COVID-19 and the Workforce: July 31, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

DOL Issues Return-to-Work Guidance Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act 
SHRM – July 24, 2020 
On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued additional guidance on return-to-work issues under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Rise for a Second Straight Week, Total 1.434 Million 
CNBC – July 30, 2020 
It was the 19th straight week in which initial claims totaled at least 1 million and the second consecutive week in which initial claims rose after declining for 15 straight weeks. 

Closed Schools, Camps and Day Cares Raise Workplace Complications for Managers  
SHRM – July 21, 2020 
Closed schools and summer camps are leading to major confusion among managers about what kind of leave they can approve and what kind of flexibility they can allow. 

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: Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker Programs 
SHRM – July 24, 2020 
The key changes — as well as their potential implications for employers — are summarized in this article. 

CANADA 
Canada Records Fewer Than 400 Coronavirus Cases for First Time in Nearly 2 Weeks 
Reuters – July 29, 2020  
Canada added 397 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, marking the first time in nearly two weeks that the country reported fewer than 400. 

INDIA 
Sectors Not Hit by Coronavirus May See Spike in Hiring 
Hindustan Times – July 20, 2020 
Several industries such as education and healthcare are expected to lead the way in fresh recruitments as the spread of COVID-19 and the lockdown have led to a sharp spike in demand, according to a survey. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
German and UK Officials Warn of a Possible New COVID-19 Wave in Europe 
NPR – July 28, 2020 
The European Union successfully flattened the curve of COVID-19 cases in the spring – but a second wave could be building in parts of the EU, according to both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of Germany’s disease agency. 

UNITED STATES 
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Soar as 18 States Set Single-Day Records This Week 
The New York Times – July 25, 2020 
Eighteen states set single-day case records in the last week, putting the country on track to breaking a national single-day record for new coronavirus cases set less than three weeks ago. 

POLAND 
Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Poland Reaches 44,416 
The First News – July 29, 2020 
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 512 since Tuesday and reached 44,416, according to the Ministry of Health. So far, 33,190 people have recovered. 

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