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.
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.
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.
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.
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.