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A Mining Technology That Saves Miners’ Lives

Filed in DOL, Mining, Safety by on September 1, 2015 0 Comments
A Mining Technology That Saves Miners’ Lives

To better protect our nation’s coal miners from being crushed or pinned in confined underground spaces where large equipment is constantly in motion, the Mine Safety and Health Administration will publish a proposed rule that calls for proximity detection systems on mobile machinery. Proximity detection is a technology that uses electronic sensors to detect motion […]

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The Who, What, Where, When and How of Labor Day. But There’s Some Debate about the “Who”

Filed in DOL by on August 31, 2015 0 Comments
The Who, What, Where, When and How of Labor Day.  But There’s Some Debate about the “Who”

What we know as the Labor Day holiday today evolved over time. In 19th century America, there was already a tradition of having parades and picnics in support of labor issues, such as shorter hours or to rally workers or strikers. But most historians emphasize one specific event in the development of today’s modern Labor […]

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Employers: Putting Internships to Work for You

Filed in Disabilities by on August 29, 2015 0 Comments
Employers: Putting Internships to Work for You

The end of summer is here and many interns are making decisions about their future employment and so are the employers who recruited them. Given that 92% of employers surveyed this year hosted internship programs, and two out of three interns received full-time offers last year, it’s clear that employers view internships as a value-added […]

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Why I Support the President’s Clean Power Plan

Filed in DOL, Green Jobs, Jobs, Secretary Perez by on August 28, 2015 0 Comments
Why I Support the President’s Clean Power Plan

Editor’s Note: To view this blog in Spanish, please click here. President Obama recently took a historic step forward in protecting and improving the health of millions of Americans. No, I am not talking about the Affordable Care Act. I’m talking about his Clean Power Plan, the first step by any administration to limit carbon emissions […]

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Wage and Hour in New Orleans, After the Storm

Filed in Workplace Rights by on August 28, 2015 0 Comments
Wage and Hour in New Orleans, After the Storm

It was the last week of August ten years ago. Do you remember what you were doing? Were you eagerly waiting for that first day of autumn? Were you getting ready to send the kids back to school? You might have been doing all those things, but like most Americans–and the world–you were probably also […]

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DOL in Action

Filed in DOL by on August 27, 2015 0 Comments
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.  International Scene Dialogue with Germany on the future of work: In what has become a continuing dialogue and partnership between the U.S. and Germany on workforce issues, Secretary […]

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For Bricklayers, Partnership With OSHA Leads to Fewer Injuries

Filed in DOL, Safety by on August 27, 2015 0 Comments
For Bricklayers, Partnership With OSHA Leads to Fewer Injuries

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. As one of the nation’s oldest construction industry trade associations, the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis is keenly aware of the hazards that bricklayers face each day. In a proactive effort […]

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Non-Profits and the Proposed Overtime Rule

Filed in DOL, Overtime by on August 26, 2015 0 Comments

Most employees of non-profit organizations are entitled to the minimum wage and overtime protections guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Our recently proposed rule updating the overtime regulation for white collar employees does not change this. However, we recognize that the proposal has brought into focus some issues and misconceptions about the FLSA’s decades-long applicability […]

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An Empowered Workforce, a Surging Continent

Filed in International Labor, Workplace Rights by on August 26, 2015 0 Comments
An Empowered Workforce, a Surging Continent

“Africa is on the move.” When President Obama spoke these words at the African Union late last month, he was invoking not only the historic opportunities and challenges facing the fastest-growing continent with the youngest population on earth – but issues facing the global community as a whole, such as shared economic prosperity and the […]

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Women Veterans – Equally Valued. Equally Qualified. Equally Served.

Filed in Veterans by on August 26, 2015 0 Comments
Women Veterans – Equally Valued.  Equally Qualified.  Equally Served.

As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, we must remember how we, as American citizens, are equally served every day by women and men in the U.S. Armed Forces. Women are one of the fastest growing populations of veterans. Ten percent of the overall veteran population are women. But the percentage of women veterans is much […]

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