Navigating COVID-19 Containment Together
These are challenging times for businesses across the globe. The good news is companies are getting creative by taking an agile approach to meeting their strategic goals while caring for the people who help them get work done.
We’ve built an evolving repository of FAQs and insights – ranging from industry trends, mobility planning, and supply chain strategies, to business continuity as it relates to recruitment and talent market opportunities – all designed to help your company overcome this worldwide emergency.
If you’re a current customer who needs further guidance or a company seeking support, please reach out. We’re in this together, and we’re here to help you, your business, and your people thrive.
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As companies prepare their people and their facilities for the eventual return to the workplace, there’s much we can learn from essential businesses already tackling these issues, as well as parts of the world that have progressed further through the pandemic. There may not be a magical playbook for instituting a return to the workplace strategy, but this article series shares best practices ranging from getting physical spaces ready to maintain social distancing and sanitation practices, to preparing people and policies about temperature checks, working parents, any continuance of remote working, traveling, and everything in between.
Get some guidance on what level of protective equipment employers may need to provide to workers as part of their return to the workplace strategies.
Before welcoming workers back to your facility, consider how changes in how you clean and disinfect the space can limit the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate workers’ anxieties about returning.
Consider how changes to your company’s physical space could enable social distancing, reduce health risks, and promote safe workplaces.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows the addition of 7.3 million jobs since April, amounting to 34% of all job losses added back in just two months. Read our latest market insights report to see which industries are recovering the fastest, how AGS requisition data correlates to BLS data, plus commentary on factors that could slow or put economic and jobs recovery at risk.
While a lot of research about pandemic’s labor market impacts focuses on the US, Canada, and the UK, this briefing highlights some notable trends elsewhere in the world, where data is either lagging or lacking. But by using AGS’ client data, we can see more real-time impacts across Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Employment figures for April show a large fall compared to March, and May is likely to show even more. The Hospitality, Retail, and Construction industries could be driving much of this given the impact from the pandemic. Read more in our updated labor market report – the first in which newly released government data shows the beginning impacts of COVID-19.
As AGS continues to monitor the changing market landscape to help businesses make data-informed strategic decisions, we’re pleased to share this report, offering insights and analysis into how industries and regions across Canada continue to respond to the pandemic. This brief update features data from the June jobs report, which saw an increase of nearly 1 million jobs and equating to 40% of all job losses being recovered in May and June.
While Australia’s jobs market is certainly feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are finding ways to adapt to the changes. Additionally, the government announced a number of measures to support businesses, employees, and job seekers. Get our report to understand local market reactions to the pandemic segmented by industries and regions, plus what our analysts think the data reveals for the future of work.
While Singapore was a country with early control of the pandemic, confirmed cases are rising, which is impacting business continuity. Read our latest in a series of labor market reports to understand pre-pandemic conditions juxtaposed against the current job market, what the government is doing to help employers and workers, and what businesses should be thinking about as they consider adjustments to their workforce strategy.
To date, Congress has enacted three pieces of relief legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, driving four main areas of opportunity for the staffing industry.
A recent survey finds all suppliers are highly motivated to keep workers engaged, and many are willing to provide them with laptops as a part of that effort
Navigate through the key scenarios and decisions your organization will face to ensure business continuity of your contingent workforce, with guides for North America, EMEA, and APAC
Employers of furloughed contract workers can now seek up to 80% of monthly wage costs and other fees through the UK’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to pay such workers. Learn about which workers are eligible, considerations for clients, any contract changes that may be required, and how self-employed workers may also benefit.
Companies and contract workers face delays that could slow the contract worker’s start date during the onboarding process. Read the latest guidance, accompanied by online resources.
As more people are working remotely, it brings up several questions about how best to support this adjusted way of working and align with local government guidance.
As a result of the pandemic, employers face changing conditions that obligate them to handle H1-B employees certain ways when furloughs, layoffs, or hour reductions occur, while simultaneously contending with processing delays in documentation and onboarding that could slow a lawfully employed noncitizen’s start date, as well as actions that temporarily halt certain immigrant visa applications all together.
As companies work to manage workforce and workplace safety, temperature checks of workers and facilities visitors, now permissible by the EEOC, can help. But this raises questions around who can do it and how. We have answers.
Since COVID-19 was declared a national emergency, employers can now take advantage of an Internal Revenue Code that allows them to make tax-free payments or reimbursements to help workers cope with the pandemic.
Many companies are re-evaluating their financial positions and their current and short-term needs for contingent labor. These FAQs address some of their options to move forward.
Learn which employers can review documents for Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) remotely and check back for insight on drug testing screening.
The European Union has revamped an initiative to help job hunters across Europe to counteract the rise in unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic (July 16, 2020).
Two-week lockdowns are being reinstated across parts of India, including technology hub Bangalore, in an effort to stave off further virus spread (July 15, 2020).
Malaysia continues to ease restrictions, such as removing limits on gatherings or meetings as of July 15 (July 14, 2020).
Signs of a third wave lead public health experts to encourage the Hong Kong government to overhaul its quarantine exemption policy and prepare more isolation facilities within the community (July 14, 2020).
While Singapore’s economic recovery in the months ahead will be a slow and uneven journey, the Government has announced four support packages worth nearly 20 percent of GDP (July 14, 2020).
In a positive sign of hope, 120 volunteers in Brisbane have received their first dose of a potential immunization, developed by the University of Queensland (July 13, 2020).
New guidelines include a general recommendation for employers to encourage workers to wear face coverings while in the workplace – unless doing so would not be appropriate or create a hazard (July 13, 2020).
The government announced it is easing compliance rules around Goods and Services Tax (GST) payments, including deferring tax increases and reducing interest on late filings for small businesses (June 12, 2020).
To support Member States’ economies during the COVID-19 outbreak, the European Commission has amended the temporary framework for state aid for a third time (July 8, 2020).
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a three-point plan to support jobs: create jobs, support people to find jobs, and protect jobs (July 8, 2020).
Singapore and Malaysia plan to allow some business travelers and residents to begin cross-border travel between the two countries for essential or official purposes (July 14, 2020).
In a sign of reverse migration, HR consultants say more professional workers are seeking, and getting, permission from employers to return to their hometowns to work from home (July 13, 2020).
The tech giant has announced certificates in the fields of data analytics, project management, and user experience design to help people boost their skills then find jobs (July 13, 2020).
According to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies, permanent (38%) and contract (31%) job opportunities were up month on month in June (July 13, 2020).
Employment data released by Statistics Canada shows an increase of 952,900 jobs in June compared to May, with more than half coming from full-time positions (July 10, 2020).
A new online, job finding support service is the result of a collaboration between the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, its members, and the Department of Work and Pensions (July 10, 2020).
Major automakers posted reduced sales but said consumer demands remains strong throughout the pandemic (July 1, 2020).
The Return Ready program is one offering that could help organizations return to work and school safely through a customizable testing solution (June 24, 2020).
A LinkedIn survey of 1,351 professionals in India find 50% of workers in corporate services, 46% in manufacturing, and 41% in education think their firms will be better off six months from now. (June 30, 2020).
Startups across India are getting creative and are exploring ways to become more capital-efficient in the short- and long-term (June 29, 2020).
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