SMLR Faculty and Staff Share Expertise on How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Changing the World of Work

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations faculty and staff are sharing their expertise on the changing nature of work, employment, and labor as affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 

Rutgers experts discuss disproportionate impact of pandemic on people of color
November 5, 2020
The Daily Targum quotes Debra Lancaster of the Center for Women and Work

How the Pandemic is Changing the Future of Work(ers)
November 5, 2020 
Rutgers Today publishes a Q&A with Adrienne Eaton, who serves on New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Future of Work Task Force. 

HPAE releases “Exposed & At-Risk,” a report on how COVID-19 pandemic affected New Jersey healthcare workers
July 20, 2020
Insider NJ publishes a press release about the HPAE report, quoting Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work.  

'We feel disposable': NJ nurses' union cites lack of protection during coronavirus pandemic
July 20, 2020
The Record reports New Jersey hospitals are still experiencing a massive PPE shortage, quoting Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work. | The Asbury Park Press and Burlington County Times republish the story.

Thousands of food workers walk off the job in a “Strike for Black Lives”
July 17, 2020
The Counter reports a coalition of trade unions and progressive organizations are demanding justice for Black Americans, quoting Naomi R Williams

NJ jobless rate soars to new high: 16.6 percent 
July 16, 2020
NJBIZ reports New Jersey’s unemployment rate broke a state record in June, quoting Christopher Hayes

The future of higher education
July 16, 2020
WHYY’s Radio Times interviews Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health about how COVID-19 is affecting colleges and universities. 

Is Tattersall workers’ push for a union the start of a trend at Twin Cities bars, restaurants?
July 13, 2020 
Minnesota Reformer reports workers at a Minneapolis cocktail bar and distillery will vote on whether to unionize, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health.

Trump’s attack on international students is a new low
July 13, 2020
The Star-Ledger publishes an editorial criticizing the Trump administration’s ICE order, quoting Janice Fine of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization.

Essential workers still lack essential protections, this week in the war on workers
July 11, 2020
Daily Kos quotes Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health on the problem with “toothless” OSHA guidelines.

This Interactive Mapping Tool Can Help Workers Plan Mass Strikes
July 10, 2020
VICE writes about a new initiative co-created by the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization

'What happens if I get sick again?': Essential workers seek expanded protections
July 9, 2020
NBC News reports on the push for stronger worker safeguards as the coronavirus roars back, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health.

New jobless claims nearly double in Garden State amid COVID-19 rebound
July 9, 2020
NJBIZ reports on the sharp increase in new unemployment claims, quoting Christopher Hayes.

How strategies like 'family work groups' keep reopening plans people-focused
July 8, 2020
HR Dive publishes an op-ed, co-authored by Jessica Methot, about how to safely reopen offices without sacrificing productivity and social ties among employees.

Recent College Grads Asking, ‘Should I Accept a Job That is Not My First Choice?
July 7, 2020
Employee’s Life publishes an op-ed by Kyra Leigh Sutton listing six reasons it might be a good idea to accept the offer.

8 ways to ace a virtual career fair
July 7, 2020
Ladders publishes an op-ed by Carlos Flores of Career Services explaining how to make a good impression on prospective employers.

Some seek more transparency after Treasury reveals biggest PPP loan recipients
July 7, 2020
Sinclair Broadcast Group reports on the effectiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program, quoting Michael Merrill who compares it to “a dart game in a dark room that we are playing blindfolded.” | Hundreds of Sinclair-owned TV stations republish the story.

Millennial Women See Return to Trading Desks as Key for Careers
July 2, 2020
Bloomberg cites a study, co-authored by the Center for Women and Work, that finds more men are making significant contributions to childcare during the pandemic. | Newspapers and news sites in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Colombia republish the article.

The pandemic may be a preview of our climate future
July 1, 2020
The Star-Ledger publishes an op-ed by Todd Vachon of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) arguing we will see more death and destruction if climate change goes unchecked.

Immigrant Warehouse Workers Are Crammed In Vans Despite Virus Danger
June 26, 2020
NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Carmen Martino of the Occupational Training and Education Consortium about the dangers facing temp workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here's When Companies In America Are Planning To Reopen Their Offices
June 25, 2020
HuffPost reports some offices will remain closed until next year, quoting Jessica Methot on the importance of “frequent and transparent communication to employees.”

