Assessing COVID-19 Occupational Licensing Policy Options

October 14, 2020

Occupational licensing policy has played a prominent role in state strategies for responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Due to increased health care demands and new barriers to licensure attainment and maintenance, states have responded to these challenges through executive orders, legislation and rulemaking to modify licensing requirements, issue temporary licenses and expand scopes of practice and the use of telehealth.

The Council of State Governments (CSG) tracked and analyzed these state actions to highlight the common themes, challenges and experiences of states as they continue to address the on-going effects of COVID-19 and consider the permanent changes that might be needed for occupational licensure policies moving forward.

This analysis is highlighted in the newly released CSG policy report, “Assessing COVID-19 Occupational Licensing Policy Actions.” This webinar reviews the report’s findings and explores some of the top policy themes such as telehealth, data systems and the role of interstate compacts.

Navigating the Anti Regulatory Environment and the Responsibility and Liability of Board Members

April 24, 2019

Licensing boards are facing national anti-regulatory sentiments, national active supervision, and curative measures responsive to the Federal Trade Commission v. North Carolina Dental Board Supreme Court Decision. This webinar provides a survey of these developments and reviews best practices for licensing boards in the handling of meetings, rulemaking, complaints, investigations, hearings and settlements, and communications with applicants and licensees. A discussion on interstate compacts and how to better manage scope or practice conflicts with informal procedures, memorandum of understanding, and potential judicial alternatives is also included in the webinar. These lessons enable licensing boards to gain an understanding of best practices to avoid antitrust liability in the occupational licensure setting.

Occupational Licensure Technical Assistance Available to States

July 19, 2017

The Council of State Governments has announced a new technical assistance project called Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice for state leaders. Through this policy learning consortium, selected states will receive assistance to improve their understanding of occupational licensure issues and best practices; identify current policies that create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry; and create an action plan that focuses on removing barriers to labor market entry and improves portability and reciprocity for select occupations. Technical assistance will be provided through a partnership of The Council of State Governments, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the National Conference of State Legislatures, with support from the U.S. Department of Labor. To apply, please see the request for applications linked here. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, Aug. 21 by 5 p.m. ET. Only one application can be submitted per state, which necessitates that state officials coordinate to provide a single application.

Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People with Criminal Records

August 10, 2018

Finding and maintaining employment is a critical aspect of preventing recidivism among people who have criminal records. But having a criminal record can make it difficult, or even impossible, for a person to find work, especially in a field that requires an occupational license. This webinar discusses some of the barriers to occupational licensing that people who have criminal records face. Presenters share best practices and policy options for policymakers to help address these barriers.

Chidi Umez, Project Manager, The CSG Justice Center
Beth Avery, Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project
Lee McGrath, Senior Legislative Counsel, Institute for Justice

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