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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The Promise of Telework

This report examines the expansion of telework amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of subsequent remote work policy changes for people with disabilities.

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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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Apprenticeships: A Path to Working in a Licensed Occupation

Occupational licensing and apprenticeships each represent a distinct, yet often intertwined pathway to highly skilled jobs. Learn how these major labor market institutions can work together.


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.