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With Omicron Surging, More People Are Calling Out Sick Than Usual -- How Employers And Employees Are Navigating Sick Days

Covid Testing Kits Handed Out At L.A.'s Union Station
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People wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 at Union Station on January 7, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

COVID-19 AMA: Researchers Say L.A. Surge Is Peaking, U.S. Will Distribute Free N95 Masks, And More

COVID Update 1.19.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with infectious disease specialist and co-director of the Cedars-Sinai COVID-19 Recovery Program Dr. Catherine Le.

Topics today include:

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore On Officer Vaccinations, The Increase In Homicides, Recent Police Shootings, And More

Chief Moore January 19 Talk 1.19.22

Today on AirTalk, LAPD Chief Michel Moore joins Larry Mantle for his monthly interview to discuss the latest in law enforcement, including:

  • Latest statistics on vaccination of LAPD employees
  • Increase in homicides in Los Angeles, and other crime statistics
  • Recent LAPD police shootings, including the killing of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta inside a Burlington clothing store in North Hollywood  
  • The killing of off-duty officer Fernando Arroyos 

Community College Enrollment Dropped Nearly 10% In California. How Can Schools Get Those Students Back? 

Community College Check In 1.19.22

California’s drop in undergraduate enrollment has hurt many higher education institutions throughout the state, but community colleges have seen the biggest drop: nearly 10% from fall 2020 to fall 2021, according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse. Why has the drop in community college enrollment been so steep? How can colleges bring those students back? And how are those campuses adapting to the start of the semester amid the Omicron surge. Today on AirTalk, Larry gets answers to those questions from the President of Riverside City College Gregory Anderson, Superintendent-President of Long Beach City College Mike Munoz, President of Santiago Canyon College Pamela Ralston, and President of Santa Ana College Annabelle Nery.

With Omicron Surging, More People Are Calling Out Sick Than Usual -- How Employers And Employees Are Navigating Sick Days

Open Phones - Omicron Sick 1.19.22

It seems like everyone knows someone who has COVID right now. Omicron is surging, as we know, and the effects are being felt far and wide across society, in particular in workplaces. Businesses across industries have seen sharp increases in the number of workers calling out sick, which affects day-to-day work operations for those who are still able to punch in. And for employees, it can be an obstacle course of navigating the use of limited sick time, if their job affords them any at all.

Today on AirTalk, HR reporter Sam Blum from the business news publication Morning Brew joins Larry to talk about how businesses across sectors are dealing with absent staff amid the surge in cases of Omicron.

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