Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies that encourage workers to show up sick are legal

Thousands of workers at meat- and poultry-processing plants have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died. A legal scholar recommends ways to make their jobs safer.

Ruqaiijah Yearby, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~9 min

Can employers require workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine? 6 questions answered

The federal agency in charge of enforcing discrimination laws in the workplace said 'yes,' but there are some important exceptions and limitations.

Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Why nursing home aides exposed to COVID-19 aren’t taking sick leave

Over one-third of America’s COVID-19 deaths have been nursing home residents. Employee policies, particularly for low-paid aides, have sharply raised the risk.

Tara Sklar, Professor of Health Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program, University of Arizona • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Report outlines route toward better jobs, wider prosperity

MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future identifies ways to align new technologies with durable careers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 17, 2020 ~17 min

Women equal men in computing skill, but are less confident

The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.

William Wagner, Associate Professor of Accountancy & Information Systems, Villanova University • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~4 min

International trade has cost Americans millions of jobs. Investing in communities might offset those losses

When manufacturing jobs disappear, what are the best ways to help unemployed workers?

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Furlough ‘stemmed the tide’ of poor mental health during UK lockdown, study suggests

Researchers say the UK government should ask employers to share out reduced hours rather than lose workers, in order to mitigate a looming mental health crisis

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 24, 2020 ~5 min

Vouchers of up to £5,000 for home insulation

The chancellor will announce £2bn of grants to fund energy-saving projects for homeowners in England.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy?

Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they're not all the same when it comes to privacy.

Ari Trachtenberg, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Computer Science, Boston University • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~9 min

Opinion: Employers should cut hours not people during the pandemic

If the UK emulated short-time working programmes in countries like Germany it would help mitigate the mental health as well as economic crises caused by the coronavirus, argue researchers from the Employment Dosage project.    

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

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