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The Effect of the COVID-19 Recession on Women in the Workforce 

The COVID-19 pandemic-caused recession has been deemed the largest since World War II, according the World Bank. However, unlike previous economic downturns, the current recession has disproportionately affected women.

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ADA 30: Looking Ahead

Jan. 1 marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed in 1990, the ADA ushered in a new era of opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities across the country. Since its passage, the landmark legislation sought to erase barriers to employment by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to workers with disabilities.

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States' Control Over Graduate Student Unions

Hawaiian state legislators have introduced legislation to allow graduate students to unionize at the University of Hawaii (UH) several times since 2012, but every attempt has failed—most recently in 2019. Why? 

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Significant Land Use Case

The Supreme Court has required governments to pay “just compensation” to property owners where the government “requires an owner to suffer a permanent physical invasion of her property—however minor.” 

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30 Years of Protection for Substance Use and Mental Illness Under the ADA

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, it became the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.

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National Apprenticeship Week: Celebrating the Benefits of a Skilled Workforce

The U.S. Department of Labor this week recognizes apprentices, apprenticeships, employers, and other partners with National Apprenticeship Week.

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Celebrations Begin for 75th Anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This is a historic year for people with disabilities. The new decade marks 30 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cornerstone of civil rights legislation for people with disabilities.

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Millennial Retirement: COVID Fallout for a Generation in Need of a Financial Foothold

In 2016, millennials became the largest generation in the U.S. labor force according to the Pew Research Center, surpassing both the Gen Xers and baby boomers for the first time.

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State Contact Tracing and Unemployment Workforce

What do contact tracers and state unemployment system workers have in common? Besides performing specialized tasks, these two positions have become incredibly important to state governments as they work to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

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State Approaches Foster Retention and Better Outcomes for Workers With Disabilities

For the millions of U.S. workers experiencing an injury, illness or change in disability status every year, a rapid and supportive return to work is key to staying connected to the workforce.

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