deemed the vaccine mandatory for employees. Daily Mail


Dispatch analyzes salary database for all Ohio state employees

The Columbus Dispatch/USA Today Network Ohio has analyzed the 2020 state employee payroll just released by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, including the governor and state health director, who is the former Bureau of Workers’ Compensation administrator/CEO. Columbus Dispatch