Workforce equity progress in 2013-2014
During the 2013-14 legislative session, Growth & Justice successfully advocated for multiple bills that became laws and moved the economy in our state toward greater prosperity and equity. Progress was achieved on the following policy initiatives:
Measuring outcomes: Utilizing measurement tools to evaluate race equity impacts of workforce development program investments and to improve accountability around pledged outcomes.
Reduced reliance on racially biased pre-employment screening: Expungement of criminal records.
New pathways to educational credentials: Widening the availability of industry recognized occupational training and more broadly rewarding and crediting work experience. Read More
In addition, some of the bills introduced in the last session go beyond the scope of our original workforce equity recommendations, but contribute to improved working conditions for many Minnesotans. Read More
There is still a need for policies in Minnesota that target institutional and structural inequities in employment, education and training, and that make progress on two additional fronts:
Explicit equity goals: Promoting and prioritizing economic development and job creation decisions that have racial equity in employment as an explicit goal.
Ownership: Fostering entrepreneurism and small business development in communities of color. Read More