United States Department of Labor

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United States Department of Labor

Cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, re-employment services, and some economic statistics add

Category: Economy

Founded in 1889.

Countries: United States (76%), (19%), Vietnam (2%)

Main connections: United States Department of Health and Human Services, Palantir Technologies, Defense Base Act

Linked to: Earned Income Tax Credit, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, National Labor Relations Board, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

 

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1889

The U.S. Congress first established a "'Bureau of Labor"' in 1889 under the Department of the Interior add something


1903

It became a bureau again within the Department of Commerce and Labor, which was established February 15, 1903 add something


1908

Emma Goldman - Louis Post at the Department of Labor, which had ultimate authority over deportation decisions, determined that the revocation of her husband's American citizenship in 1908 had revoked hers as well


1913

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Finally, it was transferred to the Department of Labor in 1913 where it resides today

 

United States Department of Health and Human Services - HEW thus became the first new Cabinet-level department since the Department of Labor was created in 1913

 

United States Department of Health and Human Services - HEW thus became the first new Cabinet-level department since the Department of Labor was created in 1913

 

United States Secretary of Commerce - Until 1913 there was one Secretary of Commerce and Labor, uniting this department with the Department of Labor, which is now headed by a separate Secretary of Labor

 

President William Howard Taft signed the March 4, 1913 , bill establishing the Department of Labor as a Cabinet-level Department add something

 

United States Department of Commerce - It was subsequently renamed the Department of Commerce on March 4, 1913, as the bureaus and agencies specializing in labor were transferred to the new Department of Labor


1915

J. C. W. Beckham - Beckham served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Labor from 1915 to 1917 and on the Senate Committee on Military Affairs


1918

John Abercrombie (Congressman) - He went on to serve as Solicitor and Acting Secretary in the United States Department of Labor from 1918 through 1920


1920

John Keracher - Although many in the Justice Department continued to believe Keracher was deportable as a resident alien holding political views which ultimately advocated "force and violence," deportation proceedings against Keracher were terminated by the Bureau of Immigration of the Department of Labor in June 1920


1925

Catherine Filene Shouse - She worked for the Women's Division of the U.S. Employment Service of the Department of Labor, and was the first woman appointed to the Democratic National Committee in 1925


1934

Calvert Magruder - During the New Deal administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Magruder served as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board from 1934 to 1935 and as General Counsel of the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor from 1938 to 1939


1937

Peg Mullen - She was employed as a secretary in the United States Department of Labor from 1937 to 1944


1940

SEIU 32BJ - However, the New York police and the U.S. Labor Department began investigating BSEIU locals in New York City for connections to Jerry Horan and George Scalise, who was later convicted of embezzlement and forgery in 1940


1945

David M. Bosworth - He was Consultant Surgeon of the New York City Police Department from 1945, Impartial Specialist to the New York Supreme Court and the United States Department of Labor, and examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery from 1940 to 1966


1954

Anna Diggs Taylor - She graduated from Barnard College in 1954 and Yale Law School in 1957, and worked in the Office of Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor


1956

Morton I. Abramowitz - In 1956, Abramowitz joined the United States Department of Labor, first as a management intern, as a labor economist from 1957-58 while waiting for an appointment at the Department of State


1967

Discouraged worker - The United States Department of Labor first began tracking discouraged workers in 1967 and found 500,000 at the time


1976

Frank Fitzsimmons - The U.S. Departments of Labor and Justice first began investigating the fund in January 1976


1980

It was named in honor of Perkins in 1980 add something


1992

Guess (clothing) - In 1992, Guess contractors faced litigation from the US Department of Labor due to failure to pay their employees the minimum wage or adequate overtime


1995

Jared Bernstein - From 1995 to 1996, he served in the United States Department of Labor as Deputy Chief Economist


2001

Team - The United States Department of Labor reported that in 2001, 19 million people worked from home online or from another location, and that by the end of 2002, over 100 million people worldwide would work outside traditional offices

 

Advertising.com - The Department of Labor was investigating AOL's alleged labor law violations, but came to no conclusion, closing their investigation in 2001


2004

Overtime - On August 23, 2004, President George W. Bush and the Department of Labor proposed changes to regulations governing implementation of the law


