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).
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says the vision for a “Self-Reliant India” is to promote the potential of business and the economy (May 13, 2020).
The government unveiled more details for the Employment Support Scheme, for which employers and self-employed people will be able to apply online starting May 25 (May 12, 2020).
Northern Ireland’s five-stage plan for easing the COVID-19 lockdown identifies key criteria to be met at each phase, with hopes of reaching the final stage by December (May 12, 2020).
An agreement to relax cross-border quarantine measures among Hong Kong, Guangdong province, and Macau could be reached within weeks but with a delay in family visits and tourism (May 11, 2020).
The National Cabinet met to discuss options for easing restrictions, preparing Australians to go back to work in a safe environment and getting the economy back to a more sustainable level (May 8, 2020).
US Citizenship and Immigration Services has extended a prior grace period for responses to requests for evidence and notices of intent to deny (May 6, 2020).
In a bid to avoid further damage to the economy, the government announced its plan to reopen the country in three phases on April 27, May 11, and June 8 (May 5, 2020).
The government announced a two-week extension of the country’s lockdown through May 17, with guidelines for which types of activities are allowed in the meantime (May 4, 2020).
As Malaysia eased lockdown restrictions on business activities, six of its 13 states are refusing to comply, and others have imposed additional restrictions to promote health and physical distancing (May 4, 2020).
Government and finance officials met to discuss the need to aid businesses, expedite infrastructure projects, and ensure financial stability and liquidity (May 3, 2020).
As Germany eases its emergency measures, the federal government has issued standards to guide employers about which occupational safety measures they must take to protect workers (May 1, 2020).
Work is underway to redirect support offered by the Polish Development Fund to counteract the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (April 29, 2020).
Chief Executive Carrie Lam expects civil servants to return to work, while libraries, museums, and sports grounds will all reopen (April 29, 2020).
Existing social distancing guidelines will be allowed to expire April 30, leaving state governors in charge of steps to reopen their economies and lift stay-at-home restrictions (April 29, 2020).
As Australia continues to successfully flatten the coronavirus curve, some states and territories have begun easing lockdown restrictions (April 28, 2020).
The Ontario government released a framework for reopening, with criteria on loosening emergency measures, and principles for the safe, gradual opening of businesses, services, and public spaces (April 27, 2020).
Within days of applying, small firms will be able to access to 100% taxpayer-backed loans of up to £50,000 when a new scheme begins next week (April 27, 2020).
The bill provides $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, $75 billion for healthcare providers, and $25 billion for coronavirus testing (April 24, 2020).
Prime Minister Lee implements tighter measures to close more workplaces as well as a four-week extension to existing mandates to help limit coronavirus cases (April 22, 2020).
Hong Kong's government will extend restrictions aimed at tackling the coronavirus for another 14 days to preserve the city's success in keeping the number of cases down (April 21, 2020).
The federal government plans to release an app that would use Australians’ phones to help detect who they may have been in close proximity with as a way to augment manual contact tracing (April 20, 2020).
Prime Minister Modi named five pillars of a new business and work culture, including adaptability to survive future crises, efficiency, caring for the poor, new opportunities, and unity and brotherhood (April 20, 2020).
The non-enforcement period of paid leave protections under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act has ended, which allowed the Department’s Wage and Hour Division to offer extensive guidance and education about the law’s requirements, giving workers and employers time to come into compliance (April 20, 2020).
The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now live with an application process that opened 10 days ahead of schedule, enabling businesses to claim up to £2500 a month toward staff wages (April 20, 2020).
UK business driving innovation and development will be helped through the coronavirus outbreak with a £1.25 billion government support package (April 20, 2020).
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection issued payments to 584,000 people as part of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment program with 50k receiving payment for the first time (April 20, 2020).
A limited resumption of activities begins April 20, for areas outside COVID-19 containment zones, with protocols in place for prescribing strict workplaces, and aimed at ensuring agricultural activities are functional, promoting the rural economy, and helping daily wage earners, including at select industrial activities (April 20, 2020).
