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Lack of paid sick time could be a barrier to vaccination

Apr 19, 2021
Low-wage workers are least likely to get paid time off and often have less predictable, flexible schedules.
Some experts are concerned low-wage workers will be forced to choose between using their limited paid sick leave for another need or using it for the vaccine.
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Companies moving to hybrid workplaces will face new challenges

Apr 15, 2021
Big companies like Ford, Target and Microsoft plan to have some workers on-site, some remote. Those on-site may gain advantage, experts say.
Big companies moving toward a hybrid workplace model, like Microsoft, should ensure  that their in-person and off-site employees are treated equitably.
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The latest pandemic fault line: bills to ban employers from requiring vaccination

Apr 12, 2021
Nearly half of state legislatures have considered bans, but only GOP-led states seem likely to pass them.
You might want to keep your COVID-19 vaccination record handy. Workplaces have an interest in their employees being immunized.
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A year into COVID, child care issues still affect mothers' employment

Apr 2, 2021
The Brookings Institution says those mothers, especially Black and Latinx women, are still struggling to regain jobs.
Women's participation in the workforce is at a record low. Unaffordable child care and pay inequity are some of the reasons why.
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How workers who started jobs remotely are adapting a year on

Mar 29, 2021
Many have never seen their company's office or met their co-workers in person.
Many employees who were hired in the past year are thinking about meeting their colleagues in person when offices reopen.
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Pandemic brings short-term pain, long-term gain for co-working and flexible office space

Mar 26, 2021
Remote workers might be looking for an escape, and companies are ready to experiment.
Co-working spaces offer the kind of flexibility remote workers may need.
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Work-from-home benefits may not outweigh long-term costs

Mar 22, 2021
You might save on commuting and buying clothes, but upgrading your living space to make working from home feasible can be costly.
Harvard business professor Chris Stanton said even a minor increase in working from home after the pandemic could add up to billions of dollars a year for workers.
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Disney faces pay-secrecy complaint in lawsuit

Mar 19, 2021
It's illegal under labor laws to prohibit employees from discussing salaries, though informal taboos are common.
Pay secrecy policies keep  women and people of color from finding out just how much less money they may make compared to their white, male colleagues.
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OSHA expected to issue emergency workplace safety standard

Mar 15, 2021
The agency did not set safety rules for COVID-19 under the previous administration.
A set of binding national requirements will make it clear to employers what they need to do, said David Michaels, who headed OSHA during the Obama administration.
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How do interns learn about the workplace when there is none?

Mar 11, 2021
The programs are less about casual networking and observation in a remote world. Remote internships need more direction, one expert says.
"There's no observation, really, there's no serendipitous contact," in remote internships, says Marianna Savoca of Stony Brook University.
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