COVID-19 and the Workforce – June 12, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

Trump Signs Bill Easing Paycheck Protection Program Requirements  
SHRM – June 5, 2020 
President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that gives employers more flexibility when using Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds and applying for loan forgiveness. 

Weekly Unemployment Claims Better Than Expected as Workers Leave Jobless Rolls  
CNBC – June 11, 2020 
The pace of unemployment claims declined again last week as the U.S. jobs market continued its plodding recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, Labor Department data showed. 

Small Business Employment Rebounds Slightly as States Relax Restrictions 
HR Dive – June 9, 2020 
Small business employment grew by 0.25% in May, according to research data from HR outsourcing vendor Paychex and IHS Markit, marking a slight increase after a sharp drop in April. 

LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics Launch COVID-19 Return-to-Work Services  
HR Dive – June 1, 2020 
The laboratories’ offerings generally reflect steps experts suggested for employers seeking to return employees to work during the novel coronavirus pandemic.  

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 
Coronavirus Australia Latest: At a Glance  
The Guardian – June 10, 2020 
Here is a summary of the latest major developments in the coronavirus outbreak across Australia. 

CANADA 
Canada Eases Coronavirus Border Restriction, Allows Immediate Family In  
Associated Press – June 8, 2020  
Canada is slightly easing border restrictions enacted due to the coronavirus pandemic and will allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced June 8. 

INDIA 
Delhi Overwhelmed by COVID-19 Cases After City Eases Lockdown  
Bloomberg – June 9, 2020 
India’s capital of 16 million people is set to be the latest city overwhelmed by Covid-19, and the worst may be yet to come. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
Just as Air Travel Is Picking Up, UK Imposes a Quarantine  
The New York Times – June 8, 2020 
On June 8, as most Western European countries and the United States were easing restrictions, the government introduced a plan requiring everyone entering the country to self-isolate for 14 days. 

UNITED STATES 
A Second Wave of COVID-19 is Emerging as States Reopen 
Fortune – June 10, 2020 
A fresh onslaught of the novel coronavirus is bringing challenges for residents and the economy in pockets across the U.S. The localized surges have raised alarms among experts even as they’re masked by the nation’s overall case count, which early this week rose just under 1%, the smallest increase since March. 

POLAND 
How Poland Is Beating Another Crisis 
Worldcrunch – June 9, 2020 
Since joining the EU in 2004, the country has come through all major European crises unscathed: the euro crisis in 2009, the refugee crisis in 2015 and now the coronavirus crisis. 

Post by Jasmine Patel

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