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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
Essential care workers would benefit from the Raise the Wage Act, and the $15 per hour minimum wage it would establish. This report illustrates the impact of this legislation on various demographics, locations, and industries....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
As federal and state governments move toward marijuana legalization, labor conditions within the industry need to be evaluated. Currently, many of the employers in the marijuana industry take a "low road" approach to their workforce, with low wages, poor to no benefits, and frequent...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, California
Source University of California Berkeley
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
Increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce is associated with improved access for minority and underserved populations, improved patient satisfaction, and greater cultural competency in care environments. This guide highlights effective approaches for improving hiring diversity,...

Type Model Law
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This model ordinance establishes a mutual aid agreement to allow one municipality to share its services with another in a time of need. It outlines the responsibilities and obligations of each participating municipality, provides a framework for dispute resolution, and limits liabilities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Children & Families
Michigan should enact an earned sick leave law. An earned sick leave law in Michigan would require most employers to bank sick time for their workers based on the number of hours they have worked. This would help low-paid workers keep their jobs, increase productivity, reduce employee...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Ohio's unemployment compensation benefits system is undermined by the requirement that workers earn $230 weekly for 20 weeks to qualify. Implementing a standard that links eligibility to hours worked rather than amount of earnings would increase benefits' accessibility and reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute, New America
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
Home health care workers are being underpaid for their work caring for vulnerable persons across the United States. This report calculates the gap between current pay levels land just-wage-for-work-performed for home health care workers in every American state, and introduces state-specific...

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source City and County of San Francisco
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance enhances the ability of the City and County of San Francisco to enforce its minimum wage by requiring employers to create dispute resolution policies, increasing the penalty for employer retaliation, and establishing penalties for employers that fail to provide personal,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report examines the impact of misguided globalization policies, (including monetary policy, unfair trade agreements, failed agreements, and investment deals) and shows that the consequences of these policies have disproportionately affected workers of color....

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New Mexico
Source Bernalillo County
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This ordinance requires that all employers pay no less than the minimum wage and specifies the required minimums for tipped workers and health or childcare workers. It also mandates a minimum wage increase from $7.50 to $8.50 per hour over the following year and includes a cost-of-living...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Inequality between CEO and their employees has been growing exponentially over the last four decades. This report illustrates how outsized the growth in executive compensation has been after accounting for pay, stock awards, and stock options. This report also shows that average...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Public Safety, Health
Recycling workers face serious hazards on the job. For long hours, they work with heavy equipment in dangerous situations and deal with an array of unsafe materials (needles, broken glass, etc) that should not be on the recycling line. As a result of these unsafe conditions, recycling...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level Other
State(s) All States
Source American Sustainable Business Network
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Over the past half century, workers have become more productive while receiving stagnated wages. This misalignment has caused workplace discontentment and exacerbated economic injustice. To address this issue, this report makes a case for worker ownership using long term solutions...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level County, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Housing
Ohio's cash assistance program is made less effective by work participation-based sanctions, which bar many applicants from receiving aid. This report recommends allowing adults without disabilities to receive food aid for one year, investing more TANF dollars in direct aid for families,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source State Innovation Exchange
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
Wage theft is a catchall term for a range of situations in which an employer fails to pay an employee, and it can take many forms - from employers paying employees less than the minimum wage or failing to pay overtime to withholding tips, not providing employees with their final paycheck,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Los Angeles
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Hotels in the LAX area have instituted the practice of adding a "service charge" of 15% to 20% of the bill for banquets and other large group events. Some hotels pass a portion of the service charge to the workers who actually performed the services, while other hotels retain the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute, Labor and Worklife Program, Local Progress
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
Local governments play an important role in enforcing labor protections. This report examines why local action matters and what can be done to improve labor law enforcement, and reviews the wave local labor protection actions taken by pro-worker local governments. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The retail sector is an integral part of the Los Angeles landscape with almost half a million workers in the county, and 147,157 workers in the city. Retail makes up one-tenth of the private sector workforce in the county and is its second largest employer. Yet more than half of the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level Other
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
The shift toward electric vehicles (EVs) will change large sectors of the economy, and these changes will require workers take on new roles. These changes provide an opportunity to reconsider existing policies that are currently failing workers and to improve labor protections. If...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Kentucky
Source Vicco City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice
This ordinance prohibits employers from refusing to hire, or terminating and discriminating against an individual due to their race; color; national origin; sex and/or gender; religion; age; or sexual orientation. The ordinance requires the City Council to appoint a member of the...

Type Ordinance
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) Illinois
Source Cook County Board
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health
Under this ordinance, any covered employee who works at least 80 hours for an employer within any 120-day period shall be eligible for earned sick leave. For every 40 hours worked after a covered employee's earned sick leave begins to accrue, they shall accrue one hour of earned sick...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
This report compares the prevalence of preemption in Midwestern states to other U.S. regions and finds that the Midwest is second only to the South in overreach into local affairs, preventing municipalities from being able to enact strong labor protection policy, economic health support...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) California
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
In California, Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash, and Postmates workers are all classified as employees under California law entitled to the same benefits and protections enjoyed by all California employees. However, these companies are funding a ballot initiative – Proposition 22 or...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level Other
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education, Finance & Procurement
Public school staffing shortages have been a persistent problem across the United States, and the recent pandemic has only intensified the issue. Low pay for K-12 teachers and support staff is a long standing factor in public school staffing shortages. This report suggests ways in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level Other
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report explores the case for continuing to run the economy "hot" in order to maintain low unemployment and high effective demand for labor as a strategy for reducing racial wage gaps and improving racial equity. This report also explores the promises and limits of a high-pressure...

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