The breach was the latest in a string of attacks targeting businesses critical to American infrastructure.
Employers are finding ways to get applicants in the door, and to retain employees once they’re hired.
The Biden administration is taking steps to counter the growing threat of cyberattacks on U.S. businesses, and encouraging companies to do more to protect themselves.
Some JBS beef processing plants were operational, but not at full capacity, union officials said, after a ransomware attack shut nine plants, affecting thousands of workers.
Operations at several owned by JBS, which processes one-fifth of the country’s beef, were affected, according to union representatives and Facebook posts meant for employees.
The number of vegetarians in Brazil doubled over a six-year period, which has given rise to a booming plant-based industry that is seeking to turn meatpacking plants obsolete.
Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.
Employees of a JBS meat-processing plant in Greeley, Colo., got sick or died, but their families have so far been denied compensation.
Businesses have little to fear from the government’s workplace safety office.
Emails show local officials received conflicting signals from state leaders and meatpacking companies about how much information to release about outbreaks in plants.
In a meatpacking plant, changes were made too late.
The executive action signals that decisions around whether to close or reopen plants should be driven by the federal government, not local authorities.
A relatively small number of plants process much of the beef and pork in the United States, and some of them have closed because workers are getting sick.
Some employees are coming in sick, and one woman died after being ordered back to work. “Our work conditions are out of control,” a longtime Tyson employee said.