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  • March 26, 2015
    • What's New
      • 'Leading on Leave' from Coast to Coast
      • Teaming Up With USDA to Get Unemployed Back to Work
      • Two-Day Summit on Apprenticeship Draws Thousands
    • National News
      • $27 Million in Grants to Help Soon-to-Be-Released Inmates Find Jobs
      • Job Corps Celebrates Women's Successes
    • It Happened on the Hill
      • Emphasizing the Importance of Apprenticeships
      • Conflicted Retirement Advice Is Center Stage at Hill Forum
    • DOL Working for You
      • Family Secures Future After Devastating Medical Setback
    • DOL in Action
      • Millions in Back Wages Recovered for New Jersey Gas Station Workers
      • Contractor Twice Ignores Deadly Electrocution Hazards
      • New York City Transit Authority Retaliates Against Employee
      • Dollar General Commits Repeat Safety Violations, Fined $83,000
      • Houston Group Home Care Providers Receive Back Wages
      • Construction Workers' Exposure to Trenching Hazards 'Can be Fatal'
      • California Restaurant to Pay $45,000 in Back Wages, Damages
      • Suit Seeks Back Wages, Damages for Florida Restaurant Workers
      • Kansas Union Embezzler Sentenced to Prison
      • US Steel Corp.'s Safety Shortcuts Lead to Fatal Explosion
      • Hawaii Wedding Planner Pays Back Wages, Damages
      • Steel Storage Manufacturer Fined Nearly $300,000
      • Federal Inspector Looks Up, Sees Serious Worker Violations
      • Mine Inspectors Find Imminent Danger at Oklahoma Mill and Quarry
      • California Taco Restaurant Owes Workers $36,000
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Briefing the Business Community
    • #Cut50 Bipartisan Coalition
    • Harnessing the Power of 'We'
    • HR Managers Can Make a Difference
    • Women Veterans Celebrated
    • Construction Roundtable
    • Women and the Minimum Wage
    • Apprenticeship Nominees Sought
    • Job Corps Celebrated in Georgia
    • Reaching Out to Filipino Workers
    • Agricultural Training in California
    • Cross-Agency Collaboration
    • Safety Stand-Down in Georgia
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • March 19, 2015
    • What's New
      • 'A Good Job Is the Foundation of the American Dream'
      • Championing Worker Protections on Retirement Advice
    • National News
      • Unemployment for Veterans Declines in 2014
      • Mellon Bank to Return $84 Million to Retirement Plans
      • Final Rules on Excepted Benefits
    • International Scene
      • Germany, U.S. Share Common Mission to Develop Strong Workforce
    • It Happened on the Hill
      • Spotlight on the Fiscal 2016 Budget
    • DOL Working for You
      • Job Corps Leads Him From Homelessness to the Middle Class
    • DOL in Action
      • Union Pacific Ordered to Pay $350,000 to Engineer
      • Company Cited in Fatal Fall at Missouri Dairy Farm
      • High Levels of Carbon Monoxide Found at Bagel Bakery
      • Funds Available for Military in Washington State
      • Bowling Center Worker Dies After Being Caught in Pinsetter
      • Florida University Faulted for Unsafe Levels of Formaldehyde
      • Laser and Skin Surgery Center Overvalues Employee Stock Plan
      • Illinois Recycling Plants Face Penalties of $366,000
      • Massachusetts Health Plan Fiduciaries Sued for Unpaid Premiums
      • Alert Letter Issued to Maine Elephant Refuge After Worker Death
      • Retirement Plan Administrator Barred in Colorado
      • Department Files Suit Against New York Union
      • Workers Receive Added Assistance to Overcome Layoffs
      • Dinnerware Manufacturer Exposes Employees to Numerous Hazards
      • Fire, Explosion Hazards for Employees of New York Manufacturer
      • Safety Hazards Found at Georgia Wood Products Manufacturer
      • Fired for Reporting Hazards, Truck Driver Wins $33,000
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • The Importance of Outreach
