University of Wisconsin–Madison

City governments are raising standards for working people—and state legislators are lowering them back down

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report looks at the rising use of preemption by state legislatures to undercut local labor standards. It provides an overview of five key areas of labor and employment policy affected by preemption—including minimum wage, paid leave, fair work scheduling, prevailing wage, and project labor agreements—and details the extent and impact of such preemption practices throughout the United States. Finally, it presents ways local governments can push back against state preemption in their efforts to raise the living standards of their residents.

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