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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 01:23 PM

AT&T says state's bill banning mask mandates "overrides our corporate policies"

Source: CBS News


BY KATE GIBSON

FEBRUARY 25, 2021 / 11:44 AM / MONEYWATCH

A North Dakota lawmaker may have gotten more than he bargained for when the legislature on Monday approved his proposal to ban requirements for wearing face masks in the state, where more than 1,400 residents have died of COVID-19. That's because of disagreement over what the proposed law would actually do.

The bill, now on its way to the state Senate, would bar state and local officials, schools and businesses from mandating masks, according to local news reports and the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC), the biggest statewide business advocacy group, which opposes the anti-masking measure.

"Our intent is to oppose it in the Senate," Matt Gardner, GNDC's legislative director, told CBS MoneyWatch. "A business needs to be able to protect its customers and employees how it sees fit." AT&T added its voice to those opposing the measure.

The telecommunications giant has taken steps during the pandemic to "safely operate our business, retail locations and offices," including instituting face covering requirements in the workplace or while performing work on behalf of the company, Cheryl Riley, president, AT&T external affairs, northern plains states, said in written testimony to state lawmakers. "The bill appears to override our corporate policies," she added.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mask-mandates-at-t-bill/

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Reply AT&T says state's bill banning mask mandates "overrides our corporate policies" (Original post)
DonViejo Feb 2021 OP
tosh Feb 2021 #1
elleng Feb 2021 #13
Ollie Garkie Feb 2021 #2
lapfog_1 Feb 2021 #3
OldBaldy1701E Feb 2021 #18
CaptainTruth Feb 2021 #4
RussellCattle Feb 2021 #9
ProfessorGAC Feb 2021 #11
RussellCattle Mar 2021 #21
Eugene Feb 2021 #5
OneCrazyDiamond Feb 2021 #6
COL Mustard Feb 2021 #17
OneCrazyDiamond Feb 2021 #19
COL Mustard Feb 2021 #20
Midnight Writer Feb 2021 #7
BobTheSubgenius Feb 2021 #8
DENVERPOPS Feb 2021 #10
paleotn Feb 2021 #12
SharonClark Feb 2021 #14
Martin68 Feb 2021 #15
MichMan Feb 2021 #16

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 01:30 PM

1. It's good to see

an American corporate giant being a good citizen in any single regard. We need much more of this, but it's a start.

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Response to tosh (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 07:10 PM

13. Imagine THAT!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 01:36 PM

2. Jesus christ

When a company tries to do the right thing THATs when repukes suddenly want to curb their power. What a topsy turvy world the repukes live in!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 01:45 PM

3. If I was AT&T I would tell the state

"Pass this law and we will terminate all ND employees and shutter our offices in your state."

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 08:05 AM

18. To be honest

Any and every business in that state who is against this law should offer that same position. That is how you get the legislature to back down, mess with the income. Of course, that will never happen, but it should.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 01:56 PM

4. This violates OSHA regulations.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA - I defined my acronym!) requires employers to provide their employees with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to mitigate workplace hazards.

And yes, it applies to COVID too. There have already been several cases where OSHA has fined companies for not providing masks etc for the COVID hazard.

This is from November of 2020:

U.S. Department of Laborís OSHA Announces $3,301,932 In Coronavirus Violations

"Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Nov. 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Laborís Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations arising from 244 inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $3,301,932."

"OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:

Implement a written respiratory protection program;"
etc etc

[link:http://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/national/11272020|]

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 04:20 PM

9. It seems that you've taken to heart the recent admonition on DU (Democratic Underground) to.....

....spell out what acronyms mean.

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Response to RussellCattle (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 06:11 PM

11. OSHA Needs To Be Explained?

Here at DU?
I'd bet there isn't a single DUer than doesn't know what OSHA is.
That "admonition" can easily be taken beyond what's needed.
It just was.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 02:52 PM

21. Today a long time DUer expressed surprise that members of Congress only had two year terms.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 02:16 PM

5. When you're further to the right than your Chamber of Commerce, maybe it's time to reconsider.

It's a good thing if Corporate America is trying to rein in its monster, if only out of self interest.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 02:40 PM

6. I have no issue with laws overriding corporate policies.

I don't think corporate policies should override laws for sure.

This law is stupid though.

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 07:46 AM

17. Corporate Offices And Facilities Are Still Private Property

So IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) a private business can still require masks on its property, as long as it does so consistently. I'm not a lawyer, so I may in fact be talking out of my butt, but I'll take that risk!

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Response to COL Mustard (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 12:09 PM

19. +1 on the mask

but if the corporate policy is to not pay for bathroom breaks, and the law says they have to, damn the policy.

Laws should overrule the private policies of corporation. Perhaps laws shouldn't be so stupid.

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #19)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 12:21 PM

20. Can't Argue With You On That!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 03:52 PM

7. So is AT&T still legally liable for its workers safety? This sounds like a Catch-22.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 04:06 PM

8. Maybe AT&T should declare themselves a sovereign nation.

A lot of those RWNJs buy into that nonsense, don't they?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 06:06 PM

10. Not wearing a mask

is the equivalent of playing professional football and not wearing a helmet........

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 07:10 PM

12. I didn't know there were more than 1400 people IN North Dakota.

He's obviously off his rocker. Maybe it's the cold and isolation.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 07:19 PM

14. What the hell is wrong with these people?

"would bar state and local officials, schools and businesses from mandating masks".

The gop is nuts. All their talk of freedom and local control has gone out the window in their attempt to be in everyone's business. They are true facists.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 07:23 PM

15. Incompetent no-nothing idiots.

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