Rutgers enhances programs to elevate women, people of color to leadership roles
June 24, 2020
ROI-NJ reports the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization is leveling up two of its programs, quoting Sheri Davis and Marilyn Sneiderman.

The Rising Urgency for Non-Degree Credential Quality Standards
June 23, 2020
The EvoLLLution publishes an op-ed by Michelle Van Noy and Heather McKay of the Education and Employment Research Center.

Rutgers initiative to help minority and women-owned businesses
June 22, 2020
NJBIZ reports the NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership will be walking business owners through the process of becoming an ESOP or worker co-op, quoting Bill Castellano and Jim Terez.

Rutgers develops program to help minority, women-owned businesses
June 22, 2020
ROI-NJ reports on the NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership program, quoting Bill Castellano and Jim Terez.

Yoga Helps College Students De-stress. We Need Your Help to Study It.
June 18, 2020
Thrive Global publishes an op-ed by Tracy Chang about her newest research project.

The Essentials, Issue #30: Know Thyself
June 17, 2020
Morning Brew writes about a study, led by Jessica Methot, that examines the positive impact of small talk at work. 

Not so small talk
June 11, 2020
The New York Times asks Jessica Methot about her new study on the surprising benefits of office small talk and the impact of working from home.

NJ Temp Agencies Are Cramming Workers Into Vans During Pandemic
June 11, 2020
WNYC Radio interviews Carmen Martino of the Occupational Training and Education Consortium about the dangers facing temp workers during the COVID-19 pandemic | Gothamist and NJ Spotlight republish the story.

Panel: 1st day back in office should be about education, not production
June 10, 2020
ROI-NJ reports on a virtual panel discussion co-sponsored by the Center for HR and Leadership Development, quoting panelist Carmen Martino of the Occupational Training and Education Consortium.

Minority communities hit hardest by COVID-19
June 5, 2020
NJTV interviews Christopher Hayes about the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on people of color.

It’s Time to Talk About Inner PPE
June 5, 2020
Thrive Global publishes an op-ed by Tracy Chang on the ways mindfulness and breathing awareness can help healthcare workers – and all of us – cope with stress during the pandemic.

Despite May’s Slight Economic Rebound, Working Students Continue to Face Shattering Unemployment Numbers
June 5, 2020
The 74 reports on the jobless rate for students, citing past research by Daniel Douglas of the Education and Employment Research Center.

How to decide if now's a good time to go to grad school — and the pros and cons of applying during the pandemic
June 4, 2020
Business Insider quotes Scott Seibert on the opportunity cost of getting an advanced degree while you are furloughed or laid-off from your job.

Workers have filed 4,775 complaints to OSHA about exposure to Covid-19 on the job. The agency has issued only one citation to an employer.
June 4, 2020
The Counter examines OSHA’s actions during the pandemic, quoting Susan Schurman.

Home health aides help the vulnerable live day-to-day but they aren’t paid a living wage
June 3, 2020
The Star-Ledger publishes an op-ed by Debra Lancaster of the Center for Women and Work, arguing that home health aides deserve a raise and benefits.

Amazon's details on COVID-19 infections aren't good enough, workers and officials say
June 2, 2020
CNET reports on Amazon’s refusal to disclose its nationwide coronavirus statistics, quoting Ashley Conway.

Determining causation
June 1, 2020
NJBIZ reports on the state’s latest unemployment numbers, quoting Christopher Hayes.

There’s a price to pay for being afraid of women’s leadership, especially in a pandemic
May 31, 2020
The Star-Ledger publishes an op-ed signed by 15 Rutgers scholars, including Debra Lancaster and Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work.

N.J. commuting will change forever as state slowly reopens. Here’s what to expect.
May 30, 2020
The Star-Ledger quotes Bill Castellano on the large number of New Jerseyans who may continue working from home | Mass Transit Magazine and MSN republish the story.

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change the Way We Work
May 29, 2020
HR Magazine, a publication of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), quotes Kyra Sutton on what managers need to do.

