Helping people understand how COVID-19 affects work and employment by sharing insights and help from ILR's workplace experts.
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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.
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.
How Job Losses During the COVID-19 Recession Compare to Past Recessions
The onset of the COVID-19 Recession was deeper and more abrupt than any post-WWII recession. After four months of recovery, jobs are still down by almost eight percent since February and the pace is slowing.
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.
Reemployment Prospects Vary by Gender, Race and Hispanic Ethnicity
Most workers whose jobs have been disrupted maintain a tie to their employers.
Returning to Work and Unemployment Benefits
Madison Meltz discusses the relationships between the choice to return to work and unemployment benefits.
The Impact of Phase-4 Reopening in New York State on Workers
Hunter Moskowitz outlines some of the key aspects of New York State phase-four reopening as it impacts workers.
How Did COVID-19’s Job Disruptions Vary by Gender, Race and Hispanic Ethnicity in May 2020?
White male workers fared better than female, African American, Asian and Hispanic workers according to national job numbers for May, says ILR economist Erica Groshen.
Five Tips for Startups and Small Businesses Returning to Work
Nate Cook, Entrepreneur in Residence, Lecturer for the Cornell SC Johnson School offers 5 tips for small businesses returning to work.
Will the True Unemployment Rate Please Stand Up?
The numbers are solid, Erica Groshen says in response to speculation that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics might have manipulated data.
Understanding The Increase in Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic as a Union Issue
KC Wagner discusses Domestic violence as a growing concern for unions during the COVID-19 crisis.
May 2020 Jobs Report Update on COVID-19’s Impact on Jobs
The Payroll Protection Program worked, but it's about to expire, so fiscal policy is crucial for an economic recovery.
Five Tips for Leading Your Startup or Small Business Remotely Through COVID-19
As entrepreneur in residence at the Cornell's SC Johnson College of Business, Stephen Sauer shares tactics for small-business leaders to use through the pandemic.
Adaptation for Graduates Seeking Jobs
ILR’s Office of Career Services director, Anu Lyons, discusses the strategy of adaptation for recent graduates looking for jobs.
Here’s Where to Get Help with Unemployment Benefits in New York State.
ILR's Ian Greer outlines places you can turn for help with unemployment benefits in New York State.
COVID-19 Labor Market Impacts Discussed
ILR faculty members draw from their research to address workplace issues in a student-organized panel.
Healthcare Labor-Management Partnership in the time of Our Pandemic
The knowledge and experience of front-line employees is crucial to the process as businesses and communities plan for reopening after COVID.
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.
Resources for Graduates in the CARES Act
The Worker Institute's Hunter Moskowitz outlines some of the resources recent graduates should explore in the CARES Act.
COVID-19 Employment and Disability Resources
YTI's Susanne Bruyère outlines resources for people with disabilities through the EARN program.
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.
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.
What Does the New Stimulus Package Mean for Workers?
Learn what is provided by the stimulus package and how it impacts the lives of working people.
Inequality and the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequality in the United States.
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.
Another New Record for Weekly Unemployment Claims in New York State
Volume of new unemployment insurance claims in New York remains alarmingly high, driving the need for emergency relief measures.
Start-up Leadership in the Time of the Coronavirus: How to Lead for Momentum
Professor Samuel Bacharach provides 9 pragmatic tips for startup leaders during the pandemic.
Federal Government Mandates COVID-19 Paid Leave
Detailed information to help understand the provisions of employment law specific to family and medical leave.
Collective Bargaining and Contract Enforcement during the COVID-19 Crisis
The COVID-19 crisis poses many issues not anticipated in existing collective bargaining agreements. We explain how new bargaining may be initiated by employers and unions.
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.
What is an Essential Worker in New York State?
Understand the New York state guidelines for classifying businesses as essential.
Response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order on Face Masks
Useful information on the governor's order and its details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Farmworker Vulnerabilities Exposed by COVID-19
ILR Assistant Professor Verónica Martínez-Matsuda explores the challenges and vulnerabilities of farmworkers during the pandemic.
Undocumented Workers Need Our Help
Undocumented workers are especially vulnerable during the pandemic, Patricia Campos-Medina of ILR’s Worker Institute writes in this NJ.com opinion piece.
COVID-19 and the ADA
ILR’s Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability answers the most commonly asked questions about COVID-19 and the ADA.
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.
Guidance for Cashiers in Retail Establishments
Nellie Brown of the Worker Institute helped write guidelines for improving working conditions for cashiers and for reducing the risk of community spread.
Webinar: The Urgent Role of Human Resources
Cornell’s panel of faculty experts discussed how HR can quickly rise to the challenge of managing a workforce during a crisis and preparing for what's ahead.