COVID-19 and the Workforce: Your Weekly Update – April 3, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

Your Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19. What Do You Do? 
Harvard Business Review – March 30, 2020 
This is a particularly complex challenge. Not only does the moment call for sensitivity and humanity, but it also requires you to act quickly as a manager. Here are recommendations for how to approach this situation, whether your employees are currently working from home or continuing to go into a workplace. 

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Double to 6.6 Million 
CNBC – April 2, 2020 
Initial jobless claims surged to more 6.6 million last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. That brings the two-week total to about 10 million due to the coronavirus-induced economic shutdown. 

Tyson Foods Commits $13 Million to COVID-19 Hunger Relief 
Talk Business & Politics – March 27, 2020 
The investment includes $2 million in community grants and more than $11 million worth of products donated by the company since March 11. The food donations are four million pounds of protein that support hunger relief programs, as well as meal boxes for company drivers with difficulty accessing food while on the road. 

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 
Government Launches Jobs Site For Jobseekers Looking for Work During COVID-19 Crisis 
Staffing Industry Analysts – April 2, 2020 
The Australian government launched a jobs site listing public and private sector jobs available for jobseekers looking for work during the COVID-19 crisis. According to Employment Minister Michaelia Cash, the site, Jobs Hub, connects Australians who are out of work due to the coronavirus crisis with work. 

CANADA 
Canada to Ban Passengers with COVID-19 Symptoms from Domestic Flights, Trains  
Politico – March 28, 2020 
Canada will ban travelers showing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 from domestic flights and trains beginning Monday at noon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday. 

INDIA 
Searches for Remote Work Surge in India as Social Distancing Takes Hold: Indeed 
Staffing Industry Analysts – April 2, 2020 
Jobseekers across India are showing greater interest in working remotely amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to data from job site Indeed. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
The UK Plans to Issue Coronavirus ‘Immunity Passports’ so Brits Can Leave the Lockdown Early 
Business Insider – April 2, 2020 
The UK plans to roll out “immunity passports” to allow people who have contracted the COVID-19 disease to leave the lockdown early. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said certificates could be issued to allow people who have built up immunity to the coronavirus to return to “normal life.” 

UNITED STATES 
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 139,000 as Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines Until April 30
CNN – March 29, 2020 
The United States will extend its set of social distancing guidelines until April 30, President Trump said in a coronavirus news briefing at the White House on Sunday. 

POLAND 
Poland Tightens Restrictions Further Against Coronavirus 
Reuters – March 31, 2020 
Poland will impose further restrictions on public life, including closing parks and hotels, to curb the spread of coronavirus and avoid the fate of Italy and Spain, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. 

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