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Employees’ Personal Travel Raises COVID-19 Concerns: FAQs For Employers
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October 8, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

There is no doubt the summer of 2020 has been memorable, but likely not for overseas jaunts or exotic vacations. Although the CDC recently relaxed its COVID-19 guidance regarding quarantine after travel, it still recognizes: "Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19." While you may recognize the importance of following this advice, your employees may see things differently. In fact, as we head into the Labor Day holiday, some employees may be planning that overdue getaway. This raises questions regarding whether you can – or should – restrict personal travel among your workforce, and whether you can take other steps to ensure a safe workplace during the pandemic. This alert provides the most frequently asked questions employers have regarding this thorny issue and offers practical guidance to navigate the best policies and practices.

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Business Travel: What Employers and Employees Should Know

October 1, 2020 via Global Guardian

There are currently more than 7.4 million active COVID‐19 cases worldwide. This makes business travel challenging, especially for those going abroad. Early and extensive preparation by both traveling employees and employers with traveling personnel is key.
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As American, United, Other Airlines Roll Out Passenger Testing for COVID-19, Here's What You Need to Know

September 29, 2020 via USA Today

On Tuesday, American Airlines joined JetBlue Airways, United and Hawaiian airlines in announcing it plans to provide tests that can prove passengers don't have COVID-19, allowing them to bypass quarantine restrictions depending on where they are traveling.
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The Risks and Rewards of Gamification in Business Travel

September 23, 2020 via PhocusWire

For many travel managers, [gamification] has been a successful tool in reducing costs, driving supplier awareness and adoption, reducing leakage and increasing employee satisfaction. However, in these uncertain times, travel managers should reevaluate their existing gamification programs for potential risk and to ensure they align with new objectives.
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The New Breed of Business Traveller
September 17, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

The business traveller after Covid-19 will be very different. Not only will their travel be subject to new restrictions and safety measures, they will also look different. That’s because we’re likely to see a significant shift in the demographic of people who travel for business. Why and what is the impact of this? Emanuele Scansani from travel risk intelligence experts Riskline explores further.
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