Labor and Industrial Relations

California's Paid Family Leave Program: Ten Years After the Program's Implementation, Who Has Benefited and What Has Been Learned?
Brie Lindsey, PhD, and Daphne Hunt, July 2014
On July 1, 2004, California became the first state to implement a paid family leave program. This report examines trends in paid family leave claims over the program's first decade.

To Train or Not to Train: Is Workforce Training a Good Public Investment?
Daniel Rounds, May 2013
For years, policy makers have faced a dilemma. Should workforce development resources—such as Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds—be used to help the unemployed and underemployed find immediate employment? Or should the money be spent upgrading workers' job skills to help improve their medium- to long-term prospects in the labor market?

Sequestration Is Now in Effect: What It Could Mean to California
Meredith Wurden and Meg Svoboda, March 2013
Find out which major programs are impacted by the sequester (automatic federal budget cuts) and what it could mean to California.

Sequestration: What Is It? And How Could It Impact California?
Erin Riches, Meredith Wurden, Meg Svoboda, and SOR Staff, October 2012
Automatic federal budget reductions—known as sequestration—could cut many federal programs and spare others beginning in January 2013.

The Workforce Investment Act: How Is the Federal Funding Being Spent?
Daniel Rounds, May 2011
Hundreds of millions of dollars are allocated annually to California through this federal act, and most Local Workforce Investment Boards report spending far less on job training than on employment services at One-Stop Career Centers. 

Pedicures at What Price? The Nail-Salon Workforce Has Experienced Tremendous Growth, Prompting a Closer Look at the Health and Safety Issues Impacting its Employees Employees
Rona L. Sherriff, December 2008
The health and safety of California's 96,000 licensed nail technicians is capturing the attention of policymakers, worker advocates, researchers, and regulators at a time when California is also embarking on a comprehensive program to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in consumer products and the environment.

Running Out of Money: California's Unemployment Insurance Fund Faces Insolvency
Rona L. Sherriff, August 2008
Experts predict California's unemployment insurance fund will reach a $3.55 billion deficit by the end of 2010, which would be the largest deficit recorded in the state since the fund was established in 1935. 

Microenterprises Give California's Economy a Boost
Rona L. Sherriff, July 2008
Micro businesses—those with fewer than five employees as well as sole proprietorships—have grown by 24 percent since 2000.

Balancing Work and Family: Two-and-a-Half Years Ago, California Became the First State in the Nation to Offer Paid Family Leave Benefits. Who Has Benefited? What Has Been Learned?
Rona L. Sherriff, February 2007
The many demands and pressures of family life and the workplace have always been a challenge for most. Today that balancing act has become more complex. 

California Laws Helping Working Parents
Kate Sproul, July 2004
The workplace has changed. In the past, most men worked outside the home and most women worked inside the home, usually raising children. 

California's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Is at Risk of Insolvency
Rona L. Sherriff, August 2003
California’s unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund balance is rapidly diminishing and faces prospects of future insolvency.

Lagging the Nation: California's Jobless Benefits
Rona L. Sherriff, August 2000
California’s jobless benefits, set at a maximum of $230 per week, lag behind benefits paid in most states in the nation.

Women and Equality: A California Review of Women’s Equity Issues in Civil Rights, Education, and the Workplace 
Kate Sproul, February 1999
The expanding roles of women since the beginning of the modern-day civil-rights movement have triggered sea changes in this country’s social trends.