High Road Workplace

Overview

High Road Workplace

High Road companies see their employees, the communities in which they operate and the products and services they provide as equally important to their financial success. These companies hold a long-term perspective and view the workplace as a means to create significant business and social impact. They reject low-road business models that exploit employees and disregard the environment as the basis for success. High Road Employers know that, logically, their businesses are likelier to thrive and grow when they strengthen their marketplace by operating responsibly and compensating employees fairly.

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Principles of High Road Employers

The High Road Workplace Project examines and elevates the reasons why businesses adopt High Road practices, the challenges they face in doing so, and the role public policies and market-based incentives play in accelerating adoption of these practices. This effort champions the expansion of High Road practices through policy advocacy, business engagement, and media outreach.

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Family and Medical Leave Act

The FAMILY Act creates high value protections at a very low cost to employers. It’s funded by contributions from both employers and employees of just two-tenths of 1% each, or about $1.50 per week for a typical employee.

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Worker Ownership

Worker ownership is an efficient way to boost consumer demand – and, in turn, the economy by building wealth for hardworking Americans. Additionally, when workers buy the company that employs them, they continue their commitment to the community because they have an economic stake in its success.

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Federal Minimum Wage

One of the biggest reasons the economy remains sluggish is that real wages have not increased although many businesses enjoy record profits. Productivity gains have been divorced from wages, harming businesses as well as American workers. Consumer spending is the engine that moves our economy and with little to no wage growth, demand remains anemic, overall economic growth suffers and the recovery stalls.