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U.S. Department of Labor
September 17, 2021
Keep up with the Secretary’s travels: Follow @SecMartyWalsh on Twitter
Each week, Secretary Walsh meets with workers, employers and advocates who are committed to empowering workers morning, noon and night. Highlights from this week include:
Stay up to date on his travels, and much more, by following the Secretary on Twitter or Instagram at @SecMartyWalsh.
Supporting equal pay, at home and abroad
The United States joined the Equal Pay International Coalition, an organization that unites governments, civil society organizations, trade unions, employer organizations, businesses and others with the goal of reducing the gender pay gap.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Learn more about five Hispanic labor leaders who have made important contributions to work in America.
Hurricane relief funding
We’re making $5 million available to support disaster-relief employment and training to assist with Hurricane Ida clean-up and recovery.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Health and safety citations
OSHA cited Foundation Food Group Inc. for exposing workers to safety hazards following a chemical release less than two months after another chemical release at the same Georgia plant killed six workers.
Minimum wage hike
On Jan. 1, 2022, the minimum wage for federal contractors will increase from $10.95 to $11.25 per hour, and tipped employees on covered government contracts must be paid a minimum cash wage of $7.90 per hour.
Proposed Form 5500 changes
We’re seeking input on proposed revisions to Form 5500 employee benefit plan reports that address new filing requirements and improvements to the public information reported by employee benefit plans.
We’re providing an additional $4 million to the Cherokee Nation to support continued disaster-relief employment and workforce development.
If your community is recovering from a disaster, we have resources that can help.
JOB SEARCH TOOL
Build skills with an apprenticeship
Looking for a job? An apprenticeship can help you get paid, relevant work experience while acquiring the skills and credentials that employers value.
IN THE NEWS
Essential Workers, Essential Protections: Facebook Live Event for Tipped Workers
Sept. 20, 3 p.m. ET
Race, Ethnicity and Disability: The Financial Impact of Systemic Inequality and Intersectionality
Sept. 21, 3 p.m. ET
Trauma-Informed Policy Considerations for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities
Oct. 7, 2 p.m. ET
Find a complete list of upcoming events at dol.gov/events.