Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 209,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 215,000 to 217,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,250, an increase of 250 from the previous week’s revised average. … Read moreUnemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Ombudsman For Federal Contract Compliance Programs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the appointment of the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Ombudsman, Marcus Stergio. OFCCP first announced its plan to implement an Ombudsman in September 2018 in Directive (DIR 2018-09). The Ombudsman will work with a variety of OFCCP stakeholders nationwide, including federal contractors and … Read moreCORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Ombudsman For Federal Contract Compliance Programs

New U.S. Department of Labor Guidance Helps Employers Manage Pension Obligations for Uniformed Service Members Returning To Work

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) has released a fact sheet to help employers better understand their responsibilities toward reemployed service members under the pension provisions of the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and related regulations. USERRA requires that returning service members, on reemployment, be … Read moreNew U.S. Department of Labor Guidance Helps Employers Manage Pension Obligations for Uniformed Service Members Returning To Work

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $2 Million to Cornell University To Help Increase Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has announced the awarding of $2 million to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, for the first year of a 4-year cooperative agreement to operate an employer-focused disability policy development and technical assistance center. This center will build upon the prior work … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Awards $2 Million to Cornell University To Help Increase Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Online Help Desk to Provide Compliance Assistance to Federal Contractors and Stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched the Contractor Assistance Portal, an online help desk to provide enhanced compliance assistance to federal contractors and stakeholders. The virtual online helpdesk is part of a broad push by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide innovative compliance … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Launches Online Help Desk to Provide Compliance Assistance to Federal Contractors and Stakeholders

Federal Contractor Agrees to Pay $175,000 To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

PORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Conduent Commercial Solutions LLC – formerly CSG Xerox World – have entered into a conciliation agreement by which the federal contractor has agreed to pay $175,000 in back wages to resolve claims of systemic hiring discrimination at its Portland, … Read moreFederal Contractor Agrees to Pay $175,000 To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to clarify the civil rights protections afforded to religious organizations that contract with the federal government. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law. … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 220,000, an increase of 9,000 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 213,750, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised average. … Read moreUnemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Job Corps Contracting Reform

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the release of the first solicitation under the new firm-fixed price approach to procuring Job Corps center operations on Federal Business Opportunities at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8ebcfadd06ee5319297bd729f8ed447f&tab=core&_cview=0. The vast majority of Job Corps centers are operated through contracts awarded on a competitive basis to private business operators. The Department … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Announces Job Corps Contracting Reform

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Invites Stakeholders to an Online Dialogue On Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting an online dialogue to help employers and nursing mothers understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. The Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace dialogue will also solicit best practices to educate nursing mothers about key protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers, nursing … Read moreCORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Invites Stakeholders to an Online Dialogue On Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Job Corps Contracting Reform

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the release of the first solicitation under the new firm-fixed price approach to procuring Job Corps center operations on Federal Business Opportunities at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8ebcfadd06ee5319297bd729f8ed447f&tab=core&_cview=0. The vast majority of Job Corps centers are operated through contracts awarded on a competitive basis to private business operators. The Department … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Announces Job Corps Contracting Reform

U.S. Department of Labor Invites Stakeholders to an Online Dialogue On Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting an online dialogue to help employers and nursing mothers understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. The Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace dialogue will also solicit best practices to educate nursing mothers about key protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers, nursing … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Invites Stakeholders to an Online Dialogue On Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 220,000, an increase of 9,000 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 213,750, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised average. … Read moreUnemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 209,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 215,000 to 217,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,250, an increase of 250 from the previous week’s revised average. … Read moreUnemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to clarify the civil rights protections afforded to religious organizations that contract with the federal government. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law. … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

Federal Contractor Agrees to Pay $175,000 To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

PORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Conduent Commercial Solutions LLC – formerly CSG Xerox World – have entered into a conciliation agreement by which the federal contractor has agreed to pay $175,000 in back wages to resolve claims of systemic hiring discrimination at its Portland, … Read moreFederal Contractor Agrees to Pay $175,000 To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Online Help Desk to Provide Compliance Assistance to Federal Contractors and Stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched the Contractor Assistance Portal, an online help desk to provide enhanced compliance assistance to federal contractors and stakeholders. The virtual online helpdesk is part of a broad push by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide innovative compliance … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Launches Online Help Desk to Provide Compliance Assistance to Federal Contractors and Stakeholders

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $2 Million to Cornell University To Help Increase Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has announced the awarding of $2 million to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, for the first year of a 4-year cooperative agreement to operate an employer-focused disability policy development and technical assistance center. This center will build upon the prior work … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Awards $2 Million to Cornell University To Help Increase Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Ombudsman For Federal Contract Compliance Programs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the appointment of the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Ombudsman, Marcus Stergio. OFCCP first announced its plan to implement an Ombudsman in September 2018 in Directive (DIR 2018-09). The Ombudsman will work with a variety of OFCCP stakeholders nationwide, including federal contractors and … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Announces New Ombudsman For Federal Contract Compliance Programs

New U.S. Department of Labor Guidance Helps Employers Manage Pension Obligations for Uniformed Service Members Returning To Work

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) has released a fact sheet to help employers better understand their responsibilities toward reemployed service members under the pension provisions of the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and related regulations. USERRA requires that returning service members, on reemployment, be … Read moreNew U.S. Department of Labor Guidance Helps Employers Manage Pension Obligations for Uniformed Service Members Returning To Work

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Three 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) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Issues Three New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Changes To Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 60-day period for public comment on proposed revisions to optional use forms that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) provides for public use in the administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The revisions … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Changes To Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella issued the following statement on the July 2019 Employment Situation report: “July’s Employment Situation Report demonstrates the steady and consistent growth of the American economy. The July unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%, marking the seventeenth straight month in which the unemployment rate is at … Read moreStatement by Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Pizzella on the July Jobs Report