    • Progress in Mine Safety
    • A World of Big Data
    • Women's History Month
    • LGBT Workplace Equality
    • Texas Symposium on Ebola
    • Agreement for Recycling Workers
    • Labor Rights Primer for Students
    • Alliance Works to Avoid Falls
    • Fighting Misclassification in Nevada
    • Farmworker Safety in Idaho
    • Partnering in Connecticut
    • Outreach Effort in Texas
    • Nuclear Workers in Colorado
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • March 12, 2015
    • What's New
      • Sen. Edward Kennedy Inducted Into Labor Hall of Honor
      • Encouraging Financial Literacy for Young Workers
      • President Obama Announces TechHire Initiative
    • National News
      • Selma: Marching a Half Century Later
      • Youth Offenders Get Lifeline With Face Forward Initiative
    • International Scene
      • Berlin Hosts G7 International Stakeholder Conference
    • News You Can Use
      • CareerOneStop Launches New Online Resources
    • DOL Working for You
      • From Homeless Veteran to Hometown Hero
    • DOL in Action
      • Serial Safety Violator Faces Contempt Charges
      • Advance Auto Parts Store Ignores Dangerous Asbestos Exposure
      • New York Roofer Fails to Provide Fall Protection
      • Suit Filed Against Fiduciaries to Restore Retirement Plan
      • Honolulu Restaurant to Return $57,000 in Tips, Unpaid Wages
      • Saipan, Tinian Employer to Return $70,000 to Workers
      • Deadly Forklift Accident a 'Preventable Tragedy'
      • Hazards Prove to Be an 'Explosive Combination' at Illinois Facility
      • Florida Roofing Contractor Is Chronic Offender, Fined $186,000
      • Contractors Faulted in Deadly Alabama Trench Collapse
      • Worker Dies Because Missouri Manufacturer Ignored Safety Hazards
      • Worker's Death at Scrap Metal Facility Preventable
      • West Virginia Contractor Ignores Fall Protection for Roofers
      • Alabama Union Agrees to Hold New Officer Election
      • Back Wages Sought for Wisconsin Restaurant Workers
      • Nuclear Workers in Wyoming
      • Georgia Union to Rerun Election
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Opening Doors to Opportunity
    • Boosting Military Families
    • Promoting Priorities in Connecticut
    • Steel Workers' Conference
    • Celebrating Women's History
    • Advancing Accessible Technology
    • Gender Identity Awareness
    • Retaliation Complaint Procedures
    • Illinois Governor's Safety Award
    • Calling All Construction Contractors
    • Focus on California Women
    • Modernizing Compensation Claims
    • Jobs Report Questions Answered
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • March 5, 2015
    • What's New
      • Adding Inequality to Injury
    • National News
      • Crossing a Bridge Into History
    • International Scene
      • World Vision Awarded $7 Million to Combat Exploitative Child Labor
    • DOL Working for You
      • Massachusetts Worker Gets Back Wages — and Gets Involved
    • DOL in Action
      • Arizona Whistleblower to Receive Back Wages, Damages
      • Warehouse Worker's Injury a 'Preventable Tragedy'
      • Pennsylvania Contractor Fined $181,000 for Scaffolding Violations
      • Samsung Device Tester Pays $266,000 in Back Wages
      • Qualified Workers Denied Employment at Arizona Resort
      • Oregon Drywall Company Failed to Pay Prevailing Wage
      • Ohio Wood Pallet Facility Fined $133,000 for Serious Violations
      • Alabama Contractor Leaves Workers Vulnerable to Potential Cave-ins
      • Bronx Hair Salon Sued for 'Illegal and Inexcusable' Firing
      • Conditions at Wisconsin Company Faulted
      • Federal Court Bans Sewer and Water Contractor From Excavating
      • Workers at Chemical Spill Lacked Training
      • Mississippi Furniture Maker Cited in Worker Fatality
      • Damages Sought for School Employee Concerned About Asbestos
