December 6, 2010

US Department of Labor announces more than $709,000 to continue assisting workers in Idaho affected by call center layoffs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $709,864 National Emergency Grant increment to continue to provide re-employment and retraining services to workers affected by the closing of Dell Inc.'s call center in Twin Falls, Idaho.

December 6, 2010

US Labor Departments OSHA extends comment period to March 21, 2011, announces stakeholder meeting on noise control interpretation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it is extending by 90 days the official comment period on the proposed interpretation titled "Interpretation of OSHA's Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise," which was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 19. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments by March 21, 2011.

December 3, 2010

Statement of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on November employment numbers

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

"This past November, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 39,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate increased to 9.8 percent. Furthermore, the job numbers for the months of September and October were revised upward 38,000. This year, we've seen the creation of 1.2 million private sector jobs – steady growth averaging 106,000 new private sector jobs each month.

December 2, 2010

ETA Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA In the week ending Nov. 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 436,000, an increase of 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 410,000. The 4-week moving average was 431,000, a decrease of 5,750 from the previous week's revised average of 436,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Nov. 20, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate of 3.4 percent.

December 2, 2010

US Department of Labor announces release of commercial and industrial construction competency model

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration today announced the release of a competency model for the commercial and industrial construction industry. The new model is now the eighteenth available from the Competency Model Clearinghouse, and can be accessed through the department's CareerOneStop website at http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/default.aspx.

December 2, 2010

MSHA settles with Oklahoma mine operator for $375,000 -

Farrell-Cooper Mining Co. fined in 2007 death of truck driver at surface coal mine

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced it has reached a settlement agreement with Farrell-Cooper Mining Co. in the 2007 death of an employee at its Rock Island Mine in Le Flore County, Okla. Farrell-Cooper has agreed to pay penalties totaling $375,204 for seven citations issued in the wake of the fatality, including three flagrant violations.

December 2, 2010

US Labor Department sues nations 2nd largest wholesale food distributor for discriminating against women -

LUMBERTON, N.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs today filed an administrative complaint against Nash Finch Co. for systematically discriminating against more than 80 qualified women who applied for order selector positions at the company's Lumberton facility. Nash Finch is the second-largest publicly traded wholesale food distributor in the United States and is based in Minneapolis, Minn. The company contracts with the federal government to provide goods and services to more than 200 military bases in the U.S.

December 1, 2010

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on the extension of Unemployment Insurance benefits

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding the extension of Unemployment Insurance benefits:

"President Obama has said that Americans don't expect Washington to solve their problems, but they rightfully expect government to work for them – not against them. I agree.

December 1, 2010

Executive of Dayton tool and die company sentenced for embezzlement of employee pension funds

DAYTON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration announced that Gary L. Merritt, vice president of Bemcore Inc. of Dayton, has been sentenced by a federal district court in Ohio to five years’ probation and was ordered to restore $186,070 to his victims.

November 29, 2010

US Labor Department sues pension plans trustee of 2 defunct New York City garment companies to recover millions of dollars in misused assets

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has sued trustee Colette Mordo for alleged misuse of more than $4.6 million in plan assets of the Sadimara Knitwear Inc. and the Stallion Knits Ltd. defined benefit pension plans, in violation of her fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The lawsuit is based on an investigation by the department's Employee Benefits Security Administration.

November 29, 2010

US Labor Department proposes rule to enhance target date retirement fund disclosures

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced a proposed rule that will help America's workers better understand target date retirement funds and other similar investments offered in 401(k)-type pension plans.

November 29, 2010

Third-party retirement plan administrator sentenced for false statement on Form 5500, following US Labor Department investigation

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced that the owner of Philadelphia Pension Planning Corp., formerly located in Montgomery County, Pa., was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $715,228.79 to the Bustleton Landscaping Co. Inc. Profit Sharing Plan for making a false statement in the Form 5500 annual report.

November 29, 2010

US Labor Department obtains court judgment ordering former Marietta, Ga., insurance agency to restore more than $77,000 to 401(k) plan

KENNESAW, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a court order requiring the Hoyla Insurance Group Inc. and owner Michael Hoyla to restore $77,470.48 to the former company's 401(k) retirement plan.

Following an investigation by the Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration, the department filed a lawsuit alleging that the defendants violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by comingling employee contributions with company funds.

November 24, 2010

Statement by MSHA Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main in response to New Zealand coal mine explosion -

ARLINGTON, Va. – Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, today released the following statement in response to two massive explosions that rocked the Pike River coal mine in New Zealand. Twenty-nine miners are believed to have been killed.

November 24, 2010

ETA Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA In the week ending Nov. 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 407,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 441,000. The 4-week moving average was 436,000, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 443,500.

November 23, 2010

DOL announces $2.6 million to continue aid for Mass. workers impacted by financial industry layoffs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $2,579,730 National Emergency Grant increment to Massachusetts to continue providing services to workers affected by layoffs in the financial industry. More than 700 workers will be served under this funding.

November 23, 2010

DOL announces more than $2 million to assist Massachusetts workers affected by layoffs in multiple industries -

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $2,073,235 grant to assist about 330 workers who reside in Massachusetts affected by layoffs and closings at 12 companies, 11 in Massachusetts and one in Connecticut.

November 23, 2010

DOL announces grant exceeding $517,000 to provide Utah workers with health insurance payments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $517,197 grant to provide an estimated 210 jobless workers in Utah with partial premium payments for health insurance coverage.

November 23, 2010

US Department of Labor provides $4 million to assist severe storm recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $4 million National Emergency Grant award to assist cleanup and recovery efforts in the wake of Tropical Storm Otto that struck Puerto Rico in October.

These funds will be awarded to the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources. Funds will be used to create temporary jobs to assist in the recovery from the severe storm's devastation, which included flooding and landslides.

November 23, 2010

US Labor Department sues defunct Lakeland, Fla., automotive equipment and tools sales company to restore 401(k) losses to plan participants

LAKELAND, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor has sued defunct GBK & Associates Inc. and its owners, Deborah Burgess-Wyngate and George Kamanis, to restore losses suffered by the company’s 401(k) plan participants and beneficiaries. The lawsuit followed an investigation by the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration into alleged violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.