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Strapped for workers amid the omicron surge, some employers in the battered healthcare sector are trying to cope by relaxing Covid-19 safety measures, bringing employees back to work even after they test positive for the virus.

Those moves—fueled by new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and early reports that omicron causes milder symptoms that previous Covid variants—could signal a turning point in how employers deal with pandemic safety moving forward, employment lawyers say. That’s especially likely for employers that continue to wrestle with both worker scarcity and surges in consumer demand.

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