COVID-19 and the Workforce: Your Weekly Update – May 15, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

How to Accommodate At-Risk Workers 
SHRM – May 13, 2020 
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), clarifying how to accommodate individuals who are at high risk for severe illness from the coronavirus. 

Weekly Jobless Claims Total 2.981 Million, Bringing Coronavirus Tally to 36.5 Million 
CNBC – May 14, 2020 
New filings for unemployment claims totaled just shy of 3 million for the most recent reporting period, a number that while still high declined for the sixth straight week, according to Labor Department figures Thursday. 

We Went Virtual ‘Almost Overnight’: How CVS Hired Nearly 50K Amid COVID-19 
HR Dive – May 11, 2020 
To meet its lofty recruiting goals amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company created a virtual talent acquisition process and streamlined hiring of furloughed employees from corporate business partners. 

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 Coronavirus Restrictions to be Lifted in Three-Step Plan to Reopen Economy 
CNN – May 8, 2020 
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a three-step plan to reopen the country’s economy by July, as the government begins winding down social distancing measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus.  

CANADA 
Canadian Employment Falls by 2 Million Jobs in April  
Staffing Industry Analysts – May 8, 2020  
Employment in Canada fell by 11% month over month in April, a decline of nearly 2 million jobs, to a total of approximately 16.2 million jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released by Statistics Canada. 

INDIA 
Modi Announces $260 Billion Coronavirus Rescue Package for India 
The New York Times – May 12, 2020 
In a televised address Tuesday night, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced an economic rescue package of more than $260 billion for a nation that, although relatively successful in controlling coronavirus infections, has been left economically devastated. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
UK Extends Coronavirus Furlough Payments to Workers Through End of October 
NPR – May 12, 2020 
The government is doubling the original four-month timeline to support workers when the economy starts to emerge from a crippling shutdown. 

UNITED STATES 
Health Officials Say Opening Economy Depends on Testing and Following a Framework 
SHRM – May 13, 2020 
The phased-in reopening of the economy will vary by region, and officials need to follow a “framework of how we safely open America again,” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a prominent member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. 

POLAND 
Restaurants, Salons and Sports Facilities Reopen as Poland Continues to “Unfreeze” Lockdown, but Border Controls Extended 
Notes from Poland – May 13, 2020 
Restaurants, cafes, sports facilities and hair and beauty salons will reopen from the start of next week, though with sanitary requirements in place, as the Polish government begins the third stage of its “unfreezing” of the coronavirus lockdown. Border controls have, however, been extended until June 12. 

Post by Jasmine Patel

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