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  • Trump Budget Slashes DOL Funding 20 Percent

    03/18/2017 4:12:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 10 replies
    Washinton Free Bacon ^ | 03/17/2017 | Bill McMorris
    Admin says cuts target 'activities that are duplicative, unnecessary, unproven, or ineffective' Donald Trump's budget calls for a 21 percent cut to the Department of Labor in order to free up tax dollars for military spending. {..snip..}
  • US wholesale inflation sees biggest monthly gain in 4 years

    02/14/2017 6:33:05 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 14, 2017 | AFP
    US wholesale inflation continued its upward trend in January, recording its largest monthly gain in more than four years, according to data released Tuesday by the Labor Department. The Producer Price Index, which measures prices from the seller's perspective, rose 0.6 percent in seasonally adjusted figures, which was the largest such gain since September 2012 and well above an analyst consensus forecast of 0.3 percent.
  • Schumer calls on Puzder to withdraw nomination

    02/09/2017 8:44:14 AM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 2/9/17 | Sunlen Serfaty
    (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on President Donald Trump to withdraw the nomination of Andrew Puzder, to head the Labor Department, citing his record as a business executive and his position on labor issues. "They ought to withdraw Mr. Puzder before he further embarrasses this administration and further exposes the hypocrisy of President Trump, who says one thing to the American worker and does another," the New York Democrat said Thursday at a news conference, referencing Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which runs Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Schumer said Puzder's record contradicts campaign promises Trump made to the...
  • Union membership down nearly 40 percent in Wisconsin

    01/27/2017 7:32:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2017 3:38 PM EST
    Union membership in Wisconsin has declined nearly 40 percent since legislation was passed that gutted collective bargaining for public workers, according to federal data. The percentage of public and private workers who were union members was about 8 percent, or 219,000 people, in 2016, down by 136,000 members from 2010 levels, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency’s report shows the percentage of Wisconsin workers in unions is below the national average of 10.7 percent, The State Journal reported. …
  • Why Donald Trump, and American Workers, Need Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor…

    12/08/2016 9:05:47 PM PST · by Amntn · 30 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 12/8/16 | Sundance
    Why Donald Trump, and American Workers, Need Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor… In order to tackle the U.S. Illegal Immigration issues, even broadly, a person must first change their paradigm and understand the root issue which creates the crisis. The problem was created by the UniParty, and the problem continues specifically because the UniParty desire it to continue. Before you can reasonably present a solution to the illegal immigration problem, you must first understand the economic problem. Understanding how illegal aliens work in the U.S. is step one toward understanding what proposed solutions would/could work, and which are mere...
  • 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...
  • Court Blocks Overtime Rule

    11/24/2016 2:14:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | November 23, 2016 | Trey Kovacs
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez learned a harsh lesson this month. Public servants at federal agencies cannot allow their political preferences to guide their regulatory agenda. Rather, they must fulfill the mission of the agency as Congress intended. The folks over at the Department of Labor (DOL) do not seem to comprehend that. Once again, a court has issued an injunction against a DOL regulation. This time it was President Obama’s signature overtime rule, finalized on May 23, 2016, which would more than double the salary threshold for overtime eligible employees from $23,660 to $47,892. On November 22, 2016, Judge Amos...
  • Judge blocks Obama administration rule extending overtime pay

    11/22/2016 4:15:09 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/22/16
    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president's signature achievements for boosting wages. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas, agreed with 21 states and a coalition of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that the rule is unlawful and granted their motion for a nationwide injunction. It was to take effect Dec. 1. The rule would have doubled to $47,500 the maximum salary a worker can earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime...
  • Texas judge blocks administration's union 'persuader rule'

    11/16/2016 12:00:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    A Texas judge Wednesday issued an order to block the Labor Department from enforcing its union “persuader rule.” Judge Sam Cummings granted a motion for summary judgement in favor of the National Federation of Independent Business and turned the temporary stay he ordered in June into a permanent injunction. In the one-page order, he said the rule “should be held unlawful and set aside.” The rule, finalized in March, would force employers to disclose outside consultants they hire to counter workers' union organizing efforts. It would require employers to report any action, conduct or communication undertaken — explicitly or implicitly,...
  • 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...
  • REPORT: Feds Are Destroying Free Choice In The Retirement System

    03/01/2016 10:33:14 PM PST · by Mr Apple · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 2, 2016 | Connor D. Wolf
    Federal labor officials may soon destroy free choice in the retirement system by overhauling investment regulations, according to a report Wednesday. The Department of Labor (DOL) has argued people are just not knowledgeable enough to plan for their own retirement. It has proposed a rule to categorize more people...
  • MetLife exits brokerage business as DOL rule looms