Six Reasons Why Now Is A Good Time To Consider An ESOP
May 28, 2020
Forbes publishes a column that cites research by the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing.

New N.J. unemployment claims decrease again, but 1M still out of work as state slowly reopens
May 28, 2020
The Star-Ledger interviews Michael Merrill of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) on what to expect in the months ahead.

Disability Equals Disenfranchisement, Lawsuit Says
May 27, 2020
Forbes publishes a column about the legal battle for fully accessible voting, citing a report by the Program for Disability Research.

Philly voters are about to decide whether the city will have a Department of Labor
May 27, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer previews the June 2 ballot question, quoting Janice Fine of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization.

How Paid Leave Policies Can Help Small Businesses
May 26, 2020
Business News Daily quotes Karen White and cites research by the Center for Women and Work.

Getting back
May 25, 2020
NJBIZ reports employers are grappling with worker protections and benefits as businesses begin to re-open across New Jersey, quoting Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work.

Workers Fight for Their Lives
May 21, 2020
In These Times examines the enormous challenges facing America's essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan.

As cities move to cap delivery app fees, some restaurants worry
May 19, 2020
Marketplace interviews Rebecca Kolins Givan about how capping fees could further squeeze Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats drivers.

Viewpoint: Young Workers Need to Share Their Experiences
May 19, 2020
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) runs an op-ed by Kyra Sutton outlining how managers can help younger workers cope with COVID-19.

162 N.J. workers have filed federal complaints about unsafe working conditions during pandemic, records show
May 16, 2020
The Star-Ledger reports on OSHA complaints related to COVID-19, quoting Carmen Martino of the Occupational Training and Education Consortium.

Report: Pa.’s unemployment picture is bad – but could have been far worse | Friday Morning Coffee
May 15, 2020
Pennsylvania Capital-Star writes about the state’s jobless numbers, quoting Christopher Hayes.

N.J. workers say they were fired during pandemic for attempting to unionize
May 15, 2020
The Star-Ledger reports on alleged union-busting at a North Jersey furniture rental warehouse, quoting James M. Cooney and Rebecca Kolins Givan.

A Stark Look at Covid-19 and Racial Disparities
May 14, 2020
Elemental reports the virus is killing a disproportionate number of African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S., quoting Christopher Hayes.

Nurse Bounties: How Recruitment Agencies Profit from The Pandemic by Auctioning Healthcare Workers to The Highest Bidder
May 13, 2020
MEL Magazine examines the business model behind travelling nurses, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health.

Coronavirus and the future of the workplace: 8 trends to watch
May 12, 2020
BeeBole asks Jessica Methot how telecommuting affects the social aspect of work.

Study shows how Airbnb hosts discriminate against guests with disabilities as sharing economy remains in ADA gray area
May 12, 2020
The Conversation publishes an op-ed by Mason Ameri and Douglas Kruse of the Program for Disability Research, arguing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) needs to be updated | Yahoo Finance and numerous newspapers republish the op-ed.

As jobs vanish, N.J. students search for elusive summer employment
May 12, 2020
The Star-Ledger reports the pandemic is making it difficult for high school and college students to find summer jobs, quoting Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work.

The Future Doesn’t Look Good for Grubhub Stock
May 11, 2020
InvestorPlace quotes Rebecca Kolins Givan on the scrutiny of food delivery apps and how they treat their workers.

Florida meat producers see demand surge as U.S. meat processors struggle with COVID-19
May 11, 2020
The News-Press reports on the risks facing workers in meat production plants, quoting Carmen Martino of the Occupational Training and Education Consortium.

Few precedents for grim US jobless numbers
May 9, 2020
Financial Times (UK) notes that Joseph Blasi of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing is reading 20 books about the Great Depression to prepare for studying the current economic crisis.

The month we fell off a cliff
May 8, 2020
Axios reports the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out more than 20 million jobs in April, quoting Christopher Hayes.

We All Deserve Shorter, More Flexible Workweeks, Especially Amid COVID-19
May 8, 2020
HuffPost examines how flexible work arrangements would benefit people with disabilities, quoting Douglas Kruse and Lisa Schur of the Program for Disability Research.

