Responding to Employee Fears When Reopening the Workplace
SHRM – May 26, 2020
Employers usually are not required to allow employees to continue to work remotely if the employer can demonstrate that it has complied with all appropriate measures to reduce the risk of exposure in the workplace. However, there are exceptions to this general rule.
Another 2.1 Million File Jobless Claims, but Total Unemployed Shrinks
CNBC – May 28, 2020
First-time claims for unemployment benefits totaled 2.1 million last week, the lowest total since the coronavirus crisis began, though indicative that a historically high number of Americans remain separated from their jobs.
U.S. Economy Shows Signs of Life
LinkedIn – May 28, 2020
After a severe downturn, early signs suggest the U.S. economy is very slowly beginning to recover — or at least it’s not getting worse, The Wall Street Journal reports.
What’s New from the CDC
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Australia Calls on Younger People to Get Virus Tests as Reopening Accelerates
Reuters – May 22, 2020
Australia’s most populous state said on Saturday it recorded just three new cases of the coronavirus the previous day and urged younger people to get tested as it prepares to further loosen restrictions on pubs and restaurants.
Canada Wants National Sick Leave Plan in Place for Second Wave of the Coronavirus Pandemic
CNN – May 26, 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is trying to give all workers a minimum of 10 days paid sick leave per year as Canada starts to prepare for a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India’s Economy Slows in March Quarter, with Worse to Come
Reuters – May 29, 2020
India’s economy grew at its slowest pace in at least eight years in the January-March quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic weakened already sluggish consumer demand and investments.
How the UK’s Test-and-Trace Coronavirus Program Works
Bloomberg – May 27, 2020
Boris Johnson’s British government has launched a track-and-trace system, aimed at allowing the country’s economy to restart while suppressing the spread of coronavirus.
CDC Flowchart Maps Employers’ Road to Reopening
HR Dive – May 21, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a flowchart outlining the actions employers should take before reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Poland Lifts More Lockdown Restrictions After ‘Containing’ Killer Virus
The First News – May 27, 2020
The government has said it will further ease lockdown restrictions by opening fitness clubs, theaters and cinemas as well as scrapping the face mask requirement in open spaces.