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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.

Companies Hiring The World's Geniuses

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter and Lisa Uible | Posted 08.10.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The story of American business has been about shipping the country’s manufacturing jobs overseas. However, there is another part...

Starbucks As Job Creator

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business

By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES, June 12 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp on Tuesday will debut the first products in a line of U.S.-made mug...

GRAPHIC: What's Made Using Child Or Slave Labor?

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.11.2012 | Business

It's hard to believe, but true: Still today, many everyday products from around the globe are the result of child and slave labor, according to a 2011...

Health Care Jobs: There's Something for Everyone

Jim Gibbons | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

Despite the high demand, most job seekers who may want jobs in health care don't know where to begin.

Howard Stern Wanted How Much In Stock Awards?

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

In the words of his America’s Got Talent co-judge Howie Mandel, radio personality Howard Stern’s lawsuit against SiriusXM is a decisive “no deal...

Equal Pay Apps: Knowledge To Fight The Wage Gap At Your Fingertips

Elianne Ramos | Posted 06.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Elianne Ramos

What do you think about these new Equal Pay apps? Do you think they will help women as they fight for Equal Pay?

It's Cold Outside... and I'm Thinking of Summer (Jobs)

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Sec. Hilda Solis

My parents were first-generation Latino immigrants. I had six siblings. My family didn't have a lot of money. So to get ahead, we had to work twice as hard. And to find a summer job, we sometimes had to look twice as hard.

Universal Rights Extend to Alabama

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 07.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Sec. Hilda Solis

The Department of Labor will vigorously protect the right of all workers in Alabama to have their federal right to a legal wage protected.

Celebrating the Voice of Workers

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Ohio has made it clear: these dedicated public servants still need a seat at the table to demand fairness, dignity and respect -- especially in tough economic times. Through their unions, they have a voice in their workplace, in their future and, most importantly, in our future.