Tag: DOL Working for You

Serving Veterans: Our Duty, Our Honor

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on February 7, 2013 6 Comments
Serving Veterans: Our Duty, Our Honor

No others are owed a greater measure of gratitude for our rights and freedoms than the men and women who answer the call to serve in our armed forces. That is why the Labor Department works to help service members transition from the military to good civilian jobs, and why we announced changes to the […]

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A Moment for Renewal

A Moment for Renewal

After spending twelve of the last twenty years working at the Department of Labor, it is an honor and privilege to serve as the acting secretary of labor. The Labor Department’s work to fulfill the goal of Good Jobs for Everyone remains, as ever, in progress. Millions of people depend on the Labor Department to […]

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A Voice for Women Veterans

Filed in DOL, Women, Workforce Development by on January 29, 2013 66 Comments
A Voice for Women Veterans

Earlier this month, I was honored to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a congresswoman from Illinois. As a helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, she lost both her legs and the partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack. A record 98 women − 101 counting nonvoting members − now […]

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Giving Youth the Chance to Succeed

Today the Employment and Training Administration made $75 million in grants available for the YouthBuild program. If you represent a public or private nonprofit organization with experience serving at-risk youth in YouthBuild or other similar programs, I encourage you to apply for a grant. YouthBuild is an effective program for helping young people get good […]

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Responding to Hurricane Sandy

Filed in Jobs, Safety, Secretary Solis by on December 20, 2012 1 Comment
Responding to Hurricane Sandy

In the weeks since Hurricane Sandy swept onto shore and left a path of destruction along the East Coast, we’ve witnessed the bravery and sheer determination of the region’s residents as they recover and rebuild.   Last month, we made our way to one of the hardest-hit areas of Staten Island. Vibrant beachfronts once filled with […]

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Veterans Day 2012: Honoring Heroic Sacrifice

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on November 9, 2012 4 Comments
Veterans Day 2012: Honoring Heroic Sacrifice

On Monday, America will celebrate the sacrifices of the men and women who’ve served their country in the armed forces. I strongly believe that the best way we can honor our veterans is to employ them. We’ve now lowered our unemployment rate for our veterans to 6.3 percent – well below the national average – […]

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New York Stories in the Wake of Sandy

Filed in Jobs, Safety, Secretary Solis by on November 6, 2012 3 Comments
New York Stories in the Wake of Sandy

No television image or news report can prepare you for this. Families without power—unable to shower or wash their clothes for days—huddled together in churches serving as “warming centers” to provide refuge from the stinging cold outside… Mounds of displaced sand plowed two stories high in residential neighborhoods, so homeowners could finally get through their […]

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Helping You Keep an Eye on the Fees That Can Eat Away at Your 401(k)

Filed in Retirement, Workplace Rights by on October 24, 2012 5 Comments

October 21-27 is National Save for Retirement Week and this is a great time to stop and assess your retirement goals and savings strategy, and to see where you are by checking your retirement benefit statements. By now you and the nearly 72 million American workers in 401(k) type plans across the country may have […]

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A Personal Investment in the Family and Medical Leave Act

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on October 22, 2012 1 Comment
A Personal Investment in the Family and Medical Leave Act

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As a Wage and Hour Investigator and breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how the protections afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act are making an impact in the lives of workers and their families.  “They told you its cancer, right?” My eyes widened. “What? No…What,” I replied […]

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