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THE FUTURE OF Work

THE FUTURE OF Work

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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Coronavirus Accelerates Robot Replacements in Workplaces

The Federal Reserve found that workers with jobs that can be done by machines are experiencing layoffs at a greater rate with the pandemic. Workers of color are especially hard-hit by this trend.

By Christian Hetrick, The Philadelphia Inquirer  |  September 15, 2020
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Should State IT Agencies Recruit More Remote Workers?

Remote government work can have many benefits, as the last several months have shown. But whether state IT agencies should recruit more remote workers, regardless of where they live, remains an open question.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  September 10, 2020
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New York Hopes Increased Borrowing Will Prevent Mass Layoffs

New York City has rescinded its threat to lay off 22,000 city workers as Mayor de Blasio works to find other funding sources to offset a $9 billion deficit. But some city workers worry that furloughs might happen anyway.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  September 10, 2020
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Colorado Governor Orders More Workplace Diversity

Gov. Jared Polis has signed an executive order to prioritize diversity and equity within the state workforce. The move is the first step in improving what critics have called a problem within the Polis administration.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  September 10, 2020
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