The aid package includes HK$80 billion worth of wage subsidies to cover up to 50% of workers’ salaries for six months, capped at HK$9,000 a month, along with one-off handouts for the hardest-hit sectors (April 18, 2020).
Following the recent announcement to keep social distancing measures in place, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would now be open until the end of June, enabling businesses to furlough employees with the government paying them cash grants of 80% of their wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 (April 17, 2020).
Companies House, the UK’s registrar of companies and an executive agency and trading fund of Her Majesty’s Government, will help businesses avoid being dissolved by allowing them to seek extensions and gain greater flexibilities as they deal with pandemic (April 16, 2020).
The Chancellor and the state premiers of the federal states have reached an agreement to extend contact restrictions until May 3, with schools and some shops reopening gradually, beginning May 4 (April 15, 2020).
Thousands of employees could receive support following changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which extended the eligibility deadline from those employed on February 28 to those employed as of March 19 (April 15, 2020).
To mitigate the economic consequences of extensive layoffs, the Norwegian parliament has adopted several new rules about layoffs (April 14, 2020).
In a Special ASEAN Plus Three Summit, the Malaysian Prime Minister called on China, South Korea, and Japan to work together to formulate an economic recovery plan post-COVID-19 that focuses on financial issues, social safety nets, food security, and education (April 14, 2020).
As a way to turn the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity, talks are underway among state governments and road sector officials to restart highway construction projects and employ migrant laborers (April 13, 2020).
Malaysia's Prime Minister ordered an extension on its restricted movement order, which was set to expire on April 14 and will now last until April 28 (April 10, 2020).
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has published further workplace protections and rules pertinent to COVID-19 that address common employer questions (April 9, 2020).
Leader Carrie Lam unveiled her government’s biggest coronavirus financial relief package so far, offering a financial lifeline worth ~US$18 billion to save ailing businesses and ensure some 1.5 million workers would continue to get paid in the months ahead (April 8, 2020).
In a further expansion of stay-home notice requirements, citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders entering Singapore from any country will be required to serve a 14-day self-isolation (April 8, 2020).
Valid for six months, a new bill passed in Parliament bans all social gatherings, including those with families or friends not living together, at home or in public spaces (April 7, 2020).
The Malaysian government announced a stimulus package of 10 billion ringgit (US$2.3 billion) to fend off economic repercussions of an extended lockdown period (April 6, 2020).
A provision that previously allowed agency workers to be paid between assignments, instead of receiving equal pay after working 12 weeks for the same client in the same role, will now be unlawful (April 6, 2020).
Limited company contractors can explore assistance options through Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, following small business-friendly changes made by the chancellor (April 6, 2020).
The chancellor is taking further action to support firms affected by the coronavirus by bolstering business interruption loans and announcing a new scheme for larger companies (April 3, 2020).
Australian government has removed childcare fees to help parents who keep working through the coronavirus crisis (April 2, 2020).
Workers will soon have access to unpaid pandemic leave and extended annual leave at reduced rates to help keep them in their jobs (April 2, 2020).
This frequently updated news resource shares updates on emergency ordinances granting loans, benefits, and other measures aimed to avoid layoffs, maintain employment, and secure wages for employees and the self-employed (April 2, 2020).
A new regulatory package, the Anti-Crisis Shield, offers employment protections while reducing burdens and maintaining financial liquidity in companies (April 1, 2020).
Internationals who hold work permits, national visas, or temporary residence permits will benefit from an extension of 30 days after the state of emergency in Poland ends (April 1, 2020).
Singapore is planning a record $39-billion stimulus package aimed at supporting the economy amid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic (April 1, 2020).
Employers chosen in the US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ random selection process have 90 days to file H1-B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2020).
States are empowered to adjust their standard policies to provide temporary benefits to workers who become involuntarily unemployed amid the pandemic, particularly workers not typically eligible for such benefits (April 1, 2020).
The JobKeeper Payment subsidy program is designed to help keep Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by COVID-19 (March 31, 2020).
Learn which businesses impacted by COVID-19 can apply for relief following government-mandated business suspensions, significant declines in gross receipts, and more (March 31, 2020).
Gain clarity on refundable tax credits available to certain companies for providing paid sick and family leave wages (March 31, 2020).
