COVID-19 and the Workforce: September 11, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

At Start of School Season, Working Parents Seek Employer Flexibility and Support 
HR Dive – September 1, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the closures or partial openings of schools across the country require flexibility from employers for working parents, according to HR experts. 

Weekly Jobless Claims Miss Estimates as Employment Gains Taper 
CNBC – September 10, 2020 
Weekly jobless claims were worse than expected last week amid a plodding climb for the U.S. labor market from the damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

DOL: No FFCRA Leave for Families Choosing Remote Learning 
HR Dive – August 31, 2020 
If a school offers both in-person and online learning options and a parent chooses the latter, the parent may not take paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) said in guidance released Aug. 27. 

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 First Recession in Decades Signals Tougher Times to Come 
New York Times Australia – September 2, 2020  
The battle against COVID-19 has ended an impressive growth streak, but other challenges will make it hard for “The Lucky Country” to match its past success. 

CANADA 
Canadians Must be Vigilant to Avoid Massive COVID-19 Second Wave, PM Trudeau Says 
Reuters – September 9, 2020  
With COVID-19 cases in Canada on the rise again and children returning to schools across the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday urged people to be careful in order to avoid new major outbreaks. 

INDIA 
India Moves Into 2nd Place For COVID-19 Cases 
NPR – September 7, 2020 
India’s recorded coronavirus case total has surpassed that of Brazil, making India the second worst-affected country in the world after the United States. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
Government Adds More Towns to COVID Watchlist Joining Leeds and Middlesbrough  
The Independent – September 4, 2020 
Spikes in coronavirus cases have seen Leeds, Middlesbrough, Corby, Kettering and South Tyneside all added to the government’s Covid-19 watchlist, with local lockdowns possible if the outbreaks are not controlled quickly. 

UNITED STATES 
Many Companies Planned to Reopen Offices After Labor Day. With Coronavirus Still Around, They’re Rethinking That. 
The Wall Street Journal – August 23, 2020 
Many companies are making late-in-the-game changes to office-reopening plans, saying this month that staffers could work from home at least through the new year. 

POLAND 
Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Poland Reaches 71,526 
The First News – September 8, 2020 
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 400 since Monday and reached 71,526, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. So far, 55,510 people have recovered. 

Post by Jasmine Patel

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