Archive for June, 2013

Going Digital: New X-Ray Technology in Black Lung Claims

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on June 28, 2013 1 Comment
Going Digital: New X-Ray Technology in Black Lung Claims

There are many ways that physicians and patients can discover the existence of an injury or a debilitating illness. For coal miners, chest X-rays and radiographic technology are important tools in determining a hard-to-prove suspected illness such as pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease. Coal miners often work in dangerous conditions and many are […]

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Renewing the Promise of the FLSA: Workers on the Need to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Filed in Minimum Wage by on June 27, 2013 3 Comments
Renewing the Promise of the FLSA: Workers on the Need to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Seventy-five years ago this week, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill that established the first-ever national wage floor in the United States: the Fair Labor Standards Act. This landmark law has stood the test of time, keeping our middle class strong and our workers secure for three-quarters of a century. And the best way to […]

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Fair Labor Standards Act Anniversary Reminds Us Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage by on June 25, 2013 1 Comment
Fair Labor Standards Act Anniversary Reminds Us Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

Editor’s note: This blog post by Seth Harris, Danielle Gray, Alan Krueger and Gene Sperling has been cross-posted from the White House’s blog. In his State of the Union, President Obama laid out a simple principle: “in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.” Today, we came together […]

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75 Years of Rewarding Work and Responsibility

75 Years of Rewarding Work and Responsibility

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published in the Huffington Post. Seventy-five years ago today, during one of his fireside chats, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke about the Fair Labor Standards Act, calling it one of “the most far-reaching … far-sighted program[s] for the benefit of workers ever adopted.” Roosevelt signed the bill the next […]

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Talking STEM Training in Austin

Earlier this week, I made my second visit to Austin, Texas, in as many months.  In May, I traveled with President Obama to Manor New Tech, a state-of-the-art high school using innovative teaching techniques to prepare its diverse student body for college as well as jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math – STEM […]

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Employment First: Success and Inclusiveness

Employment First: Success and Inclusiveness

Last week, I commended the most recent efforts of our federal partners to enforce and protect the rights of workers and job seekers with disabilities, which represent marked progress in the disability employment movement. My agency, the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, stands ready to help states, businesses and providers improve access to […]

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Safety Rights for Young Workers

Filed in Education, Safety, Workplace Rights by on June 20, 2013 3 Comments
Safety Rights for Young Workers

Summer officially begins tomorrow, and with it, millions of young people will enter the workforce — some of them for the first time. Unfortunately, these workers are often among the most vulnerable members of our nation’s workforce. Workers under the age of 25 are twice as likely to be injured on the job as older […]

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Miss Utah’s Question is Worth Answering

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on June 20, 2013 0 Comments
Miss Utah’s Question is Worth Answering

Marissa Powell’s comments on the pay gap at the June 16 Miss USA competition have gotten a lot of attention in the news – but for all the wrong reasons. Gossip sites and even respectable media sources have homed in on her grammatically shaky response, but let’s not duck the question; it is well worth […]

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‘Knot’ Your Average Job Corps Success Story

Filed in DOL, Education, Jobs by on June 19, 2013 0 Comments
‘Knot’ Your Average Job Corps Success Story

Seventeen-year-old Gus Lopez was working on a San Pedro, Calif., harbor cruise boat when he overheard his captain talking to another seaman about the free education and training opportunity that Job Corps offers to young people. Intrigued, Lopez approached the captain later to ask about Job Corps. The captain said that the Seamanship career training […]

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An Important Development for Workers with Disabilities

An Important Development for Workers with Disabilities

This week witnessed an important development in protecting the rights of workers and job seekers with significant disabilities. As the assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, I applaud the decision of the department’s Wage and Hour Division to revoke all special minimum wage certificates issued to a Rhode […]

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