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

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

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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?

COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

Redesigned spaces and strategies will greet many when pandemic restrictions lift.
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COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

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

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

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 on Social Influence can be Applied to Vaccination Choice: ILR Professor

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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Research Identifies Workers Who Should be First for Vaccine

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

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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How COVID-19’s Job Disruptions Vary by Gender, Race and Hispanic Ethnicity in August 2020

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

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.
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Reopening Schools Will Take Community Collaboration

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

What the April 2020 Jobs Report says about COVID-19’s impact

ILR Senior Extension Associate Erica Groshen presents a roundup of the April 2020 jobs report numbers.
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What the April 2020 Jobs Report says about COVID-19’s impact

It Matters that Most COVID Layoffs in March were Furloughs

Erica Groshen explains how a dose of good news in March can be found in the difference between furloughs and layoffs.
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It Matters that Most COVID Layoffs in March were Furloughs

What Do the Economic Numbers Mean?

The national unemployment rate could go up to 20 percent in April, says ILR's Erica Groshen.
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What Do the Economic Numbers Mean?

Unemployment Insurance: Taking Stock in New York State

Understand changes to unemployment insurance in the first five weeks of the coronavirus crisis and beyond.
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Unemployment Insurance: Taking Stock in New York State

What is an Essential Worker in New York State?

Understand the New York state guidelines for classifying businesses as essential.
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What is an Essential Worker in New York State?

Fashioning a Response: Results from the Model Alliance COVID-19 Survey

The Worker Institute analyzed the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on models in a report published by the Model Alliance.
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Fashioning a Response: Results from the Model Alliance COVID-19 Survey

Response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order on Face Masks

Useful information on the governor's order and its details.
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Response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order on Face Masks

Wellness Considerations for Workers with Disabilities

Be well during the pandemic: you've "got this," but here are tips for averting vulnerabilities due to a disability.
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Wellness Considerations for Workers with Disabilities

Mapping Workers at Risk of Layoffs and Loss of Health Care

Which New York state residents are most likely to lose their jobs? Where do they live and what do they do?
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Mapping Workers at Risk of Layoffs and Loss of Health Care

Discrimination at Work and COVID-19

Asian American and Pacific Islander workers, two million of whom work on the frontlines in the health care, personal services and transportation industries, face increased xenophobic and racial discrimination in the workplace.
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Discrimination at Work and COVID-19

Unprecedented Unemployment Claims Create Immediate Needs

State and local government agencies need to identify flexible public funding that can provide rapid assistance to newly unemployed workers.
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Unprecedented Unemployment Claims Create Immediate Needs

Who is an Essential Worker in NYS?

Exactly who is deemed an "essential worker" in New York state?
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Who is an Essential Worker in NYS?

Tracking Employment Trends of Older Workers

ILR's Institute for Compensation Studies outlines a few realities of which older workers, employers and policymakers should be aware during the pandemic.
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Tracking Employment Trends of Older Workers

U.S. Government Mandates COVID-19 Paid Leave

The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act -- here's how it works.
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U.S. Government Mandates COVID-19 Paid Leave

How the CARES Act Impacts Workers

Learn what the CARES Act does for for working people, low-income people and gig workers.
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How the CARES Act Impacts Workers

Labor Relations and Superbugs: ILR Research

ILR School Associate Professors Ariel Avgar and Adam Litwin are co-authors of a 2017 study that is relevant to controlling the pandemic: the relationship between labor relations and germ transmission, including “superbugs.”
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Labor Relations and Superbugs: ILR Research

Economic Impact of Coronavirus

ILR Visiting Scholar Erica Groshen, who served as commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, discussed on the “Capital Pressroom” radio program how the economy has been stunned by the coronavirus.
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Economic Impact of Coronavirus

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