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Work and the Coronavirus

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How COVID-19 affects work, labor and employment.

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.

Pandemic, racial inequities underscore need for better labor market data

Former U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner Erica Groshen describes how existing and available sources could be mined to better understand labor market data to inform an improved economic future.
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Pandemic, racial inequities underscore need for better labor market data

State Economies Hit the Most by Coronavirus

As Americans worry about their financial future due to the economic damage from the coronavirus, WalletHub turned to a panel of experts, including ILR Professor Philipp Kircher, to offer guidance.
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State Economies Hit the Most by Coronavirus

COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

Redesigned spaces and strategies will greet many when pandemic restrictions lift.
A young man and young woman working together at a whiteboard.
COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

Results of survey speak to health care, voting and work challenges.
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Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

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.
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Employers Might Be Able to Require Vaccination, But Should They?

Webinar - COVID-19: Permanent Impact on Public Sector Workforce

Join us for a discussion about how some public sector organizations have made changes, which changes have worked and which have not, and what the workplace might look like when we go back to “normal.”
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Webinar - COVID-19: Permanent Impact on Public Sector Workforce

Dean Colvin & Spencer Levy Discuss Covid and Commercial Real Estate on WORK!

Spencer Levy ’92, chairman of Americas Research and senior economic adviser for CBRE, joins Dean Alex Colvin on the latest episode of the ILR School’s podcast to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the world of work.
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Dean Colvin & Spencer Levy Discuss Covid and Commercial Real Estate on WORK!

State Economies Hit the Most by Coronavirus

As Americans worry about their financial future due to the economic damage from the coronavirus, WalletHub turned to a panel of experts, including ILR Professor Philipp Kircher, to offer guidance.
Image depicting a declining economy due to Covid
State Economies Hit the Most by Coronavirus

Video: Labor Market Analytics in the COVID-19 Era

Francine Blau and Erica Groshen discuss labor market changes.
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Video: Labor Market Analytics in the COVID-19 Era

Beyond Resilience… How Collective Bargaining Creates Conditions For A Sustainable Positive Work Environment

Director of Healthcare and Partner Programs John August explores strategies that organizations can use to foster a positive work environment post pandemic.
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Beyond Resilience… How Collective Bargaining Creates Conditions For A Sustainable Positive Work Environment

Burnout: How it Hurts, What Can Help

Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns describes worker burnout, what causes it, and how organizations and workers can mitigate stressors.
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Burnout: How it Hurts, What Can Help

Cannabis Careers for Justice-Impacted

Timothy McNutt, Director of ILR's Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative, participated in the NYS AFL-CIO’s Union Strong Podcast about “Adult-Use Cannabis – Building a new industry from the ground up in a way that will raise revenue, create good union jobs, and address social, racial, and economic equity."
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Cannabis Careers for Justice-Impacted

COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

Redesigned spaces and strategies will greet many when pandemic restrictions lift.
A young man and young woman working together at a whiteboard.
COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

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.
Close-up view of a needle inserted into a vaccine vial
Employers Might Be Able to Require Vaccination, But Should They?

Financial Incentives for Hiring Justice-Impacted

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.
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Financial Incentives for Hiring Justice-Impacted

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.
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Northeast ADA Call Center Providing COVID-19 Guidance

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.
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Working with a Disability during COVID-19: Providing 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.
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Innovation in Labor Management Dialogue: In the Epicenter of the Pandemic

Pandemic, racial inequities underscore need for better labor market data

Former U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner Erica Groshen describes how existing and available sources could be mined to better understand labor market data to inform an improved economic future.
Searching the BLS website
Pandemic, racial inequities underscore need for better labor market data

Reconciling Social Rights and Economic Development

International organizations must improve coordination with each other to help governments recover from COVID-19, says Assistant Professor Desiree LeClercq.
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Reconciling Social Rights and Economic Development

Video: Palmer v Amazon A Case Study In A Pandemic

Esta Bigler, from our Labor and Employment Law program, hosted a detailed panel discussion that explores the lawsuit Palmer v. Amazon, which covers the vital topics of health and safety at work in the time of COVID-19.
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Video: Palmer v Amazon A Case Study In A Pandemic

Higher-Income Individuals Take More COVID-19 Safety Precautions

New research co-authored by ILR Professor Michèle Belot focuses on the role socioeconomics played in individuals’ health-related decisions during the early months of the pandemic.

