COVID-19 and the Workforce: June 19, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

New Types of Jobs Emerge from COVID-19  
SHRM – June 18, 2020 
While around 40 million people have filed for unemployment benefits, the public health crisis has also created new types of work. 

Jobless Claims Total 1.5 Million, Worse Than Expected as Economic Pain Persists 
CNBC – June 18, 2020 
Weekly jobless claims stayed above 1 million for the 13th consecutive week as the coronavirus pandemic continued to hammer the U.S. economy. 

Masks On? What Employers Need to Know About Face Coverings at Work 
SHRM – June 15, 2020 
The future of work will involve a lot of face masks, at least in the short run, as companies do all they can to curtail the spread of COVID-19. But the rules and expectations for face masks are evolving rapidly. 

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 
Australia Says Borders Likely to Stay Closed Until 2021 
Reuters – June 16, 2020 
Australia is unlikely to reopen its border to international travelers until next year but will look to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said. 

CANADA 
Canada, U.S. Extend Agreement to Keep Their Border Closed to Non-Essential Travel During the Coronavirus Pandemic 
Chicago Tribune – June 16, 2020  
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. The restrictions were announced on March 18 and were extended in April and May. 

INDIA 
India Reports Record Spike in COVID-19 Cases, but Nixes Another Nationwide Lockdown 
NPR – June 18, 2020 
India reported a record spike in coronavirus cases June 18, even as the prime minister ruled out a new nationwide lockdown. Despite Modi’s stance, individual states maintain their own restrictions. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
Lockdown Update: All You Need to Know About New Measures  
BBC NEWS – June 18, 2020 
Lockdown measures are being eased further after more than two months of restrictions. But how is everyday life changing? 

UNITED STATES 
These U.S. Cities and States Have Hit the Pause Button on Reopening 
Forbes – June 15, 2020 
With cases of COVID-19 increasing in 23 states, last week saw a small but growing number of states and municipalities pump the brakes on lifting restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the disease. 

POLAND 
Poland Reopens All its EU Borders for First Time in Nearly Three Months 
Euronews – June 13, 2020 
Poland has reopened all its EU borders for the first time in nearly three months. The European Commission has recommended all borders in the bloc should open by June 22. 

Post by Jasmine Patel

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