the plague

Work changed when the pandemic hit in 2020. Here’s help navigating it.

is it still OK to wear a mask to a job interview?

A reader writes: I am a new grad from an MLIS degree and I am also high-risk for Covid. I am now starting the job searching process, and I just got an email asking me to come for an interview. I am still masking everywhere in my life, which is non-negotiable for me, but I’m […]

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workers are running out of time off and companies don’t care

Nearly two and a half years into the pandemic, companies still haven’t figured out how to manage Covid-related sick leave. A single bout of Covid can knock out all of someone’s sick days for the year, leaving many more months to get through where other illness or injury might arise (to say nothing of time […]

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your coworkers with kids are not OK

With children under 5 still not able to be vaccinated and day cares frequently closing for COVID exposures, parents of young kids are struggling. Without reliable child care, they’re regularly forced to take time off work—often unpaid if they’ve already used all their PTO—or to try to work from home while caring for kids so […]

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how do I talk to my anti-vaccine coworker?

A reader writes: I would love some advice on working with people who do not want to get a COVID vaccine. It seems so obvious to me that vaccination is the only way out of this dark age, and I’m really losing patience with one of my teammates who refuses to get the shot. Before […]

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how will the vaccine mandate work exactly?

Earlier this month, President Biden announced an (excellent) series of measures to combat Covid-19 more aggressively, including a mandate that many employers require their workers to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. At New York Magazine today, I explain how it’ll work: What does the mandate require and who does it cover? What if your […]

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my company isn’t enforcing its vaccine mandate

A reader writes: My employer announced a vaccine mandate (with a waiver process) several months ago. That made me feel quite confident about returning to work in the office. Now the deadline is upon us. It’s not clear what will happen with people who have not gotten vaccinated or arranged for an exemption by the […]

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my company is requiring us to travel because “they miss us”

A reader writes: My company’s headquarters are based out of a city where the Delta variant is currently climbing rapidly, and where travel restrictions have recently been added as a result. I am a remote employee based out of another part of the country, and over half of our department is remote as well. I’ve […]

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