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August 27, 2012

Labor Rights Week – Celebrating America’s Workforce

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As Labor Day approaches, it only seems fitting to have a “Labor Rights Week” leading up to it.  This week, August 27-31, is a week-long observance designed by the Department of Labor (DOL) to honor the contributions of all workers.  Making America’s workplaces safe and fair for everyone is the hallmark of Labor Rights Week.   In her Labor Rights Week video, Secretary Solis affirms the importance of safety and fairness. “We’re committed to ensuring that workers are safe on the job — and paid what they’re owed by law. This means no one can be paid less than $7.25 an hour. It means overtime must be paid for each hour above 40 hours a week. And it means that employers must provide a safe workplace for everyone,” Solis says. “If you’re working in this country, you’re guaranteed these rights. You’re an important part of our labor force.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), principally concerned with protecting workers from hazards on the job, and the Wage and Hour Division, focused on enforcing the minimum wage laws, overtime pay, child labor and the rights of migrant workers, are participating in Labor Rights Week events throughout the nation. The events, amplifying this year’s theme of “Promoting Labor Rights Is Everyone’s Responsibility,” include joining with the consulates of Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and others in activities and events throughout the week.

For more information, including the locations the special events will be held, please click here

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