In addition to setting standards with respect to the minimum wage, overtime, and other factors affecting worker pay, the federal government also sets standards for workplace health and safety.
Employers and policymakers can take steps to ensure that workers can balance work with other responsibilities such as providing care or managing an illness.
The landscape of campaign finance has changed dramatically in the past decade. In 2010, the Supreme Court lifted longstanding restrictions on independent campaign spending.
The right to vote is a fundamental human right. Free and fair elections are essential to democracy. Voting allows citizens to influence governmental decision-making.
Democracies require openness and honesty in government. This means government policymaking and institutions function in public view.
Political advocacy is a cornerstone of democracy. This includes the ability to lobby public officials. However, professional lobbyists may exert outsized influence on policymakers.
Over the past few decades, employers have increasingly made changes to the structure of their workforce. For example, employers have outsourced work previously performed by full-time employees.
Civic engagement can take many forms: individual volunteerism, organizational development and leadership, public service, and electoral participation.
A variety of government policies and employer practices safeguard the rights of workers to fair treatment, safety in the workplace, and a measure of financial security.
All levels of government have developed standards and guidance to ensure fair employment practices. They address wages, working conditions, and other aspects of work.