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Obama To Push For More Overtime Pay, White House Official Says

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millio...

The 'Wag the Dog' Market -- Stock Manipulation Made Easy

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Market suckers have been taken in by these speculative games for four years running; why should 2014 be any different, especially with CNBC cheering them on by not explaining what's really going on?

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...

Are Headhunters Chowing Down on Boomers?

Arlene Schindler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

A site will compare my resume side-by-side with a half-dozen other candidates who went to better schools, worked at greater companies and possibly had better careers than I did. It's so depressing; I'd rather watch my own colonoscopy -- polyps and all -- again.

Dave Jamieson

Safety Program That Lets Companies Police Themselves Has Huge Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The inspector general for the Labor Department says it has found flaws with a program that excuses U.S. businesses from certain safety i...

Bill Clinton's Labor Economist Says Minimum Wage Hikes Are TOO BIG

Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

At a time when Democrats are rallying around proposals to raise federal and local minimum wages, the former chief economist in President Bill Clinton'...

Labor Department Wants Safety Reports Made Public

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department wants companies to begin filing all workplace injury and illness reports electronically so they...

September Jobs Report Is Finally Coming Out

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business

* New dates set for some September economic data * Employment report to be released on Tuesday * September CPI data due on Oct. 30 * October ...

Dave Jamieson

Fourth Miner Killed Since Shutdown Began

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Indiana coal miner was killed after being struck and pinned down by a shuttle car in an underground mine on Friday, making his the fo...

Dave Jamieson

Three Miners Killed Since Government Shutdown Began

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just as the federal agency that oversees mine safety has had to furlough most of its workers, three U.S. miners have been killed on the ...

Dave Jamieson

Feeling Safe? Most Workplace Inspections To Cease In Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress fails to fund the federal government to avert a shutdown, most investigations into workplace safety and discrimination will ...

Labor Department Grants Benefits To Gay Married Couples

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Legally married same-sex couples enjoy the same federal rights as other married couples when it comes to pensions, 401(k)s, health ...

Dave Jamieson

Obama Finally Delivers On Promise To Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a move that will change working conditions for two million Americans, the Labor Department announced Tuesday the enactment of a new r...

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...

White House On Jobs: More Work To Be Done

AP | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A White House economic adviser says Friday's jobs report shows the economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn in a ge...

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 Ends Filibuster On Obama Nominee

AP | Alan Fram | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

BY ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Senate has voted narrowly to end a filibuster against President Barack Obama's nominee to hea...

75 Years of Rewarding Work and Responsibility

Seth D. Harris | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics
Seth D. Harris

A higher minimum wage provides a shot in the arm to an economy powered above all by consumer demand. When working families have more money in their pockets, they don't stash it in offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands -- they pump it back into their local economies.

WOW: Man Celebrates 72 Years At The Same Company

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.04.2013 | Fifty

When it comes to careers, change has become the norm. According to the U.S. Labor Department, many people hold at least 10 different jobs between the ...

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 ...

Make Workplaces Safer With Immigration Reform

Jorge Ramirez | Posted 07.01.2013 | Chicago
Jorge Ramirez

One positive side effect of Congress passing comprehensive immigration reform would be an increase in workplace safety and a reduction in the staggering number of fatalities and injuries suffered by workers on the job in the United States.

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.

Dave Jamieson

This Week's Forgotten Tragedy

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The staggering death toll continues to rise -- not in Boston, but in the small town of West, Texas. Buried by the extraordinary devel...

Dave Jamieson

Jobs Crisis Takes Back Seat To Politics At Labor Confirmation Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmation hearing for labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez sounded a lot like a Justice Department oversight hearing on Th...