Tag: Department of Labor

Creating Career Opportunities in Construction for Women and People of Color

February 10, 2017

“How do we get women and people of color in the construction industry?” Tradespeople, community activists, government staff, union leaders and contractors shared their best answers to that question at a forum hosted by the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor this past December. The group represented some… Read More»

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New Overtime Rules Are a Win for Working People

May 18, 2016

After much anticipation and speculation, the Labor Department released an update today to the rules that govern who is protected by the overtime pay provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act. This long overdue change will significantly increase the number of people who are able to earn a fair return… Read More»

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The Department of Labor’s Proposed Paid Leave Rule Could Set a New Standard for Inclusion

March 24, 2016

Last Labor Day, the movement to ensure that everyone has the ability to take paid sick leave scored a major victory when President Obama signed an executive order to provide employees of federal contractors with paid time for personal or family health needs. The executive order itself will have a… Read More»

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Labor Department Tells Employers to Come Clean About Unionbusting

March 23, 2016

UPDATE (11/21/16): Unfortunately, on November 16, 2016, Texas federal Judge Samuel Cummings threw out Obama administration rules giving teeth to the legal requirement that companies must report whenever they hire unionbusting consultants. Judge Cummings order finalized an earlier preliminary ruling that temporarily blocked the rules this summer.  His decision accepted the unionbusting… Read More»

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How Work Is Changing: An Issue Brief

December 10, 2015

The Changing Nature of Work: An Issue Brief on Contingent, Fissured and On-Demand Employment By the Jobs With Justice Education Fund Businesses aren’t just changing the way work is done; they’re increasingly altering the very foundation of work. More women and men are finding themselves in contingent and fissured work… Read More»

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These Whistleblowers Are Standing Up to Retaliation and Deportation Threats

November 6, 2015

Vicente, Pedro and their co-workers at Teriyaki House in Providence, Rhode Island, worked grueling shifts, often spending more than 72 hours per week in the restaurant’s kitchen. They say their boss only permitted them to take a single 15-minute meal break each day. And when payday rolled around, forget overtime,… Read More»

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At White House Summit, Labor Rights Take Center Stage

October 9, 2015

This week marked a historic occasion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as working people, organizers, lawmakers, employers, and yes, the President of the United States himself came together for an historic White House Summit on Worker Voice. The all-day convening highlighted the incredible obstacles working people face when coming together to improve… Read More»

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New Guidance to Stop Companies from Misclassifying Employees

July 19, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced new employer guidelines to determine whether the individuals who work for them should be classified as employees or independent contractors. The Treasury Department estimates that companies are misclassifying millions of people every year, classifying them as independent contractors when the law says… Read More»

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Scholars and Organizers Exchange Ideas at Fifth Annual LRAN Conference

June 25, 2015

More than 250 scholars and practitioners gathered for the fifth annual national Labor Research and Action Network conference, a project coordinated by the Jobs With Justice Education Fund, last week. The two-day event, hosted by the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, brings together academics,… Read More»

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