The government has adopted ordinances to provide flexibility around the convening of shareholders and collegial management bodies, as well as amended deadlines for approving financial statements and managing forecast documents (March 30, 2020).
Landlords and employers are not required to see original documents during the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the Home Office will allow checks to be undertaken over video calls. (March 30, 2020).
Businesses will receive a fortnightly wage subsidy up to $1,500 AUD per employee as part of an Australian Federal Government bid to prevent people from losing their jobs during the pandemic. (March 30, 2020).
A new announcement means the government will cover the costs of employer national insurance and minimum auto-enrollment pension contributions for furloughed staff – on top of wages covered under the Scheme (March 30, 2020).
Limited company directors who owner-manage a business can furlough themselves under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (March 30, 2020).
Following near-unanimous action in Congress, President Trump signed an economic rescue package into law with help for health care provider and struggling families (March 28, 2020).
Worth the equivalent of US$58 billion, Malaysia’s stimulus package provides funds for healthcare providers, one-off payments for small and medium-sized enterprises, a government guarantee scheme for the corporate sector, and more (March 27, 2020).
The Swiss Government is stepping in to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic by offering compensation benefits to those who cannot work currently (March 27, 2020).
Through its COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government of Canada has stepped in with new programs to defer taxes and fund new loan programs (March 27, 2020).
French Government publishes new decree to ease eligibility criteria for its partial activity (partial unemployment) measures (March 27, 2020).
The Labor Department has released a new set of frequently asked questions to help employers and workers understand their rights under the new legislation (March 26, 2020).
On Wednesday, Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz introduced a supplementary budget to the German Bundestag, providing 122.5 billion euros to address the coronavirus pandemic (March 25, 2020).
Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers who are sick, quarantined, caring for sick family members, or lose income as a result of the pandemic (March 25, 2020).
Pending final approval, the largest economic rescue bill in history would send direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits, provide funding to small businesses to pay workers forced to stay home, and extend other resources to help workers, families, and businesses (March 25, 2020).
New measures allow businesses to benefit from extensions on levy tax payments for foreign workers, while foreign workers may change employers if they aren’t needed (March 24, 2020).
Additional support package expected this week with Statutory Self-Employment Pay and guaranteed income of either 80% of a person’s monthly net earnings, averaged over the last three years, or £2,917 per month, whichever is lower. (March 24, 2020).
The Cabinet has agreed on the main points of an emergency aid package worth 50 billion euros to support micro enterprises, freelancers and one-person businesses through a non-repayable grant (March 23, 2020).
The German government announced an economic stabilization fund to help ensure companies have sufficient liquidity, with promises to raise additional funds as needed on the capital market (March 23, 2020).
To support employees and employers, a fast-track parliamentary procedure has put in place the legal basis to facilitate a short-time work allowance. The Cabinet has also adopted the pertinent ordinance (March 23, 2020).
The Fragomen law firm offers a summary of changes to the H-1B and other visa processes as announced by the Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification, including those in connection with the location of workers to remote sites and various filing deadline extensions (March 20, 2020).
Requirements to view identity and employment authorization documents in the physical presence of a worker temporarily lifted (March 20, 2020).
Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency clarifies its definition of “critical workers” (March 19, 2020).
Emergency bill, “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” takes effect April 2, 2020, and will sunset Dec. 31, 2020 (March 18, 2020).
Thailand enacts tougher moves that include postponing the country’s biggest holiday, shutting down schools, and closing bars. (March 17, 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).
Large enterprises in India are rapidly adopting hyper-intelligent automation, which incorporates AI, machine learning, and other data tools atop robotic process automation, to help ensure business continuity (May 11, 2020).
Between a virtual hiring process and partnerships with employers that furloughed workers, CVS was able to reach its hiring goals (May 11, 2020).
UnitedHealth will offer customers about $1.5 billion in discounts, credits toward premiums, and suspensions of out-of-pocket charges for some doctor visits amid the coronavirus pandemic (May 7, 2020).
The Australian share market has risen, with Qantas shares up sharply after the airline secured more funding to help it through the coronavirus pandemic (May 5, 2020).
