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MSHA Leads a Game-Changing Advance in Mine Rescue

Filed in Mining by on April 9, 2015 0 Comments
MSHA Leads a Game-Changing Advance in Mine Rescue

When a mine emergency strikes, every second counts. Well-equipped and trained rescue teams and effective communications can make the difference between life and death for miners who are trapped or injured. A series of recent mine emergency events — including the Sago, Aracoma and Darby coal mine fires and explosions in 2006, the ground failure […]

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Another Step Toward Equality for LGBT Workers

Filed in Workplace Rights by on April 8, 2015 0 Comments
Another Step Toward Equality for LGBT Workers

Today, President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination goes into effect. It prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Because of this Executive Order, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people employed by federal contractors across the country will now receive new legal protections designed to […]

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Chris Sommers: Boost Business By Raising Minimum Wage

Filed in Minimum Wage by on April 7, 2015 0 Comments
Chris Sommers: Boost Business By Raising Minimum Wage

Editor’s note: This article by Chris Sommers was published in newspapers around the country and is re-posted with permission by Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.  As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I’m happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. […]

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How Do I Use This API? Good Documentation Practices from Department of Labor

Filed in Data by on April 6, 2015 0 Comments
How Do I Use This API? Good Documentation Practices from Department of Labor

Editor’s note: The following blog post for people who work on APIs has been cross-posted from the Digital Gov blog. API stands for “Application Programming Interface” – it’s how software programs and databases share data and functions with each other. For more background on APIs in the federal government, check out this post.  When I first started coding […]

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What You Need to Know About U and T Visas

Filed in DOL, Jobs by on April 3, 2015 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About U and T Visas

Yesterday Secretary Perez announced that the Labor Department is taking important steps to fulfill its commitment to protect vulnerable workers. Specifically, the Wage and Hour Division will begin certifying applications for trafficking victims seeking T visas. In addition, the division will now certify U visa requests when it detects three new qualifying criminal activities in […]

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Economy

Filed in Data, Jobs, Unemployment by on April 3, 2015 0 Comments
Why I’m Optimistic About the Economy

Today’s jobs report showed that the economy added 126,000 new jobs in March (129,000 in the private sector), extending the longest streak of private sector job growth on record to 61 consecutive months, with 12.1 million jobs created over that time. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent. Long-term unemployment fell to 1.6 percent, […]

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Help Us Build a Better Workforce System

Help Us Build a Better Workforce System

Last July, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the first major reform of federal job training programs in more than 15 years. The passage of the law – with strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress – is a testament to importance we place, as a nation, on readying workers for […]

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If Work Came With a High Risk for Assault, Would You Go?

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on April 2, 2015 0 Comments
If Work Came With a High Risk for Assault, Would You Go?

When most people think about going into work every day, they probably assume a few things. One of those things is that they won’t be physically assaulted while doing their job. That they will go home at the end of the day without being injured or killed. For many workers, however − especially those in […]

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Why This Counts: Tracking Labor Market Experience Over a Lifetime

Filed in Data by on April 2, 2015 0 Comments
Why This Counts: Tracking Labor Market Experience Over a Lifetime

Editor’s note: This was originally published on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ blog. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is best known for our monthly job and inflation reports. We also publish data on many other topics, ranging from how Americans spend their time and money to workplace injuries and the growth of entrepreneurship. My […]

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Defending the Rights of Workers in Colombia

Filed in International Labor, Workplace Rights by on April 2, 2015 0 Comments
Defending the Rights of Workers in Colombia

Recently, we received letters from the public highlighting the daily struggles of workers in Colombia’s ports and raising concerns that their rights are being violated.  We take these concerns very seriously. Using our trade policy to promote and protect the rights of workers, in the United States and in our trade partner countries like Colombia, […]

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