COVID-19 and the Workforce: May 6, 2022

TOP HEADLINES 

Littler Survey: Competitive Talent Market and Pandemic Uncertainty Complicate Return-to-Office Policies 
Littler – May 4, 2022 
Tenth annual survey of nearly 1,300 executives finds U.S. employers split on vaccine mandates but aligned on reopening offices and benefits of flexible work models. 

U.S. Jobless Claims Jump in Latest Week by Biggest Amount Since Last July 
MarketWatch – May 5, 2022  
Initial jobless claims rose by 19,000 to 200,000 in the week ended April 30, the Labor Department said Thursday. This is the biggest weekly rise in claims since last July and the highest level since mid-February. 

Intersection of ADA, COVID-19 Requires Creative Reopening Policies, EEOC Official Says 
HR Dive – April 12, 2022 
The EEOC has received hundreds of charges involving both COVID-19 vaccination and the ADA, according to Evangeline Hawthorne, the agency’s Tampa field office director. 

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 
The Latest COVID-19 Case Numbers From Around the States and Territories 
ABC News – May 5, 2022 
Here’s a quick wrap of what’s happening with COVID-19 figures across Australia. 

CANADA 
Producing Made-in-Canada Vaccines and Creating Hundreds of Good Jobs 
Government of Canada – April 29, 2022 
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that COVID-19 vaccine developer Moderna will build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Quebec to deliver made-in-Canada vaccines. 

INDIA 
Majority of India’s 900 Million Workforce Stop Looking for Jobs 
Bloomberg – April 24, 2022  
India’s job creation problem is morphing into a greater threat: a growing number of people are no longer even looking for work. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
UK – Number of Active Job Ads on the Rise but Job Market Remains Tight 
Staffing Industry Analysts – May 5, 2022 
The number of active job adverts across the UK has risen steadily since late March, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Emsi Burning Glass’s latest Labour Market Tracker. 

UNITED STATES 
COVID Cases Rise Across Bulk of the U.S. 
Axios – April 28, 2022 
COVID cases are on the rise in all but six states and Washington, D.C., as the Omicron subvariant continues to spread across the U.S. 

POLAND 
Poland to Lift State of Epidemic After Two Years in Force 
The First News – April 29, 2022 
The state of epidemic threat involves fewer restrictions as well as milder counter-epidemic measures compared to the state of epidemic. 

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