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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.

Vulnerable Workers

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

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

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.
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Children Impacted Unequally by COVID-Related Job Losses

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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Understanding Resilience In The Epicenter Of The Pandemic

Nursing Homes are Workplaces Too!

Institute Director of Healthcare Labor Relations John August discusses issues facing workers in nursing homes.
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Nursing Homes are Workplaces Too!

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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September 2020 Job Disruptions Update: Dimmer Prospects for a Speedy Rebound

July and August 2020 Job Disruptions Update: Improvement Slowing

In August, COVID-19 was still disrupting the jobs of over 18 million workers—about 11 percent of the pre-COVID-19 labor force.
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July and August 2020 Job Disruptions Update: Improvement Slowing

Organizing the Unorganized in the time of the Pandemic

Director, Healthcare Labor Relations, John August gives insights on what it's like for essential nurses in Pennslyvania to successfully organize in the midst of a global pandemic.
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Organizing the Unorganized in the time of the Pandemic

Cancer, COVID-19 and Return to Work

Employers should expand accommodations policies to include people living with immunocompromised individuals, says an ILR student.
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Cancer, COVID-19 and Return to Work

Reopening the NYC Film and TV Industry

Labor and management leaders in the industry have issued a set of safety protocols so that production can safely resume during the pandemic.
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Reopening the NYC Film and TV Industry

Reopened and Safety Compliant, Now What?: ADA Employment and Accessibility Issues

Esta Bigler of ILR's Labor and Employment Law Program hosts a panel discussion covering reopening and in a new world of ADA, accessibility, and employment best practices.
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Reopened and Safety Compliant, Now What?: ADA Employment and Accessibility Issues

Reemployment Prospects Vary by Gender, Race and Hispanic Ethnicity

Most workers whose jobs have been disrupted maintain a tie to their employers.
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Reemployment Prospects Vary by Gender, Race and Hispanic Ethnicity

Disabilities, Face Masks, and the ADA

YTI's Ellice Switzer and Wendy Strobel Gower discuss the relationship of the ADA with pandemic face mask requirements.
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Disabilities, Face Masks, and the ADA

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

9 Myths About Hiring People with Criminal Records

CJEI's Timothy McNutt busts 9 common myths about hiring people with criminal records.
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9 Myths About Hiring People with Criminal Records

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.
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Now more than ever: be fair to direct care

New Employment Numbers: What They Mean for People with Disabilities

ILR's Hassan Enayati and Ellice Switzer explain the employment numbers released for April 2020, and their impact on people with disabilities.
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New Employment Numbers: What They Mean for People with Disabilities

What’s the best indicator of COVID-19’s impact on jobs?

The national jobs report issued monthly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes numbers that help predict labor market behavior. ILR School Senior Extension Associate Erica Groshen, who served as bureau commissioner, explains why the report is a go-to standard for understanding employment in the United States.
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What’s the best indicator of COVID-19’s impact on jobs?

Stress, Depression, and Front-line Trauma: Some Tips for Coping

Job loss and greater work loads for those who still are employed coupled with social distancing and economic uncertainty are taking a heavy toll on mental health. Read in-depth advice on strategies to deal with the stress and depression and to stay healthy.
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Stress, Depression, and Front-line Trauma: Some Tips for Coping

Inequality and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequality in the United States.
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Inequality and the Pandemic

Need Help at Work? Here’s How to Get It

Get over the embarrassment. Be direct. Be specific. Ask for the help you need to avoid burning out during the pandemic. Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns shares insight and tips.
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Need Help at Work? Here’s How to Get It

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

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

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

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

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

Farmworker Vulnerabilities Exposed by COVID-19

ILR Assistant Professor Verónica Martínez-Matsuda explores the challenges and vulnerabilities of farmworkers during the pandemic.
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Farmworker Vulnerabilities Exposed by COVID-19

Worker Alcohol Abuse: Employers Can Help

Knowing who is at risk and how to support those most in need helps managers assist workers who are especially vulnerable during the pandemic, according to ILR Associate Professor William Sonnenstuhl.
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Worker Alcohol Abuse: Employers Can Help

Seven Tips for Reentering During the Pandemic

Create a sound strategy for post-incarceration reentry in the time of COVID-19. Timothy McNutt of ILR's Criminal Justice Employment Initiative provides information to help people strategize.
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Seven Tips for Reentering During the Pandemic

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