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Five Facts about Women Veterans

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans, Women, Workforce Development by on November 22, 2014 0 Comments
Five Facts about Women Veterans

Military Family Month affords Americans the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices that women and men who proudly serve our great country make, both on the battlefield and at home. When Military Family Month was first celebrated in 1993, in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, the demographic characteristics of service members and veterans were […]

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The High Road: Investing in Your Workers

Filed in Minimum Wage, Secretary Perez by on November 21, 2014 0 Comments
The High Road: Investing in Your Workers

Congress still hasn’t answered President Obama’s call to raise the national minimum wage. But states and localities are acting on their own, through legislative action and ballot measure. And across the country, forward-thinking businesses are leading by example. In community after community, I’ve visited with employers who know that paying workers a fair wage isn’t […]

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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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Empowering Today’s Economy by Training Tomorrow’s Workforce

Empowering Today’s Economy by Training Tomorrow’s Workforce

Editor’s Note: This is a cross post from the Department of Education’s Homeroom Blog. You can find the original post here. Our nation’s prosperity depends on individuals having the education and skills to obtain good jobs and progress along their career pathways, and employers finding workers with the skills to support their growth and the nation’s economic prosperity. […]

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Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Development by on November 19, 2014 0 Comments
Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Editor’s Note: This article is cross-posted on the IMLS UpNext! blog and the Department of Education blog here. Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public.  At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related […]

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Working Together and Imploding Stovepipes

Working Together and Imploding Stovepipes

            “The challenges confronting people who want to punch their ticket to the middle class, and businesses that want to grow, entail for [their] effective and sustainable resolution unprecedented levels of interagency collaboration.”              — Secretary Tom Perez, November 3, 2014 When people have problems, they don’t have Labor Department […]

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What Still Keeps Me Up At Night

What Still Keeps Me Up At Night

Editor’s Note: Update: Since this post was published, Leo from New Jersey, who participated in the roundtable and is profiled below, has completed his training program and landed a new job as a machine operator with a New Jersey manufacturing company. The economy has grown with remarkable strength, with 2014 on pace to be the […]

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Employers Must Know the Rules

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 17, 2014 0 Comments
Employers Must Know the Rules

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of several blog posts about a Wage and Hour Division for the 21st Century Workplace. For more than 76 years the Wage and Hour Division has been working to ensure compliance with federal labor laws, always striving to ensure a fair day’s pay for a fair […]

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Safety Equals Big Savings for Small Businesses

Filed in Safety by on November 17, 2014 0 Comments
Safety Equals Big Savings for Small Businesses

Workplace fatalities and injuries are always tragic, but for a small business they can be completely catastrophic.  For many small employers, if a life is lost on their job it also means losing their business. Injuries and illnesses also mean trained, reliable employees spend time away from work; businesses pay more in workers’ compensation costs […]

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#GetCovered During Open Enrollment!

Filed in DOL by on November 15, 2014 0 Comments
#GetCovered During Open Enrollment!

November doesn’t just bring colder weather; it also signals the start of open enrollment for health care. Open enrollment is the period each year when you can enroll in health coverage through your employer, a spouse’s employer, or the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you already have health coverage, you can switch to a new plan […]

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