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Businesses see challenge in getting employees to return amid pandemic

Businesses are eager to reopen, but are employees as eager to go back?

That’s been the question posed to officials over the last several weeks and it’s a big challenge business owners will have to overcome.

Miriam Dushane is a Managing Partner at employment agency Alaant Workforce Solution. Companies like Alaant connect would-be employees with jobs and employers.

“What are the actual precautions that are going to be taken, will I be provided things like facemasks and hand sanitizer, are there any things I need to know about in terms of if you’re going to ask me a health questionnaire, is there going to be a temperature check every day,” Dushane told WRGB-TV.

Some workers are hesitant about going back, but if they refuse – it could mean an end to unemployment benefits. However, a major challenge here is that thousands are still without benefits.

Officials updated that situation on Sunday, noting that most of those who have outstanding claims are missing information, or fraudulent. When that statement was posted online – it prompted swift, harsh response from people who say they’ve followed all necessary steps.

Employers have already voiced frustration with the fact that former employees are making so much on unemployment with the CARES Act addition, that it’s difficult to entice them to return.



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