News Releases

July 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers File Claims in Albany, Oregon, on July 23

ALBANY, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor will provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and help current and former nuclear weapons workers file claims on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Albany, Oregon.

July 5, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the June 2019 Employment Situation report:

“The June jobs report surpassed expectations adding 224,000 jobs to the economy, totaling 5.6 million jobs created since January 2017.  

“This report included other good news as wages increased at or above 3% year over year for 11 straight months.  Wage growth for production and non-supervisory workers increased 3.4% over the past 12 months.

July 3, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta Visits St. Louis Community College to Discuss the Award of Apprenticeship Grants

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta discussed the award of $12 million in advanced manufacturing apprenticeship grant funding to Missouri Community College Consortium during a visit to St. Louis Community College Center for Workforce Innovation, in Ferguson, Missouri. Secretary Acosta participated in a roundtable with the Chancellor of St. Louis Community College, Dr.

July 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Long Island, New York, Construction Company for Fall Hazards Following Fatal Structure Collapse

WESTBURY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Northridge Construction Corp. for willful and serious violations of workplace safety standards at the company’s headquarters in East Patchogue, New York. The company faces $224,620 in penalties.

July 3, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 221,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 227,000 to 229,000. The 4-week moving average was 222,250, an increase of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 221,250 to 221,750.

July 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Excellence in Disability Inclusion Awards

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor has announced it will establish the Excellence in Disability Inclusion (EDI) Awards for federal contractors that demonstrate excellence in including people with disabilities in their workforces. The EDI awards program is sponsored jointly by the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

July 2, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta Visits Purdue University To Discuss the Award of Apprenticeship Grants

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta discussed the award of $12 million in information technology apprenticeship grant funding to Purdue University during a visit to Purdue Polytechnic Institute, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

July 1, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta Visits BridgeValley Community and Technical College to Discuss the Award of Apprenticeship Grants

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta discussed the award of $4 million in apprenticeship grant funding to the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education during a visit to BridgeValley Community and Technical College in Montgomery, West Virginia. Secretary Acosta toured the college and participated in a roundtable with U.S.

July 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued three new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the individual person or entity that requested the letter.

The opinion letters issued today are:

June 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Resolves Pay Discrimination Investigation At Universal Protection Service Facility in Riverside, California

RIVERSIDE, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has reached a settlement with Universal Protection Service LP – a federal contractor – to resolve allegations of pay discrimination at the company's Riverside, California, facility formerly owned and operated by Allied Barton Security Services.

June 28, 2019

Universal Protection Service Will Pay $175,000 to Settle Allegations Of Hiring Discrimination in Seattle, Washington

SEATTLE, WA – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Universal Protection Service LP – a federal contractor – to resolve allegations of systemic hiring discrimination at the company's Seattle, Washington, facility formerly owned and operated by Northwest Protective Services Inc.

June 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Award of $48.1 Million In Grants for Workforce Reintegration of Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the awarding of 149 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $48.1 million. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services for more than 18,000 homeless veterans.

June 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Metal Treating Facility

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Hudapack Metal Treating of Illinois Inc. – based in Glendale Heights, Illinois – for 21 serious health and safety violations. The company faces penalties of $181,662.

June 28, 2019

Federal Judge Upholds Safety and Health Citations, Penalties Against Jersey City, New Jersey Medical Center

JERSEY CITY, NJ - An administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) has issued a decision affirming all safety and health citations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against Jersey City Medical Center. OSHA cited the medical center – based in Jersey City, New Jersey – for electrical hazards after a maintenance employee's fatal fall after receiving an electric shock. The judge also affirmed OSHA's proposed penalties totaling $174,593.

June 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Orders Kentucky Trucking Company To Reinstate Driver Who Refused To Operate Vehicle During Inclement Weather

FLORENCE, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Freight Rite Inc. – based in Florence, Kentucky – to reinstate a truck driver terminated after he refused to operate a commercial motor vehicle in hazardous road conditions caused by inclement winter weather. OSHA ordered the company to pay the driver $31,569 in back wages and interest, $100,000 in punitive damages, $50,000 in compensatory damages, and reasonable attorney fees, and to refrain from retaliating against the employee.

June 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Compliance Assistance Tools

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of additional plain-language, user-friendly compliance assistance materials to help employers, workers, and other stakeholders understand their responsibilities and their rights under federal labor law.

June 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant For Disaster Response in Nebraska after Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding up to $2,000,000, with $800,000 released initially, for the Nebraska Department of Labor. The funding assists with the assessment of workforce needs in response to storms and flooding that affected more than three quarters of the state in March 2019. 

June 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Schedules Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health Meeting; Announces Committee Appointments

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) on July 17-18, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

The tentative agenda includes updates from OSHA directorates and a discussion of proposals to add a reference to the definition of "confined space" that applies to welding activities in construction and clarify the requirements for the fit of personal protective equipment in construction.

June 27, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 227,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 216,000 to 217,000. The 4-week moving average was 221,250, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 218,750 to 219,000.

June 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces ‘The Right Talent, Right Now’ As Theme for 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced "The Right Talent, Right Now" as the theme for the 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

The 2019 theme emphasizes the essential role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent. The Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) administers NDEAM.