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US Department of Labor News

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.

August 27, 2020

School Reopening Guidance 

New FAQs answer questions workers and employers may have about qualifying for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act as elementary and secondary schools reopen.

Hurricane Assistance 

The U.S. Department of Labor announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Laura.

August 26, 2020

Supporting Recovery from Opioids 

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia announced nearly $20 million in grants to assist the fight against opioids in Piketon, Ohio, where he was joined by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kimberly Hall and U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup. Secretary Scalia participated in a roundtable discussion on the local impact of the opioid crisis and toured Ohio Valley Veneer, a local sawmill.

August 24, 2020

Telework Pay Guidance 

New guidance from the Wage and Hour Division provides compliance assistance to employers on tracking compensable hours for teleworkers.

August 21, 2020

Making Guidance More Transparent and Effective 

The Labor Department issued a final rule which seeks to create fairer procedures for the issuance and use of regulatory guidance. Over the last nine months, the Department has rescinded nearly 3,200 guidance documents totaling 12,000 pages. Read Deputy Secretary Pizzella’s op-ed.

August 20, 2020

Reentry and Job Skills in Pittsburgh 

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Pittsburgh this week, where he met with participants in a reentry program at the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh. He also discussed workforce development programs and Administration efforts to help Americans get back to work.

Reentry and Job Skills in Pittsburgh 

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Pittsburgh this week, where he met with participants in a reentry program at the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh. He also discussed workforce development programs and Administration efforts to help Americans get back to work.

Pooled Plan Providers Rule 

The Department announced a proposal to streamline the registration process for pooled providers of retirement plans. New pooled employer plans will allow more small businesses to offer cost-effective retirement options to their employees.

August 17, 2020

Lost Wages Assistance Program Guidance 

The Department issued additional guidance to help states implement the Lost Wages Assistance program, which provides benefits to most unemployment insurance program claimants.

August 13, 2020

Meatpacking and Processing Workers Safety 

OSHA signed an alliance with the North American Meat Institute to provide guidance and training to protect workers in the meatpacking and processing industry from exposure to the coronavirus.

August 12, 2020

Unemployment Benefits Guidance 

New guidance will help states implement the Lost Wages Assistance program providing additional benefits to most unemployment insurance program claimants.

August 11, 2020

Short-Time Compensation 

More than $1.8 million in grants will help promote short-time compensation in Missouri. Employers can use short-time compensation to keep workers on the payroll at reduced work hours, and those workers can supplement their reduced wages with a partial unemployment benefit payment.

August 10, 2020

Safe + Sound Week 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Safe + Sound Week launched a national conversation about workplace safety and health.

July 31, 2020

Memorandum of Agreement 

The Labor Department has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, under which they will share information about immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data contained within the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s labor certification and labor condition application databases. The agreement will help the Department investigate potential fraud and abuse in the H-1B temporary worker visa program.

JULY 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

JULY 20, 2020

U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Additional Guidance on Wage And Hour Rules, Family and Medical Leave As Workplaces Reopen


The U.S. Department of Labor published additional guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect the workplace as workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic

JULY 19, 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.

JULY 17, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Up to $400,000 Available In Brookwood-Sago Grants for Mine Safety Education and Training


The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $400,000 in grant 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.

JULY 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Enhancements to Assist Employees, Employers and Other Stakeholders in Use of Family and Medical Leave


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced significant steps to streamline optional-use forms that workers can use to request and employers can use to coordinate leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

JULY 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Input on Effectiveness And Impact of Paid Family Leave on Women and Families


The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Request for Information regarding the impact of paid family and medical leave on America’s workforce.

JULY 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s PAID Program Helps Workers and Employers as America Reopens


The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program continues to provide an avenue to get workers the wages they are owed, bring employers into compliance and accomplish both goals with an efficiency that saves taxpayers money, with more than $7 million in back wages found for more than 11,000 workers.

JULY 13, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $3 Million Dislocated Worker Grant In Response to the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency


The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of one Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) totaling $3,000,000 to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to the coronavirus. This award is 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.

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Public Service Campaign to Promote Workers’ Rights to Paid Sick Leave, Safe Workplaces and Lawful Pay


The U.S. Department of Labor announced the launch of a public awareness campaign to remind workers that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is committed to ensuring their workplace rights during the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that employers know their responsibilities.

JULY 12, 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.

