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November 20, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

How required occupational licensing is hurting workers

WORKFORCE
– Requiring workers to obtain licenses to work is seen as a way to create a standard of safety, but what happens when licenses becomes burdensome? A new Institute for Justice report, License to Work, analysed occupational licensing laws in the US and found that dropping some of the requirements would not create any harm. (Atlantic, 11/17)

Occupational-licensing obstacles are much more common than they once were. “In the 1950s, about one in 20 American workers needed an occupational license before they could work in the occupation of their choice,” the report states. “Today, that figure stands at about one in four.” These requirements are at their most reasonable when regulating occupations such as anesthesiologist or airline pilot, as in those instances, they can mostly affect a privileged class.

They are at their most pernicious when they are both needless and most burdensome to the middle class, the working class, and recent immigrants to a society.

– DC will extend its deadline for childcare workers to obtain a college degree, which is a new requirement. (WAMU, 11/17)

ARTS/ EDUCATION | A new art exhibit at the US Department of Education is displaying the work of youth with disabilities. (WaPo, 11/19)

HOMELESSNESS | Advocates in the District urge councilmembers not to make it more difficult for individuals and families to receive homeless services. (Bread for the City Blog, 11/16)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Prince William County’s police department will begin carrying Naloxone, which counter the effects of an opioid overdose. (InsideNOVA, 11/19)

NONPROFITS | Vu Le, executive director of Rainier Valley Corps and Nonprofit AF blogger, discusses the future of the nonprofit sector and how we can build infrastructure that supports organization leaders and their missions. (NAF, 11/13)


Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Read why today is important here.

– Kendra

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