Archive for May, 2013

The Cost of Falls and What You Can Do to Stop Them

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on May 30, 2013 1 Comment
The Cost of Falls and What You Can Do to Stop Them

Last May, 28-year-old Adrien Zamora fell 40 feet from a scaffold while restoring an 11-story building in New York. It was his first day on the job, and he had not been given a fall protection harness or the necessary safety training. He left behind a wife and their two young daughters. Unfortunately, this loss […]

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Beyond Service

Filed in DOL by on May 28, 2013 0 Comments
Beyond Service

Every year thousands and men and women in the U.S. armed forces leave active service and become veterans. Veterans are defined by their service, courage and selfless dedication to the nation’s welfare. But for many in the armed forces, transitioning into the civilian workforce after serving in the military presents unique challenges. As the director […]

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Working Hard for the Minimum Wage

Working Hard for the Minimum Wage

Editor’s note: This blog was originally published as an op-ed in the Akron Beacon Journal Online. ReJeanne, a young mother who lives in Akron, Ohio, dreams of owning her own restaurant. Right now, however, things are tough and she’s struggling to get by while earning the minimum wage at a restaurant owned by someone else. […]

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No Limits for Wounded Veterans

Filed in Disabilities, Veterans by on May 23, 2013 2 Comments
No Limits for Wounded Veterans

Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the Opening Ceremonies of the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Warrior Games are an annual event in which injured, ill or disabled veterans from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations Command and the British Armed Forces compete in Paralympics. From […]

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Take Three: Lifetime Income Illustrations

Filed in Education, Retirement by on May 21, 2013 0 Comments
Take Three: Lifetime Income Illustrations

On May 7, the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration announced an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on including lifetime income illustrations in the statements workers receive from their defined contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. The notice gives the public an opportunity for early input into the development of regulations. We checked […]

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Join the Conversation to Improve Transition from School to Work for Youth with Disabilities

Join the Conversation to Improve Transition from School to Work for Youth with Disabilities

Today’s young people must graduate from high school with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st-century global economy. And that certainly includes youth with disabilities. To that end, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services are working closely […]

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VETS’ Kelly Heads “North to the Future” of Veterans Employment

VETS’ Kelly Heads “North to the Future” of Veterans Employment

Accepting the position of assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ training and employment brought me from Montana to Washington, D.C. This month, my new job took me from the district all the way to Alaska. You may not know it, but at approximately 10 percent, the percentage of Alaskans who are veterans is one of […]

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May 23 Webcast: Community College and Career Training Grants

May 23 Webcast: Community College and Career Training Grants

Helping communities across the country develop a “skills infrastructure” will ensure workers are prepared for the fastest growing jobs of the future. The departments of Labor and Education are working together to help make this goal a reality through unprecedented investments to expand the training capacity of community colleges. Nearly $1 billion in grants already […]

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Too Many Stories to Tell: My Minimum Wage Roundtable in Baltimore

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workforce Development by on May 16, 2013 5 Comments
Too Many Stories to Tell: My Minimum Wage Roundtable in Baltimore

In the past three months, I’ve met with workers earning at or near the minimum wage in 13 cities across the country. These workers have educated me about what it’s like to live and try to raise a family on the minimum wage. They have also shared with me what a moderate increase in the […]

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Join the Conversation to Make Change Happen

Join the Conversation to Make Change Happen

Youth with disabilities, like all young people, should grow up expecting to work and succeed. It’s critical that parents, educators and other influential adults reinforce this expectation, and the messages can’t start early enough. Of course, our nation’s education and employment policy must also cultivate a clear vision of work and community participation for young […]

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