Want to save over 3 Billion dollars this week?

by Dr. David Michaels September 20, 2014

According to the National Safety Council, which hosted its annual Congress and Expo this week in San Diego, workplace injuries and fatalities cost our economy $198.2 billion a year. You read that right, 198.2 BILLION dollars a year. That amount of money would allow every kid in America to go to college…and pay their room [...]

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Labor Commitments in Trade Agreements: “More than Words on a Page”

by Chris Lu September 19, 2014

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to join U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and several members of Congress in announcing an unprecedented action to  enforce a U.S. free trade agreement on behalf of workers in Guatemala and here at home.  This action was taken after years of working closely with the Guatemalan [...]

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Valuing Workers by Paying a Fair Wage

by Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block September 17, 2014

I had the great honor of joining a small group of faith leaders to meet with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to discuss issues facing low-wage workers.  It was a profoundly moving experience for me, not only because of the great diversity of clergy — Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Evangelical Christian, and Jewish — but because [...]

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Let’s Talk About Pay

by Patricia A. Shiu and Latifa Lyles September 17, 2014

Lilly Ledbetter’s name has become synonymous with the pursuit of fair pay. For most of her career, she was like far too many women in the United States: underpaid and unaware. But did you know that the anonymous note Lilly received from a co-worker – the note that finally alerted her to the pay discrimination [...]

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A Woman’s Place – in Tech

by Latifa Lyles September 16, 2014

Over the past few months, several of the IT giants have released self-reported workforce diversity data. The data show that women hold a very small percentage of the tech jobs at these companies. At Apple, for example, only 20 percent of tech positions are occupied by women. The figures for Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo [...]

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Do the Math – and Save

by Phyllis Borzi September 16, 2014

Many of us are living longer and will have healthier and more active years in retirement. That makes saving for retirement even more important. Don’t let the math put you off. EBSA’s Savings Fitness online worksheets make it easy: Enter your information, and the calculations are done for you. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage [...]

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Expanding Opportunity for All (Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Expandiendo Oportunidades para Todos)

by Secretary Tom Perez September 15, 2014

Editor’s Note: During Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we will run a series of blog posts related to how we can help expand opportunity for more people in America. For real-time updates in Spanish, follow the department on Twitterand Facebook. As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, I think about [...]

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NEW VIDEO: Business Owners Say Raise The Wage

by Secretary Tom Perez September 13, 2014

A café in Baltimore. A motel in Grants Pass, Oregon. A Christmas tree and produce farm in Natchitoches, Louisiana. What do they all have in common? The owners of these businesses all support raising the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Higher wages doesn’t just help workers; it helps their bosses too. [...]

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Women Veterans Show Their Colors in Tech Competition

by Terry Gerton September 12, 2014

On a recent trip to California, I had the privilege of attending the first VetsInTech Women Veterans Hackathon at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The event brought together women veterans of all eras of service who were interested in starting a business to pitch their ideas, get technical advice and compete for seed funding. [...]

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When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About It?

by Dr. David Michaels September 12, 2014

Did you know that if you lose an eye or a limb at your current job, your employer is not required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, that’s about to change. Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all [...]

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