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News Release

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers And Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

  • Secretary Scalia Participates in Senate Finance Committee Hearing – On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia delivered testimony and responded to questions from the U.S. Senate Finance Committee regarding the Department’s work with States on unemployment insurance. Secretary Scalia engaged Senators on the importance of getting back to work those Americans who have been temporarily unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Secretary Scalia Joins Vice President Pence for Coronavirus Task Force Call with Governors – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia joined Vice President Mike Pence and the White House Coronavirus Task Force for a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the City of Washington, D.C. to provide an update on local, State and Federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

Keeping America’s Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

  • U.S. Department of Labor Statement on D.C. Circuit Court Ruling – Solicitor of Labor Kate O’Scannlain and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Loren Sweatt issued the following statement regarding the D.C. Circuit Court ruling in re: “American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, No. 20-1158:” “We are pleased with the decision from the D.C. Circuit, which agreed that OSHA reasonably determined that its existing statutory and regulatory tools are protecting America’s workers and that an emergency temporary standard is not necessary at this time. OSHA will continue to enforce the law and offer guidance to employers and employees to keep America’s workplaces safe.”

Helping Unemployed Americans:

Defending Workers’ Rights to Paid Leave and Wages Earned:

  • U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Families First Coronavirus Response Act Webinars to Educate Employees and Employers – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Occupational Safety and Health Administration will offered multiple webinars this week to educate employers and employees on the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as well as whistleblower protections.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Labor is focused on protecting the safety and health of American workers, assisting our state partners as they deliver traditional unemployment and expanded unemployment benefits under the CARES Act, ensuring Americans know their rights to new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave, providing guidance and assistance to employers, and carrying out the mission of the Department.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Department of Labor
June 14, 2020
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Media Contact: Department of Labor National Contact Center
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