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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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Job Gains in May, Not Felt Equally Across Demographics

The Department of Labor’s June release of the May unemployment numbers outlined a more hopeful picture of the economic recovery from coronavirus, with the national unemployment rate falling to 13.3%. However, the positive gains in employment were not felt evenly across race, gender, nationality, or disability status as the number of people marginally attached to the workforce remains high.

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In Retrospect, Speedy Implementation of Wayfair Decision Was Crucial

The two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s momentous (in the state tax policy world) South Dakota v. Wayfair decision came and went over the weekend.

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Bipartisan, Cross-Branch Work Group Meets to Advance Evidence-Informed Policymaking

As state policymakers grapple with the public health and economic fallout stemming from COVID-19, they agree on the importance of having sound and reliable information to guide the difficult policy and budget decisions that lie ahead.

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Combating Misinformation During an 'Infodemic'

As COVID-19 spreads across the world and throughout the United States, so too does misinformation, creating what data and health scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) deem an “infodemic.”

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Mitigating Health Workforce Barriers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To help states manage the unprecedented demand for health care workers in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, both state legislatures and the federal government have adopted policies to enhance workforce capability.

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