7 Things We Learned About Unemployment Insurance During the Pandemic

This brief assesses the nation’s experience with expanded unemployment insurance during the pandemic.

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App-Based Workers Speak: Studies Reveal Anxiety, Frustration, and a Desire for Good Jobs

What is it really like for workers who are trying to make a living using #Uber, #Lyft, #Doordash & #Instacart?

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Quantifying the Impact of the Fight for $15: $150 Billion in Raises for 26 Million Workers

It’s time for Congress to listen to the demands of workers and communities nationwide and raise the wage. 

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Reforming Unemployment Insurance: Stabilizing a System in Crisis & Laying the Foundation for Equity

The time is ripe for a fundamental worker-led reimagining of the UI system.

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‘Just Cause’ Job Protections: Building Racial Equity and Shifting the Power Balance

A growing movement of workers is calling for lawmakers to end unjust firings and replace ‘at-will’ employment

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Foundations for a Just and Inclusive Recovery

A just and inclusive recovery will advance racial, gender, and economic justice in this moment and beyond

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COVID-19 Resources for Unemployed and Frontline Workers

Learn about the resources and benefits available to unemployed and frontline workers impacted by COVID-19.

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News Releases

NELP statement in response to the new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard issued by OSHA

Statement from NELP in response to the new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard issued by OSHA

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New Report Reveals App-Based Workers’ Anxieties, Frustrations, and Desire for Good Jobs

We highlight findings from 20 research studies documenting the experiences of workers struggling to make a living on the apps. 

Posted October 27, 2021 Read More

Press Clips

Hear Us: Cities Are Working to End Another Legacy of Slavery — ‘At Will’ Employment

One in two U.S. workers (47% of workers overall, 50% of Black workers, and 52% of Latinx workers) have been(…)

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NELP Welcomes DHS Memo Outlining New Efforts to Support Worker Rights

DHS will examine existing policies and recommend new ones to support the enforcement of labor standards.

Posted October 12, 2021 Read More

Press Clips

NELP statement on introduction of the Unemployment Insurance Improvement Act

The following is a statement from Rebecca Dixon, executive director of the National Employment Law Project on the introduction of(…)

Posted September 27, 2021 Read More

News Releases

NELP Calls on Biden Administration to Stop Mass Deportation and Mistreatment of Haitian Asylum Seekers

Where is the Biden administration’s commitment to racial justice, equity, dignity, or even basic due process?

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Unemployment Benefits Kept 4.7 Million People Out of Poverty in 2020

Census data reveal the significant impact of unemployment insurance on keeping people out of poverty.

Posted September 14, 2021 Read More

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Jobs Report: Black and Latinx Workers Are Being Left Behind, Unemployment Insurance Reform Critical

The latest jobs report shows we are falling short of a just recovery.

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NELP Welcomes Biden Administration Call for Immediate Unemployment Insurance Reforms

We applaud the Biden administration for urging Congress to enact immediate long-term unemployment insurance reforms.

Posted August 19, 2021 Read More

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New Report: New Yorkers Indicate That Retaliation Prevents Them From Exposing Workplace Dangers

More than 1 in 3 working New Yorkers are likely not to report sexual harassment.

Posted August 11, 2021 Read More

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JOBS REPORT:  Despite Job Growth, as Benefit Cliff Approaches, Renewing and Reforming Unemployment Insurance is An Urgent Racial Justice Matter

Workers need bold reform that will lay the groundwork for an equitable unemployment insurance system and labor market.

Posted August 6, 2021 Read More

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On the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

President Trumka spent his life fighting for workers’ rights and economic justice; he remains an inspiration to all.

Posted August 5, 2021 Read More

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New Report Proposes Critical Unemployment Insurance Policy Reforms

The report calls for a stronger federal role and permanent reforms to UI benefits to better sustain families.

Posted June 24, 2021 Read More

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Historic Fix to New York’s Part-time Unemployment System a Win for Workers; Boosts New York’s Economic Recovery by Encouraging Return to Work

NY’s legislature and Gov. Cuomo announced a historic deal to fix the state’s worst-in-the-nation unemployment insurance rules for part-time work.

Posted June 10, 2021 Read More

Cultivating Transformation

Over the past year at NELP, we have deepened our commitment to fight for workers’ rights today and lay the foundation for a just and inclusive economic future. As we celebrate 52 years, we are proud to share with you our 2020-2021 impact report, Cultivating Transformation.  

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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FAQs are for workers about the various benefits they may be entitled to during this pandemic, and whether they should apply.

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