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THE FUTURE OF Work

THE FUTURE OF Work

Firm Gets $135M and Second Chance for State Website Overhaul

In 2013, Deloitte was paid $40 million to overhaul Florida’s unemployment system. In March, the system failed immediately. Now, the state is paying Deloitte $135 million to take on the state Medicaid system.

By Kirby Wilson and Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times  |  August 5, 2020
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Oregon Now Pays Costs of Ignored Unemployment System

State officials were reminded repeatedly of the outdated unemployment system through several audits, but continued to ignore the issue. Now COVID-19 is forcing the state to deal with the antiquated system.

By Mike Rogoway and Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian  |  August 5, 2020
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Data Shows Where Government Work Has Grown, Decreased

Which states have shed the most public employees? Which have added the most? And what types of jobs are leading the pack? New numbers from the Census Bureau help to illustrate the big picture.

By Ben Miller, Government Technology  |  August 5, 2020
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Michigan May Not Recover 1 Million Lost Jobs Until 2023

Latest unemployment figures show the state has recovered about 500,000 jobs so far. While some industries have mostly rebounded, others, like government, travel and education, still struggle.

By Gus Burns, MLive.com  |  August 4, 2020
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Hawaii’s Governor Vetoes Additional Unemployment Insurance

Gov. David Ige vetoed a spending plan that would have added $100 in state weekly unemployment benefits, and hopes Congress comes up with a compromise to continue the $600-a-week federal benefit or something close to it.

By Dan Nakaso, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser  |  July 31, 2020
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California Forms ‘Strike Team’ to Tackle Unemployment Issues

Gov. Newsom announced the formation of a team that will focus on resolving nearly 1 million backlogged unemployment benefit claims and then will work to streamline the process for future claim processing.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times  |  July 30, 2020
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Many California Workers Feel Unsafe Returning to Work

As workers are asked to return to their physical workplaces, many are nervous about COVID-19 risks. Some workplaces don’t enforce masks or social distancing and won’t pay for sick leave or COVID-19 tests.

By Margo Roosevelt, Hugo Martin and Taylor Avery, Los Angeles Times  |  July 28, 2020
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How to Shrink Government’s Expensive Real Estate Footprint

COVID-19 has accelerated government's move to new workplace arrangements. A Tennessee program that has significantly cut the state's office space needs shows the way to build on those gains.

By Christi W. Branscom, Tennessee Department of General Services  |  July 27, 2020
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Oregon Shows Progress in Tackling Unemployment Numbers

The Employment Department has been processing claims more slowly than anticipated, but the original 70,000 claims have been cut to 44,000 and officials are optimistic that they’ll work through the remainder by Aug. 4.

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian  |  July 23, 2020
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What Happens Without the $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit?

The extra $600 each week in federal unemployment benefits that jobless workers have been receiving during the pandemic is scheduled to end soon. Many are wondering what impacts the program’s end will have on the economy.

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times  |  July 22, 2020
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Some States Quicker on Long Road to COVID Recovery: Report

A recent study of unemployment numbers ranked all U.S. states in their recovery from COVID-19. States have made progress, but the nation will need months, if not years, to fully recover from this economic crisis.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  July 20, 2020
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