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Washingtonians Required to Mask Up Indoors
Gov. Jay Inslee announced in his Thursday press conference astatewide mandatory face coveringorder that takes effect Aug. 23. The mask mandate applies to everyone regardless of their vaccination status. In contrast to the mask mandate that took effect in June 2020 that applied to both indoor and outdoor public settings, this one will only apply to indoor public settings.
Remote work continues to play a key role in the tight labor market as 63% of U.S. companies will allow existing employees to work remotely once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and 60% agree that a rise in this trend is making it more difficult to attract and retain employees, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.
The majority of U.S. hiring decision-makers (70%) agree onboarding employees remotely requires more time and money than doing it in an office. Despite the extra resources required to hire remotely, more than half (55%) say their company hired and onboarded new employees remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a similar proportion (51%) report their company plans to do so once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.