Employment Law Consultant (07-30-2020)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health.

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Published every Tuesday and Thursday.


Good Thursday morning.

MISSED: Missing your friends from the office? From The Atlantic, “The Pandemic Is Changing Work Friendships”

FUTURE PATH: What’s your guess on the future of the U.S. economy? From Vox, “We are sleepwalking toward economic catastrophe”

DIFFERENT VIEWS: A thoughtful perspective on how we find reasons to dismiss views or opinions contrary to those we believe, from The Atlantic, “The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic”

NUMBERS: What do all the numbers regarding Covid-19 mean? Here’s a little help in understanding them from Pro Publica, “How to Understand COVID-19 Numbers”

ROUGH SEA: Rough times on the horizon for the economy, from Slate, “The Economy Is Going to Hit an Iceberg in 10 Days”

CONTACT TRACING?: Contact tracing? An overview, from Undark, “Curious About Contact Tracing? Here’s How it Really Works.”

SCHOOL DAYS?:  Involved in education as a student, parent, teacher or administrator? Questions about reopening? This resource from UNESCO may help, “Education: From disruption to recovery”

FLEE: An unintended consequence of the gender gap and its impact on corporate America, from Working Mother Media, a report worth taking the time to read, “On the Verge:How to Stop the Tidal Wave of Multicultural Women Fleeing Corporate America”

LABOR UPDATES: The U.S. Department of Labor updates recently issued additional clarification on it Family and Medical Leave Act  and Families First Coronavirus Response Actin the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article from JacksonLewis “DOL Issues Additional Clarification on FMLA, FFCRA, FLSA in COVID-19 Context” for a discussion of the changes with links to the documents.

JAZZ: All that jazz…from Longreads, “A Genre of Myths: A Jazz Reading List”

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