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State Solutions in Integrating Immigrant Professionals Into the Workforce

As baby boomers are starting to retire and state demographics begin to shift, state lawmakers are looking into creative and innovative solutions to support economic development.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Halting Harassment

The #MeToo movement continues to affirm the hard truth of sexual harassment: It’s everywhere.

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9 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Labor Day

So, yes, you know the first Monday in September means a day off from work and school for most of us. And maybe you also know that Labor Day is a tribute to American workers. But if things start to get foggy beyond that, we’ve rounded up nine facts about the annual federal holiday sure to impress your barbecue guests. 

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State Minimum Wage Developments

Minimum wage debates have been a staple in state legislatures the past several years. From 2013-2016, there were 30 enacted increases via either legislation or ballot measure compared to three in the four years prior. Activity on the issue has slowed recently, however.

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Did Legislators Continue to Prioritize Occupational Licensing in 2018?

At the beginning of this year we asked: Will licensing stay on center stage in 2018?

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The ADA, Overtime and the Importance of Job Descriptions

State legislatures should pay attention to a recent ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, that overtime can be an "essential function."

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The Workforce is Changing - And it's Going Freelance

Los Angeles—If you're expecting to get a gold watch at the end of your working career, you're probably going to want to get to know a jeweler, because your company is unlikely to hand them out.

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Supreme Court Deals Blow to Unions in Janus Case

The U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 in Janus v. AFSCME that state statutes allowing public sector employers and unions to agree that employees who don’t join the union must still pay their “fair share” of collective bargaining costs violate the First Amendment.

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Kentucky Says Work Matters, Moves to Expand Labor Participation

With unemployment at the lowest level in a generation, the critically low number of job seekers leaves many employers unable to fill job openings and meet their customer demands.

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Join an  Online Dialogue on Occupational Licensing for Veterans and Military Spouses

Occupational licensing requirements, while playing an important role in ensuring public health and safety, can hinder the ability of many veterans and military spouses to get good jobs.

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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.