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Apprenticeships as a Workforce Retraining Strategy

As the economy continues to modernize and technology reshapes work, workforce retraining will be a key strategy in the prevention of job loss due to automation.

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It’s National Apprenticeship Week

Today marks the start of the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). In recognition of NAW, NCSL is releasing a series of blog posts highlighting recent actions states have taken to promote apprenticeship programs. Be on the lookout for upcoming posts on apprenticeship in high school, apprenticeship as a workforce retraining strategy, state incentives for apprenticeship and recent federal developments.

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States Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Workforce Diversity

More than 70 years have passed since wounded veterans returned from World War II looking for work, prompting a focus on hiring those with physical disabilities.

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Nissan, Tennessee, Team Up For Technology Job Training

State legislative staff saw a public-private partnership in action during a site visit offered as part of the Legislative Education Staff Network Fall Seminar Oct. 2-4 in Nashville.

 

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Supreme Court to Hear Public Sector Union Dues Case (Again)

In 2016 the Supreme Court was expected to overrule a nearly 40-year old precedent requiring public sector employees who don’t join the union to pay their “fair share” of collective bargaining costs. 

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What's Next for 11 States Chosen for Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium

The results are in and 11 states have been selected to participate in the National Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium.

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Could Occupational Licensing Slow Recovery from Hurricane Harvey?

Hurricane Harvey may be over, but the recovery in Texas has just begun. In the short term, this means food, water, transportation and medical care, but the long journey to restoring normalcy will require reconstruction of buildings and repairing or replacing damaged electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems.

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Federal District Court Rejects Obama Overtime Rule

A federal district judge in Texas has invalidated Obama administration overtime regulations that would have made it more likely states and local governments would have had to pay more employees overtime.

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Lawmakers, Staff Discuss Workforce Development for People With Disabilities at NCSL Workshop

Eight legislators and legislative staff from four western states gathered on June 20 at NCSL’s Denver office for a one-day workshop to discuss state policy related to workforce development and employment for people with disabilities.

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NCSL Forum: Creating Opportunities for Families

Twenty-eight legislators and legislative staff representing seven states gathered in downtown Denver last week to consider a range of economic issues affecting families during NCSL’s 14th-annual Leadership Forum on Economic Opportunities for Families.

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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.