Texas Hits 2,000 Percent Increase in Unemployment Claims During COVID-19 Outbreak
May 8, 2020
Local Profile explores the options available to those who have lost their job, quoting Christopher Hayes.

The first quarantine concert foretells music's dystopian future
May 8, 2020
Mashable writes about how the pandemic affects the live music industry, quoting Christopher Hayes on the lack of a national plan for re-opening the economy.

America hasn’t seen unemployment rise this sharply since 1948 — and experts say it’s not over yet
May 8, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work on the outsized number of women who lost their job in April.

Coronavirus update: Unemployment spikes, but markets roar on reopening hopes
May 8, 2020
Yahoo Finance writes about the April jobs report, quoting Christopher Hayes who says African Americans are "overrepresented among the unemployed and destitute."

Coronavirus NJ: Why are 'people surprised that this is happening' to minorities?
May 6, 2020
The Asbury Park Press reports the pandemic is disproportionately affecting black and Latino New Jerseyans, quoting Christopher Hayes.

Coronavirus could revolutionize work opportunities for people with disabilities
May 5, 2020
The Conversation publishes an op-ed by Douglas Kruse and Lisa Schur of the Program for Disability Research about a possible silver lining for people with disabilities if telecommuting becomes more common after the pandemic. | The Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Yahoo News, and many other newspapers and news sites republish the op-ed.

How the best companies enact an ownership culture that propels them forward
May 5, 2020
Employee Benefit News publishes an op-ed by Joseph Blasi and Douglas Kruse of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, exploring how equity compensation and a supportive culture can help firms recruit and retain top talent.

For-profit US care homes ‘decimated’ by coronavirus”
May 5, 2020
Financial Times (UK) reports a growing number of low-wage staff in nursing homes are contracting COVID-19, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health.

Target, Walmart workers and others plan 'sickout' protests over coronavirus safety
May 1, 2020
NBC News reports on the strike planned for International Workers’ Day, quoting Janice Fine of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization.

Coronavirus update: US states map out reopen strategy as fear creeps back into market
May 1, 2020
Yahoo Finance reports many Amazon, FedEx, Instacart, Shipt, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods workers called in sick or walked off the job, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan.

125K undocumented N.J. workers at risk of contracting coronavirus. How that can hurt our economy. (Updated)
April 29, 2020
The Star-Ledger covers a report by the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization and New Jersey Policy Perspective, quoting co-author Janice Fine.

More Essential Than Ever, Low-Wage Workers Demand More
April 28, 2020
NPR interviews Janice Fine of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, who says the COVID-19 pandemic “is like an X-ray” on inequality in the labor market.

Mnuchin promises audit of larger PPP loans as new wave of applications swamps system
April 28, 2020 
Sinclair Broadcast Group reports the treasury secretary is taking a closer look at the Paycheck Protection Program, quoting Michael Merrill of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN).

New Analysis: Undocumented Workers in Service Sector Most Likely to be Harmed by the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 27, 2020
Insider NJ publishes a summary of a report co-authored by Janice Fine of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization and Todd Vachon.

ESOPs Remain Attractive for Companies Seeking to Engage Workers
April 27, 2020
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) quotes Joseph Blasi and cites research by the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing.

28 million Americans without health coverage, the tears of nurse Alyssa
April 24, 2020
Il Dubbio (Italy) reports on the growing number of Americans who have lost their health insurance during the pandemic, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health.

What needs to happen before your boss can make you return to work
April 24, 2020
Mashable quotes Christopher Hayes, who says the COVID-19 pandemic is “like the 1918 flu and the Great Depression at the same time.”

Philly jail workers want judges to release more inmates because of coronavirus
April 22, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports three unions want the city to reduce jail populations in order to slow the spread of coronavirus, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan.

Virus-Stricken Workers Face High Hurdles When Suing Employers
April 21, 2020
Bloomberg Law reports on the difficulty of winning personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits related to COVID-19, quoting Rosemarie Cipparulo.

How to Stay Sane While Working From Home
April 21, 2020
Entrepreneur lists four ways to maintain your productivity and keep your stress down while telecommuting, quoting Bill Castellano.

