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THE FUTURE OF Work

THE FUTURE OF Work

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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COVID Health Workers Don’t Always Qualify for Workers’ Comp

In some states, COVID-19 is classified as “ordinary disease of life,” like the flu, and is not covered by workers’ compensation. If it were covered, the health system could owe up to $16 billion in workers’ comp nationally.

By Melissa Bailey and Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News  |  July 15, 2020
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Crisis Response Initiative

Communicate; Make a Decision; Communicate

Coordination and consistency are key in getting the message out to citizens in times of crisis.

By GovTech  |  July 14, 2020
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Black, Latinx Women Three Times More Likely to Be Unemployed

In California, Black and Latinx women have seen a 23 and 22 percent employment decline, respectively, due to COVID-19. “This is really amplifying existing inequalities, especially racial and ethnic inequities.”

By Leonardo Castaneda, The Mercury News  |  July 14, 2020
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The Route to Infrastructure that Benefits Communities

States and localities will need the full range of tools to recover economically. That calls for federal policies that tap infrastructure-building's power to boost local jobs and small-business growth.

By Christy Veeder, Jobs to Move America  |  July 13, 2020
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Jobless Claims Decrease but Weekly Benefits Will End Soon

Washington state saw an 11 percent decline in unemployment applications in the week ending on July 4. But 736,000 are still jobless and the additional weekly $600 federal benefit payments are set to expire by July 25.

By Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times  |  July 10, 2020
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The Pandemic Has Permanently Changed the Way We Work

A report finds that the coronavirus-caused shift to remote work has altered the idea of a workspace. Some are uncomfortable with returning to an office and many hope to continue working from home even after offices reopen.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  July 10, 2020
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California Jobless Claims Mount, Some Go Months Without Pay

Nearly 2 million unemployment claims that were filed months ago still haven’t been paid. Residents and lawmakers are frustrated by the state’s inability to keep up. “EDD is utterly failing millions of Californians.”

By George Avalos, The Mercury News  |  July 8, 2020
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