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Defending the Rights of Workers in Honduras (Defendiendo los derechos de los trabajadores en Honduras)

Filed in International Labor, Workplace Rights by on March 2, 2015 0 Comments
Defending the Rights of Workers in Honduras (Defendiendo los derechos de los trabajadores en Honduras)

Lee este artículo en español. “It’s not about what we can do for the region; it’s about what we can do together.” Vice President Joe Biden spoke these words last November, at a conference to address the emigration crisis among the poorest three countries in Central America. I was reminded of these words in Honduras, […]

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10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree

Filed in Apprenticeship, Jobs by on February 28, 2015 0 Comments
10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree

Having a college degree is more important than ever when it comes to being competitive in today’s job market. But there are still some occupations that don’t require a degree − and which pay good wages. Typically, some kind of technical or professional training is required, such as an apprenticeship, on-the-job training or a licensing […]

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What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month

Filed in DOL, Women by on February 27, 2015 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month

As Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month begins, those of us at the Labor Department are reflecting on the important contributions that black women have made to our nation’s workforce. The past 50 years have displayed vast improvements, but there’s still more work to do. Take a look at this […]

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Celebrating Our Heritage and New Opportunities

Filed in Secretary Perez by on February 27, 2015 1 Comment
Celebrating Our Heritage and New Opportunities

Today is the 171st anniversary of the independence of the Dominican Republic, the country where my family came from. My mother arrived in the 1930s when her father was appointed ambassador to the U.S. After my grandfather spoke out against the brutal dictator in power, he was declared “non grata.” My father fled the regime […]

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Raising the Minimum Wage is a No Brainer

Filed in Minimum Wage by on February 27, 2015 1 Comment
Raising the Minimum Wage is a No Brainer

This week, the parent company of retail stores T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods said it will raise starting pay for its workers to $9 per hour. It joins a number of other large companies like Walmart, The Gap, IKEA and Aetna, as well as many small businesses across the country that have taken the same […]

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Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities

Filed in Workforce Investment by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities

At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December, I gave attendees my word that the Department of Labor would clarify our grant guidelines to make sure that federally recognized tribes can apply for our various employment and training grant programs. Since then, the department has held consultation sessions with more than 150 tribal leaders […]

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Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

We tend to measure progress with numbers. During fiscal year 2014, Wage and Hour Division investigations found more than $240 million owed to more than 270,000 workers whose employers violated the law and didn’t pay them the wages they had rightfully earned. Since fiscal year 2009, we’ve recovered more than $1.3 billion in back wages […]

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Our Lost Poet

Filed in Books that Shaped Work in America, DOL by on February 25, 2015 1 Comment
Our Lost Poet

Worlds collided when the nation’s Poet Laureate came to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was a moment of discordance: a room filled with the scientists and engineers of OSHA – people who work in absolutes, in things measurable and provable – speaking with a man whose work was by its nature ineffable, exploring […]

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If You’re Saving for Retirement, This Matters To You:

Filed in Retirement, Secretary Perez by on February 24, 2015 0 Comments
If You’re Saving for Retirement, This Matters To You:

What’s the difference between a doctor, a lawyer, and a financial adviser? It may sound like a bad joke, but it’s a dead serious question. When you go to a doctor or a lawyer, you expect that the advice you get is in your best interest. That’s because lawyers and doctors have an obligation to […]

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What You Need to Know about Retirement “Conflicts of Interest,” in 3 Big Sentences:

Filed in DOL, Retirement by on February 23, 2015 1 Comment
What You Need to Know about Retirement “Conflicts of Interest,” in 3 Big Sentences:

Editor’s note: The following has been cross-posted from the WhiteHouse.gov blog – view the original here. Today, the president is announcing major actions to update the rules in place to protect you and your retirement savings. What exactly is a retirement “conflict of interest” and why should you care? Read on for a quick primer. […]

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