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State Apprenticeship Legislation in 2019

Informed by a need for skilled workers in in-demand industries, states continue to explore how apprenticeships can help drive local economies by increasing workforce talent. Last week was National Apprenticeship Week and here's a rundown of state apprenticeship activity.

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Occupational Licensing Briefing on the Hill

NCSL, along with its partners at The Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) and the United States Department of Labor, cohosted a breakfast briefing today on the recent release of case studies from the Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium project.

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Alaska Focuses on Increasing Job Opportunities for Citizens With Disabilities

More than 20 department and division leaders from across Alaska’s state government met recently with partners on the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) project to discuss and assess policy options aimed at increasing employment for Alaskans with disabilities.

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Policy, Sustaining Momentum Tackled at Final Occupational Licensing Meeting

How state licensing regulatory structures differ, the unintended consequences of licensing reform and how to sustain efforts as the Occupational Licensing Consortium wraps up were just some of the points of discussion during the third and final annual Multi-State Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium Meeting.

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California Worker Classification Legislation Targets Gig Economy

The rise of the gig or on-demand economy has triggered a host of new legislation dealing with how the more than 15 million workers participating in these jobs are classified.

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New NCSL Report: A Path to Employment for Veterans With Disabilities

A new report by NCSL—A Path to Employment for Veterans with Disabilities—catalogues an extensive array of services and benefits designed to improve the lives of military veterans with disabilities by providing opportunities for meaningful employment.

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Report Examines Pension Funding Policies

Nine years out from the Great Recession, some state pen­sion plans have regained their financial footing. Others never lost it. But many continue to struggle despite healthy investment returns, according to a new re­port from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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States Weigh Options on Subminimum Wages for Workers With Disabilities

As minimum wage policies receive more legislative and electoral attention, policymakers are revisiting the various exceptions to paying a minimum wage—including the more than 100,000 workers with disabilities who qualify to make less than the federal minimum.

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Using—and Regulating—Artificial Intelligence in the Hiring Process

Artificial intelligence has been taking a more prominent role in the hiring process. The technology can help employers write job descriptions in a way that attracts desired candidates, screen the initial applicant pool to identify top candidates and analyze body language during interviews.

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Employers Lose Important Procedural Employment Discrimination Case

A simple way to describe the ruling in Fort Bend County v. Davis is that an employer can’t wait a very long time to tell the court an employee failed to follow a statutorily mandated procedure in an employment discrimination case.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.