While the nation is turning a corner in the pandemic, COVID-19 still threatens the health of many workers. This week OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers, who face elevated exposure risks, and announced new guidance for other industries.
In Texas this week, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh met with business and labor leaders and state and local officials to discuss how the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan will support families to build an inclusive workforce and economy. Walsh’s visit included a roundtable with employers to promote paid family and medical leave policies, a tour of a Veterans Health Administration medical center, and stops at a local YMCA and library.
Ahead of World Day Against Child Labor on June 12, the International Labour Organization announced that an estimated 160 million children are subjected to child labor, 79 million of them in hazardous conditions. Secretary Walsh discussed the department’s efforts to combat child labor in an address to the ILO and announced the winner of the Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor. The department also committed to providing $57 million to combat child labor and forced labor globally.