Archive for April, 2013

For Guatemalan Workers, a Ray of Hope

Filed in Workplace Rights by on April 30, 2013 0 Comments
For Guatemalan Workers, a Ray of Hope

Trade agreements between the United States and other nations are not just about the free exchange of goods and services; they’re also about protecting the workers who produce and provide them. In a global economy, protecting workers’ rights abroad helps protect workers’ rights here at home by ensuring a fairer global playing field. In a […]

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Workers’ Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Left Us Too Soon

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on April 29, 2013 0 Comments
Workers’ Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Left Us Too Soon

Today we remember those who have given their lives while doing their jobs; those who left for work one day and then left this Earth before they could make it back home. We remember unspeakable disasters going back more than a century, like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. We remember the miners at the Upper Big […]

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Building a Skills Infrastructure by Investing in Community Colleges

Building a Skills Infrastructure by Investing in Community Colleges

Editor’s note: This is a cross-post of a blog that appeared on the Huffington Post. In his State of the Union address a little over two months ago, President Obama asked us to consider three questions in all of the decisions we make: First, how do we make America a magnet for jobs? Second, how […]

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Giving a Hand Up to Minimum-Wage Workers

Giving a Hand Up to Minimum-Wage Workers

Since President Obama’s State of the Union address in February, I’ve traveled across the country meeting workers trying to survive while earning at or near the minimum wage. Everywhere I’ve gone their stories have been similarly poignant and powerful – hardworking Americans forced to decide which bill to pay, which meal to skip or which […]

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Breaking Down Barriers to Employment, For All Workers

Breaking Down Barriers to Employment, For All Workers

President Obama has laid out a vision that asks us to make our country a magnet for jobs; to equip Americans with the skills to succeed in those jobs; and to ensure that a hard day’s work leads to a decent living.  At the Labor Department, we are committed to making sure that people with […]

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Union credit card policies and procedures

Filed in DOL, Education by on April 22, 2013 0 Comments
Union credit card policies and procedures

Union-issued credit cards can be a convenient way to handle travel and lodging payments, but without proper safeguards, they can create problems. The department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards recommends your union establish clear policies and procedures and regularly monitor compliance. The policies and procedures should be in writing and approved by your governing board. While OLMS does not recommend […]

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Real People, Real Impact

Real People, Real Impact

One of my greatest honors has been being confirmed as the third assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy in June 2009. Since that time, I have had the daily pleasure of working with ODEP’s dedicated staff to strengthen the foundation built by my predecessors as well as the […]

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Taking Open Government to the Next Level

Filed in DOL, Open Government by on April 18, 2013 4 Comments
Taking Open Government to the Next Level

“I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives?” President Obama posed this question as a challenge to federal agencies, and we’ve taken that challenge seriously at the Labor Department. On a personal level, I’m hardly a “techie” − but I appreciate how […]

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Pad Your Nest Egg: 5 Simple Tips Every Worker Should Know

Filed in DOL, Education, Retirement by on April 17, 2013 1 Comment
Pad Your Nest Egg: 5 Simple Tips Every Worker Should Know

Many workers worry about their finances, including whether they will have enough money when they retire. Here are five simple steps you can take to save for a secure retirement, and new resources from the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration that will help you get started. 1. Plan ahead The easiest way to start saving […]

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The Family and Medical Leave Act: 20 Years of Working for Working Families

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on April 17, 2013 2 Comments
The Family and Medical Leave Act: 20 Years of Working for Working Families

Editor’s note: This blog has been cross-posted on the Huffington Post. Twenty years ago, Congress enacted into law a simple and fundamental principle: workers should not have to choose between the job they need, and the family members they love and who need their care. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows covered workers to […]

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