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  • Trump Reverses Obama Plan to Collect Wage Information Based on Gender, Race, Ethnicity

    08/31/2017 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 31, 2017 | 8:03 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    A year before leaving office, President Barack Obama announced new steps to narrow what was described as a gender pay gap. Obama directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, to annually collect pay data by gender, race and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees. On Wednesday, the Trump administration put that Obama-era order on hold. In a memo to the EEOC, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said it is launching a review of the effectiveness of the equal pay data collection initiative. (Companies are still required to...
  • U.S. Labor Department Facilitating Age Discrimination

    07/13/2017 2:16:04 PM PDT · by davikkm
    Americans age 40 and older have a new reason to fear age discrimination: the United States Department of Labor. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is at the root of the problem. This program is administered by the Labor Department and gives businesses tax breaks for hiring people from certain target groups.1 Among those groups are people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food stamps.2 At first glance, that would seem to make sense. Helping the poor is the right thing to do. However, the Labor Department states on its website that SNAP recipients range in age...
  • Andrew Puzder expected to withdraw as labor secretary nominee

    02/15/2017 1:43:15 PM PST · by TBP · 35 replies
    Ne York Post ^ | February 15, 2017 | Wire services
    President Trump’s choice to head the Labor Department, Andrew Puzder, is expected to withdraw his name from consideration, several media reported Wednesday. NBC News and Fox Business News reported that Puzder was likely to withdraw, after CNN reported earlier Wednesday that senior Senate Republicans had asked the White House to remove his nomination because not enough of the party’s senators planned to vote for his confirmation.
  • U.S. Workplace English Rules Discriminatory, Foreign Language Demands Aren’t

    12/01/2016 4:47:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 1, 2016
    Requiring employees in the United States to speak a foreign language is not discriminatory but forcing them to speak English violates federal law under a sweeping order issued by the Obama administration to crack down on “national origin discrimination” in the workplace. The government’s new enforcement guidelines state that bilingual requirements don’t meet discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act but English-only rules do because they’re restrictive language policies. The administration asserts that the new rules, which cover a broad range of scenarios that could get employers in trouble, were created because the American workforce is “increasingly...
  • Business group sues OSHA over 'union walk around rule'

    09/08/2016 1:23:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is suing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over its so-called union walk around rule. The lawsuit, which the Pacific Legal Foundation filed on behalf of the small business advocacy group, charges that OSHA’s rule illegally foists union activists onto non-unionized businesses. Attorneys with the legal foundation say OSHA has for decades allowed an employee representative to accompany an OSHA investigator on a workplace inspection, so long as the representative is in fact an employee. But in 2013, the agency issued a memo that said an employee representative could be someone who...
  • Obama extends overtime pay to millions

    05/17/2016 5:18:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 17, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Obama administration late Tuesday unveiled a final rule extending overtime pay to millions of workers. The regulation makes anyone earning up to $47,476 a year, or roughly $913 a week, eligible for overtime pay. The rule is one of the most significant regulatory initiatives of President Obama’s second term, and has drawn fierce opposition from industry groups. With the Republican Congress standing firm against a minimum wage increase and other economic proposals from Democrats, the president has exerted the power of the executive branch to try and burnish his legacy. In a concession to business groups, the administration reduced...
  • New Labor Department rule could kick Jim Cramer, Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman off the air

    03/05/2016 4:33:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/05/2016 | Taylor Millard
    A new government regulation could end up causing serious damage to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The Labor Department is finalizing a new fiduciary rule which the government claims will save the middle class billions of dollars by requiring the the firm and adviser to provide advice “in the client’s best interest.” Via the Labor Department’s website: *Commits the firm and adviser to providing advice in the client’s best interest. Committing to a best interest standard requires the adviser and the company to act with the care, skill, prudence, and diligence that a prudent person would...
  • Shocking violence casts shadow over federal Job Corps program

    09/09/2015 9:52:45 PM PDT · by rikkir · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/9/2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – The last minutes of Jose Santos Amaya Guardado’s young life were hell. The 17-year-old was lured into the woods by three of his classmates at the federally funded Homestead Job Corps in Florida. Outside the live-in vocational school, the students pulled out a machete, police say, and began to hack away at him. As he lay in a pool of his own blood, the attackers threw him in a shallow grave and set him on fire, authorities say. Accused ringleader Kaheem Arbelo, 20, allegedly marked the moment by having sex in the woods with student Desiray Strickland, 18....
  • Labor secretary: We're moving ahead with financial advisor rule

    08/11/2015 6:24:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 11, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is moving ahead with issuing a final regulatory proposal for financial advisers despite growing concerns from moderate Democrats and Republicans that it would hurt low-income Americans. Perez responded to Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) in a letter earlier this week after she and other lawmakers called on Department of Labor (DOL) officials and the administration to re-propose the controversial so-called "fiduciary standards," which would increase disclosure requirements for financial advisers. The business community is vehemently lobbying against the proposal, which failed in 2010, arguing it would raise consumer costs for Americans who need financial advice the most....
  • U.S. Honors Sen. Who Met With Communists, Rented Brothel, Let Mistress Drown

    03/25/2015 3:25:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 25, 2015
    A veteran senator who let his mistress drown in a car he recklessly drove into a pond, rented a brothel for an entire night in Chile and sought meetings with communists is being honored by the Obama administration this month. Ted Kennedy received his posthumous accolades from the Department of Labor (DOL) with an induction into the agency’s “Hall of Honor.” The recognition is meant to showcase the life-changing contributions that a unique group of people have made on the American way of work, according to the agency. A special panel comprised of the Solicitor of Labor, the Assistant Secretary...
  • The prescience of Pat Moynihan

