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THE FUTURE OF Work

THE FUTURE OF Work

Unemployment Extensions Are Temporary Relief for Many

About 70,000 New Jersey’s workers have exhausted their unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Some received relief as the state opened slots for a 13-week extension. However, the rest still struggle to find work.

By Karin Price Mueller, NJ Advance Media Group  |  June 2, 2020
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For Bus Riders, Commuting to Work Means Risking COVID-19

For many Detroit workers, taking the bus is the only option when it comes to getting to work. Unfortunately, that also means risking the spread of the coronavirus pandemic while on public transit.

By Francis X. Donnelly, The Detroit News  |  June 1, 2020
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State Workers: Volunteer or Be Reassigned to Virus Response

California needs 10,000 workers to act as contact tracers, but it has only trained about 950. Gov. Newsom has said if state workers don’t volunteer to be contact tracers, they might be temporarily reassigned to the job.

By Wes Venteicher, The Sacramento Bee  |  May 27, 2020
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Staffing Issues Complicate Unemployment Agency Tech Woes

Because some unemployment insurance cases require human intervention, even states with updated technology can barely keep up with the surge of unemployment insurance claims caused by COVID-19.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  May 27, 2020
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Fed Workers Raise Concerns as Trump Pushes to Reopen for Work

Federal workers are worried that they will be forced to return to work before health precautions have been implemented. Government agencies are using different approaches to reopening their offices.

By Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg News  |  May 26, 2020
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Even as State Economies Reopen, Jobs Continue to Disappear

Every state is at least partially reopened, but layoffs persist across the nation and unemployment continues to rise. Even as many are returning to work, they may still struggle to make ends meet.

By Chase DiFeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle  |  May 22, 2020
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California’s Undocumented Workers Apply for COVID-19 Aid

The state’s computer crashed Monday when workers flooded the system with requests for relief. Immigrants could apply for a one-time payment of $500 per individual or $1,000 per household.

By Yesenia Amaro, The Fresno Bee  |  May 19, 2020
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More Productive from Home: Governments Learn to Love Remote Work

Despite some hurdles, government through remote work is performing better than expected. It will likely lead to permanent changes in everything from labor management and technology to physical footprints.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 18, 2020
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Unemployment Pay Halts After Fraudulent Claims Rush System

Washington state halted unemployment payments for two days as they tried to block $1.6 million of fraudulent claims. While the state has not been ravaged by unemployment, about 1 million unemployed workers still seek aid.

By Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times  |  May 15, 2020
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Five Changes Facing Public Employees When They Return to the Office – If They Do

By Paul W. Taylor, Editor  |  May 14, 2020
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Congressman Attempts to Block Utility’s Outsourcing Efforts

A Tennessee Congressman hopes to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority from outsourcing 108 of its IT jobs to foreign companies. “It is incomprehensible that TVA would outsource jobs held by hard-working Americans.”

By Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times/Free Press  |  May 14, 2020
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