A Good Living: Amazon Can and Must Make a Middle-Income Livelihood Possible

Amazon’s public filings show that it can easily afford to pay more if it prioritizes fair pay for its workers

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Fair Labor Standards Act: After 85 Years, Still Working Toward Justice for All

Read about the origins and impacts of exclusions from the FLSA from the perspective of workers and advocates

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Fighting for Safe Work: Injury Data Show Urgent Need for Intervention in NY State’s Warehouses

Warehouse Employment Surges 14 Percent in the State, While Workers Continue to be Injured at High Rates

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Unemployment Insurance System Unprepared for Another Recession

Emergency Measures Needed If Near-Term Economic Downturn Occurs

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2023 Policy & Advocacy Agenda

Transformative solutions to achieve racial and economic justice, and build worker power

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Raises from Coast to Coast in 2023

64 Cities, Counties, and States Will Raise Minimum Wages in 2023

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Worker Power in the Carceral State: Policy Proposals Against the Criminalization of Workers

Policy agenda for reentry and workers’ rights advocates that addresses the criminalization of workers

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News Releases

Unemployment Benefits Kept 400,000 People Out of Poverty In 2022

New analysis from NELP highlights impact of unemployment system despite downgraded capacity.

Posted September 12, 2023 Read More

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August Jobs Report: As Job Growth Slows, Consider Workers Not Counted in the Unemployment Rate

Many incarcerated people are working during their sentences, but their labor doesn’t qualify them for unemployment benefits.

Posted September 1, 2023 Read More

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July Jobs Report: As Job Growth Slows, Policymakers Must Strengthen Unemployment Insurance

“For a worker who suddenly loses their job, unemployment can be a catastrophe.”

Posted August 4, 2023 Read More

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June Jobs Report: Policymakers Must Focus on Black Workers’ Unemployment

Black workers are often impacted first and worst when job growth slows, forecasting the dangers that other workers will confront.

Posted July 7, 2023 Read More

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On the Supreme Court Striking Down Affirmative Action in Education

This conservative Court refuses to see that racial segregation is alive and well in our schools, workplaces, and institutions.

Posted June 30, 2023 Read More


California Should Fix Unemployment Insurance to Include Presently Excluded Immigrant Workers

California should provide economic support to workers who become unemployed, regardless of their immigration status.

Posted June 22, 2023 Read More

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On Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Application Deadline

The bill gives people who lose work because of a natural disaster more time to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Posted June 8, 2023 Read More

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Statement from the National Employment Law Project on the Passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague, Dr. William E. Spriggs 

  Dr. William E. Spriggs, Photo Credit: AFL-CIO The entire staff and board of the National Employment Law Project (NELP)(…)

Posted June 7, 2023 Read More

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May Jobs Report: Despite Strong Job Growth, Labor Market Weakens for Black Workers

Workers are demanding that policymakers take action to support people pushed out of work before wider layoffs begin to mount.

Posted June 2, 2023 Read More

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On the Supreme Court’s Decision in Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters

NELP believes in workers’ right to strike as a fundamental democratic principle.

Posted June 1, 2023 Read More

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NELP Urges Caution on Portable Benefits Pilot Program Legislation

Such programs must promote worker mobility and strengthen economic security and not weaken existing labor rights.

Posted May 25, 2023 Read More

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April Jobs Report: Job Growth Slows Just as Black Workers See More Gains

It’s an affront to workers that the Federal Reserve continues raising interest rates, threatening to throw the economy into recession.

Posted May 5, 2023 Read More

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March Jobs Report: Many Jobless Workers Excluded from Unemployment Insurance

Congress must act to build an unemployment insurance system that will support all workers at all times.

Posted April 7, 2023 Read More

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POWER ACT Would Strengthen Immigrant Worker Power & Raise Workplace Standards for All Workers

The bill would ensure that immigrant workers can assert their workplace rights without fear of immigration-based retaliation.

Posted March 28, 2023 Read More

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February Jobs Report: Job Growth Slows, Unemployment Edges Up

5.9 million workers were unemployed in February, an increase of 242,000 from the prior month.

Posted March 10, 2023 Read More

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January Jobs Report: Many Workers Remain Uneasy Despite Strong Job Growth

A concerning new trend is the increase in the percentage of workers reporting that they worked multiple jobs.

Posted February 3, 2023 Read More

NELP's Unemployment Insurance Policy Hub

The UI Policy Hub offers resources to improve state UI programs and strengthen economic security for workers and their families.

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Featured Campaigns

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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