COVID-19 and the Workforce: November 20, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

COVID-19 Safety Measures Reduce Worker Anxiety, Study Finds 
HR Dive – November 9, 2020 
Those able to consistently practice social distancing at work have a significantly lower risk of anxiety or depression, according to a study published in Occupational Environmental Medicine Oct. 30. 

Jobless Claims Filings Pick Up Amid Continued Struggles for Labor Market 
CNBC – November 19, 2020 
The pace of workers filing for unemployment claims picked up last week and was a bit higher than Wall Street had been expecting. 

Here’s Who’s Hiring Right Now 
LinkedIn – November 19, 2020 
Hiring is still happening despite the ongoing economic downturn. Here are some of the 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 
South Australia Enters ‘Circuit Breaker’ Coronavirus Lockdown 
NPR – November 18, 2020  
The Australian state of South Australia is entering a mandatory lockdown lasting six days that began at midnight Thursday local time, with residents required to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. 

CANADA 
What the COVID Vaccine Rollout Will Look Like in Canada 
Vice – November 17, 2020  
As major pharmaceutical companies near the finish line on a COVID-19 vaccine, the Canadian government is figuring out who to immunize first and how to do it as quickly as possible.  

INDIA 
India’s COVID-19 Cases Drop. A Second Wave May Loom. 
New York Times – November 11, 2020 
Reported infections, deaths and the share of people testing positive in India have all fallen significantly. By contrast, infections in Europe and the United States are surging. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
Vaccine Could Accelerate the Return to the Office, Survey Finds 
City A.M.  November 17, 2020 
News that a vaccine could be rolled out as early as next month has been hailed as transformative and could see a return to the offices sooner than most think. 

UNITED STATES 
Bouncing Back (and Forth): Statewide Reopening and Mitigation Steps 
Littler – November 19, 2020 
This chart provides links to key reopening orders and/or mitigation measures issued in recent weeks, at the statewide level. Employers should bear in mind that these materials typically offer detailed instructions, which often vary by industry. 

POLAND 
Poland’s Coronavirus Daily Deaths Still on the Rise 
The First News – November 19, 2020 
The number of daily coronavirus deaths broke another record on Wednesday, reaching 637 people and bringing the death toll to 12,088. So far, 316,886 people have recovered. 

Post by Jasmine Patel

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