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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Upcoming Strength & Service Series Webinar

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Crisis Fatigue in the Workforce: A Conversation with Dr. Christine Cauffield

Date: Wednesday February 10, 2021
Time: 2:00-2:45pm EST 

People living in the U.S. are grappling with long-term attacks to their psyche. Just in the last year, we have witnessed race-based violence, a global pandemic, mass unemployment, and political and social unrest. What are some of the ways leaders, themselves exhausted, can best support employees suffering from crisis fatigue? Join us for a webinar with Chief Executive Officer of LSF Health Systems, Dr. Christine Cauffield – who has worked with leaders in police, healthcare, child welfare and others to address the impact of mental health in their own organizations.

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Partner Spotlight

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Johnson Kendall Johnson (JKJ) Lunch & Learn Webinar: OSHA's Respiratory Protection Program: What You Need To Know

Date: Thursday January 28, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00pmEST

JKJ’s Risk Control Team will be holding a 1 hour open discussion to address the following:

  • Required components of an OSHA compliant respiratory protection program
  • Recent OSHA citations in healthcare (respiratory protection, PPE, HazCom)
  • Recording Covid-19 cases on the OSHA 300 log
  • Electronic submission of OSHA 300A (March 2nd deadline!)

Discussion followed by Q&A - Register here 

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Advocacy Update

During his first hours in office President Joe Biden is signing or is expected to sign a series of executive orders and directives focusing on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday the president signed executive orders directing federal agencies to use wartime powers to require U.S. companies to make masks and other Personal Protective Equipment, requiring the wearing of masks on federal property, a call to state and local officials to encourage mask wearing and social distancing, and naming a national COVID-19 response coordinator.  More actions are expected in the coming days as the president works to make good his promise of 100 million coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.

Last week President Biden outlined a new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package which he wants Congress to immediately take up.  His American Rescue Plan, as outlined, will provide an additional $1,400 in stimulus payments, extend and enhance the unemployment benefit to $400 per week, and raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.  State and local governments will receive $350 billion to address the pandemic.  $15 billion is proposed for new grants for small employers separate from the Paycheck Protection Program, with $175 billion provided for small business loans and investment.  The plan would implement a $20 billion national vaccination program, including 100% FMAP for states for the administration of coronavirus vaccines for Medicaid enrollees.  While no specific money is allocated, the plan calls for assistance to long-term care facilities, including the deployment of "strike teams" to assist facilities with outbreaks in coronavirus infections.

As President Biden takes office and Congress begins to consider his plan, we at Lutheran Services in America will continue our aggressive call for additional Congressional legislation to support our members’ business and continuity and will update you on our advocacy and how you can take action.


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