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I Am DOL: Derek Smith Ensures Civil Rights and Fair Workplaces

In our“I Am DOL” series, we’re highlighting employees who work in a wide range of roles at the Department of Labor but who all share a passion for public service. Derek Smith, an investigator in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, helps make sure federal contractors meet legal requirements to take affirmative action and to not discriminate against workers

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Business Ownership, Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Among People with Disabilities

Small businesses are the engine of the American economy. They employ just under half of all U.S. workers and comprise more than 99% of businesses. Both small-business ownership and self-employment are important avenues to economic empowerment, particularly for people with disabilities. For many disabled workers, entrepreneurship allows greater access, freedom and flexibility at work. By owning their own business, people

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How a Young Lawyer’s Mental Health Journey Fuels Her Advocacy Work

At the U.S. Department of Labor, we’re committed to fostering and promoting the welfare of all workers—including their mental well-being. As part of our effort, we seek to learn the lived experiences of the people we serve. To acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month this May, DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy sat down with Marissa Ditkowsky, disability economic justice counsel

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Mind and Body: Supporting Women’s Health

Beginning on Mother’s Day, National Women’s Health Week highlights the importance of women prioritizing our own health needs. For many women, particularly mothers and other caregivers, the daily juggle of family responsibilities and career demands often leads to not prioritizing our own well-being. It’s not uncommon for women to put the needs of our families and jobs before our own,

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Healing as Learning at Newport News YouthBuild

Preparing for a job requires education and training, which means developing skills and strategies to solve problems and cope with challenges. The Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas’ (VOACC) team who facilitate Newport News YouthBuild know that the ability to effectively solve problems and overcome challenges is heavily impacted by a person’s mental health and well-being. And their holistic approach

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A Closer Look: Labor-Management Cooperation in Europe

Many workers around the world celebrated Labor Day (or International Workers Day) on May 1, including those in most countries that make up continental Europe. In honor of that day of solidarity, we’re taking a look at how unions and labor-management cooperation in Europe compare with the labor landscape in the U.S. Partly due to Europe’s economic base being

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Charting a Path for Unemployment Insurance

Acting Secretary Julie Su provides opening remarks at the UI Transformation Convening. Building on the momentum generated by historic American Rescue Plan Act investments in unemployment insurance modernization, the Department of Labor has released a comprehensive plan for transforming the unemployment insurance (UI) system, entitled Building Resilience: A plan for transforming unemployment insurance. The plan details how the department is

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Youth Apprenticeship Week is Here!

We are excited to celebrate the first Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW)! From May 5 to 11, 2024, we are celebrating the incredible opportunities that Registered Apprenticeship programs offer to our young workforce. [embedded content] Registered Apprenticeship stands as a pivotal strategy in addressing our nation’s workforce demands across vital sectors like education, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, clean energy, cybersecurity, and other

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Suwanee, Georgia
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