Delivering Our Lives
April 21, 2020
WHRV Radio’s HearSay with Cathy Lewis interviews Rebecca Kolins Givan about the challenges facing food delivery drivers during the pandemic and beyond.

Where the crisis leaves young graduates and early-career applicants
April 20, 2020
Fast Company publishes an op-ed by Kyra Sutton about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects Gen-Zers and younger millennials who are just beginning their career journey.

Last Week’s 140,000 Unemployment Claims ‘Mercifully’ Low, But Total Exceeds 700,000 Since Mid-March
April 17, 2020
NJ Spotlight reports on New Jersey’s unemployment surge, quoting Michael Merrill of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN). | WHYY republishes the story.

Students are pressing colleges to keep paying campus workers. Colleges are listening (for now).
April 17, 2020
The Washington Post reports students at the University of Virginia and other institutions are petitioning for dining workers, janitors, and support staff to be paid during the pandemic, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan.

“Delete the delivery apps,” say restaurants hard hit by COVID-19
April 16, 2020
Marketplace reports on a class action lawsuit alleging food delivery apps like Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats are squeezing already-struggling restaurants with exorbitant fees, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan.

Out of Sight, Major Challenges for Those Providing Home Health Care
April 16, 2020
NJ Spotlight cites a study by the Center for Women and Work and quotes executive director Debra Lancaster.

What Should I Do With My Stimulus Check? How To Save Money During The Coronavirus Crisis
April 15, 2020
Bustle quotes Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work, who says a $1,200 check is not enough to sustain a household during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Transparent Can Managers Be About Pay?
April 14, 2020
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) asks Ingrid Fulmer how managers can achieve pay transparency without breaking labor law or infringing on employees’ privacy.

Nonessential Worker Says Company Violated Pandemic Rules
April 13, 2020
Bloomberg Law reports on a California insurance fraud investigator who claims she was fired for following Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order, quoting Rosemarie Cipparulo on the “gray area” in OSHA law.

Unions clamor for pandemic rescue funds, and leverage, as federal dollars flow to big businesses
April 13, 2020
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports unions are pushing for federal bailout funds to protect workers and their collective bargaining power, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan.

Labor History Today
April 12, 2020 
WPFW Radio airs an interview with Dorothy Sue Cobble and Michael Merrill of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) about the history of American workers organizing and rising up during crises.

New York Highest in Infected, But 7th Smallest Percentage of Newly Unemployed
April 10, 2020
The Lansing Star reports on the economic impact of the pandemic, quoting Christopher Hayes.

COVID-19 paid leave: NJ comes out on top vs. federal – data, insiders say
April 10, 2020 
NJBIZ reports New Jersey’s paid leave policies are more generous than the federal provisions in the coronavirus relief package, quoting Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work.

ShopRite is being transparent about coronavirus. Why aren’t other N.J. grocery stores?
April 10, 2020
The Star-Ledger reports Shop Rite is letting customers know when a store employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, quoting Ashley Conway on whether other supermarket chains should do the same.

COVID-19 Is Hitting Latino Workers the Hardest, Says Report
April 9, 2020
Latin Post writes about why Latino workers and their families are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, quoting Christopher Hayes.

States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to COVID-19
April 9, 2020
WalletHub publishes a Q&A with Christopher Hayes on the devastating impact of America’s growing unemployment crisis.

What's The Difference Between Being Laid Off And Being Furloughed?
April 7, 2020
HuffPost reports on the growing number of Americans getting furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic, quoting Jie (Jasmine) Feng on how the process works.

Does life insurance cover coronavirus and what other policies should you be thinking?
April 6, 2020
The Star-Ledger writes about insurance in the age of coronavirus, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health.

Five Countries with the Most Resilient Economies
April 6, 2020
The BBC reports on which nations are best positioned to bounce back quickly from the epidemic, quoting Michael Merrill of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN).

Are we headed for a depression? Economists weigh in
April 4, 2020
Fortune writes about the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, quoting Michael Merrill of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN).

N.J. workers losing health insurance after layoffs in coronavirus crisis. Murphy says feds shouldn’t let that happen.
April 4, 2020
The Star-Ledger reports on workers and their families losing employer-sponsored health insurance, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health.

