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Last week, for the first time in 1,152 days, Forum columnist and reporter Tammy Swift drove to an office and went to work. And she found that as much things have changed, they have completely stayed the same.
For individuals forgoing vaccination, the risks can include layoffs and ineligibility to collect unemployment, higher insurance premiums, or loss of academic scholarships. For employers, vaccine hesitancy can contribute to short-staffed workplaces.
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Working from home with your kitty snuggling on your lap? No need to attend the company Christmas party? Many of the undervalued, overlooked introverts of the world have loved this "new abnormal."

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Minnesota Senate Republicans opposed to the bill said it increases taxes on employers for benefits they may already offer or that workers might not need.
Minneapolis and many school districts across the state are grappling with driver shortages that are causing scheduling problems for districts and students returning to school.
In terms of square footage, the center will tower over other well-publicized mega-projects — triple the size, for example, of the 855,000-square-foot Amazon Fulfillment Center in Shakopee.
Industry officials said hybrid work will transform offices, with companies considering whether to repurpose their extra real estate or downsize entirely as workers go remote for at least part of the week.
Leaders from several long-term care organizations in the state say care facilities are struggling to hire for some 23,000 open positions.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove said many factors are contributing to the worker shortage, including challenges in finding transportation and child care. And as the population ages, many people are retiring. Minnesota’s economic potential is being held back because of the labor shortage, Grove said.

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In many situations, you may need to decide without all the facts.
Unemployment rate down slightly to 3.9%.
Marcus Construction of Willmar, Minnesota, is one of only 15 winners nationwide recognized for their commitment to go above and beyond in support of National Guard and Reserve employees and their families.

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