Better Life Lab is a partnership of Slate and New America. Melissa Turner left her job as a document control administrator late last year after receiving a pudendal neuralgia diagnosis. Pudendal neuralgia, a little-known condition resulting from injury to the pelvic nerves, happens to women and men (most often from childbirth and bicycle injuries). The majority of people with this condition cannot sit or walk without encountering severe pain. Turner's job required spending a significant amount of time walking in a large office building, gathering papers from multiple printers, and it was too painful for her to continue.
As more employers require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, more workers are finding religion. Or rather, "sincerely held religious beliefs" that, they say, prevent them from getting the shots. Hundreds of Los Angeles firefighters have sought exemptions from the city's vaccine mandate for religious or medical reasons, and thousands of Los Angeles Police Department employees are expected to do the same. And they may be the leading edge of the wave of workers seeking exemptions, as the federal government is preparing to require employers with 100 or more workers to order vaccinations or weekly coronavirus testing for all employees. Federal employees are already required to be vaccinated even if they work from home, with no testing alternative, and a similar requirement is being developed for federal contractors and subcontractors.
From institutionalized discrimination to pandemic lay-offs, people with disabilities have struggled to retain stable employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate of Americans with disabilities was 17.9 percent by the end of 2020. The employment rate for people without disabilities was 61.8 percent. Well before even entering the workplace, people with disabilities face barriers in the job hiring process, from inaccessible or discriminatory job descriptions to poorly designed interviews. It's important to note that these aren't inherent obstacles.
COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming the catalyst companies need to return to work. According to the CDC, as of April 2021, more than 150 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. While many employees are accepting the vaccination, literally with open arms, others may opt-out due to fears about compromising their personal health or religious views. That's why companies must develop a strategy involving rules related to vaccination--before returning to work. A detailed COVID-19 vaccination policy, like the one from ZDNet's sister site, TechRepublic Premium, outlines guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees and can be customized as needed to fit the needs of your organization.
The world of work is changing radically. Each of us, to a greater or lesser extent, has to come to terms with new forms of interaction, business and work flows. New actors have appeared on the scene, clad not in flesh and blood, but in circuits and transistors: Artificial Intelligence systems, which are increasingly present in the management of a company's personnel. The recent work, elaborated by the Global Legal Group Ltd. of London, entitled "AI, automatic learning & Big Data -- Third Edition", in which various situations are analyzed, in which this new cybernetic actor enters by force into the global market, appears very interesting. As stated in the introduction, more and more employers are relying on these automated systems to decide on recruitment, select curricula, issue disciplinary measures or make dismissals!