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3 New Women’s Bureau Resources in Spanish

3 New Women’s Bureau Resources in Spanish En español The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to making its programs, services and resources more accessible to workers and individuals who have limited English proficiency. As part of this effort, the Women’s Bureau is pleased to share three new resources in Spanish:  Sample employment agreements for domestic workers Domestic workers keep

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Changing Perceptions of Global Migration and Development

Changing Perceptions of Global Migration and Development   When I attended the recent Global Forum on Migration and Development as the lead U.S. Department of Labor representative, I was struck by the words of one panelist, “There are stories and there are versions,” she said. “But they feed our perceptions, and then policy makers make decisions and legislation based on

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OCIO’s Commitment to Ongoing IT Modernization

OCIO’s Commitment to Ongoing IT Modernization Migrating older, outdated IT solutions to the cloud is a top priority at the Department of Labor. The strategy increases the cybersecurity and protection of critical data, and ensures apps are available to serve the public when needed. Cloud migration also saves taxpayer dollars and is an important measure on the latest FITARA scorecard.

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Protecting Workers’ Rights at the Super Bowl

Protecting Workers’ Rights at the Super Bowl From securing the stadium and managing logistics to planning entertainment and coordinating with media, the effort that goes into organizing the Super Bowl is enormous. Yet, amidst the hype and anticipation, it’s the often-overlooked workers who prove indispensable in making the Super Bowl possible. Stadium staff, hotel and casino personnel, restaurant and bar

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A Labor-Management Partnership Building Trust and Good Jobs

A Labor-Management Partnership Building Trust and Good Jobs Through union apprenticeship programs, BuildRI contractors cultivate skilled trades workers. New entrants receive supervised on-the-job training and related classroom instruction for 3 to 5 years, depending on the craft. Source: BuildRI BuildRI is a small but mighty labor-management partnership, comprised of representatives of major Rhode Island area contractors and Rhode Island area

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Colorado’s paid leave program just launched. Here’s why that’s good for the state.

Colorado’s paid leave program just launched. Here’s why that’s good for the state. Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), landmark federal legislation that provides eligible workers unpaid, job-protected leave for specific family and medical reasons. The FMLA has helped millions of workers like Kris Garcia from Denver, who explained: “When my mom was originally

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Combating Labor Trafficking At Home and Around the World

Combating Labor Trafficking At Home and Around the World Labor trafficking can happen anywhere but is often found in these U.S. industries: Agriculture, landscaping, hotels, construction, domestic work, restaurants and seafood.  January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a month when we turn special attention to raising awareness about human trafficking, but every day the Department of Labor is working to

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Getting Restitution into the Hands of Trafficking Victims

Getting Restitution into the Hands of Trafficking Victims   January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness and amplify collaborative efforts to end human trafficking across the nation and support victims. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division combats human trafficking on multiple fronts, including by calculating restitution.    The Trafficking Victims Protection Act

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Enforcement Report: Progress in Fiscal Year 2023

Enforcement Report: Progress in Fiscal Year 2023 After a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found dozens of children employed in the hazardous work of cleaning meatpacking facilities, often in overnight shifts, the Office of the Solicitor quickly took action against Packers Sanitation Services Inc., the janitorial contractor serving meat processing corporations. We successfully sought a temporary restraining order in federal court

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5 Ways OCIO Supports Responsible Artificial Intelligence

5 Ways OCIO Supports Responsible Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence is finding its way into more aspects of everyday life, including the way we work. This administration wants to make sure government is leading the way with President Biden’s October 2023 executive order calling for the “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence.” It sets a whole-of-government strategy

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