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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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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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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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Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

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


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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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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An Alternative to Mass Unemployment: Short-time Programs

Short-time compensation is a relatively low-cost program that already exists in many states to prevent or at least slow mass unemployment. With some reforms, it could protect many more U.S. jobs.
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How COVID-19’s Job Disruptions Vary by Gender, Race and Hispanic Ethnicity in August 2020

Women, African American and Hispanic workers are faring markedly worse than men and white workers.
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August 7 Job Report: Tips on What to Consider

Erica Groshen provides insight on some of the most significant numbers in the upcoming national employment report recapping July job numbers.
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Digital Currency Plan Would Provide Rapid Payments to Recipients In and Beyond the Pandemic

This piece hosts discussions about digital currency in light of the pandemic through work by Cornell Professor Robert Hockett.
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Opinion – All Undocumented Immigrants Deserve Citizenship – Not Just Essential Workers

Shannon Gleeson outlines the situation faced by undocumented workers, and discusses potential futures for them including pathways to citizenship and their relationship.
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What’s the Connection between COVID-19 and Climate Change? Inequality

The triple crises of COVID-19, climate change and soaring inequality present a moment of great peril and opportunity for the U.S.
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Job Market Conditions Remain Dire

In June, COVID-19 was still disrupting the jobs of over 24 million workers comprising about 15 percent of the labor force in February.
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Reopening Schools Will Take Community Collaboration

When tensions start to rise over school reopening details, communities can rally around anthems reminding them to negotiate in ways that will benefit children.
A young boy is wearing a medical mask talking with friends at school.

New York State is Reopening, But Weekly Unemployment Claims Have Started to Climb Again

Russell Weaver explains the numbers behind rising unemployment claims as New York State reopens.
Chart illustrating trending unemployment claims

Work, Workers, and Public Policy During a Pandemic

Recorded June 8 - Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Seth Harris discusses the pandemic-related public policy issues affecting workers, labor markets, and workplaces.
Seth Harris

Now more than ever: be fair to direct care

YTI's Ellice Switzer discusses how the pandemic has created an elevated risk for many types of essential workers.
Older woman outside with a walker assisted by a home health aide

Tracking Unemployment in New York State

A June 3 report will provide more accurate figures about unemployment in New York state.
Regions of New York State

Racial and Economic Inequality in NYS within the Context of the Pandemic and Protests against Racism

The average annual salary from 2014 to 2018 in New York state for a white worker was $60,808 as compared to $40,707 for a black worker in New York state, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
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Weekly UI Claims in New York Reach Highest Total in Six Weeks, as National Numbers Continue to Fall

Russell Weaver shows that New York State unemployment-insurance claims have reached a high while national numbers drop.
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What is New York State’s Current Unemployment Rate?

Russell Weaver helps answer the pressing question: "What is New York's unemployment rate?"
map illustrating New York's regions for labor markets

Impact on the Workforce and People with Disabilities

YTI's Thomas Golden discusses recent survey results that cover the impact of COVID-19 on Americans with disabilities and employment.
Special needs worker in warehouse setting

True Resilience Involves Pushing Forward From COVID-19, Not Just Bouncing Back

Russell Weaver asks whether we really want to "bounce back," instead of building better systems after the pandemic.
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Weekly Claims Continue to Fluctuate Despite Downward National Trend

Russell Weaver outlines fluctuations in unemployment-insurance benefit claims in the context of national trends.
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Large Drop in Weekly UI Claims Though Totals Remain at Historic Levels

Russell Weaver explains the recent changes in national and New York State unemployment insurance claim numbers.
Initial Weekly unemployment insurance claims in New York.

Who are the Frontline Workers? Why Does Hazard Pay Make Sense?

ILR Professor Francine Blau is the lead author of an analysis, published by “ECONOFACT,” of frontline workers and their pay.
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