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Work and the Coronavirus

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Helping people understand how COVID-19 affects work and employment by sharing insights and help from ILR's workplace experts.

Online Training

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: 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: 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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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: Getting Back to School: Collaborative Strategies for Reopening K–12 Public Scools in a Fiscal Crisis

Educators now face the challenge of planning to safely restart the school year this fall, in an environment in which state and local resources may be severely cut, and federal guidelines and resources are uncertain.
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Webinar: Equitable Economic Recovery After COVID-19

Building community partnerships will be a vital part of getting the economy back on track. Learn how grassroots organizations and local governments are coming up with some of the best policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Gig Worker Rights in New York State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

Sponsored by the Worker Institute's Lois Gray Innovation Initiative, this webinar will examine the issues that gig-economy workers have been facing prior to and during the COVID-19 crisis. The panel will assess the existing policy and organizing solutions to the challenges.
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Webinar: Tax Advice for Startups and Entrepreneurs

Cornell's CREA is hosting a webinar on May 21 covering changes in tax and offering advice to startups and entrepreneurs.
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Webinar: Remote Leadership in Startups and Small Business

Cornell's Center for Regional Economic Advancement led an interactive webinar on leading remote teams with a wide range of panelists who blended theory with application for small businesses.
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Webinar: Returning to Work After COVID-19, Employment Planning and Managing a Changed Workforce

Cornell's Center for Regional Economic Advancement hosted a webinar focused on legal and practical issues for startups and business owners for post-COVID recovery plans.
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Webinar: Contagion, Persuasion, and Motivation: Private and Public Behavior in the COVID-19 Crisis

A panel of Cornell University experts in the fields of behavioral and economic decision-making, social influence and communication engage in a timely discussion on how to balance personal priorities with public health concerns.
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Webinar: Can Economic, Political, and Public Health Realities Align?

A panel of leading voices in the fields of public health, economics, and politics inform priorities as we pursue the safest way to protect both our public health and the economic functions that are so essential to society’s well-being and civility.
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Webinar: Building Worker Power in New York State during the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

On April 30th, 2020, join us for a live online forum hosted by the NYS AFL-CIO-Cornell University Union Leadership Institute
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Webinar: Workplace Considerations for Vulnerable Populations

The panel explores ways to proactively address issues that may disproportionately impact older workers, as well as those with physical and mental disabilities, by employing internal organization and professional association resources.
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Webinar: Commercial Real Estate in the Wake of a Pandemic

This panel of owners/borrowers, lenders, and restructuring professionals discuss the myriad challenges to commercial real estate.
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Webinar: Protecting and Assisting Workers in the Midst of a Pandemic: Labor-Management Solutions

Cornell University’s ILR School, School of Hotel Administration, and Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) bring together both union and management leaders as well as a public policy expert to clarify productive answers to the challenges that have emerged.
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Webinar: What's Next for NYC Restaurants?

April 16, 2020 - The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the Cornell Center for Food and Beverage Management (CIFBM) will bring together restaurant and foodservice executives and faculty experts to offer solutions to the challenges that operators, employees, and guests are experiencing in New York City.
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Webinar: Sustainable Supply Chain Labor Practices

April 15, 2020 - Cornell faculty experts, along with sourcing and union leaders, will discuss these questions and more as they examine the implications of COVID-19’s disruption of global supply chains for both buyers and workers.
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Webinar: The Travel Industry's Road to Recovery

April 16, 2020 - Travel industry experts will discuss the current market dynamics and different recovery scenarios.
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Webinar: Global Supply Chain (Fr)Agility

A select panel of Cornell University scholars shared their insights on the functioning and structure of supply chains during this unprecedented crisis.
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Webinar: Workplace Safety in a Pandemic

We examine pressing issues and the future of workplace health and safety in this new era.
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Webinar: Disruption in the Financial Sector

Cornell faculty panel share their insights into the actions and reactions of the world's financial markets.
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Webinar: The Restaurant Business in Crisis

Restaurant executives and faculty experts offer solutions to the challenges that operators, employees and guests are experiencing in our new normal.
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Webinar: Managing Workplace Conflict

Cornell faculty experts discuss how leaders and individuals can quickly rise to the challenge of managing conflict through crisis.
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Webinar: COVID-19 and the Hospitality Industry

The panel discusses some of the most critical HR priorities and operational implications of the current health crisis.
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Webinar: Labor-Management Relations in the Midst of a Pandemic

Leading practitioners and faculty experts discuss the myriad labor relations challenges brought on by this historic global challenge.
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Webinar: Understanding and Complying With Employment Laws, Old and New

Receive clear, productive answers to the employment law challenges that have emerged.
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Webinar: Leading Remote Teams

Cornell University faculty panel discusses how leaders can quickly rise to the challenge of leading remote teams and keeping them engaged and productive in these uncertain times.
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Webinar: Leadership Through Communication

Three of Cornell’s most prominent faculty share their crisis communication expertise so that we can do our best to serve our stakeholders, preserve our goals and safeguard our community’s current and future health.
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