    03/20/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | 7:57pm | George F. Will
    Perhaps the decisive factors in combating poverty and enabling upward mobility were not economic but cultural — the habits, mores and dispositions that equip individuals to take advantage of opportunities. This was dismaying because governments know how to alter incentives and remove barriers but not how to manipulate culture. The assumption that the condition of the poor must improve as macroeconomic conditions improve was to be refuted by a deepened understanding of the crucial role of the family as the primary transmitter of the social capital essential for self-reliance and betterment. Family structure is the primary predictor of social outcomes,...
  • Judge undercuts Obama on housing discrimination, rebukes Tom Perez

    11/04/2014 11:48:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge overturned the Obama administration’s “desperation” move to try to find more ways to prove discrimination in housing in a decision Monday that also delivered a searing rebuke to Thomas Perez, a Cabinet official whom liberals are pushing to be the next attorney general. Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that the administration cannot rely on “disparate impact” to judge discrimination, dealing a blow to civil rights groups that said the analytical tool gave them more room to file discrimination cases. Potentially just as important for President Obama’s postelection moves was the rebuke Judge Leon delivered to Mr. Perez,...
  • Are You Disabled? Your Boss Needs to Know

    03/19/2014 8:29:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2014 | LAUREN WEBER
    Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce will soon have to answer a personal question from the boss: Are you disabled? U.S. regulations going into effect next week require for the first time that federal contractors—a group that includes Boeing Co., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc., T among some 40,000 others—ask their employees if they have a disability. Those that don't employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can't prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official. The target...
  • Labor Department tells Arkansas businesswoman she can't have volunteers

    01/09/2014 1:14:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2014 | SEAN HIGGINS
    Ladies and gentlemen, be careful who you volunteer for — you could be doing them a lot more harm than good. The federal government sometimes takes dim view of such generosity. Just ask Rhea Lana Riner. She owns a small Arkansas-based business that organizes consignment sales. Since August, the Labor Department has been threatening her with stiff financial penalties, saying her business practices are illegal. It has even been contacting donors to her events and encouraging them to instigate legal action against her. Why? Well, the department says Riner cannot legally allow the people who provide items for sale to...
  • U.S. Holds “Labor Rights Week” to Protect Mexican Workers

    08/13/2013 9:59:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 13, 2013
    The United States has signed an agreement with Mexico’s government vowing to prevent workplace discrimination against illegal immigrants while educating them about their civil rights and minimum wage laws. It’s a nifty little contract signed this month by the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In a press release the EEOC calls it a “historic outreach agreement” that will solidify the agency’s “continued and longstanding commitment to this underserved community.” Under the deal, American taxpayers will provide Spanish-language materials explaining the laws enforced by the EEOC and the agency will partner...
  • $3 Mil for Obama’s African Youth Empowerment Initiative

    07/23/2013 11:01:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 23, 2013
    With U.S. unemployment rates at historical highs and the nation’s debt a mind-boggling $16.8 trillion, the Obama administration has nevertheless made sure that an African youth empowerment initiative in Uganda gets millions from American taxpayers. The cash is being distributed via the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) even as the nation that should be the agency’s priority finds itself suffering through a painfully high 7.6% unemployment rate. This month the DOL announced that it is dedicating $3 million to help Ugandan youth develop marketable skills to secure decent work and to serve as civic leaders in their respective communities. It’s...
  • Republicans: Nominee's hearing delayed by whistleblower

    04/24/2013 11:02:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2013 | Vicki Needham
    Senate Republicans say Democrats postponed a vote on President Obama's nominee for Labor secretary after they learned that a whistleblower related to a questionable case was invited to testify at a Thursday hearing. Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson, a member of the panel, had asked Frederick Newell to discuss the involvement of Thomas Perez and the Justice Department in the disposition of several housing discrimination cases in St. Paul, Minn. Republicans argue that Newell's testimony could have contradicted statements made by Perez, as head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, at his confirmation hearing last week, an aide told The...
  • Expose and Oppose Obama's Radical Appointees

    03/21/2013 12:59:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 22, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    No matter what progress Republicans may make in electoral politics over the coming years, it will be difficult to roll back the steady march of liberalism that has taken place inside our cultural, bureaucratic and legal institutions — from academia to regulatory agencies to the Department of Justice — but we have to try. A good place to start would be to oppose Obama's radical appointees, the latest being his appointment for secretary of labor, Thomas Perez. Radical liberals are characteristically activists, strategists and organizers. Their plan to infiltrate and dominate academia was hardly spontaneous, and its effects have hardly...
  • Thomas Perez Should Be Blocked

    03/12/2013 9:01:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 12, 2013 | Quin Hillyer
    Panther-case scofflaw merits no cabinet post.If President Obama thinks he can get away with appointing an obvious prevaricator to be Secretary of Labor – and a radical, race-baiting one at that – he has lost all touch with reality. Even a group as confused and fractious as the caucus of Senate Republicans is sure to find the collective backbone to block the (expected) appointment of Thomas Perez. As I described in detail last August, Perez is one of the most loathsome figures in the thoroughly loathsome political ranks of Obama’s Justice Department. He has led the administration’s racial scaremongering against...
  • Sources: Obama poised to pick Thomas Perez for secretary of labor

    03/10/2013 10:18:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 10, 2013 | Jim Kuhnhenn & Sam Hananel - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two people familiar with the process say President Obama is close to naming Thomas E. Perez, a civil rights official in the Justice Department, as his choice to head the Department of Labor. His nomination could come as early as Monday, the people familiar with the process said Saturday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement has not yet been made.