Pandemic Shows How NJ Home Health Aides are Undervalued, Rutgers Reports Says
April 3, 2020
New Jersey 101.5 interviews Yana Rodgers about the Center for Women and Work report, which finds the average home health aide earns just $25,000 annually.

With gowns and masks in short supply, researchers test drugs to prevent COVID-19 infections in health care workers
April 3, 2020
MarketWatch reports on the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health who says “the lack of workplace and patient safety right now is catastrophic.”

Hospital housekeepers on coronavirus front lines are heroes, too
April 3, 2020
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the workers who sanitize hospital rooms and remove medical waste face significant risks due to the PPE shortage, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health.

Heartbreak as more than 147K in N.J. lose their employer-sponsored health insurance during the pandemic
April 3, 2020
The Star-Ledger publishes an op-ed by Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health who argues there is “no good rationale” for tying health insurance to employment.

What Does It Mean to Be Furloughed?
April 2, 2020
Heavy. writes about the strategy Gap, Macy’s, and other companies are using during the pandemic and what it means for their employees, quoting Jie (Jasmine) Feng.

National parks' prized safety system fails during the coronavirus pandemic
April 2, 2020
Mashable reports the Department of the Interior was slow to close national parks, and now seven park rangers have tested positive for the coronavirus, quoting Susan Schurman.

Coronavirus: Country in ‘Great Depression neighborhood’ and unemployment could top 32%
April 2, 2020
The San Francisco Chronicle quotes Michael Merrill of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) in the headline of its story on the record number of Americans filing jobless claims.

Delaying ‘nonessential’ abortions during coronavirus crisis endangers women’s health and financial future
April 1, 2020
The Conversation publishes an op-ed by Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work about Republican states that are moving to block abortions during the pandemic | The Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and many other newspapers republish the op-ed.

The coronavirus pandemic reveals a fatal flaw in U.S. health care
April 1, 2020
The New York Daily News publishes an op-ed by Rebecca Kolins Givan of the Center for Work and Health, arguing that profit-driven healthcare is the reason for the shortage of beds and equipment we are seeing during the pandemic.

Home Health Aides Scraping By on Low Wages During Pandemic
April 1, 2020
Rutgers Today runs a story about the Center for Women and Work report, quoting Debra Lancaster and Yana Rodgers.

Report: Home Health Aides Scraping By on Low Wages During Pandemic
April 1, 2020
Social Worker Helper picks up the Center for Women and Work report, quoting Debra Lancaster and Yana Rodgers.

Young Women's Careers May Never Recover from the Coronavirus Crisis
March 31, 2020
InStyle writes about how the wage gap, gender bias, and caregiving responsibilities put women at a disadvantage, quoting Debra Lancaster of the Center for Women and Work.

Should you furlough, reduce hours or initiate layoffs during an economic downturn?
March 31, 2020
Monster writes about the options for employers who need to cut labor costs during the pandemic, quoting Jie (Jasmine) Feng.

Rutgers Center for Women and Work Highlights Home Health Aide Pay Issue
March 31, 2020
New Jersey Business Magazine publishes a summary of the report, quoting Debra Lancaster and Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work.

What Exactly Is a Furlough?
March 31, 2020
New York Magazine’s The Cut writes about the strategy some companies are using to survive the coronavirus pandemic, quoting Jie (Jasmine) Feng.

Pelosi pushes infrastructure, more state and local assistance for next stimulus bill
March 31, 2020
Economist Michael Merrill of SMLR's Labor Education Action Research Network: "Our national strategy right now is almost wholly reactive and defensive... We need to re-purpose our economy and our society to fight this war."

Rutgers Center for Women and Work Highlights Home Health Aide Pay Issue
March 31, 2020
Home health aides are caring for seniors and people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, while earning an average of just $25,000 per year in New Jersey. On Equal Pay Day, SMLR's Center for Women and Work examines the economic challenges they face. Via New Jersey Business Magazine.

Report: Home Health Aides Scraping By on Low Wages During Pandemic
March 31, 2020
YubaNet.com runs a story about the Center for Women and Work report, quoting Debra Lancaster and Yana Rodgers.