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Paid Leave, 'A Good Idea'
    • Remembering A. Philip Randolph
    • Help for the Underpaid, Overworked
    • Garment Industry Compliance
    • Contractors Play Ball for Safety
    • 'Working off the Clock' in Texas
    • Job Corps Center Answers the Call
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • February 26, 2015
    • What's New
      • Department Tasked with Reducing Investment Conflicts of Interest
      • Breaking the West Coast Ports Impasse
      • A Focus on Youth Opportunities
    • National News
      • An Update for Modern Families
      • Measuring Real Impacts for Workers
      • Developing an Online Skills Academy
    • News You Can Use
      • New Mine Safety Tools
    • Around DOL
      • Black History Month Roundtable Focuses on Challenges and Solutions
    • DOL Working for You
      • Colorado Veteran Harnesses Military Skills for Civilian Job
    • DOL in Action
      • $300,000 Judgment Added to $12 Million Recovered for Pension Plans
      • Postal Service to Pay $229,000 in Whistleblower Case
      • 'Unacceptable Practices' at Virginia Coal Mine
      • Massachusetts Roofing Contractor Is Four-Time Fall Hazard Violator
      • Restaurants in San Francisco to Pay $112,000 in Wages, Damages
      • Grain Bin Facility Fined $66,000 in Serious Amputation Injury
      • Temp Workers Face Safety Dangers at New Jersey Facility
      • Exit Routes Become Obstacle Courses at Manhattan Retailer
      • Money Transfer Companies Willfully Underpay Employees
      • Tool Manufacturer Nailed for Amputation Hazards
      • Migrant Workers at California Winery to Get $163,000 in Back Wages
      • Town Halls for Nuclear Weapons Workers
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Supporting Tribal Communities
    • Building Local Partnerships
    • Highlighting Services for Veterans
    • Protecting Tobacco Workers
    • AAPI Listening Session
    • Sharing a Need for Timely Data
    • Keeping Workers Safe on the Farm
    • Partnership with the Highway Patrol
    • Combating Worker Retaliation
    • Farm Labor Contractor Training
    • Warehouse Safety Partnership
    • ERISA Advisory Council Meeting
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • February 19, 2015
    • What's New
      • Modernizing Workforce Development, With States as Key Partners
    • National News
      • Court Orders $39.8 Million Returned to Benefit Plans
    • News You Can Use
      • Stand-Down for Fall Safety
      • Working in a Winter Wonderland
    • DOL Working for You
      • Job Corps Journey Reaches Pinnacle at Princeton University
    • DOL in Action
      • Warning Letter Issued to 'COPS' Producers in Sound Tech's Death
      • Trash-to-Energy Plant Employees Exposed to Numerous Hazards
      • Famous Wok Franchisee Ordered to Pay Back Wages
      • Asbestos Hazards Found at New Jersey Storage Warehouse
      • Medical Products Company Creates Unsafe Environment for Workers
      • Dust Accumulation Exposes Workers to Hazards
      • Reinvestigation of Massachusetts Company Finds More Violations
      • Ohio Manufacturer Repeatedly Puts Workers at Risk of Injury
      • Florida Roofers at Risk of Dangerous Falls Lacked Protection
      • Amputation Hazards Found at Michigan Shipyard
      • Tarnished Safety Record for Aluminum Foil Producer
      • Lack of Protection Could Have Sealed Texas Excavation Workers' Fates
      • Focus on EEO for Kentucky Bridges Project
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Fissuring of the Modern Workplace
    • Training for Safe Workplaces
    • Tobacco Industry Outreach
    • Advancing Immigrant Integration
    • Teachers Review Rights
    • Training for Arkansas Employers
    • Protecting Nebraska Workers
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • February 12, 2015
    • What's New
      • Doing Good and Doing Well
      • What's Next in the National Skills Movement
    • National News
