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A Year of Action and Progress

A Year of Action and Progress

The Labor Department’s 102nd year — my first full one as Secretary — has been one of action and progress.  We have worked every day to ensure that a growing economy benefits everyone. That starts with ensuring we continue on the road to economic recovery – and we made great progress along that road in […]

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Working Together and Imploding Stovepipes

Working Together and Imploding Stovepipes

            “The challenges confronting people who want to punch their ticket to the middle class, and businesses that want to grow, entail for [their] effective and sustainable resolution unprecedented levels of interagency collaboration.”              — Secretary Tom Perez, November 3, 2014 When people have problems, they don’t have Labor Department […]

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Closing the Pay Gap Takes Practice(s)

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Closing the Pay Gap Takes Practice(s)

Usually it takes a change in your systems and practices to get a change in your results. About a year and a half ago, we announced a major shift in how the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs investigates and remedies pay discrimination. OFCCP Director Pat Shiu noted that we had to close an enforcement […]

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5 Ways to Promote Shared Prosperity

5 Ways to Promote Shared Prosperity

On Monday, I gave a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, outlining the importance of an economy that works for everyone where prosperity is broadly shared. Even as we’ve bounced back strongly from the Great Recession, too many people are still working harder but falling further behind, struggling to punch their ticket to […]

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Latinas and their Families Can’t Afford Unequal Pay for Equal Work (Para Latinas la Desigualdad Salarial Cuesta Mucho )

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay by on September 30, 2014 0 Comments
Latinas and their Families Can’t Afford Unequal Pay for Equal Work (Para Latinas la Desigualdad Salarial Cuesta Mucho )

Editor’s note: The following guest blog post is authored by Elianne Ramos, principal and chief executive officer of Speak Hispanic Communications. During Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we will run a series of blog posts related to how we can help expand opportunity for more people in America. […]

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Latinas and their Families Can’t Afford Unequal Pay for Equal Work

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women by on September 9, 2014 0 Comments
Latinas and their Families Can’t Afford Unequal Pay for Equal Work

Editor’s note: The following guest blog post is authored by Elianne Ramos, Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications. For all the talk about Latinas’ strides in terms of earning college degrees, political participation, small business ownership, and the all-time marketing favorite − “spending power” − there is a darker reality that needs to be confronted, discussed […]

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Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted on the Huffington Post. Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers’ grit, dedication, ingenuity and strength, which define our […]

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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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In Case You Missed It: White House Summit on Working Families

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women, Workforce Investment by on June 24, 2014 1 Comment

Balancing work and family is a juggling act that many Americans face on a daily basis. That’s why, on Monday, June 23, the White House, the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress hosted the first White House Summit on Working Families, bringing together businesses, economists, labor leaders, legislators, advocates and workers to […]

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Tune In: A Conversation About Working Families’ Issues With Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Secretary Perez, Women by on June 16, 2014 2 Comments
Tune In: A Conversation About Working Families’ Issues With Labor Secretary Tom Perez

  “The most important family value is time with your family. It’s important to put food on the table, but we want you to be at the table.” –Secretary Tom Perez Too many working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet and respond to the competing demands of work and family. […]

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