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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.

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.

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.
Exhausted female worker at home

Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

Results of survey speak to health care, voting and work challenges.
Health care worker

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

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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Use the School District COVID-19 Tracker to understand pandemic patterns

Use the School District COVID-19 Tracker as an interactive mapping tool to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on New York State.
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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.
Exhausted female worker at home

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.
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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.
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Nursing Homes are Workplaces Too!

Institute Director of Healthcare Labor Relations John August discusses issues facing workers in nursing homes.
Nursing Home

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.
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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.
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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.

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

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.
Business Interview

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.
Photo of person typing by Christin Hume on Unsplash

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.
Illustration of a man working at a desk

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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Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

Results of survey speak to health care, voting and work challenges.
Health care worker

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.
A map that illustrates zones by county

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.
Photo of masked woman carrying a child by Marcin Jozwiak on Unsplash

GOT TO GET BETTER IN A LITTLE WHILE*

Director Ellen Gallin Procida discusses school districts and unions in the time of the pandemic.
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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.
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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.
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From Crisis to Recovery and Reimagination

IBM’s chief human resources officer has helped lead the company through the pandemic.
Nickle LaMoreaux ’01

Interview: Alex Colvin speaks with Bob Hoyt about the pandemic and the financial sector

Alex Colvin speaks with Bob Hoyt of Barclays (soon to join HSBC) about the effects of the pandemic on financial-services and banking firms.
Portrait of Bob Hoyt

Interview: Diane Burton speaks with Leigh Amaro about the impact of the Pandemic

ILR's Diane Burton spoke with Leigh Amaro about the impact the pandemic has had on the payment industry.
Portrait of Leigh Amaro

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 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: 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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.
Woman working from home showing frustration

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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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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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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National COVID-19-Related Racial Inequality and The Workplace

The COVID-19 crisis continues to disproportionately impact minorities in the workplace.
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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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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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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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ILR in the News on COVID-19

See more media coverage of ILR expertise

After Covid, Should Companies Rehire Ex-Employees?

Wall Street Journal
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

Bloomberg Law
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

Cortland Standard
Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns discusses worker burnout, exacerbated by the pandemic and its duration, working from home and no change of scenery.

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