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Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

This Labor Day, let's remember that hardworking men and women are the backbone of our country, and let's redouble our efforts to uphold our nation's great promise to them: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

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....

21st Century Lessons Emerge from Chinese Railroad Workers of the Past

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

The choice to make care jobs and other low-wage wage service jobs good jobs will have an impact on generations to come.

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Propose Tougher Chemical Safety After Disaster In West, Texas

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal working group released a report Friday that details how the government can improve chemical plant safety and security, more th...

Southern Fried Sex Ed

Lester & Charlie | Posted 06.11.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

There's been oodles of talk lately about women in America! Aren't they better off (as some conservatives suggest) seeking a rich husband than a good job? Do they deserve equal pay?

The President's Overtime Makeover -- And the Winners Are?

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

President Obama stated, "Overtime is a pretty simple idea. If you work more, you should get more." This sounds like a pretty simple concept, but in all actuality, what this would mean for employees, businesses and consultants is entirely another matter.

Court Okays Labor Department Rule: Guestworkers Must Earn Prevailing Wages

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

In 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued major reforms to a flagship guestworker program known as H-2B. Business groups, predictably, sued to block the regulations -- but last week, an appeals court finally put their arguments to rest.

Feds To Investigate Florida's Unemployment Benefits Failures

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2014 | Miami

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Labor officials will travel to Florida to investigate the ...

The Giant Sucking Sound of Youth Joblessness: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Jessica Adair | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Jessica Adair

Concerned about the national debt? Pay attention. When you include the millions of young people who left the job market entirely during the Recession, our federal and state governments miss out on $25 billion in revenue every year!

Dave Jamieson

5 Years On, Walmart's STILL Fighting Fine Over Black Friday Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Five years after a worker was killed in a crush of shoppers on Black Friday, Walmart still hasn't paid the $7,000 it was fined for alleg...

Maverick Financial Advisor is Warning Businesses About the Dangers of 401(k) Plans

Ilana Greene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Money
Ilana Greene

Unfortunately, the Department of Labor's version of transparency is to create a mountain of additional paperwork that nobody understands but the bureaucrats responsible for creating it.

It's Not Safe Out There

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

OSHA, the underfunded agency charged with enforcing the law, can't effectively shield either workers or whistleblowers. The agency is a soleless work boot -- fine on the surface but failing its purpose. As a result, it's not safe at work and not safe reporting dangers at work.

Shahien Nasiripour

House Votes To Delay Broker Rules Protecting Retirement Savers

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

New federal rules meant to protect retirement savers from unscrupulous financial professionals would be delayed and weakened under a bill passed by th...

Getting It Right, Right From the Start

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Montgomery County achieved many of its successful outcomes for its graduating seniors by deciding from the beginning where they wanted their students to end up as they entered adulthood, and working backwards to build the right path from their earliest years.

Giving Our Kids Hope for a Better Future

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

The U.S. Department of Labor's employment report for August has been released and, whatever it shows overall, we would be remiss if we ignored youth unemployment in particular.

New Federal Rules for Recognizing Marriages (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-09-24-afernewrulesstill.pngThe guideline essentially boils down to "just because someone crossed a state line doesn't mean you can pretend they're legal strangers." That's good news for gay and lesbian couples in every state, but it really only applies to couples who have access to marriage.

A Bitter Pill: New Census Data Show Gender-Based Wage Gap Is Largely Unchanged Since 2002

Debra L. Ness | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

The persistence of the gender-based wage gap is a blot on our nation's commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity. These new data should give Congress and the administration even more reason to make addressing it a priority.

Why SeaWorld's Cuts in Staff Hours Is No Suprise To Me

David Kirby | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
David Kirby

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is cutting hours for 18,000 part-time and seasonal workers, in a move that will allow it to skirt provisions of the new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and save millions from not providing healthcare coverage to those employees at 11 parks around the country.

The 7 Percent Wake Up Call

Suzanne Robitaille | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Robitaille

Let's call it what it is: An aspirational quota of sorts. The Department of Labor's long-anticipated final ruling is in, and will require nearly 250,000 U.S. businesses to work towards a goal that 7 percent of their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities.

The Strong Arm of California Labor Unions

Bob Williams | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Bob Williams

The reforms in California will not solve all of the Golden State's pension problems -- there is a long way to go, but reforms are progress and the federal government should not stand in the way of the states attempting to be fiscally responsible.

Network Management and the Changing Nature of Work

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Steven Cohen

Labor and contracting rules must be updated and need to be based on the economy and technologies of this century, not the last one.

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...

Letter Touted By Progressives Secretly Written By Lobbyist

Mother Jones | Erika Eichelberger | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

A letter that a group of progressive Democrats sent to federal regulators opposing new protections for millions of Americans' retirement accounts was ...

Carnival Labor Day: Charlie Chants 'Union'

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carny John once helped his mother run a carnival but says he gave up ownership because of carnies, who describes as a class of difficult, overlooked people he loves.

Reversing the Tide That Swamped Small Boats

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans lost the White House. They lost an opportunity to control the Senate. They lost seats in the House, though they remain the majority there. Yet it is their plan, from that minority position, to sustain their sink-middle-class-boats economic policies and scuttle all attempts to change course.