News Releases

Friday, March 24, 2017
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a delay in the effective date of the final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines from May 23, 2017, to July 24, 2017. The Mine Safety and Health Administration is proposing to delay the effective date to assure that mine operators and miners affected by the final rule have the training and compliance assistance they need. The propos
Thursday, March 23, 2017
In the week ending March 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 261,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 241,000 to 246,000. The 4-week moving average was 246,500, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 5,750 from 237,250 to 243,000.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
State: Kentucky Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant Initial Amount Approved: $7,494,017 Incremental Amount Awarded: $3,301,271 Funding Awarded to: Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program Number of Workers Served: Approximately 685 Use of Funds: On May 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant award
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
State: Kentucky Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant supplemental Additional Amount Awarded: $3,853,620 Total Funds Awarded: $4,952,420 Funding Awarded to: Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Number of Workers Served: Approximately 250 Use of Funds: On Sept. 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $2 million – with $1,098,800 released initially
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON – Northern California paid a hefty toll for storms that brought heavy rain and snow in January 2017. The overabundance of moisture led to flooding and mudslides, the downing of large numbers of trees and power lines, and mass evacuations. The harsh weather also caused the region’s Lake Oroville to rise above flood levels, damaging the spillway of the nation’s tallest dam and leading to the evacuation of more than 180,000 residents. Roads, public parks and other infrastructure also suffered severe and extensive damage. To assist recovery
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program, Operation Engineers, Local 150 Alliance: OSHA and the Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program, Operation Engineers, Local 150 in Wilmington, Illinois, have signed a two-year renewal of their alliance to provide information, guidance and access to training resources for heavy equipment employers and worker
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Nebraska Safety Council Great Plains Safety and Health Organization National Safety Council Nebraska Alliance: OSHA’s Omaha office, the Nebraska Safety Council, Great Plains Safety and Health Organization, and National Safety Council Nebraska have formed an alliance t
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
WASHINGTON – Young adults and adults who exit correctional systems have numerous and diverse challenges that hinder their ability to enter the workforce and achieve successful reentry into their community. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $66 million in available funding to organizations to develop or expand programs to strengthen access to opportunity for these individuals. The grants give organizations the opportunity to build customized interventions based on current evidence and research of “what works,” as well as promising practices. Organ
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Who: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Wage and Hour Division Employee Benefits Security Administration Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Veterans’ Employment and Training Service What: U.S. Labor Department Employer Forum When: March 28, 2
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a delay in the effective date of the rule titled “Occupational Exposure to Beryllium,” from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. The delay will allow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration an opportunity for further review and consideration of the rule,
Monday, March 20, 2017
ATLANTA – The National Federal Farm Labor Certificate of Registration Unit will hold two mobile processing events in Florida to register farm labor contractors and employees. This free service is being offered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. On March 29-31, 2017, the certification team will travel to the University of Florida Ag Extension Offices in Sebring and Immokalee. The team will provide assistance to customers – including walk-ins – who need their initial, renewal or amended certificate
Monday, March 20, 2017
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.-Heart of America Chapter Alliance: OSHA and ABC-HOA have renewed an agreement – signed originally in January 2015 – to address struck-by, fall,
Monday, March 20, 2017
DENISON, Iowa – The Denison Job Corps Center has launched a Certified Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship Program that will give its students hands-on training and better prepare them for jobs in health care. The designation by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship allows the center’s CNA students to obtain a certification accepted at any Iowa hospital, nursing home or care center. “This registered apprenticeship program gives students extensive, competency-based experience and
Monday, March 20, 2017
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. – The Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center has launched a Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program at William Jewell College in partnership with Fresh Ideas, a Missouri-based food-service provider. The apprenticeship designation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship allows culinary arts students at the Job Corps center to obtain industry credentials and improve their culinary skills through valuable hands-on training programs with local employers. “Throu
Friday, March 17, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor and two subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Co. have reached an agreement that will provide $3.8 million in back wages to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the agreement, back wages will be paid to 16,339 employees of the Disney Vacation Club Management Corp. and the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc., both in Florida. The department’s Wage and Hour Division found violations of minimum wage, overtime
Thursday, March 16, 2017
In the week ending March 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 241,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 243,000. The 4-week moving average was 237,250, an increase of 750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 236,500.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched its “Safe and Sound Campaign” recently, calling on employers to review their safety and health programs to protect workers, and red
Friday, March 10, 2017
BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor and UnWrapped, Inc. have reached a settlement agreement that will allow employees of the Massachusetts sewing factory to recover $890,021 in back wages and liquidated damages to resolve past violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that UnWrapped failed to pay proper overtime rates to 327 piece rate and hourly workers between April 2014 and April 2016, and failed to
Thursday, March 09, 2017
In the week ending March 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 243,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 223,000. The 4-week moving average was 236,500, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 234,250.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
WASHINGTON – For many of our nation’s at-risk youth, getting educated and starting a successful career are goals often out of reach. Across the U.S., YouthBuild programs seek to help these young people reach their full potential by providing critical job skills in construction to help propel them towards professional success. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of grant funding to support and expand YouthBuild programs nationwide. For those programs that offer the

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