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#GetCovered During Open Enrollment!

by Phyllis Borzi November 15, 2014

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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The Labor Market Gets a JOLT

by Heidi Shierholz November 14, 2014

Hiring is up, according to the September Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS. This monthly survey measures labor market strength by providing information on hires, fires, and quits.  During the height of the recession, we saw nearly seven job seekers for every one job opening.  As the economy’s improved, that number has dropped [...]

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The Affordable Care Act Is Working

by Secretary Tom Perez November 14, 2014

  This week in Cleveland, I checked in with a couple I met last March: Patrick and Lori Smith. In the past few years, they’ve had the kind of bad luck you’d find in a Lemony Snicket novel. Patrick is 48 and worked as a Project Manager for the Cleveland Clinic. In September 2011, he [...]

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Food for Thought

by Nikki Clifford November 13, 2014

I’m the volunteer and operations manager for Food for Others, a food pantry in Northern Virginia that has been feeding the needy since 1995. Thanks to the help of volunteers and generous donors, Food for Others is the largest direct distributor of free food in Northern Virginia. Last year we distributed about 2.2 million pounds [...]

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Laying the Path for Career Success

by Maria Town November 13, 2014

Planning for life after high school can be both exciting and overwhelming. Should you get a job? Register for training? Go to college? For youth with disabilities, there may be additional things to consider, such as whether to disclose their disability or how to manage personal assistance services. These decisions are a lot easier when [...]

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A Working Father’s Response

by Secretary Tom Perez November 12, 2014

Editor’s note: The following blog post is a response to the Huffington Post blogger Regan Long’s “A Working Mother’s Plea to the President.” Dear Regan: I was truly moved by your anguish about leaving your new baby home so you could return to your teaching job, and while your letter was directed to President Obama [...]

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Closing the Pay Gap Takes Practice(s)

by Pamela Coukos November 12, 2014

Usually it takes a change in your systems and practices to get a change in your results. About a year and a half ago, we announced a major shift in how the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs investigates and remedies pay discrimination. OFCCP Director Pat Shiu noted that we had to close an enforcement [...]

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Working For Our Veterans Every Day

by Secretary Tom Perez November 11, 2014

We spend a lot of time at the Labor Department talking to employers about the traits that veterans can bring to help a company succeed here in the U.S. I certainly don’t need convincing that veterans are indispensable members of any team. I see it every day here at the Department of Labor, where 33 [...]

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Celebrating ALL Veterans – Breaking Down Gender Barriers

by Dr. Nancy A. Glowacki November 10, 2014

Americans have honored veterans on November 11th since the formal end of major hostilities of World War I on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law that expanded Armistice Day [...]

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