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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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Signs of Economic Strength

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on November 20, 2014 0 Comments
Signs of Economic Strength

This morning’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on inflation for October contained a nugget of good news for American workers: low and stable rates of inflation are contributing to real (albeit small) average wage gains. From October 2013 to October 2014, average hourly earnings increased 2.0%, in-line with nominal wage growth since the end of […]

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Achieving Higher Wages: Our Common Mission

Filed in Minimum Wage by on June 22, 2014 0 Comments
Achieving Higher Wages: Our Common Mission

In Dallas on June 21 I had the privilege of speaking to our nation’s mayors at their annual national gathering. Mayors have an awesome responsibility. As a longtime resident of the Boston area, I remember the wise words of the late Tip O’Neill, our Congressman from Massachusetts and the longtime Speaker of the House, who […]

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Building an Economy that Works for All Moms

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on May 10, 2014 0 Comments
Building an Economy that Works for All Moms

This Sunday, as we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor all of the extraordinary women who have cared for us, let’s recommit ourselves to building an economy that gives all moms the opportunity to care for their families. President Obama believes that if you work hard, you should have the opportunity to succeed. So in March, […]

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Making Sure Hard Work Pays

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 28, 2014 0 Comments
Making Sure Hard Work Pays

As President Obama calls on all of us to do more to restore opportunity and to ensure that work pays, the Labor Department is undertaking a strategic investment in our budget request for fiscal year 2015 that will enable us to do even more of what we know is already working for Americans: ensuring workers […]

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Opportunity for All: Fixing Overtime Rules to Reward Hard Work

Opportunity for All: Fixing Overtime Rules to Reward Hard Work

You would probably assume that people with titles like “manager” or “supervisor” are well-compensated for their efforts. After all, they’ve probably worked hard to earn that title, putting in long hours, perhaps obtaining more education or training to get a promotion. But all too often, these salaried employees are earning less per hour than the […]

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Repealing ‘Pete’s Tax': A Fair Wage for Tipped Workers

Repealing ‘Pete’s Tax': A Fair Wage for Tipped Workers

This week, the Department of Labor announced that Philadelphia sports bar chain Chickie’s & Pete’s will pay more than $6.8 million in back wages and damages to current and former employees for improperly taking tips from servers and violating federal minimum wage, overtime and record keeping requirements. The agreement resulted from one of the department’s […]

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Working During the Holidays? Know Your Rights

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on December 11, 2013 3 Comments
Working During the Holidays? Know Your Rights

This time of year, many people hold temporary or part-time jobs helping retailers and other businesses with the heavy demands of the busy holiday shopping season. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, get a foot in the door for long-term employment or just earn extra cash. Workers not familiar with this type […]

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We Count on Home Care: Extending Protections to Direct Care Workers

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on September 17, 2013 4 Comments
We Count on Home Care: Extending Protections to Direct Care Workers

Direct care workers help countless Americans live at home, go to work, and participate more fully in their communities.  We need fair wages for the valuable services that direct care workers provide. Due to out-of-date regulations, however, for too long these workers have been excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime […]

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Labor Rights Week 2013: Protecting Opportunity for All Workers

This Labor Rights Week, Aug. 26-30, we honor the contributions of all workers and reaffirm our commitment to making sure their workplaces are fair and safe. As Secretary Perez has said, our goal here at the department is to promote and expand opportunity for all people working in the United States. To do that, we […]

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