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Lighten the Load on Our Nurses for Better Health Care

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Prior to the OSH Act, workplace safety was a concept only familiar to those with a good union or an unusually goodhearted boss. There was no law saying your employer had to send you home every day in one piece. The OSH Act changed that.

Navigating Impact Investing: The Need for Greater Clarity and Efficiency

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Demand for impact investing is surging - yet investors, even interested ones, have a hard time wrapping their heads around the practice.

Labor Secretary Perez: We Need A 'Safety Net' For Gig Economy Workers

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

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New Frontier for Successful Aging: Financial Gerontology in the Spotlight at White House Conference on Aging

Paul H. Irving | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Paul H. Irving

Fresh ideas and approaches can empower a brighter future of aging, and the emergence of financial gerontology is cause for hope. This link between two disciplines that are critically important to the aging population presents the potential for new solutions and healthy, productive and purposeful outcomes for today's older adults and for generations to come.

Making Paid Leave Big Enough to Matter and Small Enough to Achieve

Shifra Bronznick | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Shifra Bronznick

The spate of high-profile voices making the case for paid leave is generating awareness, but what will move people to action? In our work, which focuses on advancing women into leadership in the Jewish non-profit sector, we've discovered how to motivate leaders to adopt paid leave.

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Debra L. Ness

The announcement that White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will soon kick off a historic 'Lead On Leave' tour is exciting news that comes amidst strong, widespread demand and support for paid leave.

Zach Carter

What's Going On In Obama's Trade Meeting With Democrats? That's Classified.

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration gives House Democrats a hard sell on a major controversial trade pact this week, it will be doing so under s...

Zach Carter

Here's The Biggest Problem With Obama's New Trade Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In trying to win support for a controversial new trade pact in Asia, President Barack Obama has been offering one major reason why the d...

A Working Mother's Response, on Behalf of Her Peers

Regan Long | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of working mothers in America, I will continue to highlight the necessity and urgency of this war that I pray we win. And I am prepared to have to fight this battle more than once to win it.

Republicans Are Running for Congress on Their 'Jobs Plan.' Slight Problem: It Won't Create Any Jobs.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

On wages, their rejection of even the concept of a minimum wage shows that Republicans don't care if employers engage in a race to the bottom. Five bucks an hour isn't good enough for you? They'll just find someone else. I thought we'd settled that question during the Great Depression.

Brooklyn Prosecutor Emerges As A Top Candidate For Attorney General

Reuters | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics

By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Loretta Lynch, the head federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, is emergi...

Labor Secretary Perez: US Maternity Leave Isn't 'Serving Our Women'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents

In a HuffPost Live interview Tuesday, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez echoed what he and other members of the Obama administration have been pushing for ...

Arthur Delaney

This Administration Official Sometimes Feels Like Punching Members Of Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When members of Congress suggest unemployed Americans aren't trying hard enough to get jobs, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez gets mad....

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Advocates For Paid Family Leave

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

The United States is one of only four countries without paid family leave, and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez wants to change that. In an intervie...

17th Annual LULAC Legislative Conference and Awards Gala is a Huge Success!

Brent A. Wilkes | Posted 05.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Brent A. Wilkes

The National Legislative Conference and Awards Gala is an important annual event for LULAC because it allows our members to participate in discussi...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Get Some Good News

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Despite long-term declines in union membership, the proportion of U.S. workers who belong to a labor union held steady overall last year...

Get Out Your Work Books

Carl Fillichio | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

In honor of our centennial this year, the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, has created an exciting project called Books that Shaped Work in America.

Honoring Veterans by Hiring Veterans

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Thomas E. Perez

The question isn't: Why would you want to hire a veteran? The question is: Why wouldn't you? They represent the very best America has to offer. If we trusted them with the nation's security, why wouldn't you trust them with a responsible job?

No More Excuses: The Time Has Come to Translate Latino Population Growth Into Political Clout and Political Posts

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 11.12.2013 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

What do California, Nevada, Florida and Texas have in common? If you guessed that they are all states highly populated by Latinos you are correct. And if you guessed that all of these states also have dismal records of appointing Latinos to executive level positions, correct again.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

Official: Fast Food Strikes Show Need To Raise The Minimum Wage

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — The recent spate of fast-food worker strikes is another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers, Labor Secretary...

Vets, Disabled Could See Employment Boost

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations...

Pending Labor Changes Likely To Aid Veterans, Disabled

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With Thomas Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that...

Day One

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

For 100 years, the Labor Department has been central to safeguarding and expanding the American dream for working families. As the first secretary of the department's second century, I will focus every day on creating more opportunity for more people.

Senate Confirms Obama Labor Pick

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

The Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary on Thursday. Perez was confirmed by a vote of 54-46. Below, more from the Associated Press...