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.
Page last updated on May 22 at 5:59 p.m. EDT
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.
Plans to reenter the workplace should balance the need to mitigate economic impacts on employers and workers against the risks of coronavirus’ resurgence.
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.
As AGS continues to monitor the changing market landscape to help businesses make data-informed strategic decisions, we’re pleased to share an updated report, offering insights and analysis into how industries and regions across Canada continue to respond to the pandemic. While job losses are substantial, 97% of those who were laid off are on temporary layoff, meaning employers plan to bring workers back.
Despite big job losses due to COVID-19, all indicators still point to the fact that most companies view this situation as temporary. In this updated report, our analysts share data-driven insights on what you need to know about local labor market impacts, implications for sourcing, views on requisition data as a leading indicator, new workforce strategies to consider, feedback from AGS staffing suppliers, plus an expert POV on ways to solve persistent talent issues based on COVID-19 impacts.
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.
Although government schemes will help more workers avoid unemployment, we expect further job losses before business confidence returns. Read our report for data-driven insight into the range of skill sets being impacted, as well predictions for UK market talent availability and hiring intentions going forward.
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.
As Qantas prepares for the easing of travel restrictions, Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham is urging state and territory governments to open borders to domestic holiday-makers when safe (May 19, 2020).
The European Commission will present a pandemic recovery plan next week that will exceed 1 trillion euros and provide a mix of grants and loans (May 19, 2020).
After the government announced plans to extend the lockdown through the end of May, several states issued new guidelines, including the opening of public transport and markets (May 19, 2020).
Public hospitals and laboratories will expand their daily testing capacity by more than half within months (May 18, 2020).
About $1.2 billion in subsidies has been disbursed to 160,000 construction workers under the second round of the Anti-Epidemic Fund, totaling more than $1.7 billion in subsidies that have been paid out to date (May 18, 2020).
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released the last component of a five-part economic package, including several reforms, and fiscal and liquidity measures (May 17, 2020).
Initially set to expire May 19, the remote review of documents associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) is now permissible for an additional 30 days (May 14, 2020).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted six one-page decision tool documents for businesses, schools, and other organizations to use as they assess reopening plans (May 14, 2020).
India’s nationwide lockdown is scheduled to stay in place until May 17, and details about the next phase are expected soon based on recommendations by the states (May 14, 2020).
While acknowledging the need for new tools and techniques to manage policy shifts, Facebook’s CEO expects half of its employees to work remotely in the next five to 10 years (May 21, 2020).
Australian shares are expected to surge as investors bet on a coronavirus vaccine coming sooner rather than later (May 19, 2020).
Across Europe, lockdown measures are being lifted in phases, with businesses reopening and many children back in school (May 19, 2020).
Defying market consensus for a contraction, non-oil domestic exports unexpectedly rose about 10% year-on-year in April, after shipments were bolstered by a surge in demand for pharmaceuticals and processed food (May 18, 2020).
The government has said it is on course to recruit 18,000 contact tracers next week to help reduce virus transmission by identifying and alerting those who may have been exposed (May 15, 2020).
As some of India’s largest companies bring workers back to the workplace, they are enlisting in-house apps for people to input self-assessed health information before entering (May 14, 2020).
In a demonstration of community comradery, companies including Ninja Van and Night Owl Cinematics joined forces to deliver care packages to those in need (May 12, 2020).
While a majority of Google and Facebook staff who can work from home will be able to do so through year’s end, the companies will begin providing access to some offices in June and July (May 12, 2020).
The company says those who want to return to the workplace will not likely do so until at least September and reopening will be “careful” (May 12, 2020).
Hourly employees will receive another round of cash bonuses in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic (May 12, 2020).
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If your business is struggling to navigate how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting contingent and permanent staffing, please reach out. We are committed to sharing what we know and guiding you as you evaluate your options.