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Delaware Poised to Pass Bill Reducing Job Licensing Barriers for Young Adults

The initial cost of obtaining an occupational license can be a significant barrier to entry into a profession for young and low-income workers.

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Real Estate Case Could Affect State Licensing Boards

A 2015 Supreme Court decision prompted numerous state legislatures to review both the composition and supervision of their various state licensing boards, and a pending decision about real estate appraisals could have a similar impact.

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SLLC Files Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Employment Discrimination Case

Details matter. How much is the question in Fort Bend County v. Davis.

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Mississippi Fresh Start Act Looks to Make It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Get Work

Legislation pending in Mississippi aims to give ex-offenders a better chance at a new beginning.

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Data Supports Defined-Benefit Pension For Teachers, New Report Says

A new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security and UC Berkeley Labor Center, Teacher Pensions vs. 401(k)s in Six States: Connecticut, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas, argues that traditional criticisms of defined benefit teacher pensions are misguided.

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New Report Examines Future of Work Across America’s 3,000-Plus Counties

America at Work: A National Mosaic and Roadmap for Tomorrow, a new report from Walmart in partnership with McKinsey & Company, examines the economies and workforces at the county level, and policy interventions that can help communities prepare for the future of work.

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Georgia Considers Bill to Prevent Student Loan Defaulters From Losing Licenses

Student loan debt remains a top issue at the state and federal level, prompting lawmakers to look for ways to ease the burden of student debt and reevaluate some of the consequences borrowers face when they default on loans.

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Behavioral Health Professions Now Featured on Scope of Practice Policy Website

As health provider workforce shortages continue to affect rural and underserved areas in the wake of the opioid crisis, state policymakers will look to address access to care in their communities this legislative session.

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Ohio Passes Legislation on Sunset, Criminal Conviction Review in Licensure

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed SB 255 to reform a variety of the state’s current occupational licensing laws in what is one of the most comprehensive reform efforts of the laws to-date.

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SCOTUS to Decide Important Procedural Employment Discrimination Case

The question the Supreme Court will decide in Fort Bend County v. Davis is whether a lawsuit is barred if an employee fails to exhaust administrative remedies with the EEOC first.

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