COVID-19 and the Workforce: June 4, 2021

TOP HEADLINES 

CDC Experts Discuss Evolving COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules 
SHRM – May 20, 2021 
How should employers approach workplace safety as they consider relaxing their policies? The CDC guidance takes a layered approach to reducing COVID-19 transmission. 

Jobless Claims Fall Below 400,000 for the First Time Since the Early Days of the Pandemic 
CNBC – June 3, 2021 
Initial jobless claims fell below 400,000 for the first time since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Labor Department reported Thursday. 

OSHA to Review Safety Guidance, Directs Employers to Follow CDC Mask Update 
HR Dive – May 18, 2021 
Until new guidance is complete, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has directed employers to follow the guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding mask use and social distancing for fully vaccinated workers. 

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’s Economy Booms to Pre-COVID Levels as Consumers, Businesses Spend 
CNBC – June 1, 2021  
Australia’s economy extended its rapid recovery in the first quarter as consumers and businesses spent with abandon, lifting output back above where it was last year when pandemic lockdowns tipped the country into recession. 

CANADA 
Tracking Coronavirus in Canada: Latest Map and Case Count 
The New York Times – June 3, 2021  
An average of 2,699 cases per day were reported in Canada in the last week. Cases have decreased by 48 percent from the average two weeks ago. 

INDIA 
Already Under Massive Stress from the Virus, More Indian Workers Turn to ‘Gig Economy’ Livelihoods 
CNBC – May 13, 2021 
The coronavirus pandemic is shaking up India’s labor force, shifting the focus sharply to gig economy jobs — or on-demand, part-time work given to contract workers. 
 
UNITED KINGDOM 
Return to Offices Drives UK Adult Contacts to 10-Month High 
The Guardian – June 3, 2021 
Coronavirus cases are expected to rise in the coming weeks after daily contacts among adults reached their highest level in nearly a year, scientists advising the government have said. 

UNITED STATES 
COVID-19 Cases Hit Lowest Point in U.S. Since Pandemic Began 
Axios – June 3, 2021 
Nearly every week for the past 56 weeks, Axios has tracked the change — more often than not, the increase — in new COVID-19 infections. Those case counts are now so low, the virus is so well contained, that this will be Axios’ final weekly map. 

POLAND 
Poland’s New Daily COVID Infections Hold Below 1,000 
The First News – June 3, 2021 
Poland’s health minister has highlighted a sustained downward trend in the country’s daily COVID-19 infection rate. 

Post by Jasmine Patel

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