DOL Newsletter

Expanding Apprenticeships

Following President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America, this week U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced members of the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

Earnings Up

Median weekly earnings for the nation's 114.9 million full-time wage and salary workers rose to $859, a 3.9 percent increase from a year ago.

Overtime Pay Restored

A U.S. District Court ordered a Georgia onion producer to pay more than $1.4 million after a Wage and Hour Division investigation found overtime violations.

American Economic Strength

There were 222,000 initial jobless claims this week, the lowest level since March 1973. The 4-week moving average declined to 248,250.

Construction Safety

OSHA is partnering with a Pittsburgh-based builder to promote workplace safety and educate workers on construction safety.

Safety Alliance

An education and training alliance between OSHA and the Western Colorado Contractors Association will focus on construction workers.


Pay Restored

A Philadelphia restaurant agreed to pay workers nearly $400,000 to resolve allegations of federal wage violations.

Fall Safety

OSHA cited a structural framing company in Birmingham, Alabama, for potentially fatal fall hazards.


New Future for Marine Vet

A death in the family prematurely ended the Marine Corps career of Henry Benavidez. But thanks to the help of the Veterans Team at an American Job Center, "It's full steam ahead now."