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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, reduce employee...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Teaching in early care and education (ECE) programs is one of the lowest-paid occupations in the United States. This report summarizes recent research on wage standards and assesses existing initiatives intended to address the problem of low wages in ECE. It concludes that educators...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Los Deliveristas Unidos
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health, Data & Technology
This report contains the findings from a participatory action research project that examined the working and living conditions of delivery workers engaged by digital platforms (also known as apps) to deliver restaurant food orders to consumers in New York City. Findings show that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) California
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Though California has enacted numerous laws that help workers recover stolen wages, access paid leave from work, and enforce safe and humane working conditions, such legislation fails to deliver economic security to working Californians unless accompanied by strong enforcement mechanisms....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Health, Data & Technology
Bossware refers to systems that closely monitor and actively manage workers’ activities and performance. In particular, modern worker monitoring technologies (i.e. sensors and cameras that track workers’ physical movements, handheld scanners scanners that track each item a warehouse...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) Connecticut
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing, Health
Connecticut’s Latinx and immigrant communities are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Make the Road Connecticut (MRCT) launched an impact survey to more fully understand key issues facing people of color and immigrants related to employment, housing, health,...

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 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report provides a closer look at the well-being of California's early educators during the COVID-19 public health crisis, using data collected from the 2020 California Early Care and Education Workforce Study. Key findings show that educators' low wages leave them vulnerable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Early educators are some of the lowest-paid workers in every state, which especially burdens African American and Hispanic women in this profession. This report analyzes the racial disparities that exist in early education employment. Findings show that African American early educators...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Oakland City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines the decline of Milwaukee's economy over the past 30 years and evaluates the city's current challenges including high unemployment, low job quality, extreme racial inequality, and central city economic isolation. The report recommends overcoming these challenges...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Public Safety, Health
As construction activity in the southern United States continues to flourish, concern over workers’ health and safety grows. Economic hardships, few or no opportunities for career advancement, unstable work, injuries, and even death on the job are commonplace for construction workers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Corporations and their political allies deploy state preemption to stop local progress and block the abilities of local governments to act on the values and needs of their communities. This report uses data from Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee to demonstrate how communities,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source COWS
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines methods for cities to improve job quality in their communities by using city regulatory power to establish wage floors and other employment standards, regulating domestic-employee placing agencies, using city resources to enforce existing government employment...

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 2018
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Many of the largest companies operating in the United States have increased their profits by forcing employees to work off the clock or by depriving them of required overtime pay. An analysis of federal and state court records shows that these corporations have been embroiled in hundreds...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
The New York Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights provides employees with the right to overtime pay, a weekly day of rest, three paid rest days each year, and protections from sexual and racial harassment. This fact sheet describes some of the basic rights of workers as well as the responsibilities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Community Development
Employee engagement is the degree to which an employee is passionate about and committed to their job and organization. If staff are fully engaged in their jobs, then they will put in the extra effort needed to provide the best services possible. This report outlines options local...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines violations of labor laws in Los Angeles by using survey data from 1,815 workers. The report finds violations in the areas of minimum wage, overtime, off the clock work, and meal and rest breaks in a wide variety of industries by both large and small employers....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
Employers use algorithm-driven hiring tools as a fast and efficient way to process job applications in large numbers. Job-seekers are increasingly asked to record videos (that employers mine for facial and vocal cues), complete online tests (that are used to evaluate their optimism...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source EARN
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Across the midwest, conservative state lawmakers have increasingly used preemption—a tactic whereby a higher level of government limits or eliminates the power of a lower-level government to regulate an issue—to reduce the policy tools and power available to local lawmakers. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Georgia, North Carolina
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development
Despite providing a valuable and necessary service to society, domestic workers are not given the pay, protections, or respect that they deserve. For reasons that can be traced back to the slave-era, a large proportion of the domestic work industry is made up of Black women, which...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health
This ordinance requires all employers in the City of Chicago to offer employees the opportunity to earn and accumulate sick time. The ordinance requires employers to provide one hour of sick time for each 30 hours worked, with a cap of 40 accumulated hours for small employers and...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Children & Families
This local law prohibits discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. This local law makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to refuse to provide a reasonable accommodation to the needs of an employee for her pregnancy,...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2003
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Milwaukee Common Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance establishes criteria that manufacturers must meet to be eligible for contracts in excess of $5000. These criteria include compliance with existing labor and workplace safety laws....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Philadelphia City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Children & Families
This ordinance makes unlawful employment discrimination against pregnant women and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee's pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition at the employee's request. The ordinance defines a reasonable accommodation...

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