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What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month

Filed in DOL, Women by on February 27, 2015 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month

As Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month begins, those of us at the Labor Department are reflecting on the important contributions that black women have made to our nation’s workforce. The past 50 years have displayed vast improvements, but there’s still more work to do. Take a look at this […]

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Celebrating Our Heritage and New Opportunities

Filed in Secretary Perez by on February 27, 2015 1 Comment
Celebrating Our Heritage and New Opportunities

Today is the 171st anniversary of the independence of the Dominican Republic, the country where my family came from. My mother arrived in the 1930s when her father was appointed ambassador to the U.S. After my grandfather spoke out against the brutal dictator in power, he was declared “non grata.” My father fled the regime […]

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Raising the Minimum Wage is a No Brainer

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Raising the Minimum Wage is a No Brainer

This week, the parent company of retail stores T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods said it will raise starting pay for its workers to $9 per hour. It joins a number of other large companies like Walmart, The Gap, IKEA and Aetna, as well as many small businesses across the country that have taken the same […]

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Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities

Filed in Workforce Investment by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities

At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December, I gave attendees my word that the Department of Labor would clarify our grant guidelines to make sure that federally recognized tribes can apply for our various employment and training grant programs. Since then, the department has held consultation sessions with more than 150 tribal leaders […]

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Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

We tend to measure progress with numbers. During fiscal year 2014, Wage and Hour Division investigations found more than $240 million owed to more than 270,000 workers whose employers violated the law and didn’t pay them the wages they had rightfully earned. Since fiscal year 2009, we’ve recovered more than $1.3 billion in back wages […]

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Our Lost Poet

Filed in Books that Shaped Work in America, DOL by on February 25, 2015 1 Comment
Our Lost Poet

Worlds collided when the nation’s Poet Laureate came to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was a moment of discordance: a room filled with the scientists and engineers of OSHA – people who work in absolutes, in things measurable and provable – speaking with a man whose work was by its nature ineffable, exploring […]

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If You’re Saving for Retirement, This Matters To You:

Filed in Retirement, Secretary Perez by on February 24, 2015 0 Comments
If You’re Saving for Retirement, This Matters To You:

What’s the difference between a doctor, a lawyer, and a financial adviser? It may sound like a bad joke, but it’s a dead serious question. When you go to a doctor or a lawyer, you expect that the advice you get is in your best interest. That’s because lawyers and doctors have an obligation to […]

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What You Need to Know about Retirement “Conflicts of Interest,” in 3 Big Sentences:

Filed in DOL, Retirement by on February 23, 2015 1 Comment
What You Need to Know about Retirement “Conflicts of Interest,” in 3 Big Sentences:

Editor’s note: The following has been cross-posted from the WhiteHouse.gov blog – view the original here. Today, the president is announcing major actions to update the rules in place to protect you and your retirement savings. What exactly is a retirement “conflict of interest” and why should you care? Read on for a quick primer. […]

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FMLA Updated for a Modern Family

Filed in Workplace Rights by on February 23, 2015 0 Comments
FMLA Updated for a Modern Family

Editor’s note: This was originally featured on the Huffington Post. View the original here. Todd and TR met more than seven years ago in Minneapolis, and it wasn’t long before they were planning a future together. In 2011, they held a private commitment ceremony, and that same year their relationship was given civil union status […]

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Building a Workforce That Reflects the People We Serve

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Building a Workforce That Reflects the People We Serve

The following guest post is authored by Katherine Archuleta, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and was originally featured on the disability.gov blog.  Four years ago, President Barack Obama signed an executive order stressing the importance of hiring people with disabilities in the federal government. He set a goal of hiring 100,000 people with […]

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