WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Ohio House passed a controversial bill banning employers from forcing workers to get vaccinations not yet fully approved by the FDA, including COVID-19 vaccines. The city of San Francisco announced this week that city employees are required to get a coronavirus vaccine and must upload proof of vaccination to an online database by July 29.
- States hesitant to adopt digital COVID vaccine verification – Modern Healthcare
- Airline policies mandating vaccines will be a turbulent test of workplace rights -The Conversation
- @OHHouseDems: “This amendment is harmful and undermines the public trust and the rigorous scientific process that went into the emergency use authorization of the COVID vaccine,” said @Liston4Ohio of the GOP anti-vax bill passed this week.
- Up to half of the world’s global companies are planning major redesigns to their office spaces as employees return this year, according to some office furniture companies. Many companies said they are looking for new ways to make employees feel safe and excited to return to the office, meaning wider hallways, fewer desks, and improved air circulation.
- Excitement Around Remote Work Is Fading: Is Technology To Blame? – Forbes
- Cyber crime expert warns businesses: ‘If they don’t start taking precautions now, they could be victims later’ – Chicago Tribune
- Tech contractors are being left out of the remote work conversation – The Verge
- @lisaabramowicz1: The split between U.S. and European banks deepens when it comes to work-from-home policies.
- Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation that would provide tax relief for purchases of personal protective equipment during the pandemic, prompting backlash from business groups. Whitmer said she supports PPE tax relief but vetoed the legislation because it was a tax credit rather than a grant. An Indiana judge issued an order allowing federal pandemic unemployment benefits to continue in the state until a lawsuit challenging Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to end the benefits early makes its way through the court system.
- Indiana ordered to reinstate extra unemployment benefits. Could other 25 states follow? – CNET
- Where Jobless Benefits Were Cut, Jobs Are Still Hard to Fill – The New York Times
- @Hicks_JustinM: This is kinda a big deal. Indiana is the first and only state (as far as I know) to be told they legally cannot pull out of federal unemployment benefits. This is a state court however, not a federal one, so I don’t know if other states could use the same precedent.
- U.S. consumer spending was flat in May as incomes dropped for the second month in a row. Supply shortages hurt sales for motor vehicles and household appliances, but the increased demand for services pushed inflation higher.
- These companies are weighing price hikes as inflation surges – Fox Business
- Capital-Spending Surge Further Lifts Economic Recovery – The Wall Street Journal
- U.S. Job Market Begins a ‘Weird Summer,’ With Choppy Recovery – Bloomberg
- Consumers have largely returned to their pre-pandemic drinking habits, with home consumption down as bar and restaurant sales surge. AB InBev has adjusted its supply chain to produce a more “normal balance” of bottles and draft beer, although more state lawmakers are proposing legislation to permanently allow cocktails to go.
- How a Beer Giant Manages Through Waves of Covid-19 Around the World – The Wall Street Journal
- Labor, Food Shortages in Supply Chain Take Toll on Restaurants – Transport Topics
- @grubstreet: During the height of the pandemic, sous-chefs and restaurant workers stepped up to put new dishes on the menu and keep restaurants afloat. What happens as the pandemic ends? @mahirarivers reports
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