COVID-19 and the Workforce: Impacts on Workers with Disabilities

By Rachel Wright

Unemployment and Absence from Work

As the coronavirus pandemic temporarily curtailed many businesses’ in-person operations, layoffs and furloughs were quick to follow. Although the permanency of these layoffs is still unclear, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that job losses throughout the pandemic culminated in an unemployment rate of nearly 14.7% by the end of April. Of the positions lost, approximately 950,000 were previously held by workers with disabilities, putting the unemployment rate among these workers at 20%[1].

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State Election Preparations During COVID-19: Legislative Trends

By: Rachel Wright, Research Associate

Both public health guidelines and the desire among state officials to protect poll workers and voters alike have prompted states to implement changes to voting procedures throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Governors in over 17 states have issued executive orders delaying elections and prioritizing mail ballots. Furthermore, over 200 bills have been proposed by legislators that seek to enhance the ability of voters to safely cast their ballot as well as help elections officials to process and count mail ballots.

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Businesses Turn to Tech to Meet State Re-Opening Guidelines

By: Vanessa Grossl, CSG policy analyst

Many businesses are using new and evolving technologies to remain open or to re-open while meeting state public health guidelines. Temperature checks, new sensors and cameras are becoming the new normal. Businesses are installing fever-screening stations and various digital trackers designed to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Some employers are pushing for continuous monitoring during work shifts and extra security personnel to assist with these endeavors. But state officials must weigh both privacy concerns and potential COVID-19 mitigation benefits in deciding whether to implement these emerging technologies.

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CSG Associates in Action: Intuit Helps Support Small Businesses by Launching New Innovations

Following natural disasters and in times of national crisis, America’s private sector steps up to aid the states. We are proud of the herculean efforts of CSG Leadership Circle and Associates, our private sector members, as we combat COVID-19 together.

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

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Telehealth Gains Expected to Outlast Pandemic

by Sean Slone, CSG senior policy analyst

With the need to keep asymptomatic Americans away from health facilities to limit the spread of coronavirus this spring, the federal government and state governments deployed a variety of strategies and regulatory changes to increase access to telehealth. Now many experts are predicting those changes are likely to stay in place as the emergency subsides and efforts are in the works to ensure they do.

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CSG Associates in Action: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Provide E-Learning Support to Parents, Teachers and Students throughout COVID-19 School Closures

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that COVID-19 spreads between people in close contact with each other. Accordingly, Education Week reports that more than 124,000 schools nationwide closed in Spring 2020 to protect students and staff, sending 55.1 million U.S. students home. The decision hit kids in underserved communities hardest; many of them are at risk of falling behind because they do not have devices or reliable internet service at home to access virtual classrooms and learning programs. These tools are key to keeping up with today’s digital world. And in times like this, when traditional classroom learning is not an option, they are a necessity.

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CSG Associates in Action: Ancestry Uses DNA Database For COVID-19 Research Project

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

Following natural disasters and in times of national crisis, America’s private sector steps up to aid the states. We are proud of the herculean efforts of CSG Leadership Circle and Associates, our private sector members, as we together combat COVID-19.

Ancestry, a CSG Associate, is working to gain a deeper understanding of COVID-19 by searching for a genomic component to how people contract and respond to the disease. This information may be useful in the global effort to develop treatments, preventatives or vaccines for the disease.

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Factors Contributing to the Spread of COVID-19 in Rural Communities

By: Brandy Whisman, CSG policy analyst

What began as a problem in concentrated in urban areas has now shifted to include non-metro areas as well. COVID-19 has had a serious impact on rural communities. Early cases of the virus popped up in mostly urban areas due to dense population, but as the numbers in urban areas like New York and Detroit begin to decline, outbreaks in rural communities are increasing.

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Rental Car Company Struggles Could Cause Domino Effect in Related Industries

by Sean Slone, CSG senior policy analyst

The decision by Hertz to file for bankruptcy protection on May 22 will likely have implications not only for a pioneering 102-year-old car rental company but also for a long list of related companies and industries that were already struggling amidst the impacts of a global shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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CSG Associates in Action: Microsoft Mobilizes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Maggie Mick, CSG chief advancement officer

Following natural disasters and in times of national crisis, America’s private sector steps up to aid the states. We are proud of the herculean efforts of CSG Leadership Circle and Associates, our private sector members, as we together combat COVID-19.

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

Seattle was one of the first outbreak hotspots in the U.S. of the novel coronavirus in early March. Microsoft, a CSG Associate member, calls the region home and quickly mobilized its resources, people and innovations to battle COVID-19 in its home state, across the country and throughout the world. These efforts include the development of mapping portals to track the virus, support for researchers seeking solutions to the health crisis, utilization of technology to monitor ICU patients and providing technology accessibility to Americans working from home.

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