JULY 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Chooses Finalist to Better Connect Transitioning Service Members’ Skills with Employers’ Needs


The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it has chosen Eightfold.ai to pilot its website application to better match transitioning military service members’ skills with employers’ needs, as part of a pilot program administered by the Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) with support from the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule On Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor made publicly available a final rule to update regulations governing its program for assistance to workers adversely affected by foreign trade. The updated regulations reduce regulatory burden by modernizing, simplifying and clarifying state administration of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program.

JULY 8, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Poster to Keep Meat Packing, Poultry And Pork Workers Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new poster listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect meat packing, poultry and pork workers from exposure to coronavirus.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $40 Million In Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants


The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $40 million in Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants to expand community colleges’ ability to meet labor market demand for a skilled workforce.

JULY 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $90 Million in Grants to Help Justice-Involved Individuals Enter the Workforce


The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the awarding of $90,992,062 through two grant programs, Pathway Home and the Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP), focused on assisting justice-involved individuals in gaining meaningful employment.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Employers to Help Protect Oil and Gas Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released coronavirus-related guidance to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus for oil and gas workers.
U.S. Department of Labor Using Public Service Announcements and Billboards to Promote Worker Safety and Health Amid Coronavirus
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has undertaken a public service messaging effort to remind workers that the agency is committed to ensuring their safety and health during the coronavirus pandemic.

JULY 5, 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.

JULY 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Frequently Asked Questions and Answers To Help Keep Workers Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published frequently asked questions and answers to help protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces the Availability of $4.1 Million in Funds to Support Women’s Participation In Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations


The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $4.1 million in grants available to community organizations to recruit, mentor, train and retain more women in quality apprenticeship programs, and to help those women pursue successful careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, healthcare and other industries.

JULY 1, 2020

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $81 Million In Grants to Expand Registered Apprenticeship in 42 States and Territories
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $81,046,170 in grants intended to support activities that improve states’ ability to serve, improve and expand the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) model by strengthening the national apprenticeship system, promoting system alignment and partnership, and improving data sharing and data integrity.

JULY 1, 2020

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Awards Grants to Support Services For Homeless Veterans Seeking to Reenter Workforce


The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of over $53 million in Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants to 157 recipients that will provide employment services to more than 21,000 homeless veterans seeking to reintegrate into the workforce.

U.S. Department of Labor Ready to Enforce USMCA

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force as the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed its commitment to upholding the agreement’s labor provisions.

JULY 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Updates Regulation To Improve Veterans’ Access to Health Care


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will publish the Final Rule, “Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: TRICARE Providers” in the Federal Register.

JUNE 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $80 Million in Grants To Expand Registered Apprenticeship in 42 States and Territories

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $80,639,041 in grants intended to support activities that improve states’ ability to serve, improve, and expand the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) model by strengthening the national apprenticeship system, promoting system alignment and partnership, and improving data sharing and data integrity.

JUNE 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces over $42 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grant Awards to Increase Youth Participation in Registered Apprenticeships


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announced the award of $42,296,247 in Youth Apprenticeship Readiness grants to 14 organizations to increase participation by youth, ages 16 to 24, in new or existing Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs).

U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $6 Million in Dislocated Worker Grants in Response to Coronavirus Public Health Emergency
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of three Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) totaling $6,268,512 to help address the workforce-related impacts of the coronavirus. Funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided $345 million for DWGs to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus. This latest award follows six previous waves of funding, bringing the total amount awarded to states and territories to $245,249,950.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $6.2 Million to Support Employment Services for Older Americans Seeking to Rejoin Workforce


The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $6,225,000 in grants to seven organizations for demonstration projects to provide work-based job training for low-income, unemployed older Americans as part of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

JUNE 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Interim Final Rule to Implement Provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement


The U.S. Department of Labor announced an interim final rule providing regulations necessary to implement and administer the high-wage components of the Labor Value Content (LVC) requirements set forth in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the treaty’s implementing statute.

JUNE 28, 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.

JUNE 23, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Investment Duties Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would update and clarify the Department of Labor’s investment duties regulation. The rule is intended to provide clear regulatory guideposts for plan fiduciaries in light of recent trends involving environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Webinar for Medical Professionals, Others Providing Care for Current and Former Nuclear Production Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor will host a webinar for medical professionals and other stakeholders who provide care for current and former workers eligible for benefits administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs’ Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC).

