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Deem Wins Awards from Comparably



Based on Employee Reviews, Deem Was Honored for Best Company Outlook and As A Best Company in the Bay Area Oakland, CA – April 7, 2021 – Deem, a leading mobile and cloud technology provider for the corporate travel industry, today announced two awards given by Comparably, the workplace monitoring site driven by anonymous employee ratings and reviews. Winners were chosen from tens of thousands of companies and selected based on anonymous employee feedback provided on the Comparably platform. Deem ranks in the top 5% of companies in both award categories. The Best Company Outlook award is based on staff members sharing their outlook, or confidence in the company’s future, and their likelihood of recommending Deem to friends, reflected in their employee net promoter score (eNPS). The high rankings reinforce Deem’s values of winning together, passion and drive, customer centered, and trust and transparency...read more

Americans Get Another Reprieve on a New ID Requirement to Fly

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) again delayed the deadline for enforcement of REAL ID requirements, the latest pandemic-related extension for the program aimed at establishing a consistent security standard for issuing driver's licenses and other identification. DHS announced Tuesday it is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023.

Once enforcement is in effect, travelers age 18 and older flying commercially in the US will need to have a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or other state photo identity card, which should be marked by a star on the top of the card. Passports and other forms of approved identification will still be accepted...read more

Europe to Allow Vaccinated Americans to Travel to Continent This Summer Finally some relief for the much maligned American tourist after a year of being the bane of the world: vaccinated Americans will be allowed into European Union countries starting this summer, according to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, in an interview with The New York Times. “The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” she said in this interview. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union. “Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A.”...read more

State Department has warned against travel to 80% of the world. Here’s what you need to know

You may want to reconsider any plans to travel abroad. That’s the recommendation from the U.S. State Department, which updated its Travel Advisories list this week warning Americans against foreign travel to include about 80% of countries worldwide. Calling the risks the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic poses to travelers as “unprecedented,” the State Department said in an April 19 statement that it “strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad.” The department said its advisories will now better reflect Travel Health Notices issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as taking into account factors such as in-country testing availability and travel restrictions on U.S. citizens...read more

Airlines Reinstating Change and Cancellation Fees Remember those warm-and-fuzzy, feel-good moments of the last year when the airlines went out of their way to accommodate passengers? Like when they stopped charging fees to change tickets? Yeah, well, those halcyon days are coming to an end. With COVID-19 numbers regressing for much of the country, and the vaccines appear to be doing their job, airline bookings are soaring again. In fact, Delta Air Lines last week became the last U.S. carrier to stop blocking middle seats...read more

U.S. Federal Mask Mandate for Public Transit Extends Through Early Fall

The Biden administration said on Friday it is extending face mask requirements across all U.S. transportation networks through Sept. 13 to address the spread of COVID-19.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements that took effect on Feb. 1 were to set to expire on May 11. They cover workers and travelers at airports, on board commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through Sept. 13.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the federal mask mandate in nearly all transportation modes in late January, including on ride-share vehicles. The order does not apply to private cars or commercial trucks being driven by a sole operator...read more

Pocono will open stands to full capacity for NASCAR weekend in June


Pocono Raceway will operate at 100% capacity for its NASCAR doubleheader weekend June 25-27, the track announced Tuesday.

Pocono becomes the second NASCAR track to announce it will open to full capacity. Atlanta Motor Speedway, which hosts the Xfinity Series on July 10 and Cup Series on July 11, previously announced it would have all seats available to fans. Pocono’s announcement followed followed Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to lift statewide orders May 31 that limit capacity. Gov. Wolf stated that the state’s mask order will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated. To date, 50.6% of the state’s total population had received one dose of the vaccination, according to the state’s health department...read more




Staples and Office Depot want to help you prove your Covid-19 vaccination Long gone are the days when you only needed your phone, keys, and wallet to walk out the door (hello masks). With Covid-19 vaccinations becoming more widespread, you may soon need to carry proof that you've been vaccinated to do something like travel or go to a concert. While some companies have been working on smartphone apps or other systems to create digital proof of vaccination, right now the paper CDC card is about all the proof you get. That's why Staples and Office Depot want to help you keep your paper card in good condition. The two companies are offering free laminations of completed Covid-19 vaccination cards...learn more



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