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How New Overtime Law Affects Nonprofits

Stuart J. Mitchell | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Stuart J. Mitchell

A letter in support of the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime rule, from the perspective of one nonprofit.

Goodwill Can Help You Jumpstart Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Most people know Goodwill as the community place to bring used clothing and wares to be sold in stores and online. What you may not know is that Goodw...

Workplace Safety Is Still an Elusive Goal for Many on the Job

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Today is Workers' Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters in the labor movement all across the globe. But while technological advancements should be making the workplace safer, deaths and injuries on the job are still a major concern.

GOP: It's OK for Corporations to Kill Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

If the argument is that workers' lives and lungs must be sacrificed to ensure that foundries and fracking operations and construction companies can make bigger profits, then the GOP will take the side of CEOs who value workers as trivial.

Autism Without Fear: Don't Get TOO Excited About Autism Employment Initiatives

Michael John Carley | Posted 03.02.2016 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last five years, many new non-profits (and for-profits with consciences) have formed to answer the 75-85% unemployment rate endured by adults...

You Won’t Be Able To Get These Slave-Made Items In The U.S. Anymore

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

The U.S. has taken a definitive stand against slave labor. President Barack Obama signed a law Wednesday that bars the country from importing a long l...

Using Temp Workers? You're On The Hook For How They're Treated

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

Companies looking to dodge labor law by outsourcing work to other companies are officially on notice. On Wednesday, the Labor Department issued new gu...

Apprenticeship Programs at Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.06.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

As a country, having enough people trained in the skills that apprenticeships provide could keep many jobs from going overseas. We should commit ourselves to apprenticeship programs. As one student said to me: "Apprenticeship was my golden ticket to the middle class."

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.

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 American governm...

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.