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Higher-Income Individuals Take More COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Video: COVID-19: Permanent Impact on Public Sector Workforce

Esta Bigler, director of ILR's Labor and Employment Law program, hosted a webinar to talk about workforce changes from the pandemic which will outlast immediate reopening.
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Video: COVID-19: Permanent Impact on Public Sector Workforce

Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

Results of survey speak to health care, voting and work challenges.
Health care worker
Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

Nickle LaMoreaux ’01

From crisis to recovery and reimagination, IBM’s chief human resources officer has helped lead the company through the pandemic.
Nickle LaMoreaux ’01
Nickle LaMoreaux ’01

Bob Hoyt '96

Alex Colvin spoke with Bob Hoyt about the effects of the pandemic on financial services and banking firms.
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Bob Hoyt '96

Interview: Alex Colvin speaks with Eugene Schneur about the pandemic and property development

ILR's Alex Colvin spoke with Eugene Schneur about the impacts the pandemic has had on property development and management – especially in the area of affordable housing.
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Interview: Alex Colvin speaks with Eugene Schneur about the pandemic and property development

Online Events and Webinars

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Webinar - COVID-19: Permanent Impact on Public Sector Workforce

Join us for a discussion about how some public sector organizations have made changes, which changes have worked and which have not, and what the workplace might look like when we go back to “normal.”
Back view pf a female joining an online meeting on a laptop
Webinar - COVID-19: Permanent Impact on Public Sector Workforce

Webinar Palmer v. Amazon: A Case Study In A Pandemic

Esta Bigler hosts a panel discussing the safety and health (and employment law) impacts of the federal lawsuit brought by workers and their family members against Amazon.
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Webinar Palmer v. Amazon: A Case Study In A Pandemic

Webinar: Fair and Safe Return to Work: Protecting Workers and Communities during Reopening

This webinar will examine the issues that workers and communities are facing as New York City undergoes phase 4 of the reopening of its economy.
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Webinar: Fair and Safe Return to Work: Protecting Workers and Communities during Reopening

Video: Employer Liability Protection, Workers Compensation, and a National Fund

Esta Bigler hosts a webinar discussion with labor-law experts that explores state and national approaches to employer liability and funding for employment benefits.
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Video: Employer Liability Protection, Workers Compensation, and a National Fund

Video: Reopening During Covid and Older Workers

Esta Bigler hosted a webinar discussion with labor-law experts on the ramifications of reopening on older workers, and where the ADA relates to reopening.
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Video: Reopening During Covid and Older Workers

Webinar: ADA Employment and Accessibility Issues Impacted by COVID-19 Reopening Safety Measures

This free CLE webinar addresses issues that arise from the increased safety measures in reopening workspaces and their impact on workers who may face challenges.
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Webinar: ADA Employment and Accessibility Issues Impacted by COVID-19 Reopening Safety Measures

Can Employers Require the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Employers may want to require a vaccine in the workplace to maintain employee health, but there are many restrictions in doing so.
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Can Employers Require the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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.
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Best Practices for Virtual Onboarding Experiences

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.
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Enhancing Workplace Communication during the Pandemic and Beyond

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?
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Wellness Apps: A COVID Trend or the Future?

Employee Voting in the Era of COVID-19

Employers and employees must work together to ensure employee voting rights are secured.
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Employee Voting in the Era of COVID-19

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.
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Labor and Employment 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.
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An Opportunity for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts During the COVID-19 Pandemic

National COVID-19-Related Racial Inequality and The Workplace

The COVID-19 crisis continues to disproportionately impact minorities in the workplace.
Young couple fo color working together on a laptop at home.
National COVID-19-Related Racial Inequality and The Workplace

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.
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Remote Work: Not a New Trend

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.
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Should I Trust You?

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.
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Onboarding Challenging During COVID-19

ILR in the News on COVID-19

See more media coverage of ILR expertise

Help wanted: Here, there, everywhere

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While some employers blame unemployment benefits for the for dearth of people willing to work, senior economics advisor Erica Groshen states that the shortage isn’t linked to benefits but to numerous other factors, including underlying health conditions and lack of child care.
Help wanted: Here, there, everywhere

Can My Boss Force Me Not to Wear a Face Mask at Work?

Wall Street Journal
Wendy Strobel Gower, program director at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, says, “It comes down to: Does your company have an obligation to follow the guidance of federal and also state and local authorities?”
Can My Boss Force Me Not to Wear a Face Mask at Work?

Construction, leisure & hospitality jobs rebound in March

The Real Deal - Chicago Real Estate News
U.S. job postings through mid-March were 2 percent lower than before the pandemic, New York state’s declined 13.7 percent over the same period, Russell Weaver said.
Construction, leisure & hospitality jobs rebound in March

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