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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 25, 2020) – People with disabilities form an increasingly large, powerful, and potentially decisive percentage of the electorate in key battleground states and across the country, according to a new report by the Program for Disability Research at Rutgers University. A projected 38.3 million eligible voters have a disability, representing a 19.8% jump since 2008, and millions more live with someone who has disability. Taken together, more than 25% of the American electorate may be motivated by issues affecting the disability community. “The sheer size... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 23, 2020) – Many of the women who clean homes and care for New Jersey’s children and seniors are laboring through rampant exploitation, according to a report released today by the Rutgers Center for Women and Work in partnership with the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its affiliates. The findings point to the need for a statewide Domestic Worker Bill of Rights to establish basic labor standards and protect those who are afraid to speak up about mistreatment. “Housecleaners, nannies, and home health aides are essential workers to the... read more

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (September 22, 2020) – Juggling diaper changes and Zoom meetings might be a good combination for some Americans. A new survey by researchers at Rutgers University reveals that working parents are happier with their job, and they are getting more done, than people without children. Researchers attribute the surprising results to a sharp increase in the number of men helping with childcare and housework during the pandemic. Getty Images “We found that men’s increased contributions at home have a positive influence on women’s job satisfaction and... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 3, 2020) – Low-wage workers face an elevated risk of wage theft during periods of high unemployment, according to study led by Rutgers University’s Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO) and published today by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Researchers found a strong relationship between unemployment levels and minimum wage violation rates during the Great Recession of 2008. It’s likely to be even worse this year due to higher job loss numbers, budget cuts at the state level, and President Trump’s executive order relaxing labor... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 2, 2020) – Thousands of San Francisco’s most vulnerable workers are not filing complaints when they are paid below the minimum wage, according to a new study by the Rutgers University Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO). The domestic workers who cook, clean, and care for children and seniors in private households endured the largest number of estimated minimum wage violations over a 13-year period, but only a tiny percentage of the victims came forward. “San Franciscans rely on thousands of minimum wage workers to care for their... read more