Archive for March, 2011

Workplace Flexibilities Generate Positives for Employers

Filed in Jobs, Workplace Rights by on March 31, 2011 0 Comments
Workplace Flexibilities Generate Positives for Employers

As part of the Department of Labor, the Women’s Bureau is in a unique position to promote and participate in the progress being made on behalf of workers—especially working women—and to respond to the dynamic changes taking place in the labor market. This past year, the Women’s Bureau worked with leaders from the private sector, […]

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Secretary Solis Reflects on Women Organize

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on March 29, 2011 1 Comment
Secretary Solis Reflects on Women Organize

On the White House Council on Women and Girls blog, Secretary Solis reflects on WOMEN ORGANIZE!, a Women’s History Month forum with women workers and organizers sharing their stories of courageous action.. “Today, as part of Women’s History Month and in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Valerie Jarrett and I […]

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Health Reform: A Lifesaving Prescription for Women

The Affordable Care Act is one year old today. Thanks to this law, millions of women across America will have real — and equal — access to health care coverage for the first time in their lives. Many improvements will be seen as the full law is phased in during the coming years. For instance, […]

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A Smarter, More Efficient, More Transparent Labor Department

Filed in Workforce Development, Workplace Rights by on March 15, 2011 1 Comment

Open government is not just a slogan or a policy position.  It is a powerful management tool. The Labor Department has strived to be a leader in responding to President Obama’s call for an unprecedented level of openness and transparency throughout the administration.  These efforts not only strengthen our engagement with our employees, stakeholders, and […]

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“Knowledge Will Forever Govern Ignorance”

“Knowledge Will Forever Govern Ignorance”

Over the last few years, the elevators within the Department of Labor’s Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C. have become more than a way to travel between floors. In a space better known for awkward silence and passing pleasantries, our “elevator posters” like the one above are a valuable way to share information with the […]

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OSHA’s David Michaels Weighs In on “Breaking Windows”

Filed in Jobs, Safety, Workplace Rights by on March 11, 2011 1 Comment

Today on WSJ.com Assistant Secretary David Michaels provided his reaction to a previous post on the impact of regulations on our nation’s economy.  As a scientist I look for evidence to get at the truth of things. And there is clear evidence that OSHA’s common-sense regulations don’t kill jobs; they stop jobs from killing workers. […]

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Providing Young People with Essential Confidence and an Opportunity to Succeed

In college, the path of advancement and success is straightforward.  Whatever one’s field, there is a required course of study that everyone takes, which progresses with time from beginning courses to more advanced studies.  A student’s year in school, major, and GPA give a reasonable idea of where they stand academically.  By contrast, advancing into […]

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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

Filed in Jobs, Workplace Rights by on March 8, 2011 2 Comments

March 8th, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day; an event that honors women and their struggle for equal rights. The idea grew out of the women’s labor movement in the U.S.  In March of 1908, to protest low pay and deplorable working conditions in factories, members of the International Garment Worker’s Union […]

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A Promising Report and a Reminder of the Work Yet to Do

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 4, 2011 3 Comments
A Promising Report and a Reminder of the Work Yet to Do

Our nation’s labor market improved notably in the month of February. Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 192,000, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.9 percent — exceeding the consensus forecast and adding 60,000 workers to the labor market. Today’s numbers highlight steady, sustained and widespread job growth. The bottom line: The policies and programs of […]

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