Report Five years after the end of the Great Recession, Millennials still face high barriers to entering the U.S. middle class. For LGBT Millennials, these barriers to full participation in the U.S. economy can be exacerbated by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships are Good for Business
Here are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.
Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages
Report This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite progress, more must be done to address economic security as a civil right for the young people of color who are driving America’s demographic change.
America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update
Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.
Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now
Report Mothers’ economic contributions to their families are more important now than ever before, as the majority of families with children are headed by women who are either the primary breadwinner or share that responsibility with a partner. Knowing who these women are provides a better understanding of our current workforce and highlights the need to update our nation’s labor standards.
Apprenticeship Expansion in England
Issue Brief England demonstrates that there are policies lawmakers can enact to dramatically expand apprenticeships, win industry support, and improve outcomes for workers and businesses.
What the United States Can Learn from Scotland’s Apprenticeship Expansion
Scotland has doubled its number of apprenticeships while expanding their occupational and gender reach.
Explaining the Gender Wage Gap
Issue Brief Critics complain that estimates of the gender wage gap are inaccurate oversimplifications. In reality, the statistic that women earn 77 cents to the male dollar reflects real structural barriers to equality deserving of attention.
‘Mayday!’ A Crisis Call for Undocumented Workers
As we celebrate workers this May Day, Congress should use the remaining days in its session to pass immigration reform that would benefit undocumented immigrants, strengthen labor and employment laws, and help the economy as a whole.
The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color
If the minimum wage were increased to $10.10 per hour, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians would see an increase in total wages of $16.1 billion.
The Business Case for Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days
As states continue to pass paid leave and paid sick days legislation, evidence shows that these policies are a win-win for both employers and employees.
The Economic Importance of Women’s Rising Hours of Work
Report The importance of women’s added work hours to families’ economic well-being lends a new urgency to rethinking U.S. labor standards for the 21st century.
Family and Medical Leave Insurance
Report We need to establish a national family and medical leave insurance program that addresses the realities of our current workforce.
Appearance of Strengthening Labor Market Masks Ongoing Unemployment Woes
Slack demand, not demographics, drives low labor-force participation.
The Importance of Early Childhood Programs for Women on the Brink
Issue Brief Access to high-quality, affordable early childhood programs are rare for women living on the brink, but there are steps the federal government can take to improve access. The recent documentary, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” highlights how these early childhood programs can support women in low-wage jobs.