March 29, 2010

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of a report evaluating the outcomes of the Limited English Proficiency and Hispanic Worker Initiative project grants launched four years ago. The report findings highlight both challenges and successes of a pilot project intended to develop language and training opportunities for workers with limited English proficiency skills.

March 29, 2010

US Department of Labor resolves case with Orem, Utah-based company for $500,000 in civil money penalties for child labor violations

OREM, Utah — Western Wats Center Inc., a market research company based in Orem with locations throughout Utah and six other states, has paid $500,000 in civil money penalties following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that disclosed violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's child labor regulations.

March 29, 2010

US Department of Labor secures $1.78 million in back wages for 700 Washington, DC, security guards

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor has secured an agreement to disburse $1.78 million in back wages to approximately 700 employees of Hawk One Security, a Washington, D.C., security guard contractor that failed to pay employees for work performed in September and October 2009.

March 29, 2010

Federal agencies hold 1st meeting of Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program and Employer Sponsored Coverage Coordination Working Group

Washington – The U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services will hold the first meeting of the Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program and Employer Sponsored Coverage Coordination Working Group on April 26 in Washington at the Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert St. NW.

The working group will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT to hear public testimony from witnesses. The meeting is open to the public. The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 requires the departments to jointly establish the CHIP Working Group.

March 26, 2010

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Statement of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on immediate need to extend unemployment insurance and COBRA safety net program

Statement of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on immediate need to extend unemployment insurance and COBRA safety net programs

Editors Note: The U.S. Senate recessed today, March 26, without approving legislation that would have extended emergency unemployment insurance benefits for workers who have lost their jobs and health insurance subsidies under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.

March 25, 2010

ETA Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Note: This week's release reflects the annual revision to the weekly unemployment claims seasonal adjustment factors. The historical factors from 2005 forward have been revised. The calendar year 2010 factors can be accessed at the following link: http://www.oui.doleta.gov/press/2010/032510.asp

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

March 25, 2010

U.S. Labor Department issues final exemption to allow new health plan for Ford Motor Co. retirees to acquire company securities

Washington — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has granted an exemption allowing the Ford Motor Co. to transfer company securities to a voluntary employee beneficiary association trust that funds a new health plan established to provide health benefits for the company’s retirees. The new health plan will cover in excess of 285,000 retirees and their dependents, and a small number of active employees.

March 24, 2010

US Department of Labor announces $12 million in funds for prisoner re-entry programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $12 million in additional funding to 24 programs that are currently operating prisoner re-entry programs through the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders initiative.

"Rehabilitated ex-offenders are returning to communities across the country in record numbers. And today's funding continues our commitment to supporting programs that will help them re-enter society and transition to stable careers," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

March 24, 2010

US Labor Departments OSHA urges recovery workers and public to safeguard themselves against hazards during flood and storm cleanup

NEW YORK – As residents of the northeast U.S. recover from flooding and associated damage from the recent multi-day nor'easter storm that swamped the region, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges workers and members of the public engaged in cleanup activities to be aware of the hazards they can encounter and the necessary steps they should take to protect themselves.

March 23, 2010

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis remembers workers killed at BP Texas City, calls for re-dedication of safety efforts at refineries, chemical plant

WASHINGTON – Today, five years after the terrible explosion at BP's Texas City refinery, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement remembering the 15 workers who were killed and the many others who were injured in that tragic event:

"As we've seen from my department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recent enforcement actions, BP still has a long way to go to ensure the safety of its employees and those of the contractors who work in its refineries.

March 23, 2010

US Department of Labor announces $1.1 million grant to assist workers in Oregon affected by retail industry layoffs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,137,425 grant to assist about 100 workers affected by layoffs at Joe's Sports, Outdoor, Auto/Truck and More in Wilsonville, Ore.

March 22, 2010

Statement of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on passage of health care reform by US House of Representative

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on passage of a health care reform bill by the U.S. House of Representatives:

March 22, 2010

US Labor Departments Womens Bureau to host March 24 conference in Kansas City, Mo., on workplace flexibility for retail employees

Business, policy, academic, HR representatives and workers invited to attend

March 19, 2010

US Department of Labor announces $4.8 million grant to provide Washington state workers with health insurance payments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $4,847,959 grant to provide an estimated 1,500 jobless workers in Washington state with partial premium payments for health insurance coverage.

"Today's grant will help Washington state residents pay for health insurance while they seek new employment. That makes good sense. After all, losing your job is bad enough, but the impact is gravely compounded if it also means the loss of health benefits," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

March 19, 2010

US Department of Labor announces $8.2 million grant to assist workers in central California

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an $8,197,664 Regional Economic Impact National Emergency Grant to assist dislocated workers in California's San Joaquin Valley. This region is comprised of Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.

March 19, 2010

Statement of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on presidents signing of HIRE Ac

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on President Obama's signing of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act:

"Yesterday, President Obama signed legislation that will help create jobs for the millions of Americans hit hardest by the recession. This bill will help employers hire and retain new workers. It also will help state and local governments pay for green renovation and renewable energy construction projects.

March 19, 2010

U.S. Labor Department announces updated model notices and educational material on extension of COBRA subsidy

Washington — The U.S. Department of Labor today released updated model notice packages to enable group health plans and employers to provide notice on the availability of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act continuation coverage premium reductions under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through March 31.

March 18, 2010

US Labor Department orders Tennessee Commerce Bank to reinstate whistleblower and pay more than $1 million in back wages and other relief

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Tennessee Commerce Bank in Nashville to reinstate a former corporate officer and pay more than $1 million in back wages, interest, attorney's fees, compensatory damages and other relief. The department found the bank had fired the individual in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

March 18, 2010

Edna Primrose named new national director of US Labor Departments Job Corps by Secretary Hilda L. Soli

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has appointed Edna Primrose, workforce investment veteran and former director of the Job Corps center in Woodland, Md., as the new national director of Job Corps.

"Edna Primrose will bring to this position not only a wealth of knowledge about the history of the Job Corps program and how it works, but hands-on experience with students whose lives have been enriched by Job Corps," Secretary Solis said.

March 18, 2010

US Secretary of Labor to convene national action summit on Latino worker safety and health

Conference will take place in Houston on April 14 and 15

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will convene a National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety on April 14 and 15 in Houston, Texas.