May 13, 2010

US Labor Department announces release of $10.4 million in unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds to Alaska

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today certified for release $10,412,823 in unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds to the state of Alaska. Alaska qualified for the remaining two-thirds of its share of the funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by extending unemployment benefits to individuals who leave jobs for compelling family reasons.

May 13, 2010

US Labor Department Office of Disability Employment Policy announces National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy today unveiled the official theme for October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month: "Talent Has No Boundaries: Workforce Diversity INCLUDES Workers With Disabilities." The theme serves to inform the public that workers with disabilities represent a diverse and vibrant talent pool for hire.

May 13, 2010

US Labor Department unveils new tool to help employees and small businesses understand foreign worker certification

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today unveiled a new tool to help employers and others understand how to comply with requirements under the H-1B visa program, which allows for the temporary employment of foreign workers in the U.S. in certain specialty occupations.

May 13, 2010

U.S. Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration announces new e-signature option for Forms 5500 and 5500-SF electronic filing

Washington – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced that the EFAST2 electronic filing system for Forms 5500 and 5500-SF employee benefit plan annual reports has a new e-signature option. This option is designed to simplify the electronic filing process, especially for small businesses that use service providers to complete and file their annual reports.

May 13, 2010

U.S. Labor Department seeks to distribute more than $270,000 to participants of abandoned retirement plan of Intercounty Title Company of Illinois

Chicago – The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Chicago, seeking the appointment of an independent fiduciary to terminate the Intercounty Title Company of Illinois retirement savings plan and to distribute more than $270,800 in assets to plan participants and beneficiaries.

May 12, 2010

US Labor Department announces release of $20.3 million in unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds to Utah

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today certified for release $20,332,402 in unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds to the state of Utah. Utah qualified for a portion of its share of the funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by updating its laws to allow workers to use recent earnings to qualify for benefits.

May 11, 2010

US Department of Labor's OSHA seeks to partner with local building inspectors

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is launching a pilot program seeking to partner with building inspectors in 11 American cities to reduce injuries and fatalities at construction sites.

May 11, 2010

US Labor Department launches interactive website on rights and responsibilities in union officer elections

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today unveiled a new interactive website, or Union Elections Advisor, to help millions of union members, union officers, union election committees and candidates in union elections better understand their rights and responsibilities under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The site is http://www.dol.gov/elaws/unionelections.htm.

The Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards administers and enforces most provisions of the LMRDA.

May 11, 2010

Statement of Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis C. Borzi calling on employers and benefit plans to make young adult coverage available immediately

Washington – Assistant Secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration Phyllis C. Borzi today issued the following statement regarding the Affordable Care Act:

"The Affordable Care Act lets young adults stay on their parents' health care plan until age 26. Before the President signed this landmark Act into law, many health plans and issuers could and did in fact remove young adults from their parents' policies because of their age, leaving many college graduates and others with no coverage.

May 11, 2010

U.S. Labor Department sues owner of Tacoma, Washington-based Vincent’s Apartment Washer Service Inc. to recover workers’ SIMPLE plan contributions

Tacoma, Washington – The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Keith D. Vincent and Vincent’s Apartment Washer Service Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington for allegedly using employee and employer contributions owed to the company’s savings incentive match plan for employees individual retirement account plan for the benefit of the company, in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

May 10, 2010

US Department of Labor announces career videos challenge

Public invited to submit job videos for chance to win $1,000

May 10, 2010

US Department of Labor improves and expands Site Exposure Matrices website by adding new information about toxic substances at nuclear weapons facilities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that it soon will release to the public a large portion of a greatly enhanced version of its Site Exposure Matrices website. The new version will contain more data and provide additional ways to look for information regarding toxic substances at U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons facilities covered under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

May 10, 2010

U.S. Department of Labor and Oklahoma Insurance Department to offer free health law seminar May 19 and 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Oklahoma Insurance Department will host a free health law compliance assistance seminar on May 19 and 20 in Tulsa at the Tulsa Technology Center, Lemley Campus, 3420 South Memorial Drive, Health Science Building, Room HSC 3117.

May 7, 2010

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 7,300 workers in 15 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 7,300 workers from companies in 15 states – Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin – are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

May 7, 2010

Statement of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on April employment numbers

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on the April 2010 Employment Situation report released today:

"This past April, the economy gained 290,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent.

May 6, 2010

US Labor Departments OSHA requests information on exposure to infectious agents in health care settings

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration requests information and comment on occupational exposure to infectious agents in settings where health care is provided, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, school clinics and correctional facilities, and settings such as laboratories that handle potentially infectious biological materials, medical examiner offices and mortuaries.

May 6, 2010

US Department of Labor announces $5.5 million grant to assist dislocated workers in Minnesota

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $5,527,108 grant to continue to assist about 1,789 dislocated workers currently receiving intensive services and training from the state of Minnesota, as well as to serve those on waiting lists due to statewide funding shortages.

May 6, 2010

US Department of Labor announces grant exceeding $459,000 to assist workers in Oregon affected by air filtration industry layoffs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $459,844 grant to assist about 80 workers affected by layoffs at Cleanpak International Inc. in Clackamas, Ore.

May 6, 2010

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:

"As your secretary of labor, it is an honor to commemorate and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced challenges and struggles here in the United States. Many of them encountered racial, social and religious discrimination. These brave men and women stood up for what they believed to be right, and our country is better for it.

May 6, 2010

US Labor Department announces release of $126.8 million in unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds to Maryland

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today certified for release $126,750,124 in unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds to the state of Maryland. Maryland qualified for its full share of the funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by adding new provisions to its UI law that assist recent entrants to the workforce, part-time workers and individuals who are upgrading their skills.