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Biden Administration Announces Coordinated Effort to Create “Good Jobs”

The Departments of Labor and Commerce’s “Good Jobs Principles” outline the essential elements of high-quality jobs and lay the groundwork for more concrete strategies to implement the principles.

The purpose of the eight principles is to create a shared vision of job quality.  Key principles on the list include:

  • Pay: All workers are paid a stable and predictable living wage that is transparent and fair;

  • Benefits: Both part-time and full-time workers are provided family-sustaining benefits including health insurance, a retirement plan, and paid leave and caregiving support;

  • Empowerment and Representation: Workers can form and join unions, and can “contribute to decisions about their work, how it is performed, and organizational direction;” and

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA): A core value and practiced norm in the workplace.

The rollout included an all-day “Good Jobs Summit,” with leaders of federal, state and local governments, unions, and workforce organizations gathered to discuss how the federal government is empowering employees.

Takeaway: The principles and summit are the latest example of the whole-of-government approach the Biden administration is taking to advance its workplace policy priorities. It is unclear if any of these good job principles will become requirements for federal contractors.

Published on: June 24, 2022

Authors: D. Mark Wilson

Topics: Jobs, Skills and Training

D. Mark Wilson

President and CEO, American Health Policy Institute

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