July 19, 2023

Department of Labor awards nearly $17M to expand use of Registered Apprenticeships in education, clean energy, other critical industries

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $17 million in funding contracts to seven organizations to promote Registered Apprenticeships in emerging industries where they have not been scaled traditionally and to continue to expand in industries where they exist currently.

July 19, 2023

Department of Labor awards $65M to help states increase, expand access to Registered Apprenticeships in high-growth, high-demand industries

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $65 million in grants to 45 states to increase their ability to serve, improve and strategically expand their Registered Apprenticeship programs and pre-apprenticeships leading to Registered Apprenticeships to enhance the National Apprenticeship system.

July 19, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Maersk Line Limited retaliated against seaman who reported safety concerns to US Coast Guard

NORFOLK, VA – A federal whistleblower investigation has determined that Maersk Line Limited — one of the world’s leading providers of marine cargo services — suspended and terminated a seaman illegally after the seaman reported numerous safety concerns about a company vessel to the U.S. Coast Guard.

July 18, 2023

Court requires Virginia home care provider, owners to pay about $1.6M in back wages, liquidated damages to 202 employees willfully denied overtime

FAIRFAX, VA – A federal court has directed a Fairfax home care agency and its owners to pay more than $1.6 million in back wages and liquidated damages to 202 home health aides in a consent judgment obtained by the U.S. Department of Labor.

July 17, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo anuncia una norma que amplía la sumisión de datos sobre lesiones y enfermedades en sectores de alto riesgo

WASHINGTON - El Departamento del Trabajo de EE.UU. ha anunciado hoy una norma definitiva que obligará a determinados empleadores de sectores designados de alto riesgo a presentar electrónicamente a la Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional del Departamento la información sobre lesiones y enfermedades que ya están obligados a mantener.

La norma final entrará en vigor el 1 de enero de 2024 y incluye ahora los siguientes requisitos de presentación:

July 17, 2023

Department of Labor announces rule expanding submission requirements for injury, illness data provided by employers in high-hazard industries

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that will require certain employers in designated high-hazard industries to electronically submit injury and illness information – that they are already required to keep – to the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

July 17, 2023

Retirement plan fiduciaries to pay more than $124.6M to settle lawsuits brought by Department of Labor, others

NEW YORK – Fiduciaries of a retirement plan sponsored by DST Systems Inc. — including New York City-based investment management firm Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc. — will pay more than $124.6 million to resolve violations of federal law related to their failure to manage the profit-sharing portion of the plan properly.

July 14, 2023

READOUT: Acting Secretary Su, Secretary of the Interior Haaland, EPA Chief of Staff Utech discuss ‘Good Jobs in the Clean Economy’

WASHINGTON At the Department of Labor today, Acting Secretary Julie Su joined Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Environmental Protection Agency Chief of Staff Dan Utech and other key stakeholders to discuss good jobs in the clean economy and how their agencies will collaborate to create good quality jobs in infrastructure, clean energy, manufacturing and technology as part of the Biden-Harris administration’s “Investing in America” agenda.

July 13, 2023

[UPDATED] Department of Labor announces $377M in available grants to states to strengthen unemployment insurance programs, modernize systems

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced three new funding opportunities that will make up to $377 million in grants available to states to strengthen the integrity and resilience of their unemployment insurance programs.

July 13, 2023

US Department of Labor publishes proposed rulemaking to reduce miners’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today published a notice of proposed rulemaking by its Mine Safety and Health Administration to amend existing federal standards to better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards related to occupational exposure of respirable crystalline silica, or silica dust.

July 13, 2023

Department of Labor finds Dollar General continues to endanger workers as inspectors cite 8 violations at Tampa stores, propose $342K in penalties

TAMPA, FL – Federal workplace safety inspections at two Tampa-area Dollar General stores found the company again exposing employees to fire hazards and other unsafe conditions, continuing the long history of disregard for worker safety by one of the nation’s largest discount retailers.

July 13, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 237,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 248,000 to 249,000. The 4-week moving average was 246,750, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 253,250 to 253,500.

July 12, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $119K in back wages for 72 workers after North Carolina home care employer misclassifies them as contractors

Employer:           Sunshine Agency Inc.

                             2801-3Z Ward Blvd.

                             Wilson, NC 27869

July 11, 2023

Court orders Philadelphia home healthcare staffing agency to pay $212K in back wages, damages, penalties after federal litigation, investigation

PHILADELPHIA A federal court in Pennsylvania has ordered a Philadelphia home healthcare staffing agency to pay $197,236 in back wages and liquidated damages to 31 employees after federal investigators found that their employer failed to pay proper overtime.