July 7, 2020

Arkansas Nail Manufacturer Pays $111,895 to Workers to Settle Overtime, Retaliation Violations Following a U.S. Department of Labor Investigations

PRAIRIE GROVE, AR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Specialty Fastening Systems Inc. – doing business as Specialty Nail Company in Prairie Grove, Arkansas – has paid $111,895 in back wages to 260 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

July 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Chicago-Based Candy Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Machine Hazards

CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Chicago-based Ferrara Candy Company for violations of OSHA’s machine safety standards after employees suffered severe injuries in two separate incidents at the Bellwood, Illinois, facility. The company faces $485,008 in penalties, and OSHA has placed them in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

July 5, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

 Reopening America’s Economy:

July 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Frequently Asked Questions and Answers To Help Keep Workers Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published frequently asked questions and answers to help protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

July 2, 2020

Warehouse Employer Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Sick Leave Required by New Coronavirus-Related Federal Law

WILMER, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), MBlock and Sons Inc. – operator of a warehouse in Wilmer, Texas – has agreed to pay $857 in back wages after failing to provide an employee paid sick leave after their doctor ordered the employee with potential coronavirus symptoms to self-quarantine.

July 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces the Availability of $4.1 Million in Funds to Support Women’s Participation In Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $4.1 million in grants available to community organizations to recruit, mentor, train and retain more women in quality apprenticeship programs, and to help those women pursue successful careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, healthcare and other industries.

July 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar on Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s Paid Leave Provisions for Employers and Employees

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Salt Lake City, Utah, will hold a webinar on July 8, 2020, to help Salt Lake City-area employers and employees understand the benefits and protections provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

July 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Rubber Products Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Machine and Electrical Hazards

BOTKINS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Boomerang Rubber Inc. – based in Botkins, Ohio – with two willful and six serious violations for exposing employees to machine and electrical hazards. The company faces penalties of $330,269.

July 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Concludes Successful Strategic Partnership With Langlas & Associates Inc. at Billings High School Project

BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the conclusion of a two-year strategic partnership agreement with Langlas & Associates Inc., the general contractor that completed construction of a new high school in Billings, Montana.

July 2, 2020

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia on the June Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the June 2020 Employment Situation Report:

July 2, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,427,000, a decrease of 55,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 1,480,000 to 1,482,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,503,750, a decrease of 117,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 1,620,750 to 1,621,250.

July 1, 2020

NOTICE: Simultaneous Release of Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims and Monthly Employment Situation Reports

WASHINGTON, DC – Because of the observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release its monthly Employment Situation Report on Thursday, July 2, at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The BLS release coincides with the Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims release, which occurs each Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

July 1, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights USMCA in Columbus, Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to mark the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) entry into force. Secretary Scalia participated in a roundtable discussion with JobsOhio, where he highlighted the USMCA’s benefits to American workers and manufacturers and discussed the safe reopening of the economy. The USMCA will create as many as 500,000 or more jobs for workers at a time when many Americans have been forced out of work due to the coronavirus.

July 1, 2020

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $81 Million In Grants to Expand Registered Apprenticeship in 42 States and Territories

WASHINGTON, DC  The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $81,046,170 in grants intended to support activities that improve states’ ability to serve, improve and expand the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) model by strengthening the national apprenticeship system, promoting system alignment and partnership, and improving data sharing and data integrity. 

July 1, 2020

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Awards Grants to Support Services For Homeless Veterans Seeking to Reenter Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of over $53 million in Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants to 157 recipients that will provide employment services to more than 21,000 homeless veterans seeking to reintegrate into the workforce.

July 1, 2020

U.S. Names Panelists for USMCA Labor Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States today named panelists for the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, a key tool for the enforcement of the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) labor protections. The U.S. national panelists are Janice Bellace, Lance Compa, Peter Hurtgen, Ira Jaffe, Kevin Kolben and Ed Potter.

“The U.S. Department of Labor is pleased that some of the best and brightest in the labor field have been appointed to this vital enforcement panel of the USMCA,” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia.

July 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Ready to Enforce USMCA

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force today as the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed its commitment to upholding the agreement’s labor provisions.

July 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Updates Regulation To Improve Veterans’ Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will publish the Final Rule, “Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: TRICARE Providers” in the Federal Register.

June 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $80 Million in Grants To Expand Registered Apprenticeship in 42 States and Territories

WASHINGTON, DC  The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $80,639,041 in grants intended to support activities that improve states’ ability to serve, improve, and expand the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) model by strengthening the national apprenticeship system, promoting system alignment and partnership, and improving data sharing and data integrity. 

June 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces over $42 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grant Awards to Increase Youth Participation in Registered Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) today announced the award of $42,296,247 in Youth Apprenticeship Readiness grants to 14 organizations to increase participation by youth, ages 16 to 24, in new or existing Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs).