Tag: Women’s Bureau

Q&A with Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles on Pregnancy Discrimination

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on February 13, 2015 1 Comment
Q&A with Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles on Pregnancy Discrimination

Today, women make up nearly half the U.S. labor force and one out of every four women entering the workforce will experience at least one pregnancy while employed. Yet, every year, thousands of women file charges of pregnancy discrimination. To help us understand pregnancy discrimination, Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles answers four commonly asked questions. […]

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Four Ways the ACA Helps Working Women

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on January 10, 2015 0 Comments

More than 7.1 million people have signed up for 2015 health coverage through Affordable Care Act marketplaces. For women like Elena, Yvonne and Rachel who pursue the jobs they love, affordable coverage gives them peace of mind and access to quality care. For many working women, pregnancy and childbirth present unique challenges. Fortunately, the ACA […]

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Easing Labor Pains

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on December 2, 2014
Easing Labor Pains

Speaking at the White House Summit on Working Families in June, President Obama remarked: “Twenty-first century families deserve twenty-first-century workplaces. And our economy demands them, because it’s going to help us compete.” In particular, he said, this “means treating pregnant workers fairly, because too many are forced to choose between their health and their job. […]

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The Elephant at the Roundtable

The Elephant at the Roundtable

Editor’s note: This is the third blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Earlier this year, I participated in a small roundtable at the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County in Rochester, New York in the last […]

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In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories

Filed in Paid Leave, Women by on September 24, 2014 0 Comments
In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories

Editor’s note: This is the second blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Today, more than 30 million of America’s working families have young children, and more than 25 million workers provide unpaid care for elderly relatives […]

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A Woman’s Place – in Tech

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Women by on September 16, 2014 1 Comment
A Woman’s Place – in Tech

Over the past few months, several of the IT giants have released self-reported workforce diversity data. The data show that women hold a very small percentage of the tech jobs at these companies. At Apple, for example, only 20 percent of tech positions are occupied by women. The figures for Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo […]

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41 Million Stories

Filed in DOL, Women, Workplace Rights by on June 18, 2014 0 Comments
41 Million Stories

More than 41 million workers in the United States do not have access to paid sick days, according to a recent study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. This was one of many key issues discussed this spring during a series of forums hosted by the Department of Labor as part of a national […]

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Unbought and Unbossed

Unbought and Unbossed

Too few know enough about Shirley Chisholm − the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress and the first African-American major-party candidate for president of the United States. As part of a the Department of Labor’s initiative to create a list of Books that Shaped Work in America, I was asked to suggest books […]

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Support for Today’s Joan Holloways

Filed in Equal Pay, Women, Workplace Rights by on February 3, 2014 0 Comments
Support for Today’s Joan Holloways

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama touched on a core issue that has affected women for as long as they have been in the workplace. He said a woman “deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child […]

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From Little Women to Madame Secretary: The Arc of Working Women

From Little Women to Madame Secretary: The Arc of Working Women

You could write a dissertation on the challenges of balancing the demands of career and family – and plenty of people have. But few explorations of that theme are as memorable as the opening passage of Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, which finds a hedge fund manager distressing a pie in […]

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