10 Hot Blogs from 2016


We’ve shared a lot of stories over the past year. What were the blogs that got people buzzing? Here’s a countdown of some of the heavy hitters:

10. Caring for Elderly Parents

The conversation around paid leave tends to focus on parents, but did you know that millions of American workers provide informal, unpaid care for elderly loved ones and friends?

9. Why More People Ages 55+ Are Working

By 2024, nearly 1 in 4 workers will be 55 or older. Do you know what’s driving this huge change?

8. The Myth of Job Polarization

Job polarization – strong growth among low-skill and high-skill jobs – is often cited as a cause of rising wage inequality. But our chief economist demonstrates why that’s not the case.

7. 7 Facts About the Minimum Wage

To mark the seventh anniversary of the last federal minimum wage raise, we shared seven facts about the minimum wage you might not know.

6. Get a STEM Job With Less Than a 4-Year Degree

Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math are growing rapidly. While most require a college degree for entry, we took a look at some nondegree options that still pay good wages.

5. Are You a Joint Employer?

New guidance issued this year helped clarify when employers are responsible, both individually and jointly, for compliance with a labor statute.

4. What is the ‘Real’ Unemployment Rate?

We often get questions about how unemployment is measured. This post explains the different measures that give us an understanding of the labor market.

3. Honoring Joe and John

Massachusetts linemen Joe Boyd III and John Loughran were killed when their crane tipped over. When we took action against the company, we sought to ensure some good would come out of this tragic loss of life.

2. What Employers Need to Know About the Family and Medical Leave Act

We created a new step-by-step guide to help employers, managers, human resources specialists and others understand the FMLA leave administration process.

1. The Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016

If all employers simply corrected these top 10 workplace safety and health hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.

What’s up next for us in 2017? Keep in touch with the weekly DOL email newsletter, and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook to find out!

Tiffany Koebel works in the department’s Office of Public Affairs.


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