Workers (31 - 39 of 39 items)
Special Minimum Wage Program: Centers Offer Employment and Support Services to Workers With Disabilities, But Labor Should Improve Oversight
GAO-01-886: Published: Aug 3, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2001.
To prevent the curtailment of employment opportunities for disabled persons, the Fair Labor Standards Act allows employers to pay individuals less than the minimum wage if they have a physical or mental disability that impairs their earning or productive capacity. The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers the special minimum wage program. More than 5,600 employers nationwi...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Trends, Outcomes, and Management Issues in Dislocated Worker Programs
GAO-01-59: Published: Oct 13, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2000.
Concerns about the effects of the globalization of national economies and the rapid pace of economic change have focused attention on federal programs designed to assist U.S. workers displaced by foreign trade and increased imports. GAO reviewed two programs run by the Department of Labor. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement Transitional Adjust...
H-1B Foreign Workers: Better Controls Needed to Help Employers and Protect Workers
HEHS-00-157: Published: Sep 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the H-1B program's implementation and implications for the American workforce, focusing on: (1) the jobs that H-1B workers are filling in the United States and the characteristics of those workers; (2) the adequacy of the H-1B visa program's implementation and enforcement; and (3) efforts underway to improve information technology (I...
Contingent Workers: Incomes and Benefits Lag Behind Those of Rest of Workforce
HEHS-00-76: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of contingent workers, focusing on the: (1) nature and size of the contingent workforce; (2) extent to which contingent workers have access to health insurance and pensions; (3) protections afforded these workers under laws regarding family and medical leave, retirement income, hourly wages, labor relations, civil rights,...
Fair Labor Standards Act: White-Collar Exemptions in the Modern Work Place
HEHS-99-164: Published: Sep 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on employer compliance with the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), focusing on: (1) how many employees are covered by the white-collar exemptions and how the demographic characteristics of these employees have changed in recent years; (2) how the statutory and regulatory requirements have changed since th...
Department of Energy Workforce Reduction: Community Assistance Can Be Better Targeted
RCED-99-135: Published: May 7, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) community assistance program for minimizing the impact of downsizing its contractor workforce, focusing on: (1) how much funding DOE had committed to spend and spent in support of its worker and community assistance program for fiscal years (FY) 1994 through 1998; (2) who received benefits during FY 1997 and FY 19...
OCG-93-19TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized information on federal labor issues facing Congress and the new administration.GAO noted that: (1) the Department of Labor needs to foster competition and assist workers to adapt to the changing environment of the workplace; (2) Labor faces significant challenges because of an inadequate education system, an increasing unskilled workforce, and a...
The H-2A Program: Protections for U.S. Farmworkers
PEMD-89-3: Published: Oct 21, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) wage and nonwage protection that the Department of Labor's (DOL) regulations afford U.S. farmworkers under the H-2A Program, which allows for the admission of foreign agricultural workers; and (2) quality of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) surveys DOL used to set minimum wages and to certify a shortage of U.S. workers.GAO found tha...
Administrative Changes Needed To Reduce Employment of Illegal Aliens
HRD-81-15: Published: Jan 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1981.
American citizens are being displaced from the work force by illegal aliens employed in the United States. The Department of Labor lacks the necessary enforcement tools to deter employers from hiring nonagricultural undocumented workers. Employers making a practice of hiring such workers remain virtually free from punishment. The President proposed legislation which would make the hiring of undocu...