U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Online Tool to Help Workers Determine Eligibility for Paid Sick Leave Due to Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Labor today launched an interactive online tool to help workers determine if they qualify for paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave to cover time away from work for reasons related to the coronavirus.

JUNE 21, 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 (COVID-19) pandemic.

JUNE 19, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed 2020 Self-Compliance Tool To Further Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released a proposed Self-Compliance Tool intended to help improve compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and additional related requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

JUNE 18, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues OSHA Guidance As Non-Essential Businesses Reopen and Employees Return to Work

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic.

JUNE 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes 14 Additional Translations Of OSHA Poster On Proper Workplace Use of Respirators

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published the “Seven Steps to Correctly Wear a Respirator at Work” poster in 14 additional languages. Initially available in English and Spanish, the poster demonstrates and describes seven steps every worker should follow when putting on and taking off a respirator.

As More Businesses Reopen, Worker Safety and Health Remains U.S. Department of Labor Priority

As more workplaces begin to reopen, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that worker safety remains a priority amid both coronavirus and common workplace hazards. 

JUNE 14, 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 (COVID-19) pandemic.

JUNE 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and American Staffing Association Form Alliance to Increase Workforce Participation for Individuals with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the American Staffing Association (ASA) have formed an alliance to advance employment of people with disabilities in the staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions industry. Each year, the industry hires an estimated 16 million temporary and contract workers in the U.S.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Face Coverings, Surgical Masks and Respirators in the Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of masks in the workplace.

JUNE 7, 2020

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.

JUNE 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Next Step Toward Better Connecting Transitioning Service Members Skills with Employers’ Needs

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that three finalists chosen to build an application to better match transitioning service members’ skills with employers needs will begin field testing on

JUNE 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Information Letter On Private Equity Investments

The U.S. Department of Labor issued an Information Letter under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) concerning private equity investments as a component of a professionally managed asset allocation fund offered as an investment option for participants in defined contribution plans. 

JUNE 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA and CDC Issue Guidance to Help Agriculture Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued guidance that includes recommended actions to protect agriculture workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

JUNE 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Keep Stockroom And Loading Dock Workers Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to protect stockroom and loading dock workers in the retail industry from exposure to the coronavirus. 

MAY 31, 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 (COVID-19) pandemic.

MAY 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert on Social Distancing To Keep Employees Safe at Work During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing steps employers can follow to implement social distancing in the workplace and to help protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Actions to Protect America’s Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the nation faces the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $24 Million in Grants For Job Corps Scholars Program for At-Risk Youth

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the awarding of 20 grants totaling nearly $24 million as part of the Job Corps Scholars Program, a new national demonstration project aimed at providing at-risk youth with job skills instruction, educational opportunities and individualized employment counseling.

MAY 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $24 Million in Dislocated Worker Grants in Response to the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of four Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) totaling $23,823,000 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.

MAY 26, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

MAY 25, 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.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule To Expand Access to Bonuses for American Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced a final rule that allows employers to offer bonuses or other incentive-based pay to employees whose hours vary from week to week.

MAY 19, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies For Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection has improved. The government and the private sector have taken rapid and evolving measures to slow the virus’s spread, protect employees, and adapt to new ways of doing business.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $11.5 Million In Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities.

MAY 18, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule to Simplify Retail or Service Establishment Exemption

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to provide greater simplicity and flexibility to retail industry employers. Provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allow employers in retail and service industries to exempt certain employees paid primarily on a commission basis from overtime.

MAY 17, 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 (COVID-19) pandemic.

MAY 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Over $26 Million in Dislocated Worker Grants in Response to Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of seven Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) totaling $26,751,963 to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to 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.

U.S. Department of Labor Advances Protection for Religious Liberty

Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued both a directive and guidance to advance religious liberty protections. These actions bolster the Department’s on-going efforts to advance the principles set forth in President Trump.

MAY 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Guidance on Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program to States

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announced the publication of updated guidance, including FAQs, regarding the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

MAY 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Keep Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facility Workers Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect nursing home and long-term care facility workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Help Keep Retail Pharmacy Workers Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect retail pharmacy workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert for Rideshare, Taxi And Car Service Safety During Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips to help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus in the car service industry.

MAY 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Help Keep Dental Industry Practitioners Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect dental industry workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program Standards Recognition Entity Application Portal

The U.S. Department of Labor launched its Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) Standards Recognition Entities (SREs) online application and updated resources, the same day that the IRAP rule goes into effect. 

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

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