Laura Fortman

Laura Fortman is the deputy administrator of the Wage and Hour Division.

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An Announcement Concerning the Home Care Final Rule

An Announcement Concerning the Home Care Final Rule

A little more than a year ago, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced a final rule that extended minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers – the same protections provided to most U.S. workers, including those who perform the same work in nursing homes. At that time, Secretary Perez said, “Today we are […]

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Millions of Mothers Deserve a Raise

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage, Women by on May 10, 2014 3 Comments
Millions of Mothers Deserve a Raise

As a mom, I know how hard it is to raise a child while holding down a job. Parenting a child is a full-time job in and of itself. I’ve been fortunate, however, in that my income, along with my husband’s, has almost always afforded us the opportunity for a middle-class life. Not so for […]

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When Experience Pays: Paid vs. Unpaid Internships

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on April 11, 2014 1 Comment
When Experience Pays: Paid vs. Unpaid Internships

Every spring, as college students nationwide prepare for finals and pull all-nighters to wrap up their spring semesters, many simultaneously ramp up their search for the perfect internship. The Wage and Hour Division understands that these “foot-in-the-door” opportunities can provide invaluable experience and have a great impact on future career paths. But when can internships […]

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Baseball and Work-Life Balance

Baseball and Work-Life Balance

Spring is in the air and that, for some of us, means baseball.  For fans, there is nothing better than the promise of a new season, when any team – at least in theory – could wind up playing in October.  But life doesn’t stop for baseball, something that was highlighted this week when Mets […]

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Making Sure Hard Work Pays

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 28, 2014 0 Comments
Making Sure Hard Work Pays

As President Obama calls on all of us to do more to restore opportunity and to ensure that work pays, the Labor Department is undertaking a strategic investment in our budget request for fiscal year 2015 that will enable us to do even more of what we know is already working for Americans: ensuring workers […]

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On the Right Side of the Law

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on December 19, 2013 2 Comments
On the Right Side of the Law

Imagine if your employer threatened to “make [an employee’s] life bad” or “break [an employee’s] teeth” if he found out which of his employees was cooperating with a government investigator. Unfortunately, this scenario really happened. This week, a judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring an employer who owns six recycling facilities in the San […]

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Working During the Holidays? Know Your Rights

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on December 11, 2013 3 Comments
Working During the Holidays? Know Your Rights

This time of year, many people hold temporary or part-time jobs helping retailers and other businesses with the heavy demands of the busy holiday shopping season. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, get a foot in the door for long-term employment or just earn extra cash. Workers not familiar with this type […]

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A Family and Medical Leave Act for the 21st Century

Filed in DOL by on December 5, 2013 0 Comments
A Family and Medical Leave Act for the 21st Century

It has been 20 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law and, while much has changed in our country, striking a work-life balance remains challenging. But the FMLA helps families by giving eligible employees of covered employers the right to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. […]

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The Family and Medical Leave Act Supports Military Families

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on November 9, 2013 0 Comments
The Family and Medical Leave Act Supports Military Families

For 20 years, the Family and Medical Leave Act has supported a healthy work-life balance for all workers, including veterans. Earlier this year, we issued a final rule implementing recent amendments that expanded the FMLA to meet the unique challenges confronting military families and those who care for our wounded warriors. Serving your country is […]

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We Count on Home Care: Extending Protections to Direct Care Workers

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on September 17, 2013 4 Comments
We Count on Home Care: Extending Protections to Direct Care Workers

Direct care workers help countless Americans live at home, go to work, and participate more fully in their communities.  We need fair wages for the valuable services that direct care workers provide. Due to out-of-date regulations, however, for too long these workers have been excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime […]

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