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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 and reduce employee...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Kentucky
Source Vicco City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights
This ordinance prohibits employers from refusing to hire, or terminating and discriminating against an individual due to their race, color, or 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 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 Executive Order
Year 2019
Level County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Transportation & Mobility
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (LACMTA) Construction Careers Policy (CCP) encourages construction employment and training opportunities in ways calculated to mitigate the harms caused by geographically concentrated poverty and unemployment in economically...

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 County
State(s) All States
Source SiX Action
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 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 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 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 -
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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Firms like Uber, DoorDash, and others have amassed market power by circumventing labor rights through the practice of classifying their workers as contractors rather than employees. Many of the firms within the so-called "gig economy" have argued that the freedom to choose when to...

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 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 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 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...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level Other
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Care work is vital to the function of society, but labor market discrimination has prevented care workers from receiving fair wages. This report focuses on the impact of discrimination on wages for workers in childcare, education, and home health care....

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 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 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 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....

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