News Releases

September 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Forms Alliance to Promote Workplace Safety For Pennsylvania Employers and Employees

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a two-year alliance with the Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Bureau of Workers' Compensation to provide employers and employees with information, guidance and access to training resources to promote safe and healthful workplaces.

September 6, 2019

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

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

September 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Dislocated Worker Grant To Massachusetts after Closing of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding of $503,079, awarded to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to provide reemployment services to individuals impacted by the closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, owned by Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

September 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions to Assist Americans Impacted By Hurricane Dorian

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Dorian.

"The U.S. Department of Labor is actively engaged in Administration-wide efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian," said Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella. "As Americans from across the country rally to help each other, the Department of Labor is committed to supporting recovery efforts."

U.S. Department of Labor actions taken regarding Hurricane Dorian include the following:

September 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $400,000 in Brookwood-Sago Grants For Mine Safety Education and Training

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the award of $400,000 in funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation's mines. 

September 6, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella issued the following statement on the August 2019 Employment Situation report:

"America's economy continued to show strength in August. The 3.7% unemployment rate marks the eighteenth straight month the unemployment rate has been at or below 4%. Unemployment rates for African-Americans set a new record low at 5.5% and Hispanic-Americans matched a record low at 4.2%.

"Since January of 2017 more than 5.8 million jobs have been created including the 130,000 jobs created in August.

September 5, 2019

Back to School: U.S. Department of Labor Offers New Guidance and Assistance for Educational Institutions and Federal Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC Today, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced guidance clarifying affirmative action program (AAP) development for academic institutions and other contractors with campus-like settings, and advancing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

September 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Funds to Florida to Continue Disaster Relief Efforts after Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded additional National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) funding to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to continue disaster-relief efforts in response to Hurricane Michael and to provide career and training services to individuals forced to relocate in the storm's aftermath.

September 5, 2019

Nursing Care Facilities Pay $261,418 in Back Wages, Penalties, and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PROVIDENCE, RI – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, three Rhode Island nursing care facilities have paid $192,622 in back wages and liquidated damages to 89 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The facilities also paid $68,796 in civil penalties, while their parent company has agreed to FLSA compliance at all its locations.

September 5, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 217,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 215,000 to 216,000. The 4-week moving average was 216,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 214,500 to 214,750.

September 4, 2019

Wage and Hour Division Senior Policy Advisor Leif Olson Update

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released the following update regarding Senior Policy Advisor Leif Olson of the Wage and Hour Division.

September 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant to Missouri to Assist Recovery from Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved National Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) funding of up to $2,420,000, with $806,667 released initially, to the Missouri Division of Workforce Development to assess workforce needs in response to severe storms and flooding in March and April 2019.

September 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Extends Deadline for Excellence in Disability Inclusion Awards Submissions

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has extended the application submission deadline for its Excellence in Disability Inclusion (EDI) Awards to November 1. Employers who have already submitted an application may update it if desired.

The EDI Awards will recognize federal contractors who excel in this regard through two levels of recognition:

September 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Nationwide Compliance Assistance Outreach Effort

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) announced plans for a nationwide, multi-agency compliance assistance outreach effort focused on providing job creators and workers with access to high-quality information about their obligations and rights under the law.

Through the autumn season, Department agencies will host in-person trainings, webinars and other events to promote greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations by workers and job creators.

September 2, 2019

Statement From Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella on Labor Day

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella released the following statement regarding Labor Day:

“Today, we mark the 125th Anniversary of Labor Day, a Federal holiday that was created out of appreciation and respect for the work done by the men and women of this country.

August 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Partnership Promotes Workplace Safety During Construction of Data Center in Georgia

SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with Holder Construction Group LLC and the Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc. (AGC) to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the Newton County Georgia Project in Social Circle, Georgia.

August 29, 2019

CORRECTION: The U.S. Department of Labor Celebrates the 125th Anniversary of Labor Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella hosted an event commemorating the 125th anniversary of Labor Day on the front steps of the Frances Perkins Building. The Acting Secretary, joined by long-serving members of the Department, unveiled a banner honoring the historic anniversary that will be prominently displayed on the Frances Perkins Building. Acting Secretary Pizzella shared the Department of Labor’s history and celebrated the Department of Labor’s service to the American workforce.

August 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Tortilla Company for Exposing Employees to Amputations After Employee Injury

LABELLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Twins Twins LLC for exposing employees to amputations at the company's facility in Labelle, Florida. The tortilla company faces $81,682 in penalties.

August 29, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 209,000 to 211,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,500, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 214,500 to 215,000.

August 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $1.5 Million to Increase Apprenticeship Participation, Expand Job Opportunities for American Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grant funding to organizations in Illinois, Virginia, and Wisconsin to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. The grants will help women pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, health care, and other industries.

The 2019 Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant recipients are: