COVID-19 and the Workforce: August 28, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

Take These 5 Steps When an Employee Gets COVID-19  
SHRM – August 24, 2020 
Employers who learn that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 should act immediately to ensure the safety of the employee’s coworkers and comply with all applicable laws. Here are five basic steps to take in the aftermath of an employee’s COVID-19 diagnosis. 

Another Million Applied for Jobless Benefits as Coronavirus Pandemic’s Economic Toll Rises 
CNBC – August 27, 2020 
The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits for the first time came in above 1 million for the 22nd time in 23 weeks as the economy struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. 

New School Year Raises FFCRA Questions 
SHRM – August 24, 2020 
When FFCRA leave has been exhausted, many employers are getting creative to help employees deal with these challenging times. Options for workers no longer covered by the FFCRA include modified schedules, including part-time work. 

Here’s Who’s Hiring Right Now 
LinkedIn – August 26, 2020 
Companies from industries spanning from technology to retail are hiring to meet increased demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a regularly updated list of companies hiring right now. 

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 — Supporting Casual and Part-Time Workers During COVID-19   
Australian Capital Territory – August 17, 2020  
The Australian Capital Territory government announced that it is providing further support to vulnerable members of the territory workforce as it emerges from the combined impact of bushfires and COVID-19. 

CANADA 
Canada Confirms 448 More Coronavirus Cases as Infections Push Past 126,000 
Global News – August 26, 2020  
So far, more than 6.1 million tests have been administered throughout the country and 112,456 people have recovered after falling ill. 

INDIA 
India’s New COVID Cases Top Global Tally for 18th Straight Day 
Reuters – August 24, 2020 
India reported on Tuesday the highest number of new coronavirus cases globally for the 18th straight day, remaining well ahead of the United States and Brazil, a Reuters tally based on official reporting showed. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
UK Sees Highest Number of New COVID-19 Cases Since Mid-June 
The Guardian – August 27, 2020 
The UK has recorded the highest number of new coronavirus cases since 12 June, with government figures reporting 1,522 positive cases. 

UNITED STATES 
Here’s Why New Cases of the Coronavirus Are Down Across Most of the U.S. 
CNBC – August 25, 2020 
While testing has declined in recent weeks, the number of new cases is falling faster than testing rates, indicating that at least some of the drop is real. 

POLAND 
Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Poland Reaches 64,689 
The First News – August 27, 2020 
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 887 since Wednesday morning and reached 64,689, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. So far, 44,097 people have recovered. 

Post by Jasmine Patel

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