HR Headline Roundup for April 27-May 1, 2020

Fiscal Fallout Snapshots

State Reserve Funds Likely to Fall Short, National Conference of State Legislatures

Unpluggable budget shortfalls are most likely to emerge in states that fund rainy day accounts with taxes on drilling, fracking and mining operations. The effect of collapsing of oil and natural gas prices has been compounded by reductions in demand for all fossil fuels, especially coal, due to coronavirus lockdowns.

 

The Price Being Paid by Public Sector Employees

More Than 10,000 Federal Employees Have Contracted COVID-19, Government Executive

Postal workers and TSA employees have endured the highest number of COVID-19 cases, but the disease has also hit hard at the Defense Department, Veterans Affairs, State, Interior, Health and Human Services, and the IRS. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has seen outbreaks among staff and inmates at facilities across the country.

 

Starting to Reopen

NGA & ASTHO Issue a Roadmap to Reopening Businesses as COVID-19 Cases Decline , National Governors Association and Association of State and Territorial Health Organizations

Recommendations fall into the broad categories of building public health infrastructure and creating and executing a plan to gradually reopen the economy. Specific steps include making testing broadly available; scaling up capacities for isolation, contact tracing and quarantine; protecting essential workers and vulnerable populations; defining stages or reopening; and preparing to reassess and improve the plan.

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