The mission of the National Institute for Workers’ Rights (the Institute) is to advance workers’ rights through research, thought leadership, and education for policymakers, advocates, and the public.

Founded in 2008, the Institute is the related charitable public interest organization of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). Working hand in hand with NELA, the Institute aspires to a future in which all workers are treated with dignity and respect; workplaces are equitable, diverse, and inclusive; and the wellbeing of workers is a priority in business practices.

As the nation’s employee rights advocacy think tank, the Institute influences the broad, macro conversations that shape employment law. We conduct research, develop resources, and educate advocates, judges, the media, policymakers, and the general public to promote employee rights and protect workers’ access to the courts.

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