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[IWS] White House: BUDGET 2015: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & APPENDIX [4 March 2014]
IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2015 [4 March 2014]
[full-text, 212 pages]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
[full-text, 6 pages]
APPENDIX, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
[full-text, 46 pages]
• Provides $11.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Labor by making targeted investments to improve job training and employment programs; strengthen enforcement of laws that protect workers’ wages and working conditions; ensure a strong safety net for workers who lose their jobs or are hurt on the job; and promote a secure retirement for workers at the end of their careers. Activities supported at the Department include:
| Raising the minimum wage so that hard-working Americans can earn wages that allow them to support their families and make ends meet;
| Ensuring that Americans have the help and support they need to develop their skills and secure good jobs;
| Building on proven strategies by providing increased funding for in-person reemployment services to reach unemployed workers who are most at risk of exhausting their benefits and all recently separated veterans;
| Increasing support for agencies that protect workers’ wages and overtime pay, benefits, health and safety, and investing in preventing and detecting the misclassification of employees as independent contractors; and
| Assisting Americans who need to take time off from work to care for a child or other family member by helping States launch paid leave programs.
Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative:
• Through the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, supports:
| Investment in a Community College Job-Driven Training Fund, which includes grants that would support doubling the number of apprenticeships in America over the next five years;
| Increased innovation and performance incentives in the workforce system and additional resources targeted to populations that face significant barriers to employment; and
| Additional funding to help more States launch paid leave programs.
• Promotes innovative, job-driven approaches to training and employment services and higher performance through the Workforce Innovation Fund and improved Incentive Grants, so American workers can gain the skills to find good jobs and employers can find the workers they need.
• Creates a single program to help all displaced workers as part of a larger effort to modernize the Federal job training system.
• Safeguards workers’ pensions by encouraging companies to fully fund their employees’ promised benefits and assuring the long-term solvency of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
• Strengthens the Unemployment Insurance safety net by supporting work-based reforms, encouraging States to fully fund their Unemployment Insurance systems, and reducing improper payments.
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