COVID-19 and the Workforce: August 14, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

Accommodating Working Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
SHRM – July 30, 2020 
While some companies are adjusting their expectations for working parents, others may not be — especially as lockdowns extend into the fall. If employers can’t accommodate working parents, however, they could face a barrage of issues, including legal action against them. 

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Fall to 963,000, First Time Below 1 Million Since Mid-March 
CNBC – August 13, 2020 
First-time claims for unemployment insurance last week fell below 1 million for the first time since March 21 in a sign that the labor market is continuing its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

For Companies, Three Unexpected Upsides of Virtual Hiring 
Inc. – July 28, 2020 
For those wrestling with virtual hiring, here are three unexpected upsides to keep in mind and how to leverage them. 

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 Says COVID-19 Outbreak Shows Signs of Peaking 
Reuters – August 9, 2020 
Australia recorded its biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 deaths on Monday although a slowdown in new cases gave hope that a second wave of new infections in the state of Victoria may have peaked. 

CANADA 
Canada Regains 55% of Jobs Lost to Coronavirus 
CIC News – August 11, 2020  
Canada is seeing some economic recovery as coronavirus restrictions ease throughout the country. About 55% of the 3 million jobs lost since April were recouped as of July, according to the Labour Force Survey

INDIA 
India’s Coronavirus Cases Top 2 Million; More Than 62,000 Reported in a Single Day 
NPR – August 7, 2020 
India is now the third country to record more than 2 million coronavirus cases, and the country passed 1 million confirmed cases just three weeks ago. Currently, only the U.S. and Brazil are reporting more. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
UK’s COVID-19 Death Toll Lowered to 41,000 After Methodology Change 
Reuters – August 12, 2020 
Britain’s official death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic was lowered by over 5,000 on Wednesday because the government adopted a new way of counting fatalities after concerns were raised that the old method overstated them. 

UNITED STATES 
COVID-19 Cases Among Children in U.S. Up 90% Over Four Weeks, Report Says 
CBS News – August 11, 2020 
There has been a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases among children in the United States, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

POLAND 
Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Poland Reaches 52,410 
The First News – August 10, 2020 
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 619 since Sunday and reached 52,410, the Ministry of Health said on Monday. So far, 36,877 people have recovered. 

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