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Business News Roundup, Aug. 13, 2021

The Biden administration looks to potentially toughen its COVID-19 vaccination requirements, funding to combat unemployment fraud, and vaccination requirements for job applications are among the top business news items this morning.


The White House is considering strengthened vaccination rules in response to rising cases of COVID-19 fueled by the virus’s Delta variant. The Biden administration has already taken steps such as imposing penalties for unvaccinated federal workers and consulting with business leaders on steps they can take to improve vaccinations.

The Labor Department is issuing $240 million in grants to states to help them combat fraud in their unemployment systems. The money can be used for measures such as improving fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and cybersecurity.

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More employers are requiring job applicants to show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The number of postings including the requirement has nearly doubled over the past month, but still represents a minuscule share of overall openings.

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