Archive for December, 2012

Something’s Cooking in the Secretary’s Office

Filed in DOL, Jobs by on December 26, 2012 3 Comments
Something’s Cooking in the Secretary’s Office

More often than not, culinary school graduates will test their new expertise in the unforgiving fires of restaurant kitchens. Others, though, find themselves put to the test in different ways. For Lynn Brown, a management services assistant in the Office of the Secretary, that test includes providing culinary expertise for a Cabinet secretary, assisting with events […]

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Responding to Hurricane Sandy

Filed in Jobs, Safety, Secretary Solis by on December 20, 2012 1 Comment
Responding to Hurricane Sandy

In the weeks since Hurricane Sandy swept onto shore and left a path of destruction along the East Coast, we’ve witnessed the bravery and sheer determination of the region’s residents as they recover and rebuild.   Last month, we made our way to one of the hardest-hit areas of Staten Island. Vibrant beachfronts once filled with […]

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Building a More Inclusive Workforce, Worldwide

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on December 19, 2012 3 Comments
Building a More Inclusive Workforce, Worldwide

Day to day, we aim to ensure that America’s workforce is inclusive of all people, including those of us with disabilities. However, disability is a much broader, international issue. For this reason, we apply a global perspective to the work we do in the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). ODEP has a vital […]

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America’s Heroes at Work: Tools for Hiring Veterans

Filed in Jobs by on December 18, 2012 2 Comments
America’s Heroes at Work: Tools for Hiring Veterans

During Richard Nero’s second combat tour in Iraq, an insurgent missile brought down the transport plane that was carrying him. It was a terrifyingly close call with death, and amazingly, Nero emerged from the crash with no visible wounds. However, the Military Police Corps staff sergeant had suffered a severe intracranial concussion that ended his […]

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Dodging Federal Discrimination Laws Doesn’t Pay

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on December 18, 2012 5 Comments
Dodging Federal Discrimination Laws Doesn’t Pay

In Los Angeles, Clougherty Packing Co.’s famous “Dodger dog” is nearly as famous as the Dodgers themselves. Millions of the 10-inch frankfurters are sold each year.   Because the company holds a federal contract (with the U.S. Agriculture Department), my agency, the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, is responsible for enforcing fair hiring and […]

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Online Tool to Help Businesses Fight Child and Forced Labor

Around the world, roughly 215 million children toil in child labor; another 21 million people are trapped in forced labor. If these groups represented a single nation, it would be the fifth largest in the world. Governments and businesses both have a critical role to play in eradicating this problem. That is why today our […]

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New DOL-SBA Website Encourages Entrepreneurship

New DOL-SBA Website Encourages Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurial spirit is what drives this country.  In fact, small businesses and start-ups are responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs in the United States. And more than half of all working Americans own or work for a small business.  That’s why helping to create an environment where more businesses are […]

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Tis the Season of Holiday Hiring

Filed in Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on December 10, 2012 0 Comments
Tis the Season of Holiday Hiring

If you’re like me and still haven’t found the perfect gifts, you’ll be doing some last-minute shopping over the next few weeks. And even though the holiday season is in full swing, you’ll still see many “Help Wanted” and “Now Hiring” signs hanging in brightly decorated storefront windows. Every year, temporary and part-time employment spikes […]

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A Billion Dollar-Plus Return on Investment for Workers and Retirees

Filed in Retirement by on December 7, 2012 0 Comments

More than $1.2 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a “b.” That’s how much we protected or recovered in fiscal year 2012 for workers who participate in private-sector employee benefit plans and their beneficiaries. Most of this total was reported for participants in 401(k) or similar retirement account plans, and employee stock ownership plans. But the […]

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Economic Recovery Remains on the Right Trajectory

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on December 7, 2012 0 Comments
Economic Recovery Remains on the Right Trajectory

Our nation added 146,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, its lowest level since December 2008. November’s jobs report means we’ve now seen 33 straight months of private sector job growth totaling nearly 5.6 million jobs. This year, we’ve created an average of 154,000 private sector jobs a […]

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