      • Help Us Make Smarter Regulations
    • Take Three:JOLTS
    • International Scene
      • $2 Million Awarded to Combat Labor Abuses in Uzbekistan
    • It Happened on the Hill
      • House Testimony Highlights Efforts to Create Opportunity for Veterans
    • DOL Working for You
      • Detroit Attorney Fights for 'Courageous' Whistleblowers
    • DOL in Action
      • Investigation Concludes That Roofer's Death Was Preventable
      • Lawsuit: Employee Shouldn't Have to Choose Between Job and Health
      • Lack of Fall Protection Cited in Death of Tower Painter
      • Missouri Manufacturer's Equipment Lacked Proper Safety Mechanisms
      • Illinois Union to Hold New Officer Election
      • Workers Exposed to Corrosive Chemicals at Pork Processing Facility
      • Motor Freight Line Faces Penalties After Explosion Injures 4
      • Employees of Maine Manufacturer Face Machine Hazards
      • NJ Contractor Cuts Safety Corners with Tree Trimming
      • Childcare Initiative Finds Violations in New Mexico, West Texas
      • Ohio Tank Cleaning Company Puts Workers in Danger
      • California Construction Workers Get Belated Benefit Plan Payments
      • Honolulu Subcontractor Pays Back Wages at 10 Projects
      • Call for Removal of Defective Forklifts in 9 States
      • Massachusetts Clinic to Pay $190,000 for Systemic Pay Bias
      • Texas Company Exposed Workers to Numerous Safety Hazards
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • #LoveYourServer
    • Expanding Opportunities for Youth
    • Job Training Reform Coming
    • Health Enrollment Ending
    • First-Time Moms at Work
    • Foreign Labor Certification Report
    • 'Igniting Innovation'
    • Migrant Workers Schooled on Rights
    • Farmworkers Resource Fair
    • Thwarting Misclassification
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • February 5, 2015
    • What's New
      • In Tucson and Salt Lake City, Expanding Opportunity for All
      • The Faces of Health Care
    • National News
      • In the Budget, Robust Support for Working Families
      • Ashley Furniture Faces $1.76 Million in Fines
      • Jail-Based Job Centers Will Help Break the Cycle of Incarceration
    • DOL Working for You
      • Job Corps Student Making Waves in Pacific Northwest
    • DOL in Action
      • Multiple Hazards Found at Georgia Auto Parts Manufacturer
      • Las Vegas Telemarketer Ordered to Pay Back Wages, Damages
      • Hawaii Steak Restaurant to Return $150,000 in Tips, Back Wages
      • Ohio Plant Worker's Death Preventable
      • Illinois Contractor Made Conscious Decision Not to Protect Its Workers
      • Pattern of Injuries Persists at Ohio Manufacturing Facility
      • Storm Sewer Installer Put at Risk of Trench Cave In
      • Drywall Contractor Pays Overtime Back Wages, Damages
      • Texas Workers Face Cancer Risk
      • Off-the-Clock Charting Nets Nurses $114,690 in Back Wages, Damages
      • Laid-Off Wisconsin Workers to Get Additional Aid
      • Auto Parts Supplier, Temp Agency Face $158,000 in Fines
      • New York Roofing Contractor Gambled with Workers' Safety
      • Oregon Businessman Ordered to Pay Workers $512,000
      • Contaminated Laundry Imperils Medical Center Employees
      • Aircraft Workers Exposed to Hazardous Chemicals
      • Ohio Company Fined $85,000 in Electrical Equipment Mishap
      • Explosive Dust at Animal Feed Facility Threatens Workers
      • Lack of Protections Led to Worker's Death at Texas Bolt Maker
      • Judgment Restores Missing Premiums to Health Plan Participants
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Disability Employment Summit
    • Skills Working Group Launched
    • Military Transition Services
    • Meet the DOL Leadership Team
    • Mine Fatality Reduction Effort
    • Preventing Working Deaths
    • Agricultural Outreach
    • Braille Award Honoree
    • Logger Protection Alliance
    • Focus on Wages in Recycling
