COVID-19 and the Workforce: October 23, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

Families First: Understanding the FFCRA for Payroll 
Forbes – October 16, 2020 
This article breaks down the basics of what you need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop to The Lowest Level Since the Pandemic Started in March  
CNBC – October 22, 2020 
New filings for jobless claims in the U.S. totaled 787,000 last week, the lowest total since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘Second Wave’ of COVID-19 is Top Concern for Executives, Remote Work is Also a Worry: Gartner 
Staffing Industry Analysts – October 16, 2020 
A “second wave” of COVID-19 topped executive concerns for the second quarter in a row during the third quarter, according to the “Emerging Risks Monitor Report” released by Gartner Inc. 

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 COVID-19 Hotspot Partially Eases Lockdown 
Reuters – October 17, 2020  
Australia’s state of Victoria, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, will see more freedom of movement as of Monday after months-long restrictions, but retailers and restaurants must wait longer, making some of the owners unhappy. 

CANADA 
Coronavirus: The Place in North America With No Cases 
BBC News – October 19, 2020  
COVID-19 cases are rising in many parts of Canada, but one region – Nunavut, a northern territory – is a rare place in North America that can say it’s free of coronavirus in its communities. 

INDIA 
In Address to Nation, Modi Urges Coronavirus Vigilance 
The New York Times – October 20, 2020 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his nation that the coronavirus situation in India was stable, but that “we must not let it deteriorate.” 

UNITED KINGDOM 
COVID UK News: Boris Johnson Holds Coronavirus Briefing, After Sunak Unveils Tier 2 Job Support 
Independent – October 22, 2020 
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled new support for firms who have seen their trade drop due to coronavirus restrictions in tier 2 “high” risk areas of England. 

UNITED STATES 
Bouncing Back: A List of Statewide Return to Work Protocols 
Littler – October 21, 2020 
Government officials across the country are easing up on the stringent business closures and stay at home orders that helped the nation slow the spread of COVID-19 earlier in the year. The chart provides links to general reopening plans and orders that have been issued thus far, at the statewide level. 

POLAND 
Poland Reports Highest Daily Total of 12,107 Coronavirus Infections 
The First News – October 22, 2020 
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Wednesday by 12,107 new infections, a new daily record, and reached 214,686, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning.  

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