Archive for December, 2013

Top 10 Countdown: Our Most Popular Blog Posts in 2013

Top 10 Countdown: Our Most Popular Blog Posts in 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, we look back at the blog posts that were most popular with you, our readers! Can you guess what the top post was about? Here’s a countdown starting with No. 10: 10. Pad Your Nest Egg: 5 Simple Tips Every Worker Should Know Many workers worry about their finances, […]

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Happy Birthday, OSHA!

Filed in DOL, Safety by on December 30, 2013 1 Comment
Happy Birthday, OSHA!

This past weekend, the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration hit an impressive milestone: 43 years of protecting people in the workplace. On Dec. 29, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 into law. By the middle of 1971, OSHA was helping prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. While […]

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Our New Year’s Resolution

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Secretary Perez by on December 30, 2013 7 Comments
Our New Year’s Resolution

For most of us − myself included − this is the time of year for an honest self-evaluation. Maybe your New Year’s resolutions are the same as mine: spend time with family, exercise more, eat healthy. Similarly, it’s the time that businesses and government agencies review accomplishments and decide what areas need improvement. Among the […]

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Extending a Critical Lifeline for the Long-Term Unemployed

Extending a Critical Lifeline for the Long-Term Unemployed

This weekend, Unemployment Insurance benefits are set to expire for more than 1.3 million Americans. These are people who have been struggling in this tough economy after losing their jobs through no fault of their own, and now they will lose a critical lifeline. New Year’s is supposed to be a time of excitement and […]

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Benefits for Nuclear Weapons Workers: 5 Things You Should Know

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on December 26, 2013 1 Comment
Benefits for Nuclear Weapons Workers: 5 Things You Should Know

Thousands of workers have dedicated their careers to building our nation’s nuclear defense program. As members of the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, part of the Labor Department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, my colleagues and I assist current and former nuclear weapons workers who have become seriously ill due to workplace exposure. […]

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Caring for Wounded Warriors: An All-Hands-On-Deck Enterprise

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans by on December 24, 2013 0 Comments
Caring for Wounded Warriors: An All-Hands-On-Deck Enterprise

“As Commander-in-Chief, I’ll keep doing everything in my power to make sure we serve you as well as you’ve served us. And that means making sure you get the care and the benefits you need. It means making sure you don’t have to fight for a job when you get home. It means recognizing our military families and […]

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Workplace Rights by on December 23, 2013 2 Comments
Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Last week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management reported that the executive branch of our federal government hired a greater percentage of workers with disabilities in fiscal year 2012 than at any point in the past 32 years. In a blog post, OPM director Katherine Archuleta noted that the federal government has made great progress, saying, “I […]

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Skills to Pay the Bills: Preparing Young People for the World of Work

Skills to Pay the Bills: Preparing Young People for the World of Work

Editor’s note: The following has been cross-posted from the Disability.Gov blog. Who can forget their first job? Mine came as a teenager when I worked as a receptionist for a personal injury attorney. You know, one of those lawyers who comes on television and says, “If you’ve been in an accident, call me!” Well, all […]

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50 Years Later: Women, Work and the Work Ahead

Filed in Centennial, Equal Pay, Women, Workplace Rights by on December 20, 2013 0 Comments
50 Years Later: Women, Work and the Work Ahead

“[W]e have by no means done enough to strengthen family life and at the same time encourage women to make their full contribution as citizens. If our nation is to be successful in the critical period ahead, we must rely upon the skills and devotion of all our people. … It is appropriate at this […]

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Going Public

Going Public

When we started the Books that Shaped Work in America project, we said that the list, like work in America, was constantly evolving, and that the list would grow based on suggestions from “the public.” One of my all-time favorite authors, Mark Twain, once said that “the public is merely a multiplied ‘me.’” I love that […]

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