Policy Brief Calls on Incoming State Leaders to Protect America’s Workers
Protecting the safety and health of Americans is one of 18 recommendations for new governors and state lawmakers issued by the National Employment Law Project and the Economic Analysis Research Network.
The recommendations were published in a policy brief, A State Agenda for America’s Workers: 18 Ways to Promote Good Jobs in the States. It covers measures pertaining to wage hikes, benefits for contractors, employee rights, hiring practices, harassment, social welfare, community development, work-life balance, immigrant worker rights, housing, and overall economic development.
To protect workers from racial and gender discrimination, the policy brief recommends banning employers from asking about salary history, strengthening civil rights enforcement, and promoting targeted hiring of workers from high unemployment communities, and practicing inclusive procurement and contracting.
Seeking to enhance worker safety, the brief also discusses ways to adopt responsible state health and safety contracting, have stronger state workplace protections on heat exposure in light of climate change, strengthen workers’ compensation laws, and fight sexual violence on the job.
Download the policy brief.