Archive for June, 2012

A Red Carpet Premiere From OFCCP

Filed in Workplace Rights by on June 28, 2012 1 Comment

Working at the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs isn’t typically glamorous. Red carpets and paparazzi don’t usually factor into my life – I’m more of a Little League and spa-day kind of mom. However, at OFCCP, we do have stars that captivate us and command our full attention. They are ordinary […]

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Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on June 28, 2012 0 Comments

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Council for Research on Women’s 30th Anniversary Annual Conference to about 250 women researchers, policy specialists and advocates.  One of this year’s conference themes was strengthening women’s economic security – a perfect opportunity to discuss both women’s job gains during the recovery and the […]

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Celebrating 8 years of the EMPLEO Program in Los Angeles

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on June 27, 2012 1 Comment
Celebrating 8 years of the EMPLEO Program in Los Angeles

For years, Jose Garcia worked 60 hours a week as a cook at the Great Wall Mandarin Chinese Restaurant, just north of Los Angeles in Lancaster, Calif. His flat salary did not guarantee either a minimum wage or overtime. He knew he was probably being underpaid, but wasn’t sure where to turn for help. One […]

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Form LM-3 Filers: Reconcile Before You File

Filed in DOL by on June 26, 2012 1 Comment

Unions filing Form LM-3 (those unions with $10,000 or more but less than $250,000 in annual receipts) should always use the cash reconciliation worksheet in the Form LM-3 Instructions to ensure that they have correctly reported the figures for receipts, disbursements and cash on their LM-3.  The worksheet should be used every year prior to […]

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Are You Up to the Challenge?

Filed in Disabilities, Web Apps by on June 22, 2012 10 Comments

As part of DOL’s focus on expanding opportunities for all Americans, we at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) work to influence national policy and promote effective workplace practices that ensure today’s workforce is inclusive of all people, including people with disabilities—people like me.  In carrying out our work, we look at things from […]

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RExO Grants: Reduce Recidivism and Build Lives

Each year, juvenile courts in the United States handle roughly 1.6 million cases involving criminal allegations. And each year, an estimated 144,000 youth are placed in juvenile correctional facilities. Many youth who spend time in the juvenile justice system struggle with low literacy levels, histories of home violence, substance abuse and mental health challenges. Most […]

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Working for Working Women

Filed in Women by on June 21, 2012 5 Comments
Working for Working Women

Millions of working women struggle to make ends meet every day.  Although women now make up close to half of the national workforce, they substantially outnumber men in holding low-wage jobs. In addition, women of color are disproportionately affected, resulting in an increased risk of living in poverty. Low-wage, women workers face uniquely tough times. […]

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Summer Begins, Workers Feel the Heat

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on June 20, 2012 4 Comments
Summer Begins, Workers Feel the Heat

Here in Washington, today is the peak of our first big heat wave of the summer – and it’s only summer’s first day.  The National Weather Service alert warns of hot, dry conditions for everyone from Virginia to Maine, with extreme temperatures also visiting the Desert Southwest. The heat index here is expected to reach nearly […]

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Expanding the Use of Work Sharing

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Investment by on June 19, 2012 1 Comment

In February, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.  The law extended the payroll tax cut and federal Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits that have helped sustain the economic recovery.  As important as that was, the law also included several components for the first major overhaul to the Unemployment […]

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Breaking the barriers that prevent workers from fair wages – And you can help

Filed in Workplace Rights by on June 14, 2012 1 Comment

Remember your first job waiting tables? Or, perhaps you recently took a new position as a kitchen worker. Imagine working more than 80 hours a week. How would you react if your boss paid you a flat monthly salary—so low that you never even earned the federal minimum wage and never got overtime pay? To […]

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