Reforming Unemployment Insurance: Stabilizing a System in Crisis & Laying the Foundation for Equity

The time is ripe for a fundamental worker-led reimagining of the UI system.

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4.7 Million Workers Face Premature Cutoff of Pandemic Unemployment Programs

Three-quarters of people receiving unemployment in 22 states will be left with no jobless aid at all.

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Pre-Apprenticeship: Advancing Equity & Access To Good Careers 

Promising practices & recommendations for program & policy reforms to support workers with records

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‘Just Cause’ Job Protections: Building Racial Equity and Shifting the Power Balance

A growing movement of workers is calling for lawmakers to end unjust firings and replace ‘at-will’ employment

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Foundations for a Just and Inclusive Recovery

A just and inclusive recovery will advance racial, gender, and economic justice in this moment and beyond

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COVID-19 Resources for Unemployed and Frontline Workers

Learn about the resources and benefits available to unemployed and frontline workers impacted by COVID-19.

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New Report Proposes Critical Unemployment Insurance Policy Reforms

The report calls for a stronger federal role and permanent reforms to UI benefits to better sustain families.

Posted June 24, 2021 Read More

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Historic Fix to New York’s Part-time Unemployment System a Win for Workers; Boosts New York’s Economic Recovery by Encouraging Return to Work

NY’s legislature and Gov. Cuomo announced a historic deal to fix the state’s worst-in-the-nation unemployment insurance rules for part-time work.

Posted June 10, 2021 Read More

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NELP Welcomes DOL’s Withdrawal of Harmful Independent Contractor Rule

The DOL rejected gig companies’ false message that workers would somehow benefit from being left out of fundamental employment protections.

Posted May 5, 2021 Read More

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On Workers Memorial Day, NELP Urges Administration to Release Promised COVID Worker Protection Standards

This standard is about keeping workers safe on the job and holding employers accountable if they cut corners.

Posted April 28, 2021 Read More

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On President Biden’s Executive Order Establishing a $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

This is an important first step to ensuring that all jobs paid with federal revenues are good jobs.

Posted April 27, 2021 Read More

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ABB, EPI, and NELP Release Toolkit for Advocates and Policymakers on Model Policies Local Governments Can Implement to Raise Standards for Frontline Workers During COVID and Beyond

The four model policies would advance premium pay, paid sick days, COVID-19 worker health and safety, and protection against retaliation.

Posted April 7, 2021 Read More

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On the Introduction of the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act to Protect Meatpacking Workers

The bill would suspend and prohibit any line speed increases in meatpacking plants during the pandemic.

Posted March 11, 2021 Read More

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NELP Urges Immediate House Passage of COVID Rescue Plan to Get Resources to Workers Now

Inadequate bill means Congress must raise the federal minimum wage and adopt systemic unemployment program reforms to help workers

Posted March 6, 2021 Read More

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NELP Urges Senate Passage of COVID American Rescue Plan

The Senate must move quickly to improve and pass the American Rescue Plan.

Posted February 27, 2021 Read More

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On Federal Legislation Creating a Path to Citizenship for Frontline Immigrant Workers

The Citizenship for Essential Workers Act is a testament to the movement for immigrant rights.

Posted February 26, 2021 Read More

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NEW POLLING Commissioned by NELP: Voters Agree—Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 Is Good for Everyone

Across all demographics, swing district voters confirm that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 is good policy.

Posted February 10, 2021 Read More

Continuing the Fight in 2021

We believe that every person should have their basic needs met in this crisis. Thank you for continuing the fight with us.

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Ensuring Safe and Healthful Working Conditions

Nearly three million workers are seriously injured on the job every year.

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Raising the Minimum Wage

More workers than ever are struggling to get by on low-wage jobs.

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Ensuring People with Convictions Have a Fair Chance to Work

A conviction in one’s past shouldn’t be a life sentence to joblessness.

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