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Uber And Lyft Offer Homeless Vets Free Rides To Job Interviews

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News

Two major transportation companies are getting in the same lane to help veterans in need.  Uber and Lyft  are joining forces with the Americ...

The Movement Is in Motion: Paid Family Leave in the United States

Regan Long | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Regan Long

Why is the United States the only developed nation without guaranteed paid family leave? U.S. law provides meager supports to enable workers to fulfill their work and family obligations, leaving matters large up to an employers' generosity. This approach doesn't work.

Will House Dems Quietly Derail the DOL Rule They Publicly Defended?

Barbara Roper | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Earlier this week, House Democrats mounted a strong stand against legislation from Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) aimed at killing the Department of Labor's conflict of interest rule by subjecting it to indefinite delays.

25 Years Later, People With Disabilities Push for Economic Equality

Randy Rutta | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Randy Rutta

The U.S economy received welcome news recently with a dip in the unemployment rate to the lowest level in several years. But while employer hiring is robust, it is sorely lacking for at least one demographic of Americans.

Step Aside, San Francisco: "SF" Now Stands for Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Anneli Rufus | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Anneli Rufus

All those things that everyone loves about the famous, jaded, sea-beaten SF (and more!) can also be found in a fresh, friendly, affordable Midwestern SF: Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One's hilly. One's flat. Both are beautiful. And you'll never believe how much they have in common.

Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

The Elephant at the Roundtable

Latifa Lyles | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Latifa Lyles

Enabling more women to work through improved access to child care can also help mitigate the gender wage gap for lifetime earnings.

5 Illinois Cities With Some of the Highest and Lowest Unemployment in the State

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.30.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In Illinois, each metro area had unemployment rates drop for the fifth month in a row.

REPORT: Feds Could Let Major Bank Off Easy

International Business Times | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to waive sanctions against Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:AG) that would prevent it from managing pension mone...

What Society Gets Wrong About Divorced Dads

Doug Zeigler | Posted 07.14.2014 | Divorce
Doug Zeigler

I just find it sad that societally, we assume the worst when it comes to men and fatherhood, especially in the case of custody. I do believe that with time, we can prove that we can be and ARE great parents in our own right and eradicate the stereotypes. The onus is on us, men.

Public Education and Job Readiness: What Can Be Done to Shrink the Skills Gap?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 05.17.2014 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

What role should K-12 public education play in the job readiness of its graduates? Answering this question first requires addressing the proper role of public education.

By George!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

When I asked Secretary Shultz what books he thought shaped work in America, I didn't know what to expect for an answer. I assumed he'd suggest academic tomes; books I never heard of -- important books, yes ... but ones that are not particularly accessible. I was wrong.

Need Career Advice? Turn to Books that Shaped Work in America

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Whether it's a novel, a "how come/how to" or a play, there are passages in every one of the selections that I find to be terrific words of wisdom, applicable career advice and even important rules to remember for everyday living.

Work History

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Since launching the Books that Shaped Work in America project in November, I've found myself asking people (during lunch with colleagues, at dinner with friends, in line at the DMV): "So, what books have shaped YOUR view of workplaces, workers or just the idea of work? What books have influenced your 'work history?'"

5 Extraordinary Books That Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Based on public input, we've added another five titles to the U.S. Department of Labor's list of Books that Shaped Work in America, bringing total number to 102. Like so many others on the evolving list, these additions reinforce my belief that literature from years past can often help us understand issues we are facing today.

NAFTA Shows the Damage Fast Track Could Bring

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Congress will kick off 2014 by likely considering legislation that would allow bum trade deals to speed through Capitol Hill with little debate and no amendments. The Teamsters and others have been vocal on what a bad idea that would be. And it isn't hard to prove why.

Going Public

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

When we started the Books that Shaped Work in America project, we said that the list, like work in America, was constantly evolving, and that the list would grow based on suggestions from "the public."

Honoring a Women's Rights Pioneer

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 02.12.2014 | Women
Thomas E. Perez

The Labor Department's Hall of Honor recognizes men and women -- like Cesar Chavez, Helen Keller and the Workers of the Memphis Sanitation Strike -- who have made invaluable contributions to the welfare of American workers.

Oh 1913!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

This book has everything: the immigrant experience; the sweeping beauty and the back-breaking hardship of working the land; the passing down of work from one generation to the next; and best of all... a beautiful story of self-discovery through work.

Something We Can All Agree On

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Of all the titles that I have not read on the U.S. Department of Labor's ongoing list of Books that Shaped Work in America, there is one I find particularly intriguing.

'Living Paycheck to Paycheck Would Represent an Improvement'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

It's time to raise the minimum wage and to ensure all hardworking Americans are adequately and fairly compensated so no hardworking person has to choose between heating their home and having transportation to work.

Good News For Virginia Workers

Richmond Times-Dispatch | John Reid Blackwell | Posted 07.18.2013 | DC

Virginia's unemployment rate fell slightly in April to 5.2 percent -- the lowest it has been in 4 1/2 years. The jobless rate dropped from the 5.3 pe...

Building a Skills Infrastructure by Investing in Community Colleges

Seth D. Harris | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Seth D. Harris

I view skills development as one of the leading edges of economic development. I've seen it across the country -- investing in the skills of American workers is fostering the creation of middle-class jobs and ensuring that workers can succeed in them.

True Stories of the Minimum Wage

Seth D. Harris | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Seth D. Harris

Every day she wonders, do I have enough money for gas? Will my car hold up just a little bit longer before I have to pay for repairs? Pattie Federico -- and 15 million workers just like her -- deserve a raise.

The Family and Medical Leave Act: Then, Now and Next

Seth D. Harris | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Seth D. Harris

Today, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Department of Labor is releasing the results of a survey on the act's use and impact. Plain and simple: the act is still good for workers and their families -- and yes, it's good for business.