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New Labor Chief Walsh Gets to Work on Delayed Virus Safety Rule

March 26, 2021, 12:48 AM

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, on his second full day in office, said he’s inserting himself in the agency’s stalled rulemaking to protect workers from Covid-19 and is hopeful to complete the complex process.

“Certainly the health and safety of people, of workers, is our priority. We’re reviewing things now and, hopefully, over the course of the next—whatever it is—we’ll be able to do that,” Walsh said Thursday evening, when asked about the status of the U.S. Labor Department’s effort to develop an emergency regulation that would require businesses to take steps to safeguard workers against virus spread.

“I’ve had a ...