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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.

Work and Jobs

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.
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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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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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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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Returning to Work and Unemployment Benefits

Madison Meltz discusses the relationships between the choice to return to work and unemployment benefits.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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COVID-19 Labor Market Impacts Discussed

ILR faculty members draw from their research to address workplace issues in a student-organized panel.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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COVID-19 Employment and Disability Resources

YTI's Susanne Bruyère outlines resources for people with disabilities through the EARN program.
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Inequality and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequality in the United States.
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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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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 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.
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Federal Government Mandates COVID-19 Paid Leave

Detailed information to help understand the provisions of employment law specific to family and medical leave.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order on Face Masks

Useful information on the governor's order and its details.
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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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What is an Essential Worker in New York State?

Understand the New York state guidelines for classifying businesses as essential.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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