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What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month

Filed in DOL, Women by on February 27, 2015 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month

As Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month begins, those of us at the Labor Department are reflecting on the important contributions that black women have made to our nation’s workforce. The past 50 years have displayed vast improvements, but there’s still more work to do. Take a look at this […]

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Q&A with Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles on Pregnancy Discrimination

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on February 13, 2015 1 Comment
Q&A with Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles on Pregnancy Discrimination

Today, women make up nearly half the U.S. labor force and one out of every four women entering the workforce will experience at least one pregnancy while employed. Yet, every year, thousands of women file charges of pregnancy discrimination. To help us understand pregnancy discrimination, Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles answers four commonly asked questions. […]

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Women in Statistics: Beyond the Headline

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Women by on February 4, 2015 0 Comments
Women in Statistics: Beyond the Headline

As the top two economists at the Labor Department, a recent article in The Washington Post caught our eye. The article, entitled “Women flocking to statistics, the newly hot, high-tech field of data science,” stated that statistics is the one STEM profession where women are taking the lead. As women and as economists, we see […]

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That Was Then. This Is Now.

Filed in DOL, Women, Workplace Rights by on January 28, 2015 1 Comment
That Was Then. This Is Now.

Today, the Labor Department announced a plan to modernize outdated guidelines on sex discrimination. The proposal addresses a myriad of issues from sexual harassment, pay discrimination and pregnancy accommodations to safeguards for transgender workers and combating hostile work environments. Donna Lenhoff, a civil rights specialist at the Department of Labor, discusses the need for these […]

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2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

The U.S. economy closed out 2014 on a continued hot streak – 252,000 new jobs in December alone, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.6 percent. Our businesses have added 11.2 million jobs over 58 straight months, the longest streak of job growth on record. To recap the year, Secretary Perez answered your questions about […]

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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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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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Best of the Blog in 2014: A Top 10 Countdown

Best of the Blog in 2014: A Top 10 Countdown

2014 was a year of action for the Labor Department. We’d like to say a big “thank you” to you – our readers – for being a part of it! Our blog readership more than doubled this year, and we sincerely appreciate all of your comments and feedback. As 2014 draws to a close, we’re […]

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Learning From Canada On How to Lead on Leave

Filed in Paid Leave, Secretary Perez, Women by on December 27, 2014 2 Comments
Learning From Canada On How to Lead on Leave

You don’t have to travel far to see a successful national paid family leave model at work. Earlier this month, I made a quick fact-finding trip to Canada, where I saw firsthand how paid leave, affordable child care and workplace flexibility are a way of life there. In Ottawa, I met with three Ministers in […]

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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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