Labor Secretary Tom Perez speaks at a governors meeting in July. Under current rules, advisers "say things like 'we put our clients first,' " Perez said this week. Going forward, "this is no longer a slogan. It's the law." Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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White House To Financial Advisers: Put Savers' Interests First

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Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, pictured in 2015, says, "If you get hurt on [the] job, you still should be able to put food on the table, and these laws are really undermining that basic bargain." Molly Riley/AP hide caption

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Prices for both gasoline and natural gas have fallen this year. An AT&T employee fills up his company van in San Diego last month. Mike Blake/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Employee Or Contractor? New U.S. Guidelines Could Reclassify Workers

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A rule from the federal Labor Department will guarantee that regardless of where legally married same-sex spouses live, they can take unpaid time off to care for a spouse or sick relative. iStockphoto hide caption

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A cargo container ship operated by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. sits docked Friday at the Port of Tacoma. Negotiators for the two sides in the labor dispute that has snarled international trade at U.S. West Coast seaports reached a settlement late Friday. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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West Coast Ports, Dockworkers Reach Tentative Deal

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A construction worker clears wood from a platform that spans the Penn Station railroad tracks in New York City on Nov. 18. Construction jobs rose by 20,000 according to the November jobs report. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, seen here sitting in a new Ford Fusion last September, submitted her resignation to President Obama Wednesday. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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