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#InclusionWorks

Filed in Disabilities By on May 27, 2016 1 Comment
#InclusionWorks

I’ve worked in the disability employment policy arena for more than 20 years, and a lot has changed in this time. Looking back, the progress I’m most thrilled about isn’t just the policy action we’ve seen. Rather, it’s the significant shift in how we as a nation talk about disability and employment. Today, disability has […]

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DOL in Action

Filed in DOL By on May 26, 2016 0 Comments
DOL in Action

The following is a roundup of the department’s recent activities. Read more in our newsletter. Protecting Wages and Benefits Doing well and doing good with impact investing: “Impact investing is the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do, and it’s consistent with your fiduciary duty.” This was Secretary of Labor Thomas E. […]

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Dear Mr. Secretary: Paid Leave Would be a Game Changer

Filed in Letters, Paid Leave By on May 26, 2016 2 Comments
Dear Mr. Secretary: Paid Leave Would be a Game Changer

Editor’s note: Kevin Jesequel is a dad from Oregon who wrote to Secretary Tom Perez about the need for paid leave. Here is his letter. Read letters from other dads here.  Dear Mr. Secretary, My name is Kevin Jesequel and I am an electrician. I live in Oregon with my wife and our four children. Our […]

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Behind the Myths: The Truth About Overtime

Filed in DOL, Overtime, Wage Enforcement By on May 26, 2016 75 Comments
Behind the Myths: The Truth About Overtime

Last week we announced the most meaningful update to the nation’s white-collar overtime rules in more than 40 years. By raising the salary threshold under which white-collar salaried workers qualify for overtime pay to $47,476 per year, more than 4.2 million workers will get overtime protections or see a raise in their salary above that […]

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Leading the Way on Apprenticeship in St. Louis

Filed in Apprenticeship, Workforce Investment By on May 26, 2016 1 Comment
Leading the Way on Apprenticeship in St. Louis

More companies are discovering that apprenticeship is an innovative way to train workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow. States and cities are realizing this, too, and St. Louis is helping lead the way. During a trip to the Gateway City in September 2015, I visited the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program to […]

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Keep on Truckin’ Marine

Filed in Jobs, Veterans By on May 26, 2016 1 Comment
Keep on Truckin’ Marine

David Harrison served as a rifleman during his time in the Marine Corps. When he left the service about 40 years ago, he pursued his true passion of life on the road as a truck driver. Yet despite having decades of experience, he had trouble finding employment after being laid off from his trucking job […]

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8 Steps to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

Filed in Español, Safety By on May 26, 2016 1 Comment
8 Steps to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

Forecasters are calling for above-average temperatures across much of the country this summer. Are you prepared to beat the heat? Every year, thousands of workers become ill from working in the heat, and some even die. Construction workers make up about one-third of heat-related worker deaths, but outdoor workers in every industry – particularly agriculture, […]

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Cutting Corners in Construction Costs Lives

Filed in Safety By and on May 24, 2016 0 Comments
Cutting Corners in Construction Costs Lives

In the construction industry, precision matters – corners need to be square, lines have to be level and plans must be followed. Following the rules keeps buildings and people safe. But when construction companies cut corners, workers often pay the price. That is exactly what happened in Jacksonville, Florida, in December 2007. A construction company […]

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Rural Means Business: Bringing Tech Jobs to Rural America

Rural Means Business: Bringing Tech Jobs to Rural America

Across America, towns and businesses are seizing the opportunity to bring well-paying IT jobs to rural areas. Editor’s note: This originally was published in The Tennessean as an op-ed. A group of coders in hooded sweatshirts and big headphones stare intently at their computer screens. In the corner, staff take a break at the foosball […]

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DOL in Action

Filed in DOL By on May 19, 2016 2 Comments
DOL in Action

The following is a roundup of the department’s recent activities. Read more in our newsletter. Building Jobs Creating shared prosperity in R.I.: “In order to create shared prosperity for all Americans, we must help more people access the skills and training they need to compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow.” That was the […]

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