Archive for November, 2010

It Gets Better

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 30, 2010 1 Comment

I’m an optimist—always have been.  I believe in the promise and power of “tomorrow”, and that our best days are always ahead of us.  So I was honored to join more than two dozen of my Labor Department LGBT colleagues and record a special message to young people as part of the “It Gets Better” […]

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The Key to Hiring America’s Young Veterans

Filed in Workforce Development by on November 23, 2010 3 Comments

In July of 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor hosted a “Young Veterans Think Tank.”  Though the phrase “Think Tank” doesn’t sound very engaging, this event was truly exhilarating!  More than 50 “boots-on-the-ground” experts made their way to Washington DC to discuss the state of education and employment for this new generation of returning Service […]

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From Hollywood to DOL, You’ve Got a Friend

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 23, 2010 0 Comments

Last week author and TV Writer-Producer Allen Rucker took to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog with a simple message… you’ve got a friend: The Federal government, goes the current populist litany, is callous, self-serving, greedy, and patently oblivious to the true needs of the people. They are all a bunch of contemptible “politicians” […]

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Your Opinion Counts, Help Choose the Best Career Videos

Filed in Green Jobs, Workforce Development by on November 22, 2010 0 Comments

Knowing what a job actually looks like can play an important role in making career decisions. For the last several months we have asked you, the members of the public, to submit videos highlighting the day-to-day work in 15 different occupations.  We received some great videos, and now is your chance to help us choose […]

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Continuing the Fight for Pay Equity

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 17, 2010 5 Comments

Earlier today, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on S. 3772 – the Paycheck Fairness Act – by a margin of 58-41. I am deeply disappointed that the Senate did not pass this important piece of legislation, but the issue of pay equity is far too important to give up. I remain committed to the […]

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Showcasing the Workforce Investment System During Global Entrepreneurship Week

Filed in Workforce Development by on November 16, 2010 2 Comments
Showcasing the Workforce Investment System During Global Entrepreneurship Week

The Employment and Training Administration’s top priority is getting U.S. workers back to work in good jobs. For some, the good job they’re looking for involves working for themselves. These budding entrepreneurs may have an exciting new business idea, dream of being their own bosses, or are looking for the flexibility self-employment can offer. They […]

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From Campus to Coworker

Filed in Workforce Development by on November 12, 2010 2 Comments
From Campus to Coworker

After four of what many consider to be the best years of their lives, the next step for many college graduates is entering the workforce. While we like to say we’re focusing on our studies and social lives, the truth is during school many of us are monitoring the job prospects of our older peers. […]

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Combating Stereotypes of Workers with Disabilities

Filed in Workforce Development, Workplace Rights by on November 10, 2010 4 Comments
Combating Stereotypes of Workers with Disabilities

Earlier this week, I spoke to a group of employers at the Diversity, Inc. Magazine Conference which focused on how diversity-management best practices can be used to increase employee engagement. My focus was on the impact of stereotypes about people with disabilities and what they can do to improve employment for this community. Think about […]

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This Holiday Season No Sale Should Cost a Life

Filed in Safety by on November 3, 2010 13 Comments
This Holiday Season No Sale Should Cost a Life

With retailers starting to advertise “Black Friday” post-Thanksgiving sales, OSHA is emphasizing how critical it is to ensure the safety of retail workers and customers. Two years ago, a worker was trampled to death when shoppers rushed through a store’s doors to take advantage of a Black Friday sale. OSHA investigated and issued a citation […]

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Lessons for Labor from… Don Draper?

Lessons for Labor from… Don Draper?

Recently, I had the chance to speak at a conference on DOL’s use of “new” media. As an “old media” guy–someone more likely to pick up the phone than to send a tweet–I was a little surprised when I got the invitation. But I always encourage people to take on “stretch assignments” and I thought […]

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