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Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities

Filed in Workforce Investment by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities

At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December, I gave attendees my word that the Department of Labor would clarify our grant guidelines to make sure that federally recognized tribes can apply for our various employment and training grant programs. Since then, the department has held consultation sessions with more than 150 tribal leaders […]

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If You’re Saving for Retirement, This Matters To You:

Filed in Retirement, Secretary Perez by on February 24, 2015 0 Comments
If You’re Saving for Retirement, This Matters To You:

What’s the difference between a doctor, a lawyer, and a financial adviser? It may sound like a bad joke, but it’s a dead serious question. When you go to a doctor or a lawyer, you expect that the advice you get is in your best interest. That’s because lawyers and doctors have an obligation to […]

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FMLA Updated for a Modern Family

Filed in Workplace Rights by on February 23, 2015 0 Comments
FMLA Updated for a Modern Family

Editor’s note: This was originally featured on the Huffington Post. View the original here. Todd and TR met more than seven years ago in Minneapolis, and it wasn’t long before they were planning a future together. In 2011, they held a private commitment ceremony, and that same year their relationship was given civil union status […]

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Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

Filed in Secretary Perez, Workplace Rights by on February 7, 2015 0 Comments
Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

During Black History Month, I’m reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers’ rights. Perhaps no one better personifies that link than A. Philip Randolph, the first African-American inducted into the Labor Department’s Hall of Honor. A native Floridian, Randolph moved to New York City […]

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A New Approach to Expanding Job-Driven Training

A New Approach to Expanding Job-Driven Training

When Vice President Biden launched the Job-Driven Training initiative last year, he set in motion unprecedented collaboration across the federal government. Thirteen agencies, in partnership with the White House, reviewed federal training programs to ensure that they help ready-to-work Americans prepare for ready-to-fill, high-demand jobs and careers. For example, when the Department of Agriculture looked […]

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Latest Jobs Report Shows a Dynamic Recovery

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Perez by on February 6, 2015 0 Comments
Latest Jobs Report Shows a Dynamic Recovery

2015 is picking up right where 2014 left off – with strong, steady, sustained job growth that is leading a dynamic recovery. Employers and workers alike are showing renewed confidence in the economy, which added 257,000 jobs in January (267,000 in the private sector). Private employers have now created 11.8 million jobs over the last […]

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Investing in America’s Middle Class

Investing in America’s Middle Class

A few weeks ago, during his State of the Union address, President Obama told the American people that, now that we are out from under the shadow of the Great Recession, it’s time for us to decide what kind of nation we are going to be for the future. “Will we accept an economy where […]

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The Secret to Growing Our Middle Class

Filed in Apprenticeship, DOL, Workforce Investment by on January 23, 2015 1 Comment
The Secret to Growing Our Middle Class

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on LinkedIn. View the original here.  A year ago, President Obama challenged us to double the number of apprenticeships in the U.S. over the next five years. And during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he again emphasized the importance of apprenticeships to building the strongest possible workforce. […]

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“All Labor Has Dignity”: King’s Other Legacy

“All Labor Has Dignity”: King’s Other Legacy

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the Huffington Post Blog. View the original here.  A few weeks ago, I saw Selma, a remarkable movie about the unbreakable persistence and moral leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans in the Jim Crow south. But what the movie […]

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We’re Ready to Lead on Leave

We’re Ready to Lead on Leave

Ohio native Jason Burning moved to Frankfurt, Germany, to take a job in IT. He’s staying in Germany because of that nation’s smart working family polices. You see, Jason and his wife are expecting their second child. I met Jason during a trip to Germany last fall. When their first was born, he was able […]

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