Labor Policy

Publications

Labor Policy for COVID-19 and Beyond: Recommendations to Get Americans Back to Work
C. Jarrett Dieterle & Shoshana Weissmann

From The Heritage Foundation:

Unfortunately, local zoning regulations have a devastating effect on home-based businesses by banning their operation altogether, restricting their size, driving them…

A “green jobs” movement won’t help our recovery from COVID-19
Eli Lehrer & Devin Hartman

As America reopens shops and workplaces, many states are making ambitious plans to head in new economic directions.

Under a commission chaired by billionaire and former presidential candidate Tom…

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Los Angeles Might Force Broke Businesses To Keep Paying Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak
Steven Greenhut & C. Jarrett Dieterle

As businesses across the country are roiled by the uncertainty caused by Covid-19, many are forced to make difficult and complicated decisions to stay afloat. Some have already been forced to close…

6 Charts that Debunk the Gig Economy (2020)
Nick Zaiac

Five years ago, R Street’s R.J. Lehmann published the study “6 Charts that Debunk the ‘Gig’ Economy,” debunking many common narratives in articles bemoaning the rise of the gig or cobbled-together…

, The American Spectator
California’s War on Workers
Steven Greenhut

A gushing article in the liberal publication Vox declared in September that a new California law that outlaws the use of contractors in many industries, is “a victory for workers everywhere.”…

, Goldfinch Winslow
Employee?
C. Jarrett Dieterle

From Goldfinch Winslow:

Forcing app-based businesses to count their workers as employees could raise their costs as much as 20 percent, according to Bloomberg Law. It could also put an end to…

, John Locke Foundation
HeadLocke No. 74: Supporting labor groups that don’t coerce workers
Eli Lehrer

From John Locke Foundation:

President Trump campaigned in 2016 as a “champion for workers” who promised that Republicans would become a worker’s party. Eli Lehrer, president and co-founder…

, National Review
What to Do about the Gig Economy
Eli Lehrer

From National Review:

Eli Lehrer of the R Street Institute offered a detailed proposal along these lines a few years back in National Affairs. Those who balk at interfering with a trend toward…

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New Jersey Takes a Swipe at the Gig Economy With New Independent Contractor Bill
C. Jarrett Dieterle

From reason:

It could also put an end to flexible employment options many people have come to rely on, says Jarrett Dieterle, a policy analyst at the R Street Institute.

“A lot of workers and…

, CATO Unbound
Improving Our Political Culture
Eli Lehrer

From CATO Unbound:

The center-right R Street Institute is doing fresh thinking about modernizing unions.