Labor and Employment



Occupational Licensing Final Report: Assessing State Policies and Practices

NCSL, NGA and CSG are wrapping up their four-year project designed to help policymakers better understand the variances in occupational licensing laws and the challenges they present. Learn about the policy and regulatory actions the 16 consortium states have taken as well as lessons learned along the way in this new report.


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Employers Seek Telework Policies

As more employers embrace telework, new or existing policies should take into consideration the needs of all employees.



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Law Enforcement Certification and Discipline

This resource provides information on key issues related to officer training, discipline and decertification, and regulation.   


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The Gender Pay Gap

This resouce expores some of the existing research on the gender pay gap, including some of the policy solutions states have pursued in recent years to address it and how the COVID-19 pandemic may be impacting pay equity.


Standing Committee

NCSL's Standing Committee on Labor and Economic Development considers issues related to job growth, economic development, unemployment, labor and international trade.


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2020 Workforce Development Enactments

Although legislators were mired by urgent legislation in response to the ongoing pandemic in 2020, many states enacted both substantive and fiscal legislation relating to workforce development. Learn more about the bills covering a range of topics, from establishing workforce development programs to appropriations for existing and related programs. 


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Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensure is a form of government regulation that requires a worker to hold a credential to practice or operate in a certain occupation. Find out more about our Occupational Licensing Project.