News and Events
Employ an Older Worker
Posted on October 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM EDT
As part of National Employ an Older Worker Week, a roundtable was held in San Diego on Sept. 23 to help increase awareness of this segment of the labor force and the experience they bring to their jobs and careers. Co-hosted by the Jewish Family Service of San Diego and Boardroom San Diego, the event featured Women's Bureau program analyst Kelly Jenkins-Pultz, who offered a demographic snapshot of older workers in San Diego County. Other participants, including local officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, addressed the unique challenges that older workers face and discussed a number of proven strategies to better overcome and conquer those obstacles.
Paid Leave Analysis Grants
Posted on September 24, 2014 at 1:517 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and Employment and Training Administration today awarded $500,000 to assist the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana and Rhode Island in funding feasibility studies on paid leave. The studies will inform the development or implementation of paid family and medical leave programs at the state level. For more information, please see the press release.
Outreach in Queens
Posted on September 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM EDT
The Women's Bureau brought together the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal and state agencies for an outreach event in Queens, N.Y., on Sept. 4. The purpose of the event, hosted by Rep. Grace Meng, was to advise community members about their labor rights. "The event was critical in reaching out to underserved populations and making sure that the federal government delivers assistance to every part of New York," said Gillian Gutierrez, a program analyst with the Women's Bureau.
Manufacturing and Women
Posted on September 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM EDT
Leaders representing manufacturing companies, state and federal government, educational institutions and community-based organizations met at the New Haven Connecticut Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 27 in New Haven, Conn. The roundtable discussion focused on the need for more women business owners and more women in advanced manufacturing positions. Co-hosted by the Women's Bureau and the New Haven Manufacturers Association, facilitators included Jerry Clupper, NHMA executive director, and Jacqueline Cooke, Women's Bureau regional administrator. Also in attendance was Sen. Chris Murphy, who highlighted the newly enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and recognized the STEM Academy for middle school students in Monroe, Conn., as a worthwhile program that engages students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and manufacturing at a young age.
Breaking Down Barriers
Posted on September 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM EDT
With the goal of identifying issues that women in the region face in the transportation industry, the Women's Bureau continued their outreach on this issue, hosting a roundtable in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 27. During the "Women in Transportation" roundtable, representatives from local organizations — including Public Works of Kansas City and K.C. Area Transportation Authority — discussed challenges that exist for women considering employment in the industry. The discussion concluded by addressing how these barriers could be reduced. The group identified the need for more role models, dispelling stereotypes and better outreach programs for young women. "These local conversations are critically important to helping groups identify solutions to the challenges that exist for women" said Grace Protos, acting regional administrator.
Women in Transportation
Posted on September 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM EDT
Women make up nearly half of the labor force, but hold only a small portion of the often in-demand and higher paying jobs in the transportation industry. On Aug. 21, the Women's Bureau held a webinar with Women's Transportation Seminar entitled "Women in Transportation Careers: Obstacles and Opportunities." The webinar brought together more than 100 transportation industry professionals interested in increasing the presence of women in the field, as well as women considering entering a career in transportation. Representatives from the aviation, railway and highway industries discussed best practices for recruitment and retention of women, along with associated challenges and opportunities.
Older Women and Work
Posted on September 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM EDT
A series of roundtables in Wisconsin and Minnesota united community leaders, organizations on aging, women's advocates and academics to discuss older women and work. The discussions, from July 21 to 23, identified key obstacles women face in an aging workforce and specific initiatives and supports that could help address them. "These discussions help to better understand local-area issues related to this population and provide a pathway to collaborative work to help reduce some of the barriers," said Women's Bureau Regional Administrator Grace Protos. The events were hosted by the Women's Bureau, Wisconsin Women's Commission and Minnesota Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women.
Students Focus on Equal Pay
Posted on September 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM EDT
The Women's Bureau hosted a group of high school students from the Young Women's Leadership Institute, a summer leadership program for high school girls at Barnard College, on July 9 at the bureau's New York regional office. The students, who are rising juniors and seniors, learned about the issue of equal pay, and how the wage gap will impact them as they enter the workforce. The students also learned about the work the government is doing to address the issue of unequal pay and fight pay discrimination.
Resources for Working Families
Posted on July 03, 2014 at 12:13 PM EDT
Since the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families, the Women's Bureau has introduced new resources to help working women. Among them is an online portal that connects women at any career stage with relevant tools, data, resources and publications developed by the department. Another is an online map that provides federal- and state-level statutory information on employment protections against pregnancy discrimination and for nursing mothers, as well as contact information for related state government offices.
AAPI Roundtable in Philadelphia
Posted on July 03, 2014 at 1129 AM EDT
Seeking to build relationships between the federal government and the Asian American Pacific Islander community, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders held a Regional Interagency Working Group Roundtable on June 26 in Philadelphia. Breakout sessions covered immigration and worker's rights, as well as major issues and setbacks affecting the AAPI community. Participating agencies included the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Women's Bureau, Wage and Hour Division, Office of Public Affairs, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Employment and Training Administration.