    • Inclusion in Transit
    • Janitorial Industry Initiative
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • January 29, 2015
    • What's New
      • Calling On All Mayors: Help Us Lead On Leave
      • Soaring Higher With New Skills
      • Fast Times at the Washington Auto Show
    • National News
      • Record Number of Discrimination Complaints Filed on Miners' Behalf
      • Engaging the Public for Smarter Regulations
      • States Split $38 Million to Expand 'Work Sharing' Programs
      • White House Event Highlights Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
    • International Scene
      • U.S., Denmark Policymakers Discuss Labor Market Strategies
      • ILO Receives $8 million to Reduce Child Labor in Vietnam
    • It Happened on the Hill
      • High Marks From Transitioning Service Members
    • DOL Working for You
      • Training Program Rescues Diver's Sinking Business
    • DOL in Action
      • Laid-off Kentucky Workers to Receive Job Training Benefits
      • Explosive Dust and Other Hazards Found at Texas Grain Mill
      • Warehouse Workers Exposed to Electrical Hazard
      • Old Lead Presents New Hazard
      • Ohio Plant Fails to Manage Highly Hazardous Chemicals
      • Suit Alleges Utilities Contractor Violated Workers' Rights
      • Ohio Painting Company Again Fails to Prevent Falls
      • Las Vegas Limo Drivers to be Paid $232,000 Following Investigation
      • Idaho Steel Manufacturer Cited Following Fatal Forklift Accident
      • Explosion Kills Worker at Omega Protein Plant
      • Unpaid Wages Recovered for Oregon Construction Workers
      • Texas Plastics Manufacturer Ignored Key Safety Procedures
      • Former Michigan Union Official Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement
      • Hawaii Security Company Pays Overtime Back Wages
      • Workers Missclassified at Texas Construction Companies
      • Solid Waste Facility Fined $91,000 in Explosion That Injured 2
      • Auto Parts Co. Management Ignored Hazards, Worker Seriously Injured
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Workplace Myth Buster
    • Championing Worker Voice
    • #ApprenticeshipWorks
    • Extending a Hand to the Homeless
    • Transforming Community Colleges
    • 2014 Union Membership Report
    • Ensuring Opportunity for All
    • Sex Discrimination Guidelines
    • Workplace Challenges
    • The Case for Global Paternity Leave
    • Keeping Lone Star Workers Safe
    • Pregnancy Protections at Work
    • Mine Safety Progress
    • Worker Rights in New Mexico
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • January 22, 2015
    • What's New
      • State of the Union — Promoting Middle-Class Economics
      • Unmistakable Progress Made in Realizing MLK's Dream
    • International Scene
      • $11 Million Invested to Eliminate Child, Forced Labor
    • News You Can Use
      • Be an Apprenticeship LEADER
    • DOL Working for You
      • With a Little Help, Massachusetts Vet Dresses for Success
    • DOL in Action
      • Johns Hopkins University Lab Settles Discrimination Charges
      • Worker Suffers Severe Injuries at Illinois Grain Company
      • 12 Mines Undergo Impact Inspections
      • Florida Freezer Manufacturer Not Hot On Safety
      • Louisiana Union to Rerun Officer Election
      • Lockheed Martin Settles Wage Dispute With Coast Guard
      • Judge Orders Kentucky Restaurant Owners to Pay $90,000
      • Construction Subcontractor Faces Penalty in Worker Deadly Plunge
      • Construction Company Cited After Teen Worker Severely Injured
      • Blast Kills Worker at Fireworks Storage Facility
      • Company Fined When Workers Sickened by Chlorine Gas Release
      • Fiduciary Must Restore Funds to New York Retirement Plan
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Workplace Myth Buster
    • Summer Jobs: Pathways to Success
    • An Apprenticeship Success Story
    • Sharing a Universal Experience
