We aim to help make sense of how the coronavirus pandemic changes the workplace – from employment and legal policy, to labor relations and HR policies and practices. We will continue to share data, analysis, research and insight from our faculty and experts.
Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns describes worker burnout, what causes it, and how organizations and workers can mitigate stressors.
The Role of Union Leadership for Worker Acceptance of the COVID-19 Vaccine
John August, the Director of the Institute's healthcare programs discusses the importance of unions in the rollout of the Covid vaccine.
Understanding Resilience In The Epicenter Of The Pandemic
Director of Healthcare Programs John August showcases the workers at a NYC hospital in the center of the pandemic.
Nursing Homes are Workplaces Too!
Institute Director of Healthcare Labor Relations John August discusses issues facing workers in nursing homes.
COVID-19 Tracking Tool Offered to Public
Demographics, poverty rates and other variables within the boundaries of each NYS school district are offered alongside COVID-19 data.
September 2020 Job Disruptions Update: Dimmer Prospects for a Speedy Rebound
In September, COVID-19 was still disrupting the jobs of over 12 million workers—about 7 percent of the pre-COVID-19 labor force. Prospects for a speedy recovery have dimmed as fewer jobless workers are on temporary layoff and more are permanently laid off and have left the workforce altogether.
Redesigned spaces and strategies will greet many when pandemic restrictions lift.
Employers Might Be Able to Require Vaccination, But Should They?
Employers should be willing to be flexible, but acknowledge that some people will have a legitimate reason to refuse.
Financial Incentives for Hiring Justice-Involved
CJEI’s Rachel Joseph explains that companies who hire people with previous involvement in the criminal legal system may qualify for financial incentives such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the Federal Bonding Program.
Northeast ADA Call Center Providing COVID-19 Guidance
Specialists at the call center, based in ILR’s Yang-Tan institute, are helping people navigate pandemic-related issues impacting people with disabilities.
Working with a Disability during COVID-19: Providing Additional Accommodations
During the pandemic, both employers and employees may need to be more creative and flexible as they work together to respond to requests for altered or additional accommodations.
Innovation in Labor Management Dialogue: In the Epicenter of the Pandemic
Director of Healthcare Labor Relations John August discusses advancements in union organizing for physicians.
Results of survey speak to health care, voting and work challenges.
Exploring Patterns of Activity and COVID Cases in the Erie County Micro-Clusters
Russell Weaver uses the COVID tracker to explore the New York State the“micro-cluster” strategy that identifies COVID-19 case clusters and the areas around them and categorizes them into color-coded zones.
Children Impacted Unequally by COVID-Related Job Losses
College of Human Ecology Professor Kelly Musick and research colleagues find that job losses caused by COVID-19 disproportionately hurt Latinx, Black and lower-income children.
GOT TO GET BETTER IN A LITTLE WHILE*
Director Ellen Gallin Procida discusses school districts and unions in the time of the pandemic.
Research on Social Influence can be Applied to Vaccination Choice: ILR Professor
In a recent interview, ILR School Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns discussed how sharing information about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can impact other people’s choices.
Research Identifies Workers Who Should be First for Vaccine
Frontline workers, the most vulnerable among essential workers, are most in need of the vaccine, according to a research team including labor economist Francine Blau.
Employers may want to require a vaccine in the workplace to maintain employee health, but there are many restrictions in doing so.
Best Practices for Virtual Onboarding Experiences
A qualitative study conducted by alumna Ayesha Ejaz, MILR ’20, with employees and hiring managers which provides insight into challenges of virtual onboarding across industries during COVID-19, followed by some recommendations to make it a better experience for future employees.
Wellness Apps: A COVID Trend or the Future?
COVID-19 has caused a surge in app usage especially in the wellness space, will this be our “new normal” and if so how should companies adapt to this trend?
Enhancing Workplace Communication during the Pandemic and Beyond
Establishing an empathetic attitude and prioritizing feedback will help foster honest conversations between employees and management, which will help mitigate the negative impacts of remote work on communication.
Employee Voting in the Era of COVID-19
Employers and employees must work together to ensure employee voting rights are secured.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Labor and Employment Law
The NLRB has allowed exempted the duty to bargain in the past in response to emergency situations like the pandemic. ILR Senior, Katherine Heaney helps navigate the complexities of wage adjustments available under the law.
An Opportunity for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Two ILR students propose a road map for real change in diversity and inclusion practices in this time of crisis.
National COVID-19-Related Racial Inequality and The Workplace
The COVID-19 crisis continues to disproportionately impact minorities in the workplace.
Onboarding Challenging During COVID-19
Remote onboarding leaves many new hires feeling unsupported by supervisors, distracted by the challenges of managing teams shifted to working from home due to the pandemic.
Remote Work: Not a New Trend
The shift to increased work from home is accelerating existing use of people analytics and other tools, including organizational network analysis, which maps informal and formal workplace relationships.
Should I Trust You?
Remote work weakens trust among co-workers, but efficiency and financial performance improve when team members support each other’s projects.
After Covid, Should Companies Rehire Ex-Employees?
Researchers led by JR Keller find that rehired employees outperformed new hires when the rehires returned to the same manager, and when working in one of two kinds of jobs: those that required building and maintaining interpersonal relationships with others in the organization, and those that required higher administrative coordination.
Amazon Covid-19 Lawsuit Spotlights State Regulatory Power
Nellie Brown, an industrial hygienist and director of the workplace health and safety program for The Worker Institute, says New York enacted protections for nail salon workers to prevent them from inhaling toxic fumes.
Feeling all sorts of stress
Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns discusses worker burnout, exacerbated by the pandemic and its duration, working from home and no change of scenery.