Workplace Rights

Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

We tend to measure progress with numbers. During fiscal year 2014, Wage and Hour Division investigations found more than $240 million owed to more than 270,000 workers whose employers violated the law and didn’t pay them the wages they had rightfully earned. Since fiscal year 2009, we’ve recovered more than $1.3 billion in back wages […]

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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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Heroes Wanted: Submit a Nomination for the Iqbal Masih Award

Filed in Workplace Rights by on February 19, 2015 0 Comments
Heroes Wanted: Submit a Nomination for the Iqbal Masih Award

At this very moment, in nearly every corner of the globe, millions of children are working in fields and in factories. Some of these children are slaves; many have never seen the inside of a classroom; few have a voice in standing up to exploitation and determining their futures. But also at this very moment, […]

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Making Trade Work for Workers

Making Trade Work for Workers

Work connects us. Today, because of international trade and globalization, we can draw direct lines between ourselves and workers in every corner of the world. We are connected not only because the goods we purchase may come from the other side of the globe, but because as working people, we all share the same aspirations: […]

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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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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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Protecting the Fruits of Labor

Protecting the Fruits of Labor

America’s workers have received a strong return on President Obama’s investments in the Department of Labor. The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request released this week builds on that success by ensuring that hard work is rewarded and that wages and benefits, like retirement savings, are protected. It also makes available funds for paid leave […]

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A Safe Investment

A Safe Investment

You shouldn’t have to risk your life to pursue a living. Yet every year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured on the job due to unsafe working conditions. At the Labor Department, we believe that all workers deserve to feel safe and protected on the job. With this year’s budget request, we’re […]

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Defending Miners’ Rights: A Record Year

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on February 3, 2015 0 Comments
Defending Miners’ Rights: A Record Year

Last year, a miner who maintained machinery at a cement facility in Southern California contacted MSHA about safety hazards. Not long after doing so, he was suspended and then terminated. Making sure miners like this one have a voice on the job has been one of my top priorities since arriving at MSHA six years […]

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Worker Safety Cannot be a Gamble at Ashley Furniture

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on February 2, 2015 2 Comments
Worker Safety Cannot be a Gamble at Ashley Furniture

Ashley Furniture recently made headlines for losing a bet against Ohio State’s football team − a bet that cost $1.5 million. But Ashley Furniture’s factory in Wisconsin made a much more dangerous bet when they compromised on worker safety and health. Over the past three years, more than 1,000 injuries were recorded at a facility […]

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