COVID-19 and the Workforce: April 9, 2021

TOP HEADLINES 

Many Workplaces Expect to Reopen in Q3 2021, Gartner Says 
HR Dive – March 31, 2021 
Nearly half of 258 HR leaders polled by Gartner in a recent survey said they expect their workplaces to reopen in Q3 2021, and about one-quarter said their workplaces are aiming for Q4 2021. 

Weekly Jobless Claims Higher Than Expected 
CNBC – April 8, 2021 
First-time claims for unemployment insurance rose more than expected last week despite other signs of healing in the jobs market, the Labor Department reported Thursday. 

Survey: Most Employers Plan to Make COVID-19 Vaccination Easier for Workers 
HR Dive – April 8, 2021 
A number of states expanded or plan to expand vaccine eligibility to all adult residents in the coming weeks, and the majority of employers in a recent Willis Towers Watson survey said they felt COVID-19 immunization would allow the U.S. economy to rebound. 

A Virus Upends the Work World 
SHRM – April 6, 2021 
Here’s how managers navigated remote work, employee morale and COVID-19 grief this past year. 

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 
New Zealand to Open Quarantine-Free “Travel Bubble” with Australia 
Axios – April 6, 2021  
New Zealand will open a quarantine-free “travel bubble” with Australia from 11:59 PM on April 18, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday. 

CANADA 
Is Canada Turning the Corner with COVID? 
BBC News – April 2, 2021  
Canada has secured the largest vaccine portfolio in the world but has so far failed to get its inoculation program off the ground, even as it faces the pandemic’s third wave. 

INDIA 
World’s Biggest Vaccine Maker ‘Very Stressed’ as India Sees Record Spike in COVID-19 
NPR – April 7, 2021 
India confirmed another record jump in COVID-19 cases Wednesday, as the world’s biggest vaccine maker said it was “very stressed” and needs help from the Indian government to boost production. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
Moderna (MRNA) COVID-19 Vaccine Being Rolled Out in UK for First Time 
Bloomberg – April 6, 2021 
The UK has ordered 17 million doses of Moderna’s two-shot vaccine, enough for 8.5 million people. 

UNITED STATES 
Get Ready for Biggest U.S. Jobs Surge in Months: Eco Week Ahead 
Bloomberg – March 27, 2021 
The U.S. labor market shifted into a higher gear in March as the nation made progress in an effort to put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror. 

POLAND 
Polish Hospitals Struggle with Surge of Virus Patients 
AP – April 5, 2021 
Polish hospitals struggled over the Easter weekend with a massive number of people infected with COVID-19 following a huge surge in infections across Central and Eastern Europe in recent weeks. 

Post by Jasmine Patel

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