Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute’s (WPI) annual Labor Day report examines the state of the American workforce. Prior WPI Labor Day reports focused on key employment developments and trends to provide employers with insight on the state of work and what to expect in the coming year. Employers need no reminder that 2020 is unlike any year they have ever experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed employment with employers and employees alike facing unprecedented challenges. Even when the coronavirus is finally behind us, many of these challenges will remain.

A California employee who alleged that she suffered egregious sexual harassment for most of the 10 years she was employed by a pool and spa construction business could bring a hostile work environment lawsuit despite the one-year statute of limitations generally applicable to such claims.

As businesses begin to reopen in the U.K. and employees return to work, companies are left to navigate complicated situations.

U.S. employers have not rushed to offer their workers a suspension of Social Security payroll taxes through the end of the year. Some are waiting for additional guidance that may clear up lingering confusion or protect employers from the obligation to pay deferred taxes of employees who leave the job.

Can an employer fire a furloughed worker who is job-hunting? And can employers not roll over unused paid time off? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP answers HR questions every week for USA Today.