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U.S. Department of Labor
September 22, 2022
Holding employers accountable for severe safety and health violations
OSHA has made important updates to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program to protect workers when an employer repeatedly disregards their health and safety.
We’ve awarded nearly $70 million in grants this week, including:
More than $11.7 million for workplace safety and health education
$34 million to improve access to good jobs, training in the Appalachian region and lower Mississippi Delta
More than $18 million to promote equitable access to unemployment insurance systems in Kansas, Illinois and Ohio
$3 million to improve working conditions in Bangladesh
Supporting workers’ mental health
Office of Disability Employment Policy Assistant Secretary Taryn Williams delivered remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Executive Leadership Meeting in Miami, highlighting a new initiative that will help identify policies and practices to support workers’ mental health needs.
Trans-Atlantic Trade and Labor Dialogue
We joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative along with union and business leaders for the first meeting of the trans-Atlantic tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Shining a light on exploitation
Join a special event Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. ET highlighting the power of journalism to expose labor exploitation as we release our updated reports and tools on child labor and forced labor.
Calling recent law school grads
We extended the deadline for applications for our Office of the Solicitor's 2023 Honors Program, a unique experience in one of the federal government’s pre-eminent legal offices.
A Connecticut environmental lab faces $907,253 in fines for willfully exposing its employees to workplace carcinogens.
Our Office of Labor-Management Standards is ramping up enforcement of surveillance reporting.
The power of recovery
Our Office of Disability Employment Policy is committed to ensuring people with substance use disorders have the resources they need to succeed at work.
Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint
We began a sprint in July to catalyze interest and action in cybersecurity apprenticeships. We just reached the halfway point – and have made remarkable progress.
Concerning increase in forced labor
An estimated 28 million people are now in forced labor, up 3 million since 2016. Secretary Walsh joined global leaders in expressing concerns about the increase.
Apprenticeships for veterans
Many transitioning service members and veterans find apprenticeships offer a pathway to a great career with competitive wages.
MSHA takes the win
Our Mine Safety and Health Administration’s “Mine Emergency Unit” bested competitors from around the world and finished first at the International Mines Rescue Competition.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
IN THE NEWS
USA Today: A diner used servers’ tip money to pay its bussers’ wages, probe finds. Now it has to pay $1.35 million.
Washington Post: Distinguished pol of the week: He helped fend off a crippling strike.
On the Safe Side podcast: Live with OSHA Administrator Doug Parker.