2006

Defense Base Act - And, according to the Department of Labor, by July 2006, just three major carriers provide most of the DBA insurance coverage: ACE USA Companies, American International Group Companies, and CNA. The Department of Labor has no authority to regulate insurance premium rates

 

Thomas P. Giblin - On November 20, 2006, investigators from the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Department of Labor raided Giblin's office as part of an undisclosed investigation, seizing documents and computer data


2007

Covanta Energy - In 2007, United States Department of Labor cited Covanta for the lack of employees safety in West Wareham, while Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection cited them for excessive emissions at the facility in Wallingford


2008

Gender pay gap - In a 2008 report, GAO focused on the enforcement and outreach efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor

 

Defense Base Act - The Department of Labor is the agency who supervises the Defense Base Act. One of the largest insurance companies who provides Defense Base Act insurance is AIG, one of the largest companies receiving federal aid during the banking crisis of 2008-09


2009

Cognizant - In 2009, an investigation by the US Department of Labor found Cognizant in violation of the H-1B provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Administrative Act. DoL found that 67 of its workers hired under the H-1B program were underpaid

 

Sensory Sweep Studios - On January 14, 2009, Sensory Sweep and Dave Rushton were named as co-defendants in a wage claim lawsuit filed in Utah District Court by the United States Department of Labor


2010

During 2010 a local of the American Federation of Government Employees stated their unhappiness that a longstanding flextime program reduced under the George W. Bush administration had not been restored under the Obama administration add something

 

In August 2010, the Partnership for Public Service ranked the Department of Labor 23rd out of 31 large agencies in its annual "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list add something

 

In December 2010, then-Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was named the Chair of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, of which Labor has been a member since its beginnings in 1987 add something


2011

CNA Financial - In May 2011, a United States Department of Labor administrative law judge referred the company for criminal investigation after a probe found that the firm had failed to pay life insurance benefits to the families of nine Iraqi translators killed while working for the American government

 

In July 2011, the Department was rocked by the resignation of Ray Jefferson, Assistant Secretary for VETS, in a contracting scandal add something


2012

Aldo Group - In December 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor found that a factory producing goods of Aldo were paying employees under minimum wage


2013

Watering Hole - In early 2013, attackers used the United States Department of Labor website to gather information on users' information

 

On March 4, 2013, the Department began commemorating its centennial add something

 

Tom Perez was appointed as Secretary of Labor on July 23, 2013 add something


2014

Economy of Bolivia - In fact, Bolivia has been listed in the 2014 U.S. Department of Labor's report on child labor and forced labor among the 74 countries where instances of such practices have been observed

 

West Coast Customs - On 23 April 2014, after an investigation by the United States Department of Labor , the company was found to have violated the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act


2015

In the latest Center for Effective Government analysis of 15 federal agencies which receive the most Freedom of Information Act requests, published in 2015 , the Labor Department earned a D by scoring 63 out of a possible 100 points, i add something

 

Mike Michaud - The United States Department of Labor announced on July 30, 2015 that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Michaud to a department position dealing with training and employment of veterans


2016

Thomas Perez - In May 2016, following several days of negotiations, Verizon and striking labor union workers reached contract agreements at the Department of Labor headquarters in Washington D.C. The Department of Labor issued new rules which required that home health care workers for the elderly and/or people with disabilities receive minimum wage and over-time compensation

 

Palantir Technologies - On September 26, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Palantir alleging that the company discriminated against Asian job applicants on the basis of their race

 

Palantir Technologies - On September 26, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Palantir alleging that the company discriminated against Asian job applicants on the basis of their race


2017

Bellum Entertainment Group - In 2017, Bellum began to be investigated by the United States Department of Labor for misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees

 

In April 2017, Alexander Acosta was confirmed as the new Secretary of Labor add something


2018

Life insurance - In 2018, a fiduciary standard rule on retirement products by the United States Department of Labor posed a possible risk

 

Wells Fargo - In April 2018, "The Wall Street Journal" reported that the United States Department of Labor had launched a probe into whether Wells Fargo was pushing its customers into more expensive retirement plans as well as into retirement funds managed by Wells Fargo itself


2019

In July 2019, Acosta resigned due to a scandal involving his role in the plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein add something