Seattle has been roundly applauded for its collaborative, science-driven, and generally quite effective response to COVID-19. (By Fortune as well—a feature published in April highlights the coming together of the region’s public and private sectors, largely through the organization Challenge Seattle.)

Now, the community is working to bring the same cooperative approach to Seattle’s reopening. While timing decisions are, of course, driven by state, county, and city leadership, the city’s business and nonprofit sectors have been hustling to assist in ways that they hope will help guarantee the process’s success: gathering and sharing reopening best practices and strategies from the likes of Starbucks, Costco, Microsoft, and a couple dozen others.

In late April, a webinar for Seattle’s business community on that topic drew 700 virtual attendees. Two days later, the associated website with accompanying resources—a Back to Work Toolkit, which includes reopening checklists, COVID-relevant work signage (social distancing reminders, how not to wear a face mask, etc.), and a link to a Washington-based supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE)—had been visited more than 8,000 times.

“We wanted to provide turn-by-turn directions, the hard stuff,” says Katie Drucker, head of business development and partnerships for Madrona Venture …

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More than 2.98 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims in the week ending May 9, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That brings the total unemployment claims over the past eight weeks to 36.5 million.

The almost 3 million jobless claims represents the sixth consecutive weekly drop in claims, but were down from 3.2 million the week prior. However, it is still more than four times higher than the previous pre-pandemic record from October 1982 of 695,000 claims. That former record has been topped for eight weeks straight.

Over the past week, Connecticut and Georgia lead the nation with 298,680 and 241,387 claims, respectively.

The 14.7% unemployment rate released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics only represents the period tracked through mid-April. Since then, another 10 million Americans have claimed unemployment benefits. When those 10 million are added to the already 23.1 million unemployed Americans in the latest jobs reports, it brings the total unemployed over 33 million. That would be a real unemployment rate of 21.1%—compared to the Great Depression peak of 25.6%

The hazard pay is disappearing. The hazard is not.

Some essential employees across the U.S. have received bonuses or pay bumps to compensate for the risk that comes with clocking in at supermarkets, hospitals and other crowded workplaces during a pandemic. 

Now companies are walking back those wage increases, even as the threat of Covid-19 lingers. 

This weekend, Kroger Co. is rescinding the $2 raise it gave to store and warehouse workers. Target Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. will follow later this month, with other firms charting similar moves.

The planned cutbacks have rankled unions, employees and customers who are accusing companies of putting profits ahead of worker well-being. They also raise questions about how to value the essential workers who are keeping society functioning. Many continue to put their health and safety on the line in exchange for relatively low wages.

“How do you go from a hero to zero when there’s still a pandemic out there?” said Steve Vairma, secretary-treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ Local 455 in Denver, whose members include Kroger distribution center workers. “What has changed? Our folks are still risking their safety and health by showing up for work.”

What’s changed, some experts say, is the …

The most overlooked cataclysm from the COVID-19 pandemic is the coming crunch on America’s low-income homeowners and renters. The families most in need may be facing biggest wave of evictions and foreclosures since the Great Recession.

Reading the headlines, you’d think the U.S. is doing a great job supporting Americans struggling to make their rent and mortgage payments. Indeed, as the pandemic was obliterating 30 million jobs starting in early March, virtually every federal agency that provides housing or backstops home loans unveiled widely lauded forbearance programs that allow tenants and borrowers to forgo payments for a extended periods targeted to carry them through to the recovery.

The government’s approach to housing relief, however, suffers from a basic weakness. It helps only the households holding mortgages backed by federal government sponsored enterprises and federal agencies such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA. Fannie and Freddie impose rigorous income and credit standards, so that in general, borrowers who obtain government-backed loans are in a stronger financial position than those who get mortgages from private lenders.

What the government’s programs don’t do is provide assistance for the generally more stressed families either living in dwellings with home loans …