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ADA25: How WIOA is Expanding Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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ADA25: How WIOA is Expanding Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Two milestones are converging this month. July is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the American with Disabilities Act, which has made significant improvement in the lives of people with disabilities. July also is the first anniversary of the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a major bipartisan accomplishment and the first […]

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DOL in Action

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DOL in Action

Editor’s Note: This post provides the highlights of the department’s activities in recent days. To view previous posts in this series, click here. To get back to the newsletter, click here.  Building Jobs Solutions for STEM Success in San Diego: More than 800 leaders in education, industry, and policy gathered in San Diego this week to highlight best practices and […]

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Former Coal Miner Takes to the Highway

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Former Coal Miner Takes to the Highway

Editor’s note: The “DOL Working for You” series highlights the Labor Department’s programs in action. View other blog posts in the series here. Just like the song, life is (now) a highway for Ricky Stover, thanks to his new job. Every day, the 29-year-old Florida native navigates the highways of West Virginia on assignments. It’s […]

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5 Things To Know About the June Jobs Report

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5 Things To Know About the June Jobs Report

With the release of the June 2015 Employment Situation Report today, here are five things you should know about its numbers: The recovery continues The economy added 223,000 jobs in June. Businesses have now created 12.8 million jobs over the last 64 consecutive months of private-sector job growth. Unemployment is down The unemployment rate dipped to […]

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Have a Safe Independence Day! OSHA’s Tips for Working with Fireworks

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Have a Safe Independence Day! OSHA’s Tips for Working with Fireworks

As we plan to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks and festivities, it’s important that we are also mindful of the safety of workers who handle them. At the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, we urge the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry to be especially vigilant in protecting workers from these hazards over the holiday. […]

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95 Years of Working for Women: A Brief History of the Women’s Bureau

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95 Years of Working for Women: A Brief History of the Women’s Bureau

This summer marks the 95th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, where I have worked since 1974. Fifty-four years before I walked through the department’s doors, the bureau was created (with bipartisan support!) in 1920 to craft and promote policies that would improve the welfare of working women. That mission is just […]

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5 Millions Reasons Why We’re Updating Overtime Protections

5 Millions Reasons Why We’re Updating Overtime Protections

Paul Ebien-Pesa just wanted a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work so that he could provide for his family. But as a manager at a discount retail store in Massachusetts, he worked an average of 72 hours per week without earning a dime of overtime pay. He worked so many hours that his […]

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A Day in the Life: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A Day in the Life: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

In communities all across the country, federal, state and local governments; businesses; and community college partners are coming together to boost the economy by investing in job-driven training that builds a stronger local workforces. This week, Secretary Perez was in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with Rep. Virginia Foxx to see the impact of these investments as […]

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July 1: WIOA Takes Effect

July 1: WIOA Takes Effect

Today, July 1, marks the day that many of the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (known as WIOA) take effect. This new law has the potential to make a tremendous difference for tens of millions of workers, job seekers and students across this country. WIOA’s transformation of our publicly funded workforce system […]

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#ThankFrank for Progress on LGBT Equality

#ThankFrank for Progress on LGBT Equality

On the last day of Pride Month, I can’t help but think about the breathtaking progress we’ve made as a nation. Thanks to last week’s Supreme Court decision, LGBT people can legally marry. Half a century ago, they were considered a threat to the nation that had to be purged from federal service. Last week, […]

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