WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a grant of up to $831,423 to assist approximately 75 workers affected by layoffs at Hampton Affiliates' Tillamook Lumber in Tillamook, Ore.
"Today's grant will provide the retraining and re-employment services necessary for these Oregonians to upgrade existing skills or seek out retraining that leads to careers in growing regional industries," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA In the week ending Nov. 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 457,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 462,000. The 4-week moving average was 481,250, a decrease of 14,250 from the previous week's revised average of 495,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the week ending Nov. 21, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.1 percent.
BECKLEY, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced a multifaceted, comprehensive strategy to end new cases of black lung among the nation's coal miners. Black lung is a collection of debilitating and potentially fatal diseases from respirable coal mine dust exposure. These diseases have been on the rise in recent years. MSHA's initiative to curb black lung will include focused enforcement, targeted education and training, rulemaking and collaboration with stakeholders.
Agreement will result in payment of more than $937,000 in back wages, interest to nearly 600 US workers at Eurofresh Inc.
PHOENIX — Eurofresh Inc. of Willcox, Ariz., has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division to pay $937,460 in back wages and interest to 587 U.S. workers following an investigation into company practices related to hiring temporary, non-immigrant foreign agricultural workers.
Gulfport, Mississippi – A federal district court in Gulfport, Mississippi, has ordered Jomey B. Ethridge liable for $303,084.61 in assets belonging to the 401(k) plan of bankrupt Struthers Industries and permanently barred him from serving as fiduciary of any plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $2,422,473 grant to provide an estimated 1,892 jobless workers with partial premium payments for health insurance coverage.
"Finding new employment is a challenging enough task without having to worry about lacking health coverage for yourself or your family. This funding will help eligible workers avoid that prospect by helping them pay for health insurance while they look for a job," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
Boston – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment and order recovering more than $89,000 owed to the participants of the T.E. Corcoran Co. Inc. Profit Sharing Plan as a result of loans made to the plan sponsor and an affiliated company by plan trustees. The plan was sponsored by the plumbing and heating company based in Brockton, Massachusetts, for the benefit of the company’s employees.
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA In the week ending Nov. 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 466,000, a decrease of 35,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 501,000. The 4-week moving average was 496,500, a decrease of 16,500 from the previous week's revised average of 513,000.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the week ending Nov. 14, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.3 percent.
Spring Lakes, Mich. – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent order and judgment requiring Tile Impressions Inc. of Spring Lakes be removed as fiduciary of the company's 401(k) plan for failure to properly administer the plan in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Blackstone, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor has sued to have an independent fiduciary appointed to oversee the tax deferred savings plan of OSF America Inc., a defunct company formerly located in Blackstone.
St. Louis, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will sponsor "Getting It Right - Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities," a free retirement plan seminar in St. Louis on December 8 at the Robert A. Young Federal Building, Second Floor Auditorium - Room 2-308, 1222 Spruce St.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $741,502grant to assist approximately 164 workers affected by layoffs at 15 companies in multiple industries in the Oregon counties of Jackson and Josephine.
"This grant will provide the retraining and job-search assistance that affected workers in Oregon need and deserve as they strive to get ahead in a challenging economy," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
DENVER The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Wage and Hour Division together have fined Tempel Grain Elevators LLP of Wiley, Colo., more than $1.6 million following the May 29 death of a teenage worker at the company's Haswell, Colo., grain storage operation. The youth suffocated after being engulfed by grain in one of the facility bins. The company also exposed three other teenage workers to the cited hazards.
New York – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a federal court order of wage garnishment against Bonnie Dolan (also known as Bonnie Ariola), previously the sole owner of the now defunct Bonnie Optical Inc. of Rochester, N.Y. Dolan was also the sole trustee and fiduciary of the company's 401(k) plan set up for the benefit of her then employees.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 2,900 workers from companies in seven states – Alabama, California, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $2.5 million National Emergency Grant increment to Texas to continue to provide services to approximately 1,472 military and civilian defense workers impacted statewide by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $4,442,207 National Emergency Grant supplemental award to assist approximately 1,630 workers affected by layoffs at businesses at the Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio.
"Today's grant will provide additional re-training and re-employment services to Ohioans who are still being adversely affected by the air park's closure," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.