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THE FUTURE OF Work

THE FUTURE OF Work

Oregon Women Drop Out of Workforce Due to COVID Pressures

With increasing child care and distance learning demands, thousands of women are dropping out of the national workforce. Many are concerned over the lasting impact their leaving will have on the makeup of the workforce.

By Jamie Goldberg, The Oregonian  |  October 14, 2020
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Supply of Election Poll Workers Rises as Demand Increases

This year’s election will require more than 1 million workers to assist voters. The pandemic was expected to suppress the number of volunteers, but innovative and creative recruiting drives have boosted the supply.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 8, 2020
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Employment Agency Workers Furloughed as Claims Pile Up

To offset the COVID-induced deficit California enacted furloughs for state agencies, including the Employment Development Department. If workers hadn’t had to take time off, 62,000 more claims could have been processed.

By Wes Venteicher, The Sacramento Bee  |  October 7, 2020
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Black Government Workers in COVID: Concerned but Optimistic

Although they reported more debt, financial concern and greater perceived health risks, Black American state and local government employees were overall more positive about their work during COVID-19, according to a report.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  October 8, 2020
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Governments Struggle to Create a More Engaged Workforce

A new report from Forrester finds governments lack an employee experience that fosters a productive and resilient workforce. How the public sector responds during COVID could change the worker dynamic, however.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  October 8, 2020
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Wisconsin Hopes to Update Unemployment System in Next Budget

The state’s current jobless claims technology uses 60-year-old computing language and cannot manage taking in new claims and processing payments simultaneously. Lawmakers hope to update the system with next year’s funds.

By Mitchell Schmidt, The Wisconsin State Journal  |  September 30, 2020
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New York Second Slowest State to Recover COVID-Lost Jobs

The state is still down 39 percent in employment since February, the slowest recovery of all the 48 contiguous states since August 2019. Only Hawaii has a worse job decline than New York.

By Jeff Platsky, Observer-Dispatch  |  September 28, 2020
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Washington State Senators Press Employment Agency for Answers

Last week, the Employment Security Department answered questions about the department’s security glitches, increasing employer taxes and repaying the $576 million lost in the spring’s unemployment fraud.

By Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times  |  September 28, 2020
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Pennsylvania Duplicates Payments, Makes Workers Pay Back

The state’s labor department accidentally overpaid on 30,000 unemployment claims during July, totalling $280 million. To compensate, the state cut workers’ weekly payments until the extra pay was returned.

By Christian Hetrick, The Philadelphia Inquirer  |  September 25, 2020
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Uber, Lyft Face Uphill Struggle for Gig-Worker Votes

A recent poll showed that only 39 percent of likely voters would approve California’s Proposition 22, which aims to keep gig workers as independent contractors instead of full-time employees.

By Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times  |  September 23, 2020
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Remote Work in Colorado Takes a Toll on Mental Health

At first, the transition to remote work was exciting. But as the distancing continues, many workers struggle with their mental health, job satisfaction and motivation. But some introverted workers are thriving.

By Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post  |  September 21, 2020
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