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Celebrate FMLA Justice

Nora T. Akins | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Nora T. Akins

All legally married couples, whether opposite-sex or same-sex, or married under common law have consistent access to family leave rights under the FMLA. The Department of Labor estimates this change will result in more than 8,000 additional instances of FMLA leave.

Rosy View of SEC Regulation at Odds With Reality

Barbara Roper | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

In an increasingly frantic effort to derail new protections for retirement savers, SIFMA, the self-described "voice of the U.S. securities industry," has purchased yet another study that purports to show why a pending Department of Labor (DOL) proposal to require all financial advisors to put their customers first is unnecessary and inappropriate.

Rep. Wagner Introduces Anti-Investor 'Retail Investor Protection Act'

Barbara Roper | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

If a contest for the most Orwellian bill title were held, Rep. Ann Wagner's newly reintroduced "Retail Investor Protection Act" would be a serious contender. Despite its title, this legislation has nothing to do with protecting retail investors.

Obama: Stop Wall Street Brokers From Putting Their Interests Above Clients Saving for Retirement

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

We're not suggesting that everyone who gives retirement investment advice is taking advantage of their clients, since many advisers do act in their client's best interest. But, because the law does not require them to do so, far too many do not. That's why the President's recent action is so important.

Industry to DOL: (Don't) Mind Your Own Business

Barbara Roper | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

In addition to shedding crocodile tears over the potential harm to middle-income savers if brokers have to start acting in their customers' best interests, financial services firms and their lobbyists have increasingly voiced their outrage that the Department of Labor believes it has a role to play in regulating retirement advice.

Congressional Q&A Seeks to Delay Protections for Retirement Savers

Barbara Roper | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

When a member of Congress wants to rein in a regulator, the classic strategy is to send them a letter with a long list of questions and a short deadline for response. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) recently sent such a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez.

Financial Firms Fight to Protect their Right to Profit at Customers' Expense

Barbara Roper | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Ever since the Department of Labor proposed several years ago to close regulatory loopholes that allow financial firms to offer conflicted retirement advice without having to act in the best interests of the retirement savers who rely on that advice, financial services firms have been nearly apoplectic in their opposition.

Beginnings and Endings: My Journey of Public Service

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 03.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Sec. Hilda Solis

Today, as I prepared to say farewell, I decided that I wanted to share my experience through journeys, and through beginnings and endings, because that reflects what's in my mind, and more importantly, what is in my heart at this present moment.

Watch 8 Shorts From Sundance 2012

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 01.23.2012 | Home

For those of you who've been keeping up with our month-long series, The Sundance Diaries, you may have already heard about the Yahoo! shorts competiti...

The Sundance Diaries: I Made This Film To Come Out To My Parents

Andrew Ahn | Posted 03.07.2012 | Home
Andrew Ahn

The HuffPost Culture series "The Sundance Diaries" will investigate the "short" path to Sundance with regular diary-style entries from many of the 32 storytellers, animators, and documentarians whose shorts were selected this year out of a pool of 4,038.

PHOTOS: 13 Products Most Likely To Be Made By Child Or Forced Labor

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some of our most basic purchases are produced by children. Though hard data is scant, it's estimated that there are 115 million children worldwide in ...

Unemployment Jumps As Obama Continues Giving Small Business Funds to Corporate Giants

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the national unemployment rate jumped to 9.8 percent in November. The figure marks a seven-month hi...

Open Letter to IRS: End Employee Misclassification Now

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

It's time for the IRS to get serious about the practice of employee misclassification, which will continue to add billions in tax losses if left unchecked.

IRS Will Audit 6,000 Businesses and Some May Owe Lots of Money

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

.before you decide to convert all of your employees to independent contractors, you need to know the difference as defined by federal and state law. The IRS is gunning for businesses that mischaracterize employee.