Whole Foods employees want better Covid-19 protections. On Tuesday, they’ll walk off the job in a nationwide “sick-out.”
March 31, 2020
Rebecca Kolins Givan, via The Counter, on the Whole Foods sick-out: "If employees do this in a coordinated matter, it can create all kinds of problems [for their employers], because there are few or no workers to perform the work."

Reports: Latino Workers Are Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Pandemic
March 30, 2020
Salud America! reports a disproportionate number of Latino workers have low-wage jobs that cannot be done from home, quoting Christopher Hayes on how this puts them at greater risk of catching the coronavirus.

Bailouts are not the answer to combating coronavirus. Action and service are | Opinion
March 30, 2020
The New Deal gave us FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps. Writing for northjersey.com and The Record, Michael Merrill argues the COVID-19 pandemic requires a new CCC: a Coronavirus Containment Corps.

Some Instacart workers strike, others demand more as coronavirus alters labor landscape
March 30, 2020
Instacart workers are striking for hazard pay and better protection from the coronavirus pandemic. Rebecca Kolins Givan tells NBC News, "The American public sees them deserving of respect and decent wages."

We must consider secure online voting
March 30, 2020
TechCrunch publishes an op-ed by two county clerks on the need for expanded online voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, citing reports by the Program for Disability Research.

Black and Latino communities will be hit the hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s Why.
Mar 29, 2020
“When the COVID-19 pandemic has ended in this country, we will see an unequal distribution of infections and deaths along the intersecting lines of race and class.” Christopher Hayes explains in his op-ed for NJ.com and the Sunday edition of the Star-Ledger.

Struggling to Balance the Budget? Here's How to Manage Staff Concerns the Right Way
March 27, 2020
CO, a publication of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, writes about businesses that are forced to furlough or lay-off employees due to the coronavirus pandemic, quoting Jie (Jasmine) Feng.

American Airlines Pilots Bid for Early Outs Under Virus Deal
March 26, 2020
Rebecca Kolins Givan, via Bloomberg Law: "The airline industry went through a crisis like this after 9/11 and these unions have experience negotiating on behalf of their members during this time of extreme economic uncertainty."

Toward an Economic Democracy
March 25, 2020
Christopher Mackin, a research fellow in SMLR's Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, writes an op-ed for The New Republic about how to address income inequality in the U.S. after the coronavirus pandemic.

How to Work From Home Like a Pro
March 24, 2020
Thrive Global publishes a list of tips, quoting Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work.

Weathering Coronavirus: Furloughs, Layoffs or Pay Cuts?
March 23, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing many employers to make difficult personnel decisions. SHRM writes about the differences between layoffs and furloughs, quoting Jie "Jasmine" Feng.

Tips for Working Parents Turned Teachers
March 23, 2020
Yana Rodgers of SMLR's Center for Women and Work shares advice for parents balancing working from home and educating their children.

Early-Career Employees Face the Pandemic
March 23, 2020
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) publishes an op-ed by Kyra Leigh Sutton.

Here’s how the coronavirus divides us
March 21, 2020
Yahoo Finance quotes Janice Fine of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, who says gig workers’ employment contracts look like “swiss cheese” because they offer so few protections.

Working and Learning at Home Presents a New Challenge and RU Experts Offer Advice
March 20, 2020
Highland Park Planet publishes a Q&A with Yana Rodgers of the Center for Women and Work.

How to work effectively at home between the Covid-19 pandemic
March 18, 2020
BizLive (Vietnam) writes about how to maintain your productivity while working from home, quoting Bill Castellano.

Employees Look to Their Companies for Coronavirus News
March 18, 2020
"Delivering timely, accurate and credible information to your employees is absolutely vital." Ashley Conway, a former county director of disease surveillance and response, is quoted in this SHRM story about employers and coronavirus communication.

So many people are filing for unemployment, it's crashing government websites
March 18, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is causing a surge in applications for jobless benefits across the U.S. Michael Merrill tells CBS News, “This is not just an unemployment crisis, it's a social crisis.”

US elections: the American left after Bernie Sanders
March 18, 2020
El Destape (Argentina) writes about the progressive movement in the U.S., quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan on growth of union organizing.

