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

Poll: New York Voters Support Workers’ Demands for Full Employment Rights and Corporate Accountability

Voters overwhelmingly support requiring app-based companies to pay into social safety net programs.

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October Jobs Report: New Unemployment Insurance Reform Bill Introduced as Job Growth Slows

Now is the time to put policies in place so the UI system will be prepared for the next downturn.

Posted November 3, 2023 Read More

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NELP Applauds the Introduction of the Unemployment Insurance Modernization and Recession Readiness Act

NATIONWIDE—The National Employment Law Project (NELP) applauds the introduction of the Unemployment Insurance Modernization and Recession Readiness Act by Senators(…)

Posted October 26, 2023 Read More

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September Jobs Report: Strikes Promote a Good Jobs Economy

A crucial way to build a good jobs economy is for workers to organize and stand together.

Posted October 6, 2023 Read More

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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

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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