Roughly 36,000 of Bank of Montreal’s staff may adopt new flexible work arrangements, blending work from home with going into the office – even after the pandemic subsides (May 5, 2020).
Many plants across the county are taking small steps toward opening factories under strict hygiene and social distancing norms while navigating locked zones (May 5, 2020).
E-commerce delivery firm Ninja Van has raised US$279 million (S$394 million) in funding from investors, including Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital and ride-hailing firm Grab, as more people are shopping online (May 5, 2020).
Firms in Bengaluru are preparing for an eventual return in a staggered, conservative manner, with a focus on safety, well-being, and physical distancing (May 4, 2020).
The second phase of easing coronavirus restrictions has begun, with hotels and shopping malls, cultural venues, and other businesses reopening with social distancing measures in place (May 4, 2020).
The number of permanent vacancies for the week ending April 26 increased by 28% week on week, marking the first time that demand for talent has risen in a month (May 4, 2020).
Almost 2,000 people hired through the government’s “Be on Call for Ireland” recruitment drive are already working or are ready to work for the country’s health service (May 2, 2020).
The retailer accelerated quarterly incentive payouts, including $180 million in cash bonuses to hourly workers, and fulfilled the hiring of 200,000 associates since March 19 (April 30, 2020).
Plan are underway for ongoing physical distancing and a blend of working at home and in offices to maintain worker health and safety while delivering critical banking services (April 29, 2020).
GM plans to hire more than 1,000 full- and part-time workers to produce at least 30,000 ventilators by the end of August (April 27, 2020).
The group behind shoe retailers including Sketchers, Platypus, Hype DC, and the Athlete’s Foot will reopen all stores before May 11 (April 206 2020).
Recent spikes in online sales enabled the department store Myer to rehire 2,000 of its 10,000 workers following a temporary closure of its physical stores (April 20, 2020).
The social media giant will hire 50 new staff across compliance, fraud, and customer service as it prepares to launch its Libra digital wallet by the end of the year (April 20, 2020).
Citing a pause in demand versus any lack in structure or capability, TCS’ chief executive is hopeful for the IT services provider’s future (April 20, 2020).
IT and technology job vacancies are dominating the London hiring market as firms seek to continue operations remotely (April 20, 2020).
Personal protective equipment and tons of testing will be central to restarting the economy, and automakers and others are exploring ways to test workers before they return to the job (April 20, 2020).
From Pepsi and Coca-Cola to major carmakers, businesses are starting to employ tactics to protect workers from the coronavirus as they turn their attention to reopening the economy (April 20, 2020).
Many companies are pledging to not only not lay off employees but are going ahead with hiring; among them are Micron, Intel, Tata Consultancy Services, Amazon, and Flipkart (April 18, 2020).
IT trade association Nasscom suggested businesses apply a phased-in approach for IT workers’ return to the workplace, completing the process by the end of June (April 17, 20200).
To retain talent, some tech centers are reimbursing internet and mobile bills, and extending health benefits to include COVID-19 testing and wellness program (April 17, 2020).
Boeing has announced it will bring back 27,000 employees, reopen its airplane manufacturing plants in Washington state, and restart production next week under new safety protocols (April 17, 2020).
To meet a surge in demand, the retailer will hire 50,000 more workers at stores, clubs, and distribution centers, and announced 85% of workers are being hired into temporary or part-time roles, with many coming from the restaurant and hospitality industries (April 17, 2020).
Banking giant Barclays has temporarily suspended new job cuts and will offer financial relief, based on the UK Coronavirus Furlough Scheme, for employees already in the process of a layoff (April 15, 2020).
Heineken has pledged to retain employees and not carry out any structural layoffs as a consequence of COVID-19 until at least the end of the year (April 8, 2020).
The Fair Works Commission has made some new and temporary changes to how it regulates the employment of 2.2 Australian workers through minimum pay rates and conditions of employment – all aimed at preventing further job losses (April 8, 2020).
Ottowa’s emergency wage subsidy program will allow the airline to rehire 16,500 laid-off workers originally set to be without pay through May (April 8, 2020).
