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Report Examines Pension Funding Policies

Nine years out from the Great Recession, some state pen­sion plans have regained their financial footing. Others never lost it. But many continue to struggle despite healthy investment returns, according to a new re­port from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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States Weigh Options on Subminimum Wages for Workers With Disabilities

As minimum wage policies receive more legislative and electoral attention, policymakers are revisiting the various exceptions to paying a minimum wage—including the more than 100,000 workers with disabilities who qualify to make less than the federal minimum.

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Using—and Regulating—Artificial Intelligence in the Hiring Process

Artificial intelligence has been taking a more prominent role in the hiring process. The technology can help employers write job descriptions in a way that attracts desired candidates, screen the initial applicant pool to identify top candidates and analyze body language during interviews.

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Employers Lose Important Procedural Employment Discrimination Case

A simple way to describe the ruling in Fort Bend County v. Davis is that an employer can’t wait a very long time to tell the court an employee failed to follow a statutorily mandated procedure in an employment discrimination case.

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Webinar May 30: “Manufacturing as a Career Path: Opportunities and Insights for State Legislators”

Despite an accelerated growth of 264,000 manufacturing jobs in 2018, the total percentage of civilian workers in the manufacturing sector is the lowest it’s ever been.

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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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