COVID-19 and the Workforce: October 9, 2020

TOP HEADLINES 

6 Months Later, the FFCRA is Still Relevant for Working Parents 
HR Dive – September 28, 2020 
More than six months since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the ability of working parents to plan for children’s school and care provider closures. 

Jobless Claims Were Worse Than Expected Amid Slowdown in Hiring 
CNBC – October 8, 2020 
First-time claims for unemployment benefits totaled 840,000 last week, higher than expected in another sign that the spike in job growth over the summer has cooled heading into Election Day. 

COVID-19 Prompts Majority of Job Seekers to Weigh Switching Careers 
Staffing Industry Analysts – September 28, 2020 
A survey from careers website iHire found that 61.8% of job seekers are considering a major career change in the coming 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 
Australia’s COVID-19 Hotspot Cases Inch Up, but Officials Optimistic 
Reuters – October 3, 2020  
New daily coronavirus infections in Australia’s hotspot of Victoria climbed back to double digits on Sunday with 12 cases recorded, but authorities said the state is on track to be able to ease its social distancing restrictions in coming weeks. 

CANADA 
COVID-19 Cases Jump in Canada, Prompting New Restrictions 
Wall Street Journal – September 29, 2020  
Canada is seeing a sharp rise in cases of COVID-19, alarming health officials and triggering a second round of lockdowns and strict distancing recommendations. 

INDIA 
‘Rural Surge’ Propels India Toward More Covid-19 Infections Than U.S. 
The New York Times – October 8, 2020 
The contagion is hitting towns and villages where resources are scant and people are skeptical of lockdown efforts. If unchecked, Indian infections could exceed those in the United States. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
NHS COVID-19 App: How Does Track and Trace Work? 
The Telegraph – October 8, 2020 
After months of delays and millions of pounds, the NHS belatedly launched its official contact tracing app in England and Wales on September 24. The app asks users who have been near someone with a positive coronavirus test result to self-isolate for two weeks. 

UNITED STATES 
Bouncing Back: A List of Statewide Return to Work Protocols 
Littler – October 7, 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 Over 3,000 COVID-19 Cases for First Time 
Reuters – October 7, 2020 
Poland on Wednesday reported a daily record of 3,003 new coronavirus cases and a record 75 deaths, as it imposes new restrictions to try to dodge a full lockdown. 

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