A majority of small companies aren’t requiring their workers to get examined for the brand new coronavirus or get any COVID-19 vaccines, although the well being care and hospitality industries are forward of the curve on this requirement, based on a report launched this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The bureau’s most up-to-date Small Enterprise Pulse Survey confirmed 70% of the small companies surveyed mentioned “no” when requested if they’d required workers to check unfavourable for COVID-19 earlier than coming to work within the final week. One other 10% mentioned “sure” and nearly 20% mentioned the query was not relevant.
Of the small companies, two sectors, well being care and lodging/ meals service had greater charges than the nationwide common — respectively 15.5% and 14.3%.
When requested if workers had been requested to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination previously week, 2.2% of the small companies answered “sure” and 78.4% answered “no,” with 19.4% saying it wasn’t relevant, based on the survey.
Nevertheless, 62% of small companies within the well being care business mentioned they had been requiring a vaccine, the survey mentioned.
The newest Small Enterprise Pulse Survey is amongst a sequence of surveys the Census Bureau has performed since final spring to measure the impact of the pandemic. It was performed February 15-21 when the survey was despatched to roughly 100,000 companies. About 25,000 companies responded.
The small companies have lower than 500 workers and are in a single location.
The newest survey requested the small companies what adjustments they’d made to their capital expenditures final yr. Nearly 1 / 4 of respondents mentioned they’d postponed deliberate spending, 15.6% had decreased expenditures and 12.8% had canceled some spending, the survey mentioned.
When requested about what impact the pandemic has had on their companies general, responses by the small companies had been comparatively unchanged over the previous three months. Round 44% say it has had a reasonably unfavourable impact, nearly 30% says it has had a big unfavourable impact, 19% say it has had little to no impact, 5.6% say it has had a reasonably constructive impact and 1.7% say it has had a big constructive impact.