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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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What You Need to Know about Retirement “Conflicts of Interest,” in 3 Big Sentences:

Filed in DOL, Retirement by on February 23, 2015 1 Comment
What You Need to Know about Retirement “Conflicts of Interest,” in 3 Big Sentences:

Editor’s note: The following has been cross-posted from the WhiteHouse.gov blog – view the original here. Today, the president is announcing major actions to update the rules in place to protect you and your retirement savings. What exactly is a retirement “conflict of interest” and why should you care? Read on for a quick primer. […]

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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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Building a Workforce That Reflects the People We Serve

Filed in Disabilities by on February 23, 2015 1 Comment
Building a Workforce That Reflects the People We Serve

The following guest post is authored by Katherine Archuleta, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and was originally featured on the disability.gov blog.  Four years ago, President Barack Obama signed an executive order stressing the importance of hiring people with disabilities in the federal government. He set a goal of hiring 100,000 people with […]

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The Coffee Shop that Canned the Tip Jar

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage by on February 21, 2015 1 Comment
The Coffee Shop that Canned the Tip Jar

Editor’s note: The following guest blog post is authored by Andrew & Amanda Kopplin, owners of Kopplin’s Coffee in St. Paul, Minnesota. Opened in 2006, Kopplin’s Coffee is a unique family-run gathering place in St. Paul, Minnesota, where both neighbors and coffee aficionados feel at home. It was opened by Andrew Kopplin in 2006 and […]

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Untapped Talent: The Long-Term Unemployed

Filed in Unemployment, Workforce Development by on February 20, 2015 0 Comments
Untapped Talent: The Long-Term Unemployed

Editor’s Note: The following guest post is by Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County in Washington State. While the Seattle metropolitan area has steadily recovered from the Great Recession to an unemployment rate now around 4.6 percent, we suffer from a problem that is endemic across the country: […]

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on February 20, 2015 0 Comments
Looking Forward, Looking Back

There are some days you’ll never forget, and for me, today is one of them. It’s my last day as assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, and, as expected, I’m experiencing mixed emotions. While excited about my next adventure, I’m sad to leave my talented and dedicated colleagues and friends at the department. Since […]

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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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The Interview that Changed My Life Forever

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs by on February 19, 2015 0 Comments
The Interview that Changed My Life Forever

On a crisp fall day in 2011, I donned my best professional outfit, harnessed up my guide dog Railey, and headed off for another day of college classes. I had a special appointment between management economics and business finance classes. The campus Disability Support Services office, a designated Workforce Recruitment Program site, had a federal […]

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A Lesson from Black History: “Have Faith and Stay Positive”

Filed in DOL by on February 18, 2015 1 Comment
A Lesson from Black History: “Have Faith and Stay Positive”

Editor’s Note: This originally ran on the Huffington Post blog. View the original here.  If you grew up in Chicago in the 1960s and early 1970s, like I did, you knew who Addie Wyatt was. And if you saw her walking serenely down the street, you never would have pegged her as a meatpacker. But that’s […]

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