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Let Fireworks Inspire Work

Dr. Lee Bowes | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Lee Bowes

There are over 21 million veterans in the United States today. Over 2.6 million men and women have served our country in uniform since 2001. There are hundreds of thousands of veterans who cannot find jobs, but deserve them. They can do the work. I've seen it firsthand.

'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.

A Bachelor's Degree as an Umbrella: A College or University Degree Is Worth the Cost

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 08.14.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

While it appears that the recent graduates on their parents' couch are an exception and not the rule, finding a first job appears to be a greater challenge today as the economy struggles to recover millions of lost jobs and absorb several million more workers.

Valuing the Home Care Workforce

National Council of La Raza | Posted 08.14.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The Department of Labor's proposed regulation to extend basic labor protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act to home care workers dignifies this important work and significantly improves job quality in this vital American industry.

Keeping Score: Using Evidence to Improve Lives

Michele Jolin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Only a limited number of government programs use data and evidence to guide funding choices or conduct evaluations to understand the impact after programs are implemented, meaning we know startlingly little about which government programs are working and which are not.

Holder Defends Former Colleague And Cabinet Nominee

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is defending Thomas Perez's tenure as head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and says ...

Department of Labor: Criminals Are a Protected Class in America's Workforce

Kerry Patton | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Kerry Patton

With the new Department of Labor Directive 306 in full effect, the American workforce will face unprecedented issues. How will private business owners decipher applicants who pose physical threats to their workforce based off criminal pasts?

20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family-friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

"Groundbreaking" is a word that's thrown around a lot, but this victory truly was. The FMLA is the first national law ever to help Americans manage the dual demands of work and family.

Barack Needs a Binder of His Own

Martha Burk | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The president has weathered a good deal of criticism for a lack of women in high-level appointments. The administration has defended its mostly white-guy picks, and told the girls to wait -- more female appointments are coming. Here are a few entries to get them started.

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.

Restaurant Starts No Tipping Policy After Department Of Labor Audit

Slate | Joe Donatelli | Posted 12.20.2012 | Business

Casa Nueva is everything one would expect of an independent, worker-owned restaurant in a funky, progressive college town like Athens, Ohio. The w...

Congratulations, You're Mediocre — Now What to Do

Morten Albaek | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
Morten Albaek

We tend to think of ourselves as more talented, knowledgeable, and indispensable than others. The danger of this inflated self-image is thinking we don't need to work harder than our competition.

Who Benefits From Modern Slavery? You Do

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Kelly Heinrich

Slavery is happening across the globe and it ends up in your home. It could be the jewelry you're wearing, the shrimp you had for dinner, the shoes on your feet, the phone in your pocket, or the Christmas decorations adorning your tree.

Understanding 401(k) Fees

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Money
Jason Alderman

If you're like many Americans, you might be under the impression that your 401(k) plan administrator doesn't charge you anything to maintain your account. You'd be wrong.

Zach Carter

Newt Gingrich Endorses Jack Welch's Conspiracy Theory

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that the recent conspiracy theory about the Obama administrat...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Why The Jobs Report Conspiracy Theory Is Baseless

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

If you think the numbers in the September jobs report were skewed to help President Barack Obama, a look into how the figures are calculated will prove you wrong.

Critics: Rick Scott Program Is 'Fraudulent,' 'Scamming People'

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2012 | Miami

* Florida among most tight-fisted states for compensation * New rules put premium on computer access for the jobless * L...

Worst Lunch Break Ever? AT&T Techs Not Allowed To Read, Turn On Air-Condtioning, Suit Alleges

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.16.2012 | Business

If an employee is not allowed to read, listen to music or use heat or air conditioning during a lunch break, can it still be considered a "break" from...

The Skilled Worker Shortage Fallacy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

t's time to set the concept of a skilled workforce shortage aside -- unless, of course, it's applied to current status of Congress.

T-Mobile Allegedly Hired Overseas Workers While Cutting U.S. Staff

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business

T-Mobile USA laid off about 1,900 workers in March. In May, they announced that another 900 job cuts were coming. But it seems the company has been st...

Big Week Looms Ahead for SeaWorld

David Kirby | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment
David Kirby

The week of July 16 will be crunch time for America's favorite marine theme park, as SeaWorld braces for the next grueling phase in the aftermath of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau's death, two and a half years ago in Orlando.

Put U.S. Jobs Above D.C. Partisanship

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

This economy is not working for most Americans. With hard-hit families tightening their belts, employers won't hire until they see a lot more customers with cash in their pockets.

SeaWorld Appeals Verdict in Trainer's Death, Reopens Pool Where Killing Occurred

David Kirby | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
David Kirby

In the highly-charged climate of 2012, SeaWorld Florida v. US Labor Secretary Solis heads to the Occupational Safety and Health Commission, whose three members are appointed by the President. It is up to the commissioners whether to review the ruling or not, making this political.

Labor Department Commits $20 Million To Get Homeless Vets Jobs

Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact

Homeless veterans got some welcome news on the job front Monday. The U.S. Department of Labor announced it will commit more than $20 million to fu...

Matt Sledge

Zero States Have Applied For Bridge To Work Programs

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.29.2012 | Business

When Congress gutted extended unemployment benefits this February, it left one arguable bright spot: States could create innovative "demonstration pro...