Archive for October, 2010

The Campaign for Disability Employment Encourages Youth with Disabilities to Aim High

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 28, 2010 4 Comments
The Campaign for Disability Employment Encourages Youth with Disabilities to Aim High

Ask any child what he or she will do when they grow-up and you’ll receive a multitude of different answers. Typically, you’ll hear teacher, doctor, nurse, veterinarian, fire fighter, President and even an occasional superhero.  Why?  Because these are the occupations that many children are exposed to while very young. Are career aspirations any different […]

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Protecting plan participants through improved accountability

Filed in Workplace Rights by on October 22, 2010 0 Comments

Since 1975, despite major changes across the retirement landscape, the definition of a fiduciary for purposes of providing investment advice to employee benefit plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), has remained the same. The current definition requires a cumbersome and fact-intensive five-step analysis to determine who is considered a fiduciary. This analysis […]

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Shifting Gears: Transitioning from School to Work

Filed in Workplace Rights by on October 21, 2010 8 Comments

Hi, everyone! This is Dr. Suzanne Kitchen, and I’m a senior consultant at the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). JAN is the premiere nationwide accommodation consulting service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.  Over the years, I have talked to thousands of employers, rehabilitation professionals, educators, parents, and people with […]

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MSHA Takes Significant Step to Help End Black Lung Disease

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on October 20, 2010 0 Comments

Yesterday, a proposed regulation that aims to eliminate black lung disease in coal miners was published in the Federal Register. The release of this proposed regulation fulfills a longstanding commitment and promise that I made on my first day with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and one that I have been dedicated to […]

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June Cleaver, meet Juana Solis

June Cleaver, meet Juana Solis

Today in Dallas, the U.S. Department of Labor – which I head – will host the first of several national dialogues on workplace flexibility. Nearly 300 leaders from business, family advocacy groups, academia, labor unions and government will convene at Southern Methodist University to share best practices, forge partnerships and explore strategies to address issues […]

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EBSA Rule Enhances Transparency for Workers’ Retirement Investments

Filed in Workplace Rights by on October 14, 2010 2 Comments
EBSA Rule Enhances Transparency for Workers’ Retirement Investments

Today, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released a final regulation to give workers the tools they need to make the best possible decisions in managing and investing their 401(k)-type retirement accounts. Fee transparency is an important tool to help workers maximize returns on their retirement investments. An estimated 72 million individuals are covered by […]

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Celebrating the International Year of Youth

Filed in Workforce Development by on October 12, 2010 0 Comments
Celebrating the International Year of Youth

“As long as millions of youth are un- or under-employed, globalization will neither be fair nor just. Helping young people to realize their productive potential and to harness their energies and talents to shape a better world is our challenge and our responsibility today, and our gift to our future”. Juan Somavia, Director-General International Labor […]

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Community Colleges: The Backbone of Our Public Workforce System

Filed in DOL by on October 4, 2010 76 Comments

The White House Summit on Community Colleges on October 5th is exciting for so many reasons.  For those of us who have spent decades in education, it’s the first time that community colleges have been recognized at a presidential level.  And more importantly, it is being hosted by Dr. Jill Biden, a stellar educator who […]

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