Latifa Lyles

Latifa Lyles is the director of the Women’s Bureau.

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Four Ways the ACA Helps Working Women

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on January 10, 2015 0 Comments

More than 7.1 million people have signed up for 2015 health coverage through Affordable Care Act marketplaces. For women like Elena, Yvonne and Rachel who pursue the jobs they love, affordable coverage gives them peace of mind and access to quality care. For many working women, pregnancy and childbirth present unique challenges. Fortunately, the ACA […]

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Easing Labor Pains

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on December 2, 2014
Easing Labor Pains

Speaking at the White House Summit on Working Families in June, President Obama remarked: “Twenty-first century families deserve twenty-first-century workplaces. And our economy demands them, because it’s going to help us compete.” In particular, he said, this “means treating pregnant workers fairly, because too many are forced to choose between their health and their job. […]

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Five Facts about Women Veterans

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans, Women, Workforce Development by on November 22, 2014 0 Comments
Five Facts about Women Veterans

Military Family Month affords Americans the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices that women and men who proudly serve our great country make, both on the battlefield and at home. When Military Family Month was first celebrated in 1993, in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, the demographic characteristics of service members and veterans were […]

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The Elephant at the Roundtable

The Elephant at the Roundtable

Editor’s note: This is the third blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Earlier this year, I participated in a small roundtable at the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County in Rochester, New York in the last […]

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Domestic Violence Doesn’t Always Stay at Home

Filed in Women by on October 23, 2014 0 Comments
Domestic Violence Doesn’t Always Stay at Home

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. This historic act has saved lives, improved access to justice, built critical infrastructure for support services and broken ground in changing the culture that breeds this epidemic. According to the CDC, more than one in three women in the U.S. […]

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In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories

Filed in Paid Leave, Women by on September 24, 2014 0 Comments
In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories

Editor’s note: This is the second blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Today, more than 30 million of America’s working families have young children, and more than 25 million workers provide unpaid care for elderly relatives […]

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A Woman’s Place – in Tech

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Women by on September 16, 2014 1 Comment
A Woman’s Place – in Tech

Over the past few months, several of the IT giants have released self-reported workforce diversity data. The data show that women hold a very small percentage of the tech jobs at these companies. At Apple, for example, only 20 percent of tech positions are occupied by women. The figures for Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo […]

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4 Ways to Achieve More Economic Equity

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Jobs by on August 26, 2014 3 Comments
4 Ways to Achieve More Economic Equity

On this date in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, according women equal voting rights with men. Today we recognize August 26 as Women’s Equality Day – but in many ways, women in this nation still aren’t equal. As the Women’s Bureau and the Department of Labor work to create and expand opportunities for working […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Fair Treatment Under the Law

Filed in DOL, Women, Workplace Rights by on August 12, 2014 1 Comment
What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Fair Treatment Under the Law

Editor’s note: This is the first blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that Triple T Foods, a pet food processor in Arkansas, will pay a $30,000 settlement to […]

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41 Million Stories

Filed in DOL, Women, Workplace Rights by on June 18, 2014 0 Comments
41 Million Stories

More than 41 million workers in the United States do not have access to paid sick days, according to a recent study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. This was one of many key issues discussed this spring during a series of forums hosted by the Department of Labor as part of a national […]

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