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  • US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns

    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns | site |


    Eligible unemployed workers will receive benefits retroactively


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Washington - - For many of America’s workers, choosing between unsafe employment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection has serious consequences. Too often, those who do not return to work or accept a job offer over concerns about workplace exposure lose their state unemployment benefits.

    In response to a directive from President Biden, the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. “Our nation cannot afford to continue compounding the already
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  • US Department of Labor announces OSHA will Investigate Complaints of Whistleblower Retaliation under new Antitrust, Money Laundering Laws

    U.S. Department of Labor announces OSHA will Investigate Complaints of Whistleblower Retaliation under new Antitrust, Money