Park rangers are still exposed as coronavirus spreads
March 16, 2020
“It's just extraordinary, in the worst sense of the word.” Susan Schurman tells Mashable it’s unacceptable that most national parks remain open, with park rangers on the job and in harm’s way, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

What the Federal Reserve's Interest Rate Cut Means for Consumers
March 16, 2020
The Dow posted its worst point drop in history, one day after the Federal Reserve slashed the interest rate to near zero. Peter Rokkos tells U.S. News and World Report, “Bruised market egos are looking for some assurance that this is an economic blip with a v-shaped, sharp recovery in the medium term.

Prepare or panic? (access required) How restaurants and hospitality are dealing with COVID-19
March 16, 2020
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is ordering all bars and restaurants to shut down effective 8pm today, except for take-out food. Ashley Conway talks to NJBIZ about what's ahead for these businesses and their employees.

Small things to work well from home
March 15, 2020
Il Post
(Italy) writes about how to work from home if you’ve never done so before, quoting Bill Castellano.

What are my rights if I stay home and miss work because of coronavirus?
March 13, 2020
Can your boss fire you for missing work during the coronavirus outbreak? Rosemarie Cipparulo, a labor and employment lawyer, answers this and other questions about your rights at work in a Q&A with NJ.com and the Star-Ledger.

How to Work From Home, if You’ve Never Done It Before
March 12, 2020
A growing number of Americans are now working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. How do you stay productive when surrounded by distractions? Bill Castellano shares tips with The New York Times.

If your boss tells you to stay home because of coronavirus fears, will you be paid?
March 11, 2020
The Star-Ledger writes about workers’ rights during the pandemic, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan  | The Express-Times republishes the story.

As coronavirus recession threatens, economists recommend cash for people
March 10, 2020
CBS News reports on the possibility of a recession caused by the coronavirus outbreak, quoting Rebecca Kolins Givan on the challenges facing gig economy workers and low-wage service workers.

What Are The Telltale Signs Of A Department Layoff?
March 10, 2020
HuffPost interviews Jie (Jasmine) Feng about what to watch for.

It's time to get serious about coronavirus social distancing
March 10, 2020
Social distancing may help to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Ashley Conway, a former county director of disease surveillance and response, tells Mashable why it's a difficult concept for many people to embrace.

Local businesses taking precautions amid coronavirus worries
March 9, 2020
Philadelphia today announced its first presumptive case of coronavirus. Action News reports on what businesses are doing to protect their employees, quoting Yana Rodgers of SMLR’s Center for Women and Work.

Coronavirus update: WHO says pandemic threat 'very real' as global markets nosedive in fit of panic
March 9, 2020
As the coronavirus spreads, a growing number of companies are letting their employees work from home. Bill Castellano tells Yahoo Finance, this telecommuting trend may continue even after the outbreak ends. (Article & full TV interview)

LIVE market coverage: Monday, March 9 Yahoo Finance
Mar 9, 2020
Bill Castellano taped an interview with Yahoo Finance reporter Anjalee Khemlani about how companies are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus will hit low-wage workers hardest; ‘I won’t be able to pay my rent
March 8, 2020
Rebecca Kolins Givan of SMLR’s Center for Work and Health, via The San Francisco Chronicle: “The service workers on whom everyone depends need the ability to make choices that benefit the public health — staying home from work if they’re sick.”

Apple is the latest company asking staff to work from home as the coronavirus spreads — but most workers don’t have that luxury
March 7, 2020
Thinking of remote work because of the coronavirus? Yana Rodgers of SMLR's Center for Women and Work tells MarketWatch, it's not an option for many low-wage workers--disproportionately women--in the service sector, healthcare, and education.

How COVID-19 Created a "Ghost Town"
March 6, 2020
JPMorgan Chase is testing its coronavirus plan by having thousands of employees work from home. How are other companies responding to COVID-19? Bill Castellano talked to the ABC News podcast "Start Here." (The segment begins at the 7-minute mark.)

Will you be paid if your boss tells you to stay home because of coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know.
March 4, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak raises difficult questions for workers. What if you run out of sick days and can’t do your job from home? Rebecca Kolins Givan tells the Star-Ledger, you’re “at the mercy” of your employer.