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Strength in Diversity

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on August 19, 2014 2 Comments
Strength in Diversity

The federal government holds contracts with about 200,000 establishments, and these contractors and subcontractors play an important role in making our country work. They provide food, clothing, energy, transportation, medical treatment and thousands of essential services all around the country. As the director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, I oversee the agency […]

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Closing the Pay Gap for Asian-American Women

Filed in Equal Pay, Workplace Rights by on June 3, 2014 0 Comments
Closing the Pay Gap for Asian-American Women

Throughout Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May, the Labor Department shared the latest data available on the employment status of AAPI workers. Secretary Perez discussed the overall employment situation for AAPI workers, Deputy Secretary Chris Lu wrote about the importance of education and Assistant Secretary Portia Wu described the challenges of long-term unemployment. There’s another […]

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An Ordinary, Extraordinary Day

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Veterans, Workplace Rights by on March 27, 2014 1 Comment
An Ordinary, Extraordinary Day

Karla wrote for her daughter, a high school student with cerebral palsy who, her mom points out, “will be as qualified as anyone else” when she enters the workforce. Gerald wrote to make sure we didn’t forget the continuing barriers Vietnam veterans like him still face when trying to enter or re-enter the workforce. And […]

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Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women by on January 29, 2014 2 Comments
Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

President Obama demonstrated his commitment to equal pay with the first bill he signed as president: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009. In his State of the Union address five years later, President Obama again made a forceful argument for equal pay. “Today, women make up about half our workforce,” he […]

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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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Making Progress: The Equal Pay Enforcement Program 4 Years Later

Making Progress: The Equal Pay Enforcement Program 4 Years Later

In recognition of the Department of Labor’s centennial, we recently launched “Books that Shaped Work in America,” an initiative that invites the public to weigh in on how books have influenced and reflected the changing nature of the nation’s workforce. My colleague Sharon Block recommended The Girls in the Balcony: Women, Men, and the New […]

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Autumn Observances

Filed in DOL by on November 1, 2013 0 Comments
Autumn Observances

In Washington, D.C., Autumn means fresh apples, brightly colored leaves and warm jackets. Around the nation, it’s also a time when we recognize the important contributions of many Americans. October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month. November is National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month, and it’s also the month when we observe Veterans Day and the […]

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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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Beyond Service

Filed in DOL by on May 28, 2013 0 Comments
Beyond Service

Every year thousands and men and women in the U.S. armed forces leave active service and become veterans. Veterans are defined by their service, courage and selfless dedication to the nation’s welfare. But for many in the armed forces, transitioning into the civilian workforce after serving in the military presents unique challenges. As the director […]

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Closing the Enforcement Gap, So We Can Close the Pay Gap

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Women, Workplace Rights by on February 28, 2013 2 Comments

When I arrived at the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in the fall of 2009, I made improving our efforts to eliminate pay discrimination one of my primary goals. The first step has been to close gaps in our enforcement practices and ensure that we protect workers to the fullest extent […]

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