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Day in the life: Victor

Filed in DOL by on January 30, 2015 0 Comments
Day in the life: Victor

Fifty-eight-year-old Victor Saldivar is a Utah native. For the past 31 years he has owned and operated Kaos Hair Studios, a small business in Salt Lake City. Being self-employed, Victor found it was just too expensive to afford health insurance. When he started his business in the 1980s, it cost was about $125 a month, but prices kept going […]

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A Day in the Life: Salt Lake City, Utah

During his State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, President Obama laid out his vision for expanding opportunity for Americans. Building on this message, Secretary Perez traveled to Tucson, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah, this week to talk with business and community leaders about ways to help more people secure a foothold in the middle […]

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Combating Human Trafficking in Supply Chains

Filed in DOL by on January 30, 2015 0 Comments
Combating Human Trafficking in Supply Chains

Editor’s note: The Department of Labor has an important role to play in combating human trafficking, through law enforcement coordination, research and technical assistance overseas, and employment and training services.​ We co-chair the Procurement and Supply Chains Committee of the Senior Policy Operating Group, and have worked closely with federal partners on implementing Executive Order 13627 and the Federal […]

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A Day in The Life: Tucson, Arizona

A Day in The Life: Tucson, Arizona

During the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Obama talked about the progress our nation has made since the recession. He also shared his plan for what else can be done to help more people secure good jobs and climb the ladder of success. This week, Secretary Perez traveled to Tucson, Arizona, to echo […]

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The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

Filed in Disabilities, Education by on January 29, 2015 0 Comments
The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

The author Alex Haley once wrote that family is a “bridge to our future.” And thinking about my own transition to adulthood, I couldn’t agree more. During my elementary and high school years, my parents were definitely along for the ride. They didn’t attend class with me, of course, but they played an active and engaged […]

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Be Kind to Food Servers

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage, Wage Enforcement, Workplace Rights by on January 28, 2015 2 Comments
Be Kind to Food Servers

January is Be Kind to Food Servers Month, and it’s important that we honor the hard work of waiters, waitresses, caterers and others in the food service industry. In most states waiters and waitresses earn low wages, primarily made up of the tips they make. Employers only have to pay tipped workers a lower, so-called […]

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That Was Then. This Is Now.

Filed in DOL, Women, Workplace Rights by on January 28, 2015 1 Comment
That Was Then. This Is Now.

Today, the Labor Department announced a plan to modernize outdated guidelines on sex discrimination. The proposal addresses a myriad of issues from sexual harassment, pay discrimination and pregnancy accommodations to safeguards for transgender workers and combating hostile work environments. Donna Lenhoff, a civil rights specialist at the Department of Labor, discusses the need for these […]

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Is Your Manicure Making Someone Sick?

Filed in Safety by on January 27, 2015 0 Comments
Is Your Manicure Making Someone Sick?

I came to the United States from Vietnam in 1992. After learning about the nail salon industry from friends in my English class, I became a manicurist. The work offered a flexible schedule for mothers of small children, like me, and the required training wasn’t as long as for other professions. With determination, I was […]

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Working in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Things to Know in the Snow

Filed in Safety by on January 27, 2015 0 Comments
Working in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Things to Know in the Snow

The bite of winter is fast approaching, with some areas already covered in frosty white. While many workers will be earning a living indoors, plenty of people in the United States will be working outside in the coming months, often in bitter cold. Employers should be aware of the dangers, and plan accordingly. Here are […]

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The Secret to Growing Our Middle Class

Filed in Apprenticeship, DOL, Workforce Investment by on January 23, 2015 1 Comment
The Secret to Growing Our Middle Class

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on LinkedIn. View the original here.  A year ago, President Obama challenged us to double the number of apprenticeships in the U.S. over the next five years. And during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he again emphasized the importance of apprenticeships to building the strongest possible workforce. […]

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