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Hands on laptop with concept map in background The workplace itself is seeing big changes; with big increases in remote work being the most visible change. (Image: Shutterstock)

A new report on the labor market finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed employment in the US. The report, by the Littler Workplace Policy Institute, said that for employers, 2020 has been unlike any other year they have experienced.

For American workers, the report notes the upheaval of historically high rates of unemployment in recent months, new family care obligations, significant changes to workspaces for those employees still on the job, and new remote-work arrangements for many others. For employers, the pandemic has brought about existential threats as markets have shifted rapidly, shutdown orders and new shopping habits limit sales, and liability becomes an even bigger concern than in the past.

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