11 Things the Labor Department Does for Veterans

by Egan Reich November 7, 2014

On Nov. 11, 1918, a ceasefire signed at Compiègne, France between the Allies and the Germans ended World War I. It also began the annual tradition of honoring those veterans who had sacrificed so much in that war, and those that would follow, first as Armistice Day and then as Veterans Day. The Department of [...]

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Working Together to Strengthen the Economy

by Secretary Tom Perez November 7, 2014

October was another solid month of job growth, as our economy added 214,000 jobs and continued its strong, steady recovery. It was the ninth month in a row with greater than 200,000 new jobs (after revisions), and private employers have now created 10.6 million new jobs over the last 56 months. The unemployment rate fell [...]

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Keeping Up on the Minimum Wage

by Secretary Tom Perez November 6, 2014

It’s been almost two years since President Obama first called for an increase in the national minimum wage. He believes more strongly than ever that no one who works full-time should have to raise a family in poverty. He believes that the current rate of $7.25 per hour undermines our basic bargain, failing to reward [...]

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Not Just for Sorcerers & Blacksmiths

by Secretary Tom Perez November 5, 2014

Editor’s Note: This week, Secretary Perez travels to Germany and the United Kingdom, to learn from workers, employers and government officials about their effective models for skills training and workforce development. Throughout the week, he shared his personal reflections and observations.   Secretary Perez tours the Siemens’ apprenticeship training center in Berlin, Germany. Day 3 [...]

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The Good Jobs Strategy

by Mary Beth Maxwell November 3, 2014

We’ve begun a new series of policy forums at the Labor Department, hosting national experts on issues that impact and inform our work here. Speakers have included Cass Sunstein (author of Simpler: The Future of Government), Cary Goglianese (Does Regulation Kill Jobs?), and Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil (The Fissured Workplace). Most recently we [...]

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Strategic Enforcement to Maximize Impact

by David Weil October 31, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of several blog posts about a Wage and Hour Division for the 21st Century Workplace. The goal of the Wage and Hour Division is to protect the earnings and welfare of workers, and ensure a fair and level playing field for employers. We have a lot [...]

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Apprenticeship for a 21st Century Workforce

by Secretary Tom Perez October 31, 2014

Editor’s Note: This week, Secretary Perez travels to Germany and the United Kingdom, to learn from workers, employers and government officials about their effective models for skills training and workforce development. Throughout the week, he shared his personal reflections and observations. Oct. 28, Day 2: Wolfsburg, Germany Wolfsburg, Germany is a rarity in Europe – [...]

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The Elephant at the Roundtable

by Latifa Lyles October 31, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the third blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Earlier this year, I participated in a small roundtable at the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County in Rochester, New York in the last [...]

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Failing Our Nation’s Working Families

by Secretary Tom Perez October 31, 2014

After we launched our Lead on Leave campaign, hundreds of people wrote us at the Labor Department to share their story about how the United States’ dismal record on paid leave has affected their family. I recently called some folks who submitted stories and just last week, I had the opportunity to sit down for [...]

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Reading About Workers Who Can

by Carl Fillichio October 30, 2014

“Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.” That advice comes from author and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and every day at the Labor Department, we see how jobs provide dignity and purpose for workers across the nation. Unfortunately, we know that people with disabilities, like Hawking, [...]

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