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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

In the week ending January 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 234,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 247,000 to 249,000. The 4-week moving average was 246,750, a decrease of 10,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 3, 1973 when it was 244,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 256,500 to 257,000.

US Labor Department, Amazon to establish registered apprenticeship program to train veterans for technical careers

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has signed an agreement with Amazon to establish a registered apprenticeship program to train veterans for in-demand technical careers at the online technology giant.

US Labor Department sues JPMorgan Chase & Co. for discriminatory pay practices against female employees

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co., alleging that the financial institution systematically discriminated against female employees in certain professional positions by compensating them less than their male counterparts. The suit maintains that JPMorgan’s compensation policies and practices violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment on the basis of sex.

US Department of Labor sues Oracle America Inc. for discriminatory employment practices

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Oracle America, Inc. alleging the leading technology company has a systemic practice of paying Caucasian male workers more than their counterparts in the same job title, which led to pay discrimination against female, African American and Asian employees.

OSHA cites Ohio railroad parts manufacturer after follow-up inspection finds workers remain exposed to machine, fall hazards

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

COSHOCTON, Ohio – A follow-up inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found a casting and foundry facility operator continues to expose workers to machine and fall hazards at its Coshocton plant.

On Jan. 17, 2017, the agency issued SanCasT Inc. three repeated, and four serious safety violations carrying proposed penalties of $235,879. The agency cited the company for similar violations in both 2013 and 2014.

Mine Safety and Health Administration announces results of special impact inspections in December 2016

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Who: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration

What: The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced federal inspectors issued 132 citations and two orders during special impact inspections conducted at 10 coal mines and five metal and nonmetal mines in December 2016.

Where: MSHA conducted special impact inspections at mines in Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

US Labor Department awards up to $5.8M to assist with clean-up, recovery efforts in Tennessee after wildfires in late 2016

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

State: Tennessee

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Award Amount Approved: $5,824,000

Initial Amount Released: $2,000,000

Funding Awarded to: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 200

US Labor Department awards funding to support recovery efforts after October 2016’s severe storms, flooding in central Pennsylvania

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

State: Pennsylvania

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Award Amount Approved/Released: $238,049

Funding Awarded to: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 39

OSHA orders Amtrak to reinstate, pay $892K to employee discharged in violation of Federal Railroad Safety Act

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

BOSTON – The National Railroad Passenger Corp., better known as Amtrak, retaliated against a supervisory special agent in its inspector general’s office when he raised concerns about railroad safety, fraud and abuse involving an Amtrak contractor and when he supported a fellow agent’s safety concerns during an internal investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found.

Hundreds of employees at 9 New York City hotels to receive $550K in back wages, damages after US Labor Department investigation

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NEW YORK – A hotel management company and the company which supplied employees to nine of its New York City hotels have agreed to resolve an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Green Bay manufacturer faces more than $219K in proposed penalties after two workers suffer severe injuries within 10 days

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GREEN BAY, Wis. – In less than 10 days in 2016, two employees at a Green Bay muffler component manufacturer suffered severe injuries as they operated machinery without adequate safety guards and procedures in place, federal workplace safety investigators have determined.

OSHA: Employee’s death at Bellingham auto parts business ‘preventable’

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BRAINTREE, Mass. – A Bellingham used auto parts business’ failure to follow required workplace safety standards allowed an employee to suffer fatal head injuries, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found.

OSHA fines Pennsylvania hospital $32K for exposing employees to workplace violence, other hazards

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Employer name: BHC Northwest Psychiatric Hospital LLC, doing business as Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital

Inspection site: 7170 Lafayette Ave.
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Citations issued: On Jan. 11, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for four serious violations.

OSHA proposes nearly $89K penalty after finding concrete manufacturer again exposed workers to airborne silica

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Employer name: County Concrete Corp.                                 

Inspection site: 64 Glenwood Pl.
East Orange, New Jersey

Citations issued: On Jan. 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations.

Final rule on working place examinations in metal, nonmetal mines strengthens existing safety standards

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today it will issue its Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. The new rule will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 23, 2017, and go into effect on May 23, 2017.

The final rule improves miner safety and health in three primary areas, requiring that:

US Labor Department files lawsuit to recover employees’ contributions for participants in two Passages Hospice benefit plans

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Date of Action: Jan. 17, 2017

Type of Action: Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit

Names of Defendants: Sandor Szajkovics
Passages Hospice LLC
Passages Hospice LLC Dental Plan, Passages Hospice LLC Employee Benefits Plan

US Labor Department awards $65M to help unemployed workers with job searches, maintain integrity of Unemployment Insurance program

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Friday, January 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today awarded $65 million to 52 state workforce agencies, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, to operate Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment programs for unemployment insurance beneficiaries.

Oklahoma truck bed manufacturer fined $535K for putting workers at risk, as OSHA inspectors identify 30 safety, health violations

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Friday, January 13, 2017

KINGSTON, Okla. – A complaint of unsafe working conditions led U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors to discover the safety and health of employees at a well-known Oklahoma truck bed fabricator being placed at risk amid nearly two dozen safety and health violations.

OSHA’s investigation at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which does business as CM Truck Beds, found 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations – prompting the agency to propose $535,411 in fines. 

OSHA, Rocky Mountain Education Center renew alliance to support worker safety education throughout Colorado

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Participants: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Denver and Englewood Area Offices and the Rocky Mountain Education Center located at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.

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