COVID-19 and the Workforce: April 8, 2022

TOP HEADLINES 

What Should Employers Take Away from the White House’s Latest COVID-19 Plan? 
HR Dive – March 31, 2022 
Titled the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and published shortly after President Joe Biden’s March 1 State of the Union address, the document contains references to both proposed and existing measures, ranging from federal guidance to other initiatives that would require Congressional spending. 

Weekly Jobless Claims Fell to 166,000 Last Week, the Lowest Level Since 1968 
CNBC – April 7, 2022  
Jobless claims totaled 166,000 last week, the lowest since late 1968. The decline of 5,000 from a week ago reflected revisions in the way the Labor Department calculates the initial filings numbers. 

EEOC Continues to Update COVID-19-Related Practical Guidance 
SHRM – March 30, 2022 
Throughout the pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has focused on answering key employer questions and providing hands-on guidance about the evolving COVID-19 issues employers face. 

What’s New from the CDC 
Keep up with all the latest information on COVID-19 directly from the resources created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

GLOBAL NEWS 

AUSTRALIA 
COVID-19 Updates: Every State and Territory’s Coronavirus Numbers in One Place 
ABC News – April 8, 2022 
Here’s a quick wrap of what’s happening with COVID-19 figures across Australia. 

CANADA 
Canadian Jobless Rates in March Falls to Lowest Level Since 1976 
Staffing Industry Analysts – April 8, 2022
The Canadian unemployment rate fell to 5.3% in March, the lowest level since comparable data became available in 1976, Statistics Canada reported. 

INDIA 
India to Widen COVID Booster Effort to All Adults from Sunday 
Reuters – April 8, 2022  
India will offer booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults starting Sunday, although free third doses will be limited to frontline workers and those older than 60 who get them at government centers. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
COVID Infections Show Signs of Plateauing in UK 
BBC News – April 8, 2022 
The number of people infected with COVID in the UK is showing signs of plateauing, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests. 

UNITED STATES 
Suddenly Short of Workers, U.S. is Forced to Rethink Job Credentials 
Bloomberg – April 5, 2022 
The COVID crisis has reignited a debate over what kind of credentials are really essential for American workers, and which requirements could be ditched at a time when job openings are at historic highs. 

POLAND 
Poland Scraps Remaining COVID Restrictions 
Forbes – March 28, 2022 
As a result of decreasing infection numbers Poland lifted most remaining COVID restrictions on March 28. 

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