Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Increase the minimum wage for federal contractors

Swiftly adopt, implement, and enforce the proposed rule to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $15 per hour in 2022 and index it to inflation. More details: https://civilrights.org/resource/re-public-comments-on-rin-1235-aa41-increasing-the-minimum-wage-for-federal-contractors/

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Fraud

Since the $4 trillion plus signed In To law firm have not received a cent, im American yet denied my cut, how people play video games all day on social media get unemployment welfare etc, wait they are puppets they exploit themselves they cry like little bitches yet I continue my lawsuits again the government. Will see DOL in court  the buck stops WOTH me

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Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Modernize and Rigorously Enforce Executive Order 11246

As members of the Workforce Development Worker Equity Initiative, we appreciate this opportunity to submit ideas about how the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) can advance worker equity in your policies, programs, and procurement. We share the DOL's goal of fostering greater employment and economic opportunities for people from historically underserved communities.

(iv) Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces: DOL Should... more »

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Federal Contracting (Procurement)

Advancing Equity in Procurement

As members of the Workforce Development Worker Equity Initiative, we appreciate this opportunity to submit ideas about how the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) can advance worker equity in your policies, programs, and procurement. We share the DOL's goal of fostering greater employment and economic opportunities for people from historically underserved communities.

We commend the DOL for being committed to increasing racial... more »

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Outreach and Education

Advancing equity

Worker voice must be integrated into the design, planning, and implementation of all of DOL's policies, programs, and operations.

The DOL can more effectively fulfill its mission and advance worker equity by incorporating worker voice into the design, planning, and implementation of all of DOL's policies, programs, and operations. Workers who are most impacted by myriad labor and employment issues under DOL jurisdiction... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Build connections between UI and other parts of the safety net

Build connections between UI and other parts of the safety net, including making sure UI recipients are connected to Medicaid, SNAP, and the refundable tax credits. Many UI applicants are unaware of other available safety net and income support programs or are unable to navigate the processes to receive these services. For example, UI beneficiaries who are used to enrolling in employer-sponsored insurance or Marketplace... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Engage participants in all stages of program design

Engage participants in all stages of program design, including online systems. Our nation's Unemployment Insurance (UI) program needs a fundamental overhaul to address longstanding issues. These include core programmatic gaps, such as insufficient benefit levels and weeks of coverage and the exclusion of undocumented immigrants, seasonal, and temp workers. The lack of federal minimum standards means that Black workers... more »

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Enforcement

Build strategic relationships with Community-Based Organizations

Build strategic relationships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) through grant funding to develop collaborative enforcement models. DOL's investment in strategic enforcement can have more impact if the agency partners with community-based organizations, which often serve as the trusted messengers for workers. Doing so can allow DOL to reach workers who would otherwise be inaccessible, such as: immigrant workers,... more »

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Enforcement

Invest in a model of strategic enforcement

Invest in a model of strategic enforcement that can allow DOL to best utilize resources and become proactive in its investigations into compliance. Traditional enforcement is becoming less effective because of the changing nature of low-wage work, including growth of the gig economy and employee misclassification. Additionally, workers in industries with the most violations are often the most vulnerable to retaliation... more »

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Outreach and Education

Increase accessibility of information on DOL programs

Increase accessibility of information on DOL programs, education, and training. Increase and modernize technology to make interacting with DOL more accessible to youth and young adults seeking services. Ensure all web-based services, information, and programming are equally accessible on both desktop and mobile platforms (both iOS and Android) to reach people with mobile-only internet access. Increase use of translation... more »

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Outreach and Education

Address retaliation as a barrier to accessing DOL resources

Identify and address retaliation as a barrier to accessing DOL resources. Preventing and immediately addressing retaliation is critical to protecting the rule of law and workers' rights. Some employers silence victims and witnesses by strategically retaliating, which undermines law enforcement and obstructs justice. A nationwide survey found that 43 percent of workers who complained to their employers about pay and working... more »

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Outreach and Education

Help states partner with labor and community groups

Help states partner with labor and community groups to inform and educate workers about workplace rights. Workers and job seekers are often unaware of their workplace rights and how to advocate for themselves in an employment setting. The DOL should encourage and support state workforce and higher education agencies to form and strengthen partnerships with labor unions, worker advocates, worker centers, and workers themselves... more »

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Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Build back better essential programs that help protect workers.

Both the workforce and wealth of institutional knowledge at the OFCCP shrunk following years of budget cuts and de-prioritization. Building back better will require not only administrative changes to insulate the office from political changes, but also a significant renewed federal funding investment in the office, its purpose, and the millions it serves.

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Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Ensure sustainability within the administration of programs

Ensure sustainability and continuity within the administration of federal contractor and subcontractor programs. Both the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' workforce and wealth of institutional knowledge shrunk following years of budget cuts. Building back the office will both increase funding and an expansion of internal financial controls to balance year-to-year budgeting and to guard against external... more »

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