Archive for February, 2013

A Champion in the Fight against Child Labor

Filed in DOL by on February 28, 2013 3 Comments
A Champion in the Fight against Child Labor

The warm waters of Lake Volta in eastern Ghana support local fishermen from the small town of Kete-Krachi, which is perched on the edge of the lake. If you were to stand upon the shore, you would see numerous wooden boats bobbing on the waters with two or three fishermen in each, trolling for the […]

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Closing the Enforcement Gap, So We Can Close the Pay Gap

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Women, Workplace Rights by on February 28, 2013 2 Comments

When I arrived at the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in the fall of 2009, I made improving our efforts to eliminate pay discrimination one of my primary goals. The first step has been to close gaps in our enforcement practices and ensure that we protect workers to the fullest extent […]

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Affordability Meets Accountability

Under the Affordable Care Act, all workers and their families will have access to affordable health insurance regardless of income or employment situation. To help protect both workers and employers when it comes to getting affordable health care coverage, our agencies − the Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and its Occupational Safety and […]

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A Fast Track to Civilian Employment

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Workforce Development, Workforce Investment by on February 26, 2013 5 Comments
A Fast Track to Civilian Employment

There is no better way to honor veterans’ service than by hiring them. Yet despite immense training and valuable, battle-tested leadership experience, veterans often face difficulties in obtaining recognition of their skills for the licenses and certifications required by private sector jobs. And the frequent moves that are a part of military life can create […]

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Take Three: Raising the Minimum Wage Myths

Filed in Minimum Wage, Workforce Investment by on February 22, 2013 10 Comments
Take Three: Raising the Minimum Wage Myths

The president’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage will benefit 15 million American workers, and have a positive effect on the economy. Still, there are some common myths about raising the minimum wage. We checked in with our Chief Economist Jennifer Hunt on the following three myths: Myth: Raising the minimum wage reduces employment. […]

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Cleveland Stories: An Argument for a Higher Minimum Wage

Cleveland Stories: An Argument for a Higher Minimum Wage

There are numerous robust economic arguments to make about the economic benefits of a minimum wage increase. The increase will provide a direct benefit to 15 million workers, increase the productivity of our businesses, and strengthen the middleclass and our economy as a whole. But the most powerful argument to be made is by minimum […]

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Sailing to Success

Sailing to Success

When I was a teenager, I learned to sail. People are often surprised when they learn this. I was born blind, after all, and combining blindness and sailing sounds like a scary proposition. But I was so enthralled with the sea that I enrolled in the Sea Explorers program, an offshoot of the Boy Scouts […]

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Connecting Older Workers, Long-Term Unemployed With Jobs

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on February 19, 2013 11 Comments
Connecting Older Workers, Long-Term Unemployed With Jobs

Did you know that the age group most impacted by long-term unemployment − that is, 27 weeks or longer − is workers 55 and older? And while the ranks of the long-term unemployed have been steadily declining over the past year, there are still 4.7 million people in this category according to the department’s Bureau […]

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Living Against the Current

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Unemployment by on February 14, 2013 8 Comments
Living Against the Current

They looked me directly in the eyes. They were forthright, bold and persuasive. Until recently, Tracey Mulvehill has been holding down two jobs to make ends meet, one of which was for minimum wage at a casino. “It feels like I’ve been living against the current, trying to stay above water,” she said. Jessica Nunez […]

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Serving Veterans: Our Duty, Our Honor

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on February 7, 2013 6 Comments
Serving Veterans: Our Duty, Our Honor

No others are owed a greater measure of gratitude for our rights and freedoms than the men and women who answer the call to serve in our armed forces. That is why the Labor Department works to help service members transition from the military to good civilian jobs, and why we announced changes to the […]

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