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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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States Tackle Hair Discrimination

Commonly referred to as the CROWN Act, or Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, legislators across the country are considering bills that protect workers, students and others from being discriminated against for common race-based hair traits such as hair texture, hair type and protective hairstyles.

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The Lost Wage Assistance Program

The Lost Wage Assistance will be administered by the states and territories through a grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency–grants can be applied for at grants.gov.

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Check Out How NCSL Celebrated ADA30

The sweeping legislation that is the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) became the cornerstone of anti-discrimination protections for people with disabilities, ushering in a new era of opportunity for a community left long waiting when it became law on July 26, 1990.

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Confronting Workspace Barriers for the Disabled

For many, it would be hard to imagine being denied employment because an employer refused to provide the basics needed to ensure your success. But for people with disabilities, securing these types of workplace accommodations can be a major barrier to employment.

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Pew Report Explores 50-State Pension Funding Gap in 2018, Management Practices Amid Downturn 

In 2018, the aggregate 50-state pension funding gap improved slightly to $1.24 trillion from $1.28 trillion in 2017, according to a June report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Reemployment Strategies That Work: Nevada’s Tested Approach Offers Path Forward

For policymakers facing staggering job losses from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one state’s successful re-employment strategy may offer a template for moving forward.

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NCSL Celebrates ADA30 with Weeklong Web Series

As the signing anniversary of the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, NCSL and its partners in the State Exchange of Employment and Disability (SEED) plan to celebrate 30 years of the ADA by highlighting its impact and lasting legacy during the week of July 20-24.

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President Donald Trump signed an agreement in January paving the way for the USMCA to be the premiere trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Now, after months of stay-at-home orders and lingering doubts of international trade, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that all three countries have complied with their commitments under the agreement, which will take full effect on July 1.

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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.