    • Engaging Girls in STEM
    • Webinar Promotes Paid Leave
    • Pact on Misclassification
    • National Mentoring Month
    • Protecting Farm Workers
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • January 15, 2015
    • What's New
      • Championing Paid Leave to Strengthen the Middle Class
    • National News
      • Apprenticeship — College Partnership Exceeds 100 Members
      • A New Rule That Will Save Coal Miners' Lives
    • Take Three: Pregnancy Discrimination
    • International Scene
      • $1.3 Million Awarded to Fight Job Discrimination in Mexico
    • DOL Working for You
      • Apprenticeship Grad Soars at Aerospace Company
    • DOL in Action
      • Displaced Casino Workers in Atlantic City to Get Employment Support
      • Dust Levels in Underground Coal Mines Continue Downward Trend
      • New York Investment Advisor Sued for Fiduciary Breaches
      • Funding Helps Missourians Rebuild After Storms and Flooding
      • Southern California Garment Manufacturer Shortchanges Workers
      • Renovation Workers Face Fall Hazards in Massachusetts
      • Department Wins Election Lawsuit Against Arizona Union
      • Connecticut Employees Exposed to Respiratory, Chemical Hazards
      • Oklahoma City Nurse Breaks and Pay Are Cut Short
      • Foundry Workers Exposed to Dangerous Noise Levels
      • Excavating Company Cited 8th Time for Trench Hazards
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • High Note for Employment in 2014
    • Expanding Apprenticeship
    • 40 Years of Pension Protection
    • Worker Voice in the 21st Century
    • Compliance Outreach Proliferates
    • Support System for Veterans
    • Misclassification Agreement
    • Reaching Out to Consulates
    • Midwest Construction Alliance
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • January 8, 2015
    • What's New
      • Maintaining a Sharp Focus on Shared Prosperity
      • Discovering the Possibilities That STEM Offers
    • National News
      • Coal Mining Deaths Drop to Record Low
    • DOL Working for You
      • Job Corps Graduate-Turned-Carpenter Fulfills Childhood Dream
    • DOL in Action
      • Liquid Feed Manufacturer Cited in Double Fatality
      • Ohio Scrapyard 'Failed its Workers,' Fined $378,000
      • Roofing Company Has History of Ignoring Fall Standards
      • No Fun for Heat-Exposed Amusement Park Workers
      • Fines Come Back Around for Chronic Violator, Boomerang Tube
      • Fatality at Construction Project Leads to Citations, Fines
      • Locked Exit Door Continues to Plague Dollar General
      • Water Bottling Company Cited After Accident Disables Worker
      • Auto Parts Supplier Faces $102,000 in Fines for Safety Violations
      • California Transit Union to Rerun Leadership Election
      • Deadly Fall Blamed on Absence of Safety Protection
      • Chicago Companies Expose Workers to Asbestos
      • Pennsylvania Iron Foundry Repeatedly Fails to Protect Workers
      • New Hampshire Concrete Manufacturer Fined $230,000
      • No Protection, Training Provided for Fatal Trench Collapse Victim
      • Manufacturer Twice Cited for Electrocution Hazards in 18 Months
      • Texas Fabricator Put Workers in Harm's Way
      • Faulty Alarm System Contributed to Worker Death
      • Workers Face Hazards Without Safety Equipment
      • Illinois Company Fined $171,000 for Willfully Putting Employees at Risk
    • BY THE NUMBERS
    • Work in Progress — The Best of Our Blog
    • Detroit — Driven to Succeed
    • Strategic Enforcement on Wages
    • New Changes for the New Year
    • Improving Disability Employment
    • Pilot Prevails on Safety
    • Networking Partnership in Texas
    • Aid For Lummi Nation Fishermen
    • Contractor Sued on Wages
    • Mine Impact Inspections
    • American Samoa Faulted on Pay
    • Farm Fined on Hiring
    • Labor Certification Session
    • Weekly UI Claims
    • Upcoming Deadlines & Events