Paid leave collage Mercer encouraged employers to consider extending emergency leave policies into next year and address issues like qualifying factors for emergency leave. (Image: Shutterstock)

Almost half of employers are optimistic that their pre-pandemic business outlooks will hold over the next six months, according to a report by Mercer. Another 28% believe that their business will grow.

Regardless of that rosy outlook, the firm noted that businesses face significant challenges in the months ahead. It identified five areas employers need to focus on in 2021 to persevere through the pandemic.

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