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Workers with Disabilities Can Reach a Secure Financial Future

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Retirement by on July 31, 2015 0 Comments
Workers with Disabilities Can Reach a Secure Financial Future

Twenty-five years ago this month, Congress signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Since then, the department has worked to make these rights a reality by expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy leads the department’s efforts under the ADA to promote policies and practices that increase […]

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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. Protecting Wages and Benefits Comments on overtime proposed rule: On July 6, the department published a proposal to update the rules determining who gets overtime […]

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A Day in the Life: Ohio

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A Day in the Life: Ohio

Secretary Perez often says that in a global competition, America needs to field a full team; we simply can’t afford to keep anyone on the sidelines. During the course of a remarkable day in Ohio, I witnessed three vivid examples of how the Department of Labor is helping create greater opportunity for all Americans. I […]

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Once Homeless, This Veteran Now Serves Others

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Once Homeless, This Veteran Now Serves Others

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. Joyzell Mont, known as Joy, has had many titles over the years; wife, entrepreneur, veteran, volunteer, but there was one title she never thought she would have − homeless. A native of […]

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Imagining a Bright Future of Work

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Imagining a Bright Future of Work

The “gig economy,” the “on-demand economy,” the “sharing economy,” the “coordination economy,” the “digital matching economy”— whatever term we use, there’s a lot of talk about rapid technology-enabled changes in the nature of work. Spoiler alert: Will all of our jobs be replaced by apps? Unlikely. But we are living in an increasingly connected world, […]

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A Story of Chocolate and Child Labor

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A Story of Chocolate and Child Labor

Editor’s Note: This has been cross-posted from the Huffington Post. You can view the original here. At 6 a.m., 10-year-old Emmanuel wakes and readies himself for a day of labor in the cocoa fields. Along the way, he watches as other kids walk in the opposite direction – toward school. He reaches the fields at sunrise […]

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Why This Counts: New Data on Employee Benefits in 2015

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Why This Counts: New Data on Employee Benefits in 2015

Editor’s Note: This has been cross-posted from the BLS blog. You can view the original here.  Be honest now. What do you do with all those booklets you get that describe your employee benefits in detail? I suspect most of us add them to our “reading pile,” along with the latest magazines or inserts from the […]

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Why I Wrote the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Why I Wrote the Americans with Disabilities Act

Editor’s Note: This has been cross-posted from the Washington Post online. You can view the original here. In January 1987, I sat down at a word processor in my small office at the National Council on Disability and began writing the first draft of a bill. NCD published my draft of the Americans with Disabilities […]

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5 Myths About Apprenticeships (and How to Tell What’s Right for You)

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5 Myths About Apprenticeships (and How to Tell What’s Right for You)

Editor’s Note: This has been cross-posted from the Diane Rehm Show blog on NPR online. You can view the original here and listen to the full audio program here. So you want to hire apprentices for your business. Finding and retaining skilled workers through apprenticeship programs can be cheaper than internships or temporary positions, not to […]

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Taking Care of Those Who Care for Everyone Else

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Taking Care of Those Who Care for Everyone Else

Who cares for the caregivers? This is not an academic question or a slogan. When we or our loved ones are hurt or sick, it’s the health care workers – nurses, aides, etc. – who nurse us back to health. So is it right that workers in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities have […]

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