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NCSL Hosts Exploration of Portable Benefits for Independent Workers at Legislative Summit

By some estimates, more than a quarter of U.S. workers participate in the gig economy, whether that gig work represents their primary source of income or a supplement.

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SCOTUS Finds State Workers’ Comp Program for Hanford Federal Contractors Unconstitutional

In United States v. Washington the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that Washington state's workers compensation law, which makes it easier for federal contractors to receive unemployment compensation, violates the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. 

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After more than a decade of working with state leaders to advance evidence-based policymaking, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Results First initiative announced plans to transfer select evidence-based policymaking resources to two organizations: NCSL’s Center for Results-Driven Governing and Pennsylvania State University’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative.

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NCSL Partners With SEED for Legislative Summit Focus Group

During the recent Legislative Summit, NCSL was excited to partner with the State Exchange on Employment and Disability to bring together a group of policymakers to discuss disability-inclusive employment policy.

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Legislative Summit: New Apprenticeships and Job Training Programs

To commemorate and support the seventh annual  National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide celebration of apprenticeships and work-based learning as a proven training model to building a trained workforce, NCSL conducted a session on “The New Apprenticeships and Job Training” during the Legislative Summit.

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New NCSL Resource: Shining a Light on Optometrists

NCSL’s Scope of Practice Policy website has a new, eye-catching addition: optometrists are now featured as a new practitioner. Providing more than two-thirds of all primary eye and vision health care in the U.S., doctors of optometry, or optometrists, are an important access point to the health care system for many patients.

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SEED Collaborative Examines Policies for Inclusive Pandemic Recovery

In November 2020, the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) created the COVID-19 Policy Collaborative for an Inclusive Recovery to address the effects of the pandemic on employment for people with disabilities. This ccollaborative was composed of SEED’s partners, along with other key stakeholders and subject matter experts. 

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Results of Supreme Court Takings Case Mixed for States and Local Governments

In Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the Supreme Court held 6-3 that a California regulation allowing union organizers access to agriculture employers’ property to solicit support for unionization up to three hours a day, 120 days a year is a per se physical taking under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. 

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New Evidence-Based Policymaking Resources Share Lessons and Takeaways

Evidence-based policymaking can help state policymakers allocate resources to programs that are effective, promote innovation, and build a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

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Reopening the Workplace: Americans Look to Ditch Some Pre-Pandemic Norms

With three approved COVID-19 vaccines now available to the public, health experts predict the country will reach herd immunity – the point at which enough of the population is immune to the virus leaving it nowhere to spread – by as early as mid-summer. Many state policymakers are eager to relax social distancing mandates and reignite their economies. But are Americans ready to go back to the workplace?

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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.