Overview

Working Knowledge

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Financial stability May 04, 2021

A Call to Reimagine Work and Benefits to Ensure All Workers Attain Financial Security

WorkRise and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program convened experts to share insights on creating equitable opportunities for low- and middle-wage workers to achieve financial security.

Archana Pyati

Stakeholder voices April 05, 2021

What Happens When You Raise the Minimum Wage? A Q&A with Arin Dube

A leading expert on the minimum wage and WorkRise board member reflects on the effects of minimum wage hikes across the country.

Elisabeth Jacobs

Employer practices January 26, 2021

New Protections Needed for Contractors and Temporary Workers as Companies Continue to Outsource Labor

A new report highlights the need for an expansion of rights and protections for independent contractors and temporary workers, a growing share of the US workforce.

Archana Pyati

Wages and employer-provided benefits December 11, 2020

New Colorado Paid Family Leave Policy—and a Surging Pandemic—Creates Urgency for a Federal Paid Leave Program

Colorado joins eight states and Washington, DC as jurisdictions with paid family leave. Yet without a federal program, gaps in access to paid leave will persist.

Elisabeth Jacobs

Research

Wages and employer-provided benefits October 07, 2020

The Challenge of Slow Wage Growth

Because of sluggish wage growth, middle- and low-wage workers in the United States are today doing little better in real terms than similarly situated workers 40 years ago, exacerbating economic burdens experienced by workers during the current COVID-19 crisis. This brief examines the evidence on wage growth for the typical worker over several decades and concludes that efforts to rebuild the U.S. labor market must include policies to accelerate wage growth.

William J. Congdon

Demographic disparities September 28, 2020

Racial Inequality in the Labor Market and Employment Opportunities

This brief explores the persistent inequities and disparities in outcomes experienced by people of color in the U.S. labor market through key data points, delves into root causes based on a review of the evidence, and identifies key gaps in our knowledge of why and how labor market inequality endures.

K. Steven Brown