    02/29/2016 1:00:57 PM PST · by safetysign · 10 replies
    Investment News ^ | 02/29/2016 | Christine Idzelis
    Mergers may increase even more among brokerage firms due to the Labor Department's proposed fiduciary rule A second major insurance company has decided to exit the brokerage business this year as MetLife Inc. announced Monday it is selling its U.S. adviser unit to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. The sale includes the firm's Premier Client Group, consisting of about 4,000 advisers across the U.S. who sell insurance, annuities and other investment products such as mutual funds, plus its broker-dealer MetLife Securities Inc., according to the company's announcement. Metlife is shedding the unit as brokerage firms face higher compliance costs tied...
  • Chamber of Commerce: Administration on a ‘Regulatory Tear’ Til the Moving Van Backs Up to the…

    01/14/2016 11:53:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2016 | 2:13 PM EST | Melanie Hunter
    In a State of American Business address, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue said Thursday that the Obama administration is on a "regulatory tear" that will continue until President Barack Obama leaves the White House. [...] ... "How do we know? They've been telling us every day since the first of the year. It has unleashed a runaway EPA that has been stretching the law, and in some cases, breaking it in order to consume control over the local economic development across America," he said. ...
  • U.S. Seals Another Deal to Protect Illegal Aliens’ “Workplace Rights”

    11/06/2015 11:48:17 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 6, 2015
    In a final push to ensure the "workplace rights" of illegal immigrants in the U.S., the Obama administration continues to sign pacts with foreign countries guaranteeing to protect their nationals from discrimination on the job. This month its Ecuador's turn and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation's workplace discrimination laws, is sealing the deal. In past years the Department of Labor (DOL) has executed similar agreements with an assortment of countries, including Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and India. In fact, under Obama's first Labor Secretary, former California...
  • Obama to announce retirement account change

    02/23/2015 11:39:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    TheState.com (South Carolina) ^ | 02/23/2015 | Lesley Clark
    <p>President Barack Obama speaks in Washington. Obama will call on the Department of Labor to develop a rule that would require retirement advisers to abide by a “fiduciary” standard -- mandating that they put their clients’ interest ahead of making a profit.</p>
  • Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser

    09/14/2014 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager...
  • Labor Dept.: Same-sex spouses have benefit rights

    09/18/2013 8:46:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2013 8:06 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    Legally married same-sex couples enjoy the same federal rights as other married couples when it comes to pensions, 401(k)s, health plans and other employee benefits, even if they live in states that don’t recognize their union, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The new guidance is the latest effort by the Obama administration to clarify questions left unanswered after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in June which invalidated part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. … “This decision represents a historic step toward equality for all American families, and I have directed the department’s agency heads to ensure that they...
  • Accused Labor Dept. lawyer’s throat was cut

    06/18/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2013 | By Keith L. Alexander and Peter Hermann,
    <p>A Labor Department lawyer, charged with sexually assaulting his co-worker in her Northwest Washington home, was found dead Tuesday in his D.C. jail cell, officials said.</p> <p>Paul Mannina, 58, was found with his throat cut, two police officials familiar with the investigation said. He shared the cell with another inmate, but it remained unknown whether the wound was self-inflicted. Authorities did not explain why Mannina was sharing a cell or whether he was in protective custody at the time of his death.</p>
  • FLASHBACK: Romney donor vilified by Obama campaign, then subjected to 2 audits

    05/13/2013 2:11:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 13, 2013 | Jamie Weinstein, Senior editor
    Just months after being slimed by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Mitt Romney supporter and businessman Frank VanderSloot was informed that he was going to be audited not only by the Internal Revenue Service, but by the Labor Department as well. VanderSloot’s saga was told by columnist Kimberley Strassel in the Wall Street Journal last July. In April 2012, VanderSloot, who served as the national co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential finance committee, was one of eight Romney backers to be defamed as ”wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records” in a post on the Obama campaign’s website. The post, entitled “Behind the...
  • Job Corps Freezes Enrollment For Five Months

    03/05/2013 1:26:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | February 19, 2013 | Mara Lee
    A national freeze on most new enrollments into the federally funded Job Corps training program will delay the efforts of low-income teenagers and young adults in Connecticut and around the country to get their lives on track. One group estimated that the freeze, in place until July, will affect about 250 Job Corps candidates in Connecticut. The U.S. Department of Labor suspended new enrollment Jan. 28, citing cost overruns that critics have blamed on mismanagement. Job Corps, which began in the early 1960s, is a free education and training program serving mostly high school dropouts. The program helps participants get...