Archive for December, 2010

Digging Deeper on Trenching

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on December 22, 2010 3 Comments
Digging Deeper on Trenching

Digging a trench is more than shoveling dirt. Any child who’s ever played on the beach knows what happens when you dig a big hole in unstable soil. It caves in. But when there’s a worker down in a trench, it’s not so much fun. In fact a trench can easily turn into a grave […]

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Assuring Fair and High Quality Work Environments

Filed in Workplace Rights by on December 21, 2010 3 Comments

John Lund is the Director of the Office of Labor Management Standards The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). The LMRDA promotes union democracy and financial integrity and labor-management transparency. In its administration of the LMRDA, OLMS focuses on helping […]

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Implementing Changes to the Black Lung Benefits Act

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on December 21, 2010 0 Comments

Shelby Hallmark is the Director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs administers a variety of workers’ compensation programs, including those that provide benefits to federal workers, nuclear weapons workers, longshore and harbor workers, and coal miners who have developed pneumoconiosis arising out of coal mine employment. The […]

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Protecting Workers, Promoting Diversity and Enforcing the Law

Filed in Workplace Rights by on December 21, 2010 2 Comments

Patricia Shiu is the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Good jobs exist in workplaces that are fair and diverse. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is a civil rights agency responsible for ensuring that fairness and diversity. Currently, OFCCP is undertaking an effort to revise all three legal authorities […]

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Helping Americans on the Path to Lifelong Careers

Jane Oates is the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration. At the Employment and Training Administration we are helping American workers get into good jobs in promising industries every day.  We serve many different worker communities.  Our regulations – and updates to them – must be tailored to meet the needs of these […]

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Promoting Retirement Security and Access to Affordable Health Insurance

Filed in Workplace Rights by on December 21, 2010 4 Comments

Phyllis Borzi is the Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration. The Department of Labor is committed to providing good jobs for everyone.  A good job is one that, among other things, provides a secure retirement and access to affordable health insurance. The Employee Benefits Security Administration’s Fall Regulatory Agenda contains regulatory actions that […]

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Promoting Safe and Healthy Workplaces for America’s Miners

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on December 20, 2010 2 Comments

Joseph Main is the Assistant Secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Department of Labor’s Strategic Plan contains Secretary Solis’ vision for the future: good jobs for everyone.  MSHA’s mission is to prevent death, disease, and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation’s miners.  MSHA’s Fall 2010 Regulatory […]

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Safe Workplaces Through Standards and Enforcement

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on December 20, 2010 3 Comments

Dr. David Michaels is the Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Why do construction workers need fall protection? Why are workers prohibited from repairing machinery before it is “locked out”?  Why are there limits to how much cancer causing asbestos or benzene workers can be exposed to?   Exposure to these hazards endangers […]

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Our Regulatory Approach

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on December 20, 2010 3 Comments

The Labor Department’s Fall Regulatory Agenda builds on our new Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2011-2016 that was released a few weeks ago. It also continues efforts described in our previous regulatory agendas and regulatory plans. One such effort is Plan, Prevent, Protect.  This strategy is premised on the fact that Congress charged employers with […]

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DOL’s Regulatory Agenda

The Department of Labor’s Semiannual Regulatory Agenda was published today in the Federal Register. Over the next few days, we’ll be highlighting posts from several DOL Assistant Secretaries regarding their regulatory actions. Please take a moment to read those posts and to view the materials on our website: http://www.dol.gov/regulations. During the week of January 3, […]

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