OPA News Releases

May 4, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Hosts Japanese Labour Minister

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta welcomed Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, to the U.S. Department of Labor today to discuss bilateral cooperation and sign a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) that promotes further collaboration between the United States and Japan on labor and employment issues. Secretary Acosta and Minister Kato also discussed Japan’s labor priorities in advance of Japan assuming the G20 presidency.

October 10, 2017

West Virginia’s U.S. Senators Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta for Mine Safety Tour

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta for a mine safety tour of ICG Beckley, LLC’s Pocahontas Beckley Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Officials from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), which is an agency within the Department of Labor, also participated in the mine safety tour.

October 6, 2017

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the September Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the September 2017 Employment Situation report:

“Even as parts of our nation recover from multiple devastating hurricanes, September’s jobs report reflects the resilience of the American economy.

October 4, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October. The Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) previously announced the month-long theme is Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

September 29, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta to Attend G7 Labor and Employment Ministerial Meeting in Turin, Italy

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta will attend the G7 Labor and Employment Ministerial meeting taking place in Turin, Italy, today and tomorrow, Sept. 29 and 30.

September 25, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Making Grants Available To Georgia for Hurricane Irma Relief

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with the state of Georgia and local partners, is setting aside funding, making grants to assess workforce needs, and providing additional regulatory flexibilities in response to Hurricane Irma. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has directed the Department to assist the residents and businesses in affected areas, and the Department will continue to work cooperatively with Georgia to assess needs as they develop.

Labor Department activities to assist Georgia include:

September 21, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor to Provide Immediate Grants and Assistance for Hurricane Maria Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – As with Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with the territories and local partners, is setting aside funding, making grants to assess workforce needs, and providing additional regulatory flexibilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has directed the Department to assist the residents and businesses in affected areas, and the Department will continue to work cooperatively with the territories to assess needs as they develop.

September 14, 2017

U.S. Labor Department Commits $40 Million for Hurricane Irma Relief

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has initially committed up to $40 million in Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant funding to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist in disaster response efforts after Hurricane Irma. These grants were first announced on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The amount of total funding announced today may increase as the needs and impacts on state and local partners are assessed following the hurricane.

September 12, 2017

U.S. Labor Department to Provide Immediate Grants and Assistance for Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with state and local partners, is setting aside funding and will be making grants to assess workforce needs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and other states in response to Hurricane Irma. The Department will continue to work cooperatively with states and territories to assess needs as they develop and respond accordingly. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has directed the Department to assist the residents and businesses in affected areas.

September 1, 2017

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the August Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the August 2017 Employment Situation report:

“This month’s jobs report reflects the continued economic strength and optimism spreading across the United States. Since January, 1.2 million jobs have been added to the economy.

August 31, 2017

Secretary Acosta Joins Vice President Pence in Texas

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and other cabinet officials, in Texas to survey the affected areas, consult with state and local officials, and offer support and gratitude to first responders.

July 25, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor to Publish Request for Information on Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor will publish a Request for Information for the overtime rule on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The RFI is an opportunity for the public to provide information that will aid the department in formulating a proposal to revise these regulations which define and delimit exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain employees.

July 24, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Opens Nominations for the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is inviting interested persons to submit nominations for individuals to serve on the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The creation of the task force is a key step in implementing President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to expand apprenticeships.

July 21, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Addresses Occupational Licensing Reform

DENVER –Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta encouraged state legislators to engage in principled reforms to help American workers. In his remarks at the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, he discussed how occupational licensing has created excessive barriers for the American workforce.

Excerpts from his remarks are below:

July 7, 2017

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Acosta on June jobs report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the June 2017 Employment Situation report:

June 27, 2017

US Labor Department sends Request for Information on overtime rule to Office of Management and Budget

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has sent a Request for Information related to the overtime rule to the Office of Management and Budget for its review. When published, the RFI offers the opportunity for the public to comment.

June 15, 2017

Executive order to expand apprenticeships, vocational training; remove burdensome restrictions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today welcomed President Donald J. Trump’s bold step towards fulfilling his promises to grow the American economy with the announcement of an executive order to expand apprenticeships and vocational training, close the skills gap and reduce regulatory burdens on workforce development programs.

June 7, 2017

US Secretary of Labor withdraws joint employment, independent contractor informal guidance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors.  Removal of the administrator interpretations does not change the legal responsibilities of employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, as reflected in the department’s long-standing regulations and case law.

June 6, 2017

US Secretary of Labor protects Americans, directs agencies to aggressively confront visa program fraud and abuse

WASHINGTON – After a thorough review of the U.S. Department of Labor’s foreign worker visa programs, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced actions to increase protections of American workers while more aggressively confronting entities committing visa program fraud and abuse.

June 2, 2017

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Acosta on May jobs report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the May 2017 Employment Situation report: