Paid employment accounts for a substantial portion of most adults’ time and resources. As a result, laws and policies that shape working conditions and wages have an enormous impact on quality of life, health, and equal opportunities across countries. For example, whether all workers can take paid leave to meet their own health needs, care for ill family members, or bond with a new baby has vast implications not only for individual and family wellbeing but also for gender equality at home and at work. Likewise, protections against employment discrimination and sexual harassment are critical steps for creating healthy workplaces that enable all workers to fully contribute.
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center has analyzed labor and social security legislation, constitutional texts, and other sources for all 193 UN member states to create globally comparative, quantitatively analyzable data on labor conditions worldwide.