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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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Strength in Diversity

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on August 19, 2014 2 Comments
Strength in Diversity

The federal government holds contracts with about 200,000 establishments, and these contractors and subcontractors play an important role in making our country work. They provide food, clothing, energy, transportation, medical treatment and thousands of essential services all around the country. As the director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, I oversee the agency […]

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Justice and Identity

Justice and Identity

As we celebrate Pride Month and approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Labor Department is reaffirming its commitment to equal opportunity for all. That’s why we are updating enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination guidance to clarify that we provide the full protection of the federal non-discrimination laws that we enforce to transgender […]

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Ensuring Miners Can Exercise Their Rights Without Fear

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on May 10, 2013 1 Comment
Ensuring Miners Can Exercise Their Rights Without Fear

When I arrived at the Mine Safety and Health Administration in 2009, I made it a top priority to beef up enforcement of anti-discrimination provisions contained in the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 Act. Section 105(c) of the act protects miners, their representatives and applicants for employment from retaliation for identifying safety […]

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DOL Delivers

Filed in Workplace Rights by on March 22, 2012 0 Comments

Federal contracts are big business. In fact, nearly one-quarter of the American workforce works for a federal contractor or subcontractor. That’s nearly 200,000 businesses with almost $700 billion in contracts. And it’s why rules that ensure fairness for both job applicants and for employers who do the right thing are so important. At FedEx, DOL’s […]

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Setting Things Right

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 22, 2011 11 Comments

Secretary Solis’s vision of “good jobs for everyone” is one of the Labor Department’s top priorities. Unfortunately, not all workers are treated fairly in the workplace. The role of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is to address just that situation by ensuring non-discrimination, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action by federal contractors. Most […]

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