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THE FUTURE OF Work

THE FUTURE OF Work

Record Unemployment Claims Inundate, Crash Michigan’s System

As unemployment claims continue to spike, the Labor Department’s website couldn’t handle the huge increase in volume. “We are going to work to make sure people get the unemployment that they need to get through this crisis.”

By Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press  |  April 4, 2020
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For Some Companies, Coronavirus Brought a Business Boom

While many businesses are making financial cuts, some Silicon Valley companies have benefited from the online and remote shift, especially those that favor online interactions, purchasing and education.

By Leonardo Castaneda, The Mercury News  |  April 1, 2020
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Instacart Workers Leverage Their “Essential” Role in Strike

Instacart shoppers want health protections and extra pay while they work during the coronavirus outbreak, but the workers are all independent contractors. If they strike, they don’t get paid.

By Juliana Feliciano Reyes, The Philadelphia Inquirer  |  April 1, 2020
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Coronavirus Creates Sharp Spike in Washington Unemployment

According to Washington state’s Employment Security Department 133,464 residents filed for unemployment last week, five times greater than any week during the Great Recession, and the influx is creating tech issues.

By Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times  |  March 28, 2020
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Many Are Working Remote but What About Those That Aren’t?

The employees that work in a field that has been deemed “essential” stil have to go to work every day. How is “essential work” determined and what are the risks for those that are working normally?

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune  |  March 27, 2020
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AI Work Predicted to Grow as Society Moves Online

Coronavirus’ lockdowns and social distancing have created a massive societal shift toward the online world. ‘Artificial Intelligence’ jobs are predicted to grow in a time when many other jobs are faltering.

By Team ZipRecruiter, The Florida Times-Union  |  March 26, 2020
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EV Companies Accelerate Toward Detroit Auto Workers

Detroit has drawn the attention of electric vehicle companies that want to produce electric commercial vehicles. “We want to tap into Detroit’s engineering base, which understands the demands of automotive systems.”

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press   |  March 24, 2020
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Workers Suddenly Unemployed by Coronavirus Chaos

Washington state is first to see the employment repercussions as workers are laid off, permanently and temporarily. “It’s impossible for us to know how many folks potentially will apply for unemployment insurance.”

By Calley Hair, The Columbian  |  March 20, 2020
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Coronavirus Reveals Inequalities Across Employer Benefits

Some employees are receiving paid sick leave from their company while others are having to take indefinite leaves without pay. The coronavirus crisis could provide an opportunity to rebuild workforce regulations.

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times  |  March 18, 2020
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Coronavirus Has Revived the Paid Sick Leave Debate

States have been twice as likely to block paid sick leave mandates at the local level as they've been to impose such requirements themselves. That may change.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 10, 2020
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Can Filling a Shift Be Just as Easy as Ordering an Uber?

Uber Works has expanded into its third American city: Dallas. At the end of 2019, 2.9 million Americans work in seasonal or temporary positions, and the temporary work app hopes to appeal to that workforce.

By Dom DiFurio, The Dallas Morning News  |  March 11, 2020
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