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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 regulations, implementing equal opportunity employment policies, using city proprietary interests, and curbing employers' practices that take advantage of immigrant workers. The policy recommendations in the report are based on the experience of cities around the country.
This report examines the transformation of Employment Connection, a job training and placement agency that was failing to connect its clients with employment opportunities through a demand-facing, employer-driven strategy. The new approach doubled the agency's employment placement rate, increased job training, and increased their clients' average earnings.
This model ordinance/executive order prohibits agencies, officers, or employees from inquiring about the immigration status of any individual applying for or receiving any service of benefit, on behalf of oneself or another, unless immigration status information is specifically required by federal or state law as a condition of receipt of such service or benefit and where immigration status information is a condition of receipt of the service or benefit, the agency, officer, or employee shall make only those inquiries necessary to determine whether an applicant or recipient is an immigrant qualified for such service or benefit. This ordinance/executive order requires that no agency, officer, or employee shall record information regarding the immigration status of an applicant for or recipient of any service or benefit unless required by federal or state law. Where federal or state law requires the recording of immigration status information, only that information specifically required shall be recorded.
This policy brief examines the effects of Denver's 2011 Initiative 300 which enables employees to acquire sick time hours depending on the size of their business and how many hours they work. This brief examines the experiences of San Francisco and Washington D.C. in implementing paid sick leave policies. The brief analyzes the issue from public health and economic perspectives. The brief concludes that the direct costs to businesses of a paid-sick-leave law are relatively small and are mitigated in whole or in part by indirect savings due to increased worker productivity and lower employee turnover. In addition, the brief finds that paid sick leave results in improved public health and reduced overall costs to the health care system.
This report is a resource for community organizers who want to improve transit options in their local community. This report includes case studies of successful ridership campaigns and best practices for organizing riders and transit workers.
This report examines the economic role of immigrants in the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The report finds that the immigration and economic growth of metro areas go hand in hand; immigrants contribute to the economy in proportion to their share of the population; and immigrants earn wages that are broadly comparable to U.S.-born counterparts in the same occupations at the high end of the labor market whereas, at the low-end, in particular, in service occupations, immigrants have a hard time making ends meet.
This report examines the use of tax increment financing (TIF) to subsidize development projects beyond those aimed at aiding economically blighted areas. This analysis reveals that an expansive use of TIF allows for governments to subsidize development projects with little benefit to the public good while shifting the cost of city infrastructure onto neighboring areas.
This report examines the problem of wage theft in Florida. It defines wage theft, identifies industries and occupations in Florida with wage violations, and estimates back wages owed by employers. The report also provides six recommendations to reduce or eliminate wage and hour violations in Florida.
The ordinance requires covered entities to pay a living wage of $10.55; indexes the living wage to the Consumer Price Index; allows for certain credits toward a living wage for employers; requires the city to publish an annual bulletin on announcing the adjusted Living Wages and Maximum Benefits Expenditure Credit for the coming year; requires covered employers to permit covered employees at least 10 days per year of paid sick leave; requires covered employers to provide at least 12 days of paid leave per year in addition to sick leave; establishes accrual and implementation provisions; prohibits retaliation; provides for certain exemptions; provides for enforcement and penalties for violations; and allows for private actions for damages or injunctive relief.