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U.S. Department of Labor
May 19, 2022
The business case for good jobs
Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh hosted a panel discussion with business leaders from many industries on recruiting, retaining and strengthening workforces through investments in job quality. The discussion also focused on the important role employers play in the Good Jobs Initiative, an effort led by the department to improve job quality as we continue our economic recovery.
Walsh visited GWU to highlight commitment to mental health care
Secretary Walsh visited George Washington University’s Hospital and Behavior Health Department this week, where he discussed ways to strengthen professional pathways to mental health care and heard about workers’ experiences with behavioral health service delivery and staff support amid the pandemic.
Labor rights grants to support marginalized workers
We’re making $2 million available for up to eight grants to help women who earn low wages learn about and access their employment rights and benefits.
Enforcement, outreach and education for restaurant workers
We’ve renewed a multi-year nationwide initiative to help workers and educate employers in the food service industry, where our Wage and Hour Division found violations in nearly 85% of its restaurant investigations in fiscal year 2021.
4 mental health resources for employers
The pandemic has underscored the importance of access to mental health benefits and highlighted how important it is for employers and service providers to treat mental health and substance use disorder benefits the same as any other health benefits.
Are you looking for a mission-driven career? Join us for our virtual career fair on June 24 to learn more about openings at the department at all levels across the country.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
After erroneously classifying employees as exempt from overtime pay, a tech services company has paid $319,141 in overtime back wages to 57 employees in New York.
A federal appeals court unanimously ruled that a Kentucky coal mine operator broke the law by giving underground operators advance notice that mine inspectors were on site.
After three workers at an Illinois tire plant suffered severe injuries in separate incidents, OSHA cited the company for repeated, serious and other than serious violations.
A federal grand jury indicted the operator and six management officials of a corn mill where a 2017 explosion killed five workers on nine criminal counts, including 2 related to willful OSHA violations.
WORKING FOR YOU
Wage recovery makes home ownership possible for one worker’s family
Diego Jimenez’s employers weren’t paying him. He contacted the Wage and Hour Division. They recovered $134,864 in back wages for him — a life-changing sum, which put home ownership within his family’s grasp.
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