Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Global as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Global: The true cost

We have earlier reported on the secondary consequences of the pandemic on health systems …

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Global: Maritime restrictions

The trades union ITF has produced a useful map showing COVID-19 restrictions at ports around the world …

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Global: Office reforms

As an increasing number of people return to work we are seeing a host of operational changes – with layouts being redesigned (especially in break-out areas) and, where possible, passages, hallways and stairs being made one-way. One of the most visible of the micro-effects is a change in the use of common fridges and shared coffee-making facilities. Any laxity on the use of cups and even teaspoons has also gone. The future is going to be a frighteningly new place we are all going to have to get used to.

Global: Tax trends

Although many countries have been quick to offer employers and individuals tax payment holidays, this relief is going to be short-lived …

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Global: Why do pandemic mortality rates differ?

When the coronavirus was first recognised as a problem back in January, China reported a mortality rate of around 2% …

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Global: Why are official projections so poor?

Most governments and forecasting organisations have, until very recently, been projecting a fairly minimal impact of the pandemic on the economy …

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Global: Commuting claims

We have seen from the German case reported in this Newswire that employers are now coming dangerously close to becoming responsible for commuting costs …

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Global: Lockdown latest

Some reports indicate that as many as 108M people are once again in lockdown in NE China, although there are only a handful of confirmed cases of viral infection and no further deaths …

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Global: Inflation or deflation

The last thing companies want as we come out of the crisis is extreme inflation or deflation …

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Global: Ways of seeing the future

When GDP figures begin to be published for successive quarters this year it will be important to view them not by reference to a previous level, but in relation to what GDP figure would have been if the lockdown has not happened …

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Global: Is covid-19 an occupational disease?

As we have seen in the case of Ecuador, there is growing support for the rogue ILO contention that COVID-19 is an occupational disease and therefore a potential basis for claiming compensation and other damages against employers …

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Global: Relative winners and losers

Although all economies will suffer from a downturn this year and into next, some will fare relatively well …

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Global: Intelligent machine vision

The costs of technology in this field have fallen significantly and now many companies are using it to replace security guards and monitor visitors …

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Global: HR housekeeping ahead of the chasm

Companies should remember to make any outstanding, or pending, performance/disciplinary dismissals as soon as they can, otherwise they could get caught up in the midst of any future economic dismissals, or rush of short-term demand that could (but is not sure to) follow resumption of operations …

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Global: Statistical insights: small, medium and vulnerable

An analysis carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in respect to its member countries has found that 40% of employment is in sectors most heavily hit by the lockdown …

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