Policymakers should improve the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state FMLAs. They could extend the law to apply to employers with fewer than 50 employees.
Policymakers should require employers to provide employees with a reasonable amount of paid time off.
Federal and state governments should enact and strengthen policies to ensure workers have access to safe, high-quality, affordable care for children and other dependents in
Federal and state lawmakers should ensure that laws against age discrimination offer safeguards parallel to those afforded other protected classes.
When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Federal and state laws should prohibit maximum hiring ages and mandatory retirement ages for all workers. This should include public-safety employees.
Policymakers should strengthen regulations to prohibit inquiries about age and date of birth in job applications.
Policymakers should protect the rights of older workers and workers with disabilities to receive fair and nondiscriminatory benefits.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
States should not tie essential spending programs to unstable revenue sources.
Policymakers should use regulatory and legislative measures to prohibit discrimination against the following groups of workers: