The first month of 2022 has come to an end, and it has been a mixture of exciting expansion, lawsuits, and the business giants announcing a series of ambitious moves.

Throughout the month, businesses across the US have announced major expansion plans which will create hundreds of jobs.

For example, Berkshire Hathaway – owned by the billionaire Warren Buffett – announced it had increased staff numbers by around 12,000 in just over a year.

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A new £264 million cryptocurrency centre is also set to be opened by Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc in South Carolina as part of an expansion into Spartanburg County.

Greenidge Chief Executive Officer Jeff Kirt said: “We are extremely excited to announce our commitment to expand our business to Spartanburg, and we’re grateful for the welcome and support we have received from the state and our local community.”

Kentucky is also likely to see an employment boost with a number of companies looking to expand, which should create more than 1,000 new jobs around the state.

In Tennessee, 3M is also set to provide a major employment boost with a new $470 million plant in the city of Clinton.

A phenomenal investment is also being made by General Motors in the state of Michigan.

The company is pumping in $4 billion to create 4,000 new jobs in four locations around the state.

Another company, Morongo Hotel, and Spa, is also looking to recruit hundreds of new staff around California.

Covid continues to cause issues

The ongoing covid-19 pandemic is still causing major headaches for employers as the omicron strain continues to run rampant.

Despite a number of courts ruling against President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate, some companies are getting tough with their staff.

T-Mobile was reported to be considering firing staff who refuse to get vaccinated.

Facebook/Meta is also requiring staff to have a booster if they want to return to the office.

The clothing company Caharrt is also insisting its staff are vaccinated.

The pandemic has continued to hit travel, with American Airlines reporting more losses, although bosses are confident of a major recovery in 2022.

Lawsuits launched

The courts have been busy, including cases against two of America’s biggest companies.

Google is in the dock over alleged violations of privacy in lawsuits launched by three state attorneys.

Amazon is also facing legal action over the death of an employee who died in at an Illinois plant hit by tornadoes in December.

The cases are likely to be heard later this year.

Job cuts on the way

Unilever is one company that is not looking to recruit any more staff.

In fact, senior managers at the company are facing redundancy after it announced a restructure where 1,500 roles could be lost around the world.

CEO Alan Jope said: “Our new organisational model has been developed over the last year and is designed to continue the step-up we are seeing in the performance of our business.

“Moving to five category-focused Business Groups will enable us to be more responsive to consumer and channel trends, with crystal-clear accountability for delivery.

“Growth remains our top priority and these changes will underpin our pursuit of this.”To enable Unilever to benefit from its scale and global capabilities, the five Business Groups will be supported by Unilever Business Operations, which will provide the technology, systems, and processes to drive operational excellence across the business.”

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