September 9, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Highlights Mine Safety And Economic Recovery in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Grafton and Bridgeport, West Virginia, to discuss mine safety, economic recovery and the importance of the coal mining industry to the American economy.

September 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor to Award $4 Million Grant to Improve Worker Rights in Rural Sectors of the Indo-Pacific with a Focus on Women Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its intent to award up to $4 million in grant funding to strengthen worker rights in rural sectors of the Indo-Pacific, with a focus on women workers. The grant will fund the implementation of a project to improve compliance with labor standards, including occupational safety and health standards, and to address wage inequality and workplace discrimination for women employees in targeted rural sectors in the Philippines and one or two other Indo-Pacific countries.

September 7, 2020

Statement on Labor Day by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement to commemorate Labor Day:

“Today we celebrate and thank the workers of America, whose hard work, determination, and ingenuity have built and sustain our amazing country.  

September 6, 2020

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 pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

September 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Work-Related Injury and Illness Data

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released work-related injury and illness data electronically submitted by employers. The agency has posted Form 300A data for calendar years 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as a data dictionary.

September 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor to Award $20 Million for Grants to Strengthen Workers Rights and Increase Awareness of Labor Reforms in Mexico

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its intent to award two $10 million grants focused on Mexico. Funding for these grants was appropriated as part of the legislation implementing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

September 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces the “Rosies” Will Be The 2020 Inductees into the U.S. Department of Labor Hall of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., the U.S. Department of Labor will release the Hall of Honor induction ceremony for the “Rosies.” During World War II, these women riveted, welded and did so much more on the home front to help the nation win the war.

September 4, 2020

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

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the August 2020 Employment Situation Report:

September 3, 2020

Florida Contractor Pays $124,075 in Back Wages, Benefits After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Violations on Federal Construction Contract

HIALEAH, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Roepnack Corp. – a construction contractor based in Miami Beach, Florida – has paid $124,075 in back wages and fringe benefits to 20 employees, for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

September 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Educates Southeast Employers As Region Faces Hurricane Season

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is currently engaged in an education and compliance assistance initiative to help employers in the Southeast understand their obligations to employees during natural disaster recovery efforts.

September 3, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 881,000, a decrease of 130,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 1,006,000 to 1,011,000. The 4-week moving average was 991,750, a decrease of 77,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 1,068,000 to 1,069,250.

September 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $646 Million In Employment Service Grants to States

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the disbursement of $646 million in Employment Service Grants to improve the functioning of the nation’s labor markets by providing labor exchange services to all job seekers and helping businesses to meet their hiring needs by referring qualified workers.

September 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Urges Workers and Public To Be Aware of Hazards After Hurricane Laura

HOUSTON, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urges response crews and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Laura to be aware of hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris.

September 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Urges Workers and Public To Be Aware of Hazards After Hurricane Laura

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urges response crews and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Laura to be aware of hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris.

September 1, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Highlights USMCA and Economic Recovery in Michigan and Illinois

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Zeeland, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois to discuss economic recovery and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) recent entry into force. 

September 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $13.5 Million in Dislocated Worker Grants in Response to Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of two Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) totaling $13,500,000 to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to the coronavirus. These awards are funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided $345 million for DWGs to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus.

September 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Provides $100 Million to States To Combat Unemployment Insurance Fraud

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $100 million in funding to support state efforts to combat fraud and recover improper payments in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, including those programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

September 1, 2020

Miami Dialysis Service Companies to Pay $110,819 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Overtime Violations

MIAMI, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Miami, Florida-based dialysis service companies – Olympus Healthcare Inc., Apollo Renal Center LLC, and Americare Renal Center LLC – will pay $110,819 in back wages to 34 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

September 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar for Ohio Employers

COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will present a webinar for Ohio area employers and human resources professionals on the paid leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and safety guidance for returning to work and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.