Rapidly changing events during COVID-19 are driving equally rapid updates from the Department of Labor (DOL). Here we’ll keep you informed of new DOL mandates and policy clarifications affecting your workforce and workplace.

MAY 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance Announcing the Availability of $100 Million in Short-Time Compensation Grant Funds for States

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance announcing the availability of grant funds provided under Section 2110 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.  

MAY 10, 2020

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

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.

MAY 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Additional Guidance to States On the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program

The U.S. Department of Labor today published a series of responses to specific inquiries and questions raised by states regarding the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Section 2104 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the FPUC program, and provides an additional $600 weekly payment boost to certain eligible individuals who are receiving other qualifying benefits.

MAY 8, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $2 Million to Local Workforce Development Board to Assist Laid-off Workers in Kansas’ Aviation Industry

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $1,921,422 in National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Inc. The project will provide reemployment services to individuals affected by aviation industry layoffs, including approximately 2,800 workers affected by dislocations at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas.

MAY 7, 2020

On May 7, 2020, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the federal equal employment opportunity laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

MAY 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Additional Flexibility for Dislocated Worker Grants, Allowing Awardees to Use Funds for Contact Tracing

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding made available to states and territories to employ workers temporarily to respond to the coronavirus public health emergency can be used for contact tracing. Contact tracing is part of the process of supporting patients and warning contacts of exposure to stop chains of transmission.

MAY 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes 11 New Translations of OSHA Poster To Help Prevent Workplace Coronavirus Exposure

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has translated and published its “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster in 11 additional languages.

MAY 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Additional Guidance About Short-Time Compensation Program Provisions

The U.S. Department of Labor today issued additional guidance regarding Title II, Subtitle A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This guidance concerns 100 percent federal reimbursement of certain state Short-Term Compensation (STC) payments, as well as other changes to STC programs.

MAY 3, 2020

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

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.

MAY 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Safety Alert for Restaurant, Food and Beverage Businesses Providing Curbside Pickup and Takeout Service

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert with safety tips for restaurant, and food and beverage businesses to protect their workers from coronavirus exposure while they provide curbside pickup and takeout service.

MAY 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New COBRA Notices for Employee Benefit Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today issued Frequently Asked Questions under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and revised COBRA model notices.

APRIL 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding Opportunity To Support Job Training for Older Americans

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $312 million in funding aimed at creating job training and employment search services for older Americans.

APRIL 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $29.2 Million Funding Opportunity For the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities Initiative

The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), today announced the availability of approximately $29.2 million in a second round of grant funding for the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative. 

APRIL 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Over $30 Million in Dislocated Worker Grants in Response to the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of seven Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs), totaling $30,170,311, to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic. These awards are funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provided $345 million for DWGs intended to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.

APRIL 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Selects Five Organizations To Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor has selected five National Provider Organizations (NPOs) to participate in its National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network (NEON) initiative to increase competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

APRIL 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues COVID-19 Relief and Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today issued deadline relief and other guidance under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to help employee benefit plans, plan participants and beneficiaries, employers and other plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, and other service providers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

APRIL 26, 2020

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

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.

APRIL 24, 2020

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REMINDS EMPLOYERS THAT THE 2020 HIRE VETS MEDALLION AWARD SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor reminds the nation’s employers that the deadline to submit applications for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award is April 30, 2020. President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act) on May 5, 2017, creating the only federal-level award that recognizes the commitment of job creators to hire America’s veterans.

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20200417

APRIL 15, 2020

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES FUNDING AVAILABILITY FOR STATE APPRENTICESHIP EXPANSION GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $73 million in State Apprenticeship Expansion Grants (“SAE”) aimed at expanding apprenticeships throughout the country. The SAE will fund innovations aimed at using Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) as a tool for developing the economy and building infrastructure for apprenticeships as well as baseline activities that improve states’ ability to serve, improve and strategically scale RAPs.

APRIL 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $91.8 Million Funding Opportunity To Assist America’s Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $91.8 million in grant funding to support the economic stability of farmworkers through the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP).  

APRIL 13, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan to Protect Workers during The Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic. The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. 

APRIL 13, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Takes Action to Help American Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s recent actions has aided American workers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

April 1, 2020

FAQs and notice requirements under the FFCRA

In support of its ongoing effort to facilitate understanding of and compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently issued a set of questions … Continue reading