Archive for October, 2012

Beyond Disability Awareness

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Women, Workplace Rights by on October 31, 2012 0 Comments

This year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What can YOU Do?” invites us to consider what we can do to promote inclusion in our workplaces. President Obama and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis have made diversifying the workforce a high priority, including hiring more workers with disabilities. […]

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Job Corps: Like Us on Facebook

Job Corps: Like Us on Facebook

Recently, the Office of Job Corps launched its Facebook page, marking the program’s first official steps into the world of social media.  We’re excited about joining this space and here’s why: Content.  We have a lot of it.  There are 125 Job Corps centers across the nation, and each one has powerful stories about self-improvement, […]

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Helping You Keep an Eye on the Fees That Can Eat Away at Your 401(k)

Filed in Retirement, Workplace Rights by on October 24, 2012 5 Comments

October 21-27 is National Save for Retirement Week and this is a great time to stop and assess your retirement goals and savings strategy, and to see where you are by checking your retirement benefit statements. By now you and the nearly 72 million American workers in 401(k) type plans across the country may have […]

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A Personal Investment in the Family and Medical Leave Act

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on October 22, 2012 1 Comment
A Personal Investment in the Family and Medical Leave Act

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As a Wage and Hour Investigator and breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how the protections afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act are making an impact in the lives of workers and their families.  “They told you its cancer, right?” My eyes widened. “What? No…What,” I replied […]

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Innovation and Reinvention on Display at America’s Community Colleges

Innovation and Reinvention on Display at America’s Community Colleges

Last month, I announced $500 million in new grants to colleges around the country through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program. Since then, I’ve visited 16 community colleges in 13 states; from St. Petersburg to Seattle, Connecticut to California, Vermont to Arizona, and just about everywhere in between.  And I have to […]

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Lost wages: What records does your union need to keep; what policies should you develop?

Filed in Workplace Rights by on October 18, 2012 0 Comments

Suppose you’ve just been audited by Office of Labor-Management Standards and your closing letter says your local union “did not retain adequate documentation for lost wage reimbursement payments to the Treasurer and Vice President totaling at least 53 times.”  OLMS informs you that your lost wage voucher needs to be updated so that you can […]

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Disability Mentoring Day: Pay it Forward

Filed in Disabilities, Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on October 17, 2012 0 Comments
Disability Mentoring Day: Pay it Forward

In order to effectively prepare to enter the workforce, young people with disabilities—like all young people—must have the opportunity to explore their employment potential through firsthand experience and trusted relationships with older, more experienced workers. I know this because I was once one of those young people. And I wouldn’t be where I am today […]

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Our Commitment to Zero Tolerance

Filed in Women by on October 16, 2012 1 Comment
Our Commitment to Zero Tolerance

Every October, we bring special awareness to an issue that plagues our communities, our families and even our workplaces—domestic violence against women. For more than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) in this country, the impact of domestic violence is felt by more than just the victim. Ending this devastating reality has been a priority for […]

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A lesson from Cesar Chavez: Never give up

Filed in Secretary Solis by on October 11, 2012 3 Comments
A lesson from Cesar Chavez: Never give up

You didn’t have to know Cesar Chavez to be inspired by him.  Like millions of other people, he touched my life in a unique way.  In 1993, I had just been elected to the California Assembly. I heard of Cesar’s death at my first community meeting with local labor leaders.  We were gathered in a […]

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OFCCP Videos Offer Glimpse Into Workers’ Stories, Lives

Filed in Workplace Rights by on October 11, 2012 1 Comment
OFCCP Videos Offer Glimpse Into Workers’ Stories, Lives

We see and hear the stories of workers who suffer discrimination every day – whether it is a qualified veteran who is improperly denied a job with a federal contractor or a female employee who is not being paid fairly compared to men in her office.   We know the negative impact discrimination has on […]

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