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Working and Still Poor

minimum wage rally When you try living on $77 a week for food, transportation, and entertainment—the budget of a minimum-wage worker—spending on things that many take for granted requires tough choices and carries significant consequences.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Left Behind

empty chair book_alt2 icon 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.

By Zenen Jaimes Pérez | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships are Good for Business

President Barack Obama talks with electrical apprenticeship instructor Tim WisyanskiHere are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Ben Schwartz | Monday, July 14, 2014

Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages

A worker hands a food order over to a customer as demonstrators march through a Burger King restaurant drive-thru book_alt2 icon 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.

By Maryam Adamu | Thursday, July 10, 2014

America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update

Overtime article icon Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.

By Brendan Duke | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now

Mother and children book_alt2 icon 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.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, June 20, 2014

Apprenticeship Expansion in England

Marketing materials for Britain's article icon 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.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Ethan Gurwitz | Friday, June 6, 2014

What the United States Can Learn from Scotland’s Apprenticeship Expansion

Scottish flags Scotland has doubled its number of apprenticeships while expanding their occupational and gender reach.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Jennifer Erickson | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Explaining the Gender Wage Gap

President Barack Obama signs executive actions article icon 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.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Monday, May 19, 2014

‘Mayday!’ A Crisis Call for Undocumented Workers

Immigrant workersAs 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.

By Micah Jones | Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color

Family at food pantryIf 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.

By Vanessa Cárdenas | Monday, April 21, 2014

The Business Case for Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days

Sick familyAs 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.

By Claudia Calderon Machicado | Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Economic Importance of Women’s Rising Hours of Work

Working mom book_alt2 icon 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.

By Eileen Appelbaum, Heather Boushey, and John Schmitt | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Dad on parental leave book_alt2 icon Report We need to establish a national family and medical leave insurance program that addresses the realities of our current workforce.

By Heather Boushey and Alexandra Mitukiewicz | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Appearance of Strengthening Labor Market Masks Ongoing Unemployment Woes

Job seekersSlack demand, not demographics, drives low labor-force participation.

By Adam Hersh | Friday, April 4, 2014