Tag: Workplace Rights

A Stamp of Approval

A Stamp of Approval

Earlier this afternoon, I was stirred once again by the life of Harvey Milk when, surrounded by some his closest associates and beneficiaries of his legacy, I had the honor of attending the dedication of a U.S. postage stamp commemorating his life and work. The event was held at the White House. It’s a fitting honor […]

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Promoting Business and Workplace Equality for ALL Diverse Segments

Filed in Disabilities, Workplace Rights by on March 22, 2014 1 Comment
Promoting Business and Workplace Equality for ALL Diverse Segments

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on the Disability.gov blog by guest blogger Sam McClure, Vice President of Affiliate Relations and External Affairs, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. I started my current job four years ago, relocating to Washington, D.C. from the Twin Cities, where I was the executive director of the local […]

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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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The Best Case for a Minimum Wage Raise: Workers’ Stories

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 22, 2013 3 Comments
The Best Case for a Minimum Wage Raise: Workers’ Stories

Earlier this week, I continued the Labor Department’s minimum wage tour in support of the president’s proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  On Wednesday, I spoke with workers in Cincinnati – where I was joined by Mayor Mark Mallory – and in Indianapolis. Like the discussions other DOL officials and I have had across […]

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Fair Garments…Forever

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 14, 2013 1 Comment
Fair Garments…Forever

Parents have a lot on their minds when they’re out shopping for their families. Price is often a big factor, and teens can be especially conscious about brands and style. I’ve spent a long time in government, trying to make sure that workers get paid the minimum wage, so I try to spend some time […]

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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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#DOL100: Join the Conversation on Twitter

#DOL100: Join the Conversation on Twitter

Then. Now. Next. The U.S. Labor Department has touched families and lives across the country for nearly one hundred years. From infancy, we ensure that working parents can care for newborns under the Family and Medical Leave Act. And in retirement, we’re the folks who protect your pensions.  Health and safety in the workplace? That’s […]

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DOL App Challenge puts vital information in hands of young workers

Filed in DOL, Education, Safety, Workplace Rights by on January 14, 2013 3 Comments
DOL App Challenge puts vital information in hands of young workers

The Department of Labor recently announced the winning entries of its Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. Our goal was to provide vital information on workplace rights and protections to the millions of young people who enter the workforce every year. We launched the challenge eight months ago to make use of one of our […]

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Online Tool to Help Businesses Fight Child and Forced Labor

Around the world, roughly 215 million children toil in child labor; another 21 million people are trapped in forced labor. If these groups represented a single nation, it would be the fifth largest in the world. Governments and businesses both have a critical role to play in eradicating this problem. That is why today our […]

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A Day to Honor Our Nation’s Miners

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on December 6, 2012 1 Comment
A Day to Honor Our Nation’s Miners

Today we recognize the third annual National Miners Day, which marks the accomplishments and sacrifices of miners across the nation. Dec. 6 was chosen as National Miners Day to honor the 362 miners who perished in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va., in 1907 − the worst mining accident in American history. Like many […]

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