May 6, 2010

ETA Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA In the week ending May 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 444,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 451,000. The 4-week moving average was 458,500, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average of 463,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending April 24, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.

May 6, 2010

6 Kentucky coal mines forced to halt production during inspection blitz

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that six underground coal mines in Kentucky received numerous citations and closure orders by federal inspectors as a result of the nationwide impact inspections that took place last month. Each of these operations was forced to suspend production until the violations were corrected.

May 6, 2010

MSHA announces series of public meetings to bolster transparency in investigation of Upper Big Branch Mine explosion

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced it plans to hold two public hearings, two public forums and a public comment period as part of its overall federal investigation into the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va.

May 6, 2010

U.S. Labor Department and SEC issue guidance on target date funds

Washington — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced guidance to help investors and plan participants better understand the operations and risks of target date fund investments.

May 5, 2010

US Labor Department announces $4 million grant competition for incarcerated veterans at risk of homelessness

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service today announced a $4 million competition to fund at least 12 Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program grants designed to assist eligible veterans who are currently incarcerated and/or transitioning out of the justice system who are at risk of homelessness. VETS is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to better assist our nation's incarcerated veterans and help prevent their recidivism.

May 5, 2010

US Department of Labor announces grant exceeding $2.6 million to assist workers in Minnesota affected by airline industry layoffs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $2,635,901 grant to assist about 613 workers affected by layoffs at Northwest Airlines in Eagan, Minn.

"Workers deserve an opportunity to pursue training and employment services after losing a job through no fault of their own," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "This grant will help Minnesotans impacted by airline industry layoffs to find good jobs in emerging industries, and it will bolster both the state and national economy."

May 5, 2010

US Department of Labors OSHA holds series of stakeholder meetings on modernization of injury and illness data collection system

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold two meetings to gather information from stakeholders to help modify its current injury and illness recordkeeping regulation and develop a modernized recordkeeping system.

May 5, 2010

Statement of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on todays report on child labor in agriculture

WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding the Human Rights Watch report "Fields of Peril: Child Labor in U.S. Agriculture" on child labor in agriculture:

May 5, 2010

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis chairs 1st meeting of Presidents Committee on the International Labor Organization in 10 years

WASHINGTONSecretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis chaired the first meeting in 10 years of the President's Committee on the International Labor Organization, which is responsible for formulating and coordinating United States policy toward the ILO, on May 4. This meeting is the committee's first since May 2000.

May 5, 2010

U.S. Labor Department sponsors free compliance assistance seminar for retirement plan fiduciaries in Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will sponsor “Getting It Right – Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities,” a free compliance assistance seminar in Anchorage on May 19 at the Hilton Anchorage, 500 W. 3rd Avenue.

May 4, 2010

US Department of Labor announces release of updated Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration today announced the release of an updated version of the Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model.

May 4, 2010

US Labor Department awards $7.4 million to 9 high schools deemed persistently dangerous to reduce violence and improve educational outcomes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $7.4 million in additional funding to nine high schools that have been deemed persistently dangerous by state educational agencies.

"Every good job begins with a good education, and all students deserve to pursue that education in a safe environment," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These grants will promote the type of learning environment that will help get students on the track to personal and professional success.

May 4, 2010

Statement of US Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels on opening OSHA office in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON – Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, today issued the following statement announcing the opening of an OSHA office in Las Vegas, Nev.:

May 4, 2010

US Department of Labors OSHA holds series of stakeholder meetings on worker Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will use comments from a series of stakeholder meetings to help develop a proposed rule for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs.

May 4, 2010

US Labor Departments MSHA expands Upper Big Branch explosion investigation team, names internal review team

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the formation of a supplemental investigation group to augment the efforts of the agency's accident investigation team to determine the cause of the explosion that occurred April 5 at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va.

May 4, 2010

US Labor Department helps employers understand responsibilities under disability nondiscrimination laws

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today unveiled a new tool to help America's employers ensure their employment policies and practices do not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities.

May 3, 2010

US Department of Labor focuses on safety of workers as oil cleanup activities ramp up in Gulf Coast region

WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels is in Louisiana today with a team of experienced hazardous materials professionals leading an effort to ensure that oil spill cleanup workers receive necessary protections from the hazards of this work.

May 3, 2010

Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis C. Borzi to address International Foundation on administration pension and health agenda

Washington — Phyllis C. Borzi, Assistant Secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, will address the Washington Legislative Update of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plan on Tuesday, May 4 at the Capital Hilton, 1001-16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. Borzi will discuss a variety of agency initiatives and current issues such as pension funding, 401(k) fee disclosure, investment advice, and health care reform for American workers and their families.

April 30, 2010

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on 2 Kentucky miners who lost their lives

WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding two miners who lost their lives at the Dotiki Mine in Hopkins County, Ky.:

April 29, 2010

US Department of Labor announces $1.2 million grant to assist workers in Utah affected by aerospace industry layoffs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,234,762 grant to assist about 200 workers affected by layoffs at ATK Launch Systems in Corinne, Utah.

The planned retirement of the space shuttle is already having negative impacts on workers around the country, including these individuals in Utah, said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. This grant will ensure that that these aerospace workers will receive the training and services needed to keep them at the forefront of emerging industries.