Tag: Proposed Rulemaking

Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on June 28, 2012 0 Comments

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Council for Research on Women’s 30th Anniversary Annual Conference to about 250 women researchers, policy specialists and advocates.  One of this year’s conference themes was strengthening women’s economic security – a perfect opportunity to discuss both women’s job gains during the recovery and the […]

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Daily Gifts of Service

Filed in Workplace Rights by on February 21, 2012 3 Comments

In-home caregivers provide a vital service by assisting their clients with day-to-day tasks. Sometimes that service translates into acts of heroism, as Gilda Brown discovered one day when her client summoned her to ask if she smelled something burning. When Brown went to investigate, she found the client’s furnace in flames. The client was physically […]

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You name it, they do it: Homecare providers in their own words

Filed in Workplace Rights by on January 13, 2012 22 Comments
You name it, they do it: Homecare providers in their own words

Homecare providers, caregivers, personal assistants – the millions of workers who provide in-home care in this country go by many names, but they all share a commitment to serving others. Unfortunately, many of these workers share something else in common: low wages. Although they provide a valuable service to many Americans, assisting their clients with […]

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Providing Protections for In-Home Care Workers

Filed in Secretary Solis, Workplace Rights by on December 15, 2011 38 Comments
Providing Protections for In-Home Care Workers

In-home care service is a high growth industry, and it’s projected to grow by 50 percent between 2008 and 2018. In-home caregivers are an essential component of the health care system and will only become more important, as an increased number of patients turn to them for more affordable assistance with medical care as well […]

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Securing Health Care for Workers and Small Businesses

Filed in Workplace Rights by on December 7, 2011 2 Comments

As President Obama made clear when he pushed for successful passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), businesses that want to offer their employees health care benefits should have access to affordable options.  Moreover, they should also be confident that the health care plans they work with are legitimate businesses. That’s why the Department of […]

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Who Picked Your Berries?

Filed in Child Labor, Safety by on September 13, 2011 14 Comments

It is at least 40 years ago now that my childhood friend’s younger brother was killed in a tractor accident near Crookston, Minn. And I have thought of her and him often as my staff has worked on the regulations that propose long overdue amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act Child Labor-Agriculture regulations. In […]

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Closing the Knowledge Gap on the Pay Gap

Filed in Workplace Rights by on August 25, 2011 4 Comments

Pay equity laws have been on the books for more than 40 years, but the pay gap lives on.  As Secretary Solis reminded us on Equal Pay Day this year, in 2011 women still earn about 20 cents less on the dollar than men.  And that 20 cents adds up — to $150 less a week, […]

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Borzi Lauded as Hero of Retirement Security

Filed in Workplace Rights by on August 8, 2011 4 Comments

Financial advisor Mitch Tuchman sheds light on the work of Assistant Secretary Phyllis Borzi and the Employee Benefits Security Administration to redefine who is a fiduciary for the purposes of 401(k) and IRA investment advice. “Just when you think that our government is full of incompetent career politicians who can’t get anything right, a real […]

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A Promise to Keep

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on June 30, 2011 6 Comments

Increasing numbers of veterans are returning from duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world only to face obstacles in finding good jobs.   According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among post 9/11 veterans stood at 11.5% in 2010 – almost two full percentage points above the national […]

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