U.S. Department of Labor to Induct Key Figures of The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act into the Hall of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), the U.S. Department of Labor today announced that former U.S. Senator Robert Griffin and former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Howard Jenkins, Jr. will be the newest inductees to the Department’s Hall of Honor … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor to Induct Key Figures of The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act into the Hall of Honor

New Jersey Company and Its President Found in Contempt of Court After Failing to Pay $412,000 in Penalties for OSHA Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has found Altor Inc. – a construction company based in Washington Township, New Jersey – and its president Vasilio Saites in contempt of court for failing to pay $412,000 in penalties assessed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration … Read moreNew Jersey Company and Its President Found in Contempt of Court After Failing to Pay $412,000 in Penalties for OSHA Violations

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updates To the Functional Affirmative Action Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today released an opinion letter and FAQs to further the Department’s efforts to increase the transparency and effectiveness of compliance assistance to help contractors meet their responsibilities for equal employment opportunity. OFCCP’s latest FAQs cover the Functional Affirmative Action Program … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Releases Updates To the Functional Affirmative Action Program

Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella Encourages Governors To Collect Data on State Workers with Disabilities to Promote Hiring

WASHINGTON, DC – In light of the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella sent letters to America’s governors encouraging them to collect data on the numbers of state employees with disabilities. Although not a requirement for states, tracking disability employment data allows … Read moreActing Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella Encourages Governors To Collect Data on State Workers with Disabilities to Promote Hiring

U.S. Department of Labor and Guatemala Sign Joint Memorandum of Agreement to Improve H-2A Nonimmigrant Visa Program Operations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today signed a bi-lateral cooperative agreement with Guatemala to facilitate increased transparency, accountability, and worker safety in the H-2A nonimmigrant visa program for temporary agricultural workers from Guatemala. Through this agreement, the Guatemalan government will provide additional safeguards for temporary workers by certifying that labor recruiters are … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor and Guatemala Sign Joint Memorandum of Agreement to Improve H-2A Nonimmigrant Visa Program Operations

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Rule to Strengthen Retirement Security for Millions of American Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a rule to help strengthen retirement security for millions of small business employees across America. The rule makes it easier for small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their workers through Association Retirement Plans (ARPs), which would allow small businesses to band together to … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Announces Rule to Strengthen Retirement Security for Millions of American Workers

U.S. Department of Labor Encourages Municipalities to Participate in PAID Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella is sending letters to state and local governments encouraging their participation in the Wage and Hour Division’s PAID program. The Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) nationwide PAID program facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Encourages Municipalities to Participate in PAID Program

U.S. Department of Labor-funded Online Toolkit Helps Employers Ensure Disability-Inclusive Workplaces

WASHINGTON, DC – To help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability nondiscrimination laws and regulations, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy-sponsored Job Accommodation Network (JAN) developed the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit. Reasonable accommodations are key to the ADA’s employment provisions, … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor-funded Online Toolkit Helps Employers Ensure Disability-Inclusive Workplaces

U.S. Department of Labor Celebrates the First Anniversary of the Pledge to America’s Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella joined President Donald J. Trump, members of the Cabinet and senior officials at a White House event today recognizing the first anniversary of the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers. “The nation’s economy is strongest when America invests in its workforce,” Acting Secretary Pizzella said. “With … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Celebrates the First Anniversary of the Pledge to America’s Workers

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $2.5 Million To Support Women Affected by Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a new grant program to help women affected by the opioid crisis re-enter the workforce. The Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) grant will award $2.5 million to organizations that assist in providing coordinated, employment-focused services to women. The RESTORE program … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Announces $2.5 Million To Support Women Affected by Opioid Crisis

John P. Pallasch Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella today swore in John P. Pallasch as the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) during a ceremony at the Frances Perkins Building. Assistant Secretary Pallasch recently served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Department of Labor’s Office of Employment and Training. … Read moreJohn P. Pallasch Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Additional Compliance Assistance to Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released FAQs today on three different topics. The FAQs are another step in the Department’s efforts to increase the transparency and effectiveness of compliance assistance to help contractors meet their responsibilities for equal employment opportunity.  Topics covered by the FAQs … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Offers Additional Compliance Assistance to Contractors

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.1 Million to State Workforce Programs To Provide High-Quality Data, Enhance Effectiveness

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $11.1 million in Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state workforce data systems, and ultimately, the workforce programs in these states. The Department awarded nine grants – each approximately $1 million – to eligible State … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.1 Million to State Workforce Programs To Provide High-Quality Data, Enhance Effectiveness

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Opinion Letter Regarding Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ Pay Groups

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued a new opinion letter that addresses obtaining assistance and working collaboratively with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) when developing pay analysis groups for conducting compensation analyses. An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department’s OFCCP … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Issues New Opinion Letter Regarding Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ Pay Groups

U.S. Department of Labor Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week on August 12

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will join businesses and organizations nationwide to recognize the importance and successes of workplace safety and health programs during Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019. The week-long event encourages employers to implement workplace safety initiatives, and highlight workers’ contributions to … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week on August 12

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

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued a new opinion letter that addresses 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 … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Issues New Wage and Hour Opinion Letter

U.S. Department of Labor Makes Staff Announcements

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Labor announced the following personnel changes effective today, July 22, 2019. Tim Taylor has been named Chief of Staff. Mr. Taylor joined the Department in 2018, serving first as Senior Counsel and Policy Advisor and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy. Mr. Taylor has also served as … Read moreU.S. Department of Labor Makes Staff Announcements