Archive for August, 2013

Know Your Rights: Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Know Your Rights: Breastfeeding in the Workplace

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and it’s important for both employers and employees to know that the Fair Labor Standards Act requires breaks for mothers to express breast milk during the workday. We know that breastfeeding requires supportive environments − including our workplaces. A provision of the FLSA requires employers to provide a reasonable amount […]

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A Labor Day Opportunity

A Labor Day Opportunity

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted on the Huffington Post. Labor Day 2013 is special. This year marks the centennial of the U.S. Department of Labor – 100 years of working for America’s workers. And this past week, our nation reaffirmed the ideals of the 1963 March on Washington. This transformational event, exactly 50 years […]

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Labor Rights Week 2013: Protecting Opportunity for All Workers

This Labor Rights Week, Aug. 26-30, we honor the contributions of all workers and reaffirm our commitment to making sure their workplaces are fair and safe. As Secretary Perez has said, our goal here at the department is to promote and expand opportunity for all people working in the United States. To do that, we […]

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Bayard Rustin: An American Hero No Longer Forgotten

Bayard Rustin: An American Hero No Longer Forgotten

When I taught a civil rights class at the University of Maryland Law School, I would do an exercise with my students. I’d write “civil rights” on the board and ask them to tell me what immediately came to mind. Some of the most common answers were “Martin Luther King” or “Brown v. Board of […]

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Promoting Opportunity for Veterans and Workers With Disabilities

Promoting Opportunity for Veterans and Workers With Disabilities

On my first day as secretary of labor, I made it clear that protecting and promoting opportunity for America’s workers is my top priority. Today, Vice President Biden announced two new actions that will do exactly that – strengthening civil rights laws to create more economic opportunity for veterans and people with disabilities. For four decades, […]

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Giving Workers the Tools to Build a Brighter Future

Giving Workers the Tools to Build a Brighter Future

When you have been forced to work most of your life for no wages, under a cloud of constant threat from your boss, it is a struggle to maintain hope. That is the plight of the approximately 20.9 million people worldwide who are the victims of forced labor. It was also the plight of Francisco, […]

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Champions of Women’s Work

Filed in Centennial, Education, Jobs, Women, Workplace Rights by on August 26, 2013 1 Comment
Champions of Women’s Work

In 1963, John F. Kennedy was president of the United States. The civil rights movement was in full force throughout the nation, perhaps most memorably in Martin Luther King Jr.’s August 28 March on Washington. Earlier that summer, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova had become the first woman to orbit the planet. And back on Earth, with […]

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A Long Overdue Proposal

Filed in DOL, Safety by on August 23, 2013 3 Comments
A Long Overdue Proposal

Alan White is a 48-year-old foundry worker from Buffalo, N.Y. – he’s in the local steelworkers union, employed at the same foundry where his father also worked. He just became a grandfather. Three years ago, Alan went to a doctor who did a series of tests and told him that he had contracted silicosis, a […]

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The Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Las Vegas Edition

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Secretary Perez by on August 23, 2013 0 Comments
The Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Las Vegas Edition

It has been pointed out many times just how large and diverse the chorus of voices who support fixing our broken immigration system has grown as we move closer and closer to a long-lasting solution. There is perhaps no other issue facing our country with so many interests aligned on one side, calling for something […]

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Setting the Wheels of Civil Rights in Motion

Filed in Disabilities, Workplace Rights by on August 21, 2013 0 Comments
Setting the Wheels of Civil Rights in Motion

Last month, I had the honor of speaking at the National Urban League’s annual conference in Philadelphia. That city is often called the cradle of liberty, because it’s where the most consequential words in American history were drafted: that all people are created equal with certain unalienable rights. And although those words didn’t truly apply […]

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