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. 

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


Views 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” with the British US
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


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 milioni di americani senza copertura sanitaria, le lacrime dell’infermiera 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.” 


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.


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. 

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.


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


The State’s Definitive Voice of Business News
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.


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.


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 and The Record, Michael Merrill argues the COVID-19 pandemic requires a new CCC: a Coronavirus Containment Corps.


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."


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."


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.


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.


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 and the Sunday edition of the Star-Ledger.


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."


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.


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.”


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.)


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.


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.