There's no question about it—for most companies, remote work is here to stay for the immediate future. Whether companies have plans to remain fully remote or are just until they have a better idea of what the future holds. Going into a remote work environment with eyes wide open will prepare companies and their employees for long-term success.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched its annual EEO-1 data collection process earlier this month. The mandatory data collection process requires all private-sector employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors with 50 or more employees meeting certain criteria to submit demographic workforce data, including data by race/ethnicity, sex, and job categories.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows employers to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.
Overall the unemployment situation continues to recover from the pandemic-related levels. The unemployment rate has edged down to 6% which is down considerably from its high in April 2020.