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  • U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter with U.S. Secretary of the Department of Labor Martin J. Walsh to Congressional Leaders on Unemployment Insurance

    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter with Secretary of the Department of Labor Martin J. Walsh to Congressional Leaders on Unemployment Insurance | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen and Secretary of the Department of Labor Martin J. Walsh sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal on the expiration of emergency unemployment insurance.

    The full text of the letter is available here and below. Dear Chairman Wyden and Chairman Neal: We write on behalf of President Biden with an update on the steps our Departments are taking in advance of the expiration of emergency unemployment insurance (UI) programs on September 6, 2021. As you know, these programs were first enacted in the CARES Act, and were extended
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  • USDA says Secretaries Haaland and Vilsack Announce Implementation of New Pay Initiatives for Wildland Firefighters

    USDA says Secretaries Haaland and Vilsack Announce Implementation of New Pay Initiatives for Wildland Firefighters | site |



    USDA says President Biden’s pay initiatives will ensure frontline firefighters receive at least $15 per hour


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: August 17, 2021)


    Washington, Aug. 17, 2021 - - Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of President Biden’s pay initiatives to recognize and support federal wildland firefighters. The initiatives will increase the amount paid to approximately 3,500 firefighters with the U.S. Department of the Interior and more than 11,300 firefighters at the USDA Forest Service to ensure all firefighters are paid at least $15 an hour. "As climate change brings longer fire seasons and more extreme fire behavior, we must rem...
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  • Veterans Affairs, Salesforce join forces to help Veterans, their Spouses develop Skills needed in Tech Sector Jobs

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Salesforce join forces to help Veterans, their Spouses develop Skills needed in Tech Sector Jobs | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 10, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with Salesforce Military to offer programs that will help Veterans and spouses develop skills and employment options in the tech-driven economy.

    The partnership will build on existing programs and add new ones, offering free technical skills training, career development and Veteran-specific resources in a variety of areas, including:
    “Our military men and women are technologically savvy and the best trained in the world but translating those skills to the civilian workforce can be challenging. Finding positions...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to Amend Tipped Employee Regulations

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to Amend Tipped Employee Regulations

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to Amend Tipped Employee Regulations | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: December 22, 2020)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule protecting the tips of employees. This rule addresses amendments made to Section 3(m) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2018. The CAA prohibits employers from keeping tips received by their employees, regardless of whether the employer takes a credit for tips earned by workers toward its minimum wage obligation to those employees under the FLSA (a “tip credit”). The rule also prohibits employers from allowing managers or supervisors to keep any portion of employees’ tips. “This final rule provides clarity and flexibility for employers and could increase pay for back-of-the house workers, like cooks and dishwashers, who have been excluded fr
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance alerting Employers to frequently cited Standards related to COVID-19 Inspections

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance alerting Employers to frequently cited Standards related to COVID-19 Inspections| site |


    (November 7, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance and an accompanying one-pager to help employers understand which standards are most frequently cited during coronavirus-related inspections. OSHA based these documents on data from citations issued, many of which were the result of complaints, referrals and fatalities in industries such as hospitals and healthcare, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and meat/poultry processing plants.

    The one-pager and guidance document provide available resources that address the most frequently cited standards, including Respiratory Protection, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses,
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  • AFL-CIO Announces a Target Date Fund Series for the Labor Movement

    AFL-CIO Announces a Target Date Fund Series for the Labor Movement

    AFL-CIO Announces a Target Date Fund Series for the Labor Movement| site |


    AFL-CIO says Innovative Partnership with Wilmington Trust, BNY Mellon and PGIM Fixed Income Will Bring Low-Cost Product to Market


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the AFL-CIO published the following information:

    Washington, D.C.—The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of labor unions, consisting of 56 affiliate unions representing some 12.5 million working people, today announced its partnership with three major financial institutions—Wilmington Trust, BNY Mellon and PGIM Fixed Income—to launch an innovative target date fund suite specifically suited for defined contribution plans. Target date funds provide a diversified investment mix based on an investor’s age and expected retirement date, shifting from higher equity exposure to higher fixed income exposure throughout an investor’s working life. With more than three-quarters...
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  • OPM Launches the Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2021 Application

    OPM Launches the Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2021 Application

    OPM Launches the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Class of 2021 Application | site |



    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, September 30, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DCThe U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has opened applications for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Class of 2021. The program, now in its 43rd year, has provided a pathway to the Federal service for more than 10,000 individuals.


    Applications for the program will run until Wednesday, October 14 at Noon (Eastern). To learn more about the application process, visit the “Become a PMF” section of the PMF website.

    Subject Matter Expert Availability:

    Arianne Gallagher, Director, Presidential Management Fellows Program

    Please contact [email protected] for comment.

    Background:

    The Presidential Management Fellows Program is a
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  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities| site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published today (September 17, 2020) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities. The report examines an exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act—the section 14(c) waiver program—which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities, and the federal enforcement of the civil rights of individuals in the program. The Commission found persistent failures in regulation and oversight by the Department of Labor and Department of Justice of the 14(c) program that have allowed, and continue to allow, it to operate without satisfying its legislative goal to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers| site |


    (September 29, 2020) - - Today, September 29, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released today a memorandum providing agencies with information on the Federal Government’s longstanding policy to grant employees limited time off from work to vote in Federal, State, county, or municipal elections.

    In addition to excused absence for voting, the memorandum encourages agencies to permit Federal employees to make use of available flexibilities to volunteer as a nonpartisan poll worker, participate in early voting, or to receive an excused absence if their polling place requires an extended commute and voting by absentee ballot is not permitted.

    The complete memorandum can be read here.
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  • USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award

    USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award

    USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award | site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - Today, September 3, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management(OPM) announces that their Human Resources Solutions’ USA Staffing® Onboarding platform is the winner of the 2020 Igniting Innovation Awards, hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). The awards recognize groundbreaking technologies that enhance services for citizens and government operations. USA Staffing Onboarding won with 68% of the vote. “I am very proud of the OPM employees on USA Staffing’s onboarding team. Their hard work and dedication are a great credit to the agency. USA Staffing Onboarding is a leading example of OPM’s ongoing efforts to help Federal agencies work efficiently to better serve the American people,” said OPM Acting Dire
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