Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
US Labor Department hosts free informational forum in San Antonio, Texas
Wages, health benefits and job safety discussed
SAN ANTONIO -- More than 150 employers, advocacy groups and community-based organizations participated today in the U.S. Department of Labor’s informational and outreach forum to learn more about wages, health benefits, job safety, affirmative action and veterans’ re-employment rights. The free event took place at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
“The forum represents the Labor Department’s commitment toward providing information consistent with our education and outreach program,” said Cynthia Watson, southwest regional administrator of the department’s Wage and Hour Division. “We are hopeful that this outreach effort will increase awareness about employer responsibilities, as well as provide workers with knowledge of their rights.”
As part of the forum, several Labor Department agencies offered the following free workshops:
- Employee Benefits Security Administration: EBSA staff explained to plan administrators in attendance their fiduciary responsibilities in administering health benefit plans.
- Wage and Hour Division: Information on the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act was provided to ensure an understanding about these federal labor laws.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration: OSHA staff gave step-by-step instructions for developing and implementing an effective safety and health program. A description of OSHA compliance assistance resources and an overview of the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting enforcement program were provided.
- Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs: Fundamental “best practices” were provided to help contractors learn how to avoid major technical and discrimination violations, including examples and scenarios from real cases, and instructions for investigating essential aspects of an equal opportunity program.
- Veterans’ Employment and Training Service: Attendees received an overview of employer responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act that guarantees re-employment for veterans, including reservists, guardsmen and returning active duty personnel.
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