Action is what differentiates NELP from policy shops that focus only on research and analysis. NELP combines deep policy chops with tangible action—through partnerships with groups on the ground and leadership on advocacy campaigns around the nation—to fight for real reforms that change lives.

Help us ensure that every person has a fair chance to work.

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

Ensuring People with Convictions Have a Fair Chance to Work

A conviction in one’s past shouldn’t be a life sentence to joblessness. NELP is working to expand fair-chance hiring laws to every corner of the nation, because ...

Raising the Minimum Wage

More families are struggling to make ends meet in low-wage jobs than ever before. NELP is working with national and local allies to lift the wage floor to alleviate working poverty and boost our economy.

Building Safe and Healthy Workplaces for Every Worker in America

Many low-wage jobs are dangerous jobs where workers suffer much higher rates of serious injuries.

Turning “Gig” Jobs Into Good Jobs

As technology improves our lives in so many ways, it should be harnessed to build a more inclusive economy—not to leave workers without decent incomes, an adequate safety ...

Reforming Federal Overtime Rules

America’s middle-class is working more hours, but still falling behind.

Designing Worker Protections for Cities and States

Employers routinely violate core workplace standards, and too many workers lack bargaining power to improve wages and working conditions. NELP seeks to expand, strengthen, and raise labor standards in low-wage labor markets.

Stopping Misclassification and Low-Road Outsourcing

Many employers try to suppress wages and benefits by redefining their relationships with workers—improperly calling employees “independent contractors” or subcontracting out their labor needs. NELP is working to ...

Strengthening Support for the Unemployed

Millions of America’s workers are struggling with joblessness. NELP is leading the effort to strengthen unemployment insurance programs and reemployment services for job-seekers.

Advancing Home Care Worker Rights

After 40 years of exclusion, home care workers are finally covered by federal minimum wage and overtime laws. Now let’s make sure these hard-won reforms are fully honored and implemented.

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