Reporting to the Future Economy Council, the new Emerging Stronger Task Force aims to “review how Singapore will stay economically resilient and build new sources of dynamism in a post-COVID world” (April 7, 2020).
Reassuring 33,000 employees worldwide, Chubb Ltd. Chairman and CEO Evan Greenberg said that there would be no staff layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic (April 6, 2020).
Consumer business BT introduced new measures, so employees feel more secure in their roles through reskilling and redeployment (April 6, 2020).
Commenting on the move as, “This is the right thing to step up, to make sure they know that we’ve got their back,” PayPal’s CEO joins Starbucks, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and others promising not to layoff employees due to the pandemic (March 31, 2020).
Giving skilled employees the chance to work, automaker GM partners with UAW and supplier partners to begin producing face masks at a Michigan plant beginning Monday (March 31, 2020).
With California public schools likely to be closed the remainder of the school year, companies like Google and Facebooks are helping families meet childcare needs through new paid leave and emergency care programs, as well as other help for contract workers (March 31, 2020).
Societe Generale pushed a temporary reprieve from any immediate cost-cutting measures to limit COVID-19’s impact, including previously planned job cuts from its London-based middle and back-office workforce (March 31, 2020).
HSBC had previously unveiled a plan to eliminate 35,000 jobs in the US and Europe as part of a restructuring effort but emailed its staff a few days ago saying that plan was on hold (March 28, 2020).
The supermarket giant has also extended its recruitment drive, opening an additional 5,000 positions— New across the country. Roles include store team members to serve customers and replenish shelves, customer service agents to deliver orders to online customers, and more than 100 trade-qualified bakers (March 28, 2020).
The Co-op has filled all 5,000 temporary store roles it created last week in a record seven days – following an unprecedented response to the retailer’s recruitment drive (March 27, 2020).
Major supermarkets seek 35k additional workers, home care company Cera created 10k new jobs, Lloyds Pharmacy seeks >1k workers, and Virgin Media needs 500 (March 25, 2020).
Amazon supports employees, partners, customers, and communities with relief efforts, preventative health measures, actions to combat price gouging, and more (March 25, 2020).
IT teams at healthcare firms are not only battling a pandemic, but they’re also fighting to support workers’ well-being while maintaining their companies’ operational efficiency through expanded IT access and capabilities, and developing digital workplace resources and technologies (March 24, 2020).
Lloyds Banking Group has halted plans to cut around 780 jobs and suspended all union negotiations for fresh layoffs in view of the unfolding coronavirus pandemic (March 24, 2020).
Growing openings across fulfillment centers, transportation operations, food stores, telecommunications, and more prompt ramped up hiring efforts following a wave of unprecedented demand (March 24, 2020).
Telco giant has frozen its job-cutting program for six months, suspended late payment fees and disconnections, and will hire 1,000 temporary contractors to help counter Australia's economic toll of the COVID-19 outbreak (March 23, 2020).
BHP supports pandemic with 1,500 jobs on six-month contracts to bolster the Australian economy across operations in several states including WA, QLD, NSW, and SA (March 20, 2020).
Retail giant to help hourly workers with special cash bonuses as thank-you for “Herculean efforts” while also reporting plans to hire new associates through the end of May (March 19, 2020).
Willis Towers Watson survey finds employers will continue to pay hourly workers who test positive for the virus (72%), whose workplace experiences a mandated closure (54%), or who have a cold or flu-like symptoms and voluntarily stay home (51%) (March 19, 2020).
Company takes care of workers and customers by giving employees additional paid time off, and amending store hours to focus on cleaning and restocking (March 19, 2020).
Programs are tailored to individual needs, including six-month deferrals of mortgage payments, as well as deferral of payments on loans and credit cards for up to three months (March 18, 2020).
Airline adjusts to changing demands by offering most union workers options like early retirement, and unpaid, voluntary leave for up to a year; pilots offered partial pay and voluntary leave (March 18, 2020).
Google established a fund to cover paid sick leave for temporary and contract workers, as well as support those impacted by reduced office schedules (March 10, 2020).
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