Outreach and Education

High School Curriculum - add Practical Adult Education trending idea

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Required classes for Juniors and Seniors should include education about credit cards, bank accounts, health plans, budgeting and retirement fundamentals to include terminology, resources, simple quizzes to test their knowledge.  Most underprivileged communities have generations of family in same household but no one has this basic knowledge or has minimal knowledge and should have the information availalble in multiple... more »

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Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Balance Construction Contractor Funnel with Women and Minorities

There are over 808,891 construction workers currently employed in the United States. From that, 87.8% of all construction workers are men. Nationally, only 3.4% of construction trade workers are female, as of 2018, according to U.S. Labor Department statistics. One of the challenges is that this has always been a white male dominated field where you were typically brought into the union by your uncle, brother, or father.... more »

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Allow unemployed workers to take PT work

When laid-off workers are looking for a new full-time job, sometimes only part-time work is available. But many states have rules that discourage workers from accepting part-time work while continuing their job search. Workers receiving UI typically lose all or most of their benefits when they take a part-time job even if their part-time wages are far lower than pre-layoff earnings. To encourage work, there should be... more »

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Congress should mandate that states provide UI to PT workers

All workers need support when they are thrown out of a job through no fault of their own. Yet many states have rules that block part-time, underpaid, seasonal, and temporary workers from being eligible for unemployment benefits when they are laid off. For example, some states have rules that require workers to have been paid a certain level of wages over a short period of time; rules obligating workers to be seeking full-time... more »

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Congress should guarantee adequate UI benefits

When the pandemic hit, Congress passed the CARES Act providing an extra $600 weekly supplement to unemployment benefits. Later on, the UI supplement was renewed at the level of $300 a week. The extra money provided to unemployed workers and their families boosted incomes and helped keep millions of people out of poverty. But as of September 6, 2021, the supplement has expired and unemployed workers now receive an average... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Congress should mandate a minimum duration of 26 weeks

When workers are laid off, it takes time to find a new job. On average, it took workers 30.3 weeks to find a new job in the second quarter of 2021. Yet after the last recession, some states cut their maximum weeks of benefits to as little as 12 weeks. Even if workers still haven't found a new job, they can lose all unemployment support if it takes them longer to find work. For example, in Florida, with a 12-week benefit... more »

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Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Ensure Greater Compliance Among OFCCP Subcontractors

Ensure Greater Compliance Among OFCCP Subcontractors by Requiring Subcontract Award Notification

Currently, construction contractors are required to give written notice to OFCCP within 10 working days of awarding a construction subcontract in excess of $10,000 (41 CFR 60-4.2). https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/contract-award-notifications

This requirement gives OFCCP visibility into construction subcontractors. There... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Language Access

Civil rights laws already require that states translate their unemployment insurance websites and applications into Spanish and other commonly spoken languages. But many states have not yet fully complied. To ensure equal access for workers who aren't English proficient, states need resources and requirements from the DOL to translate all online materials, ensure workers can complete online applications, check the status... more »

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Enforcement

Advocate for increased appropriations for enforcement

USDOL must work with the Biden administration and Congress to significantly increase funding for labor standards enforcement. Significant increases in funding and obtaining approval for new types of investments, such as grant programs to support strategic enforcement in partnership with community organizations, are critical to improving access and equity in the Department's work.  Please see the attached document for... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

State Disqualification based on receipt of SSDI benefits

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Wisconsin is one of very few states that disqualify UI claimants from receiving any UI benefits if they also receive any SSDI benefits. Wis. Stat. § 108.04(12)(f). Wisconsin does this by equating the UI standard of being "able and available" for work with the SSDI standard of being able to engage in "any substantial gainful activity." In fact, however, the two standards are not the same. Under current Social Security... more »

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Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Threshold for Underserved Geographic Communities trending idea

Being that there are certain jurisdictional thresholds in place for equal employment opportunity for EO 11246, and VEVRAA, there should be a threshold in place for underserved geographic communities.

When it comes to gender, race and sexuality, diversity has been at the forefront of equity in the workplace for many years. One form of inequality that has been absent is discrimination based on social class or socio-economic... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Partner with community based groups to educate workers about UI

Laid-off workers are often unaware that they are eligible for unemployment insurance or don't know how to apply. USDOL should encourage and support state unemployment agencies to form and strengthen partnerships with labor unions, worker advocates, worker centers, and workers themselves to improve outreach, education, and access to UI benefits. One example is for the state agency to establish a UI Stakeholder Liaison... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Waive pandemic overpayments thru no fault of the workers

In the early days of the pandemic when unemployment spiked, states rightly focused on getting payments to workers quickly. Now, many states are reviewing past claims and some workers have been required to pay back tens of thousands of dollars they do not have. Current guidance from the DOL already allows states to waive repayment of benefits if the state determines that: i) the overpayment was without fault on the part... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Make sure states aren't underpaying or not paying benefits

DOL should conduct ongoing audits and issue guidance to address the problem of state agencies underpaying workers the benefits they are entitled and/or workers being improperly classified whether it be by an employer or the agency. For example, 10% of workers in the US are independent contractors, but such a larger proportion of workers were on PUA that it raises questions about whether states were properly applying their... more »

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Involve Labor and Community Organizations to Expand UI Access

Labor and community organizations should be involved in helping unemployed workers access unemployment insurance benefits through public education and individualized support. State agencies should be encouraged to partner with and fund labor and community membership-based organizations that are rooted in communities and populations least likely to access UI. Engaging these organizations provides value that can't be achieved... more »

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