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Constructing 21st Century Rights for a Changing Workforce: A Policy Brief Series

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Constructing 21st Century Rights for A Changing Workforce is a series of policy briefs analyzing key issues in covering non-standard and precarious workers under paid leave laws.

Millions of people are working in ways that do not fit neatly within the traditional employer-employee framework. Regardless of their job classification, more and more people are in insecure employment situations, constantly moving in and out of increasingly tenuous positions. Against this backdrop, innovative policies like paid family and medical leave and paid sick time laws offer exciting opportunities to develop workplace standards that truly work for a changing workforce. In charting this path forward, some key questions remain. This series identifies and analyzes these issues in order to lay the groundwork for a more robust discussion and better-informed policymaking.

  • The first brief focuses on how paid family and medical leave laws can cover self-employed workers like freelancers and independent contractors.
  • The second brief focuses on how paid family and medical leave laws can effectively cover non-standard employees, including part-time workers, seasonal workers, temporary workers, and domestic workers.
  • The third brief focuses on how inclusive paid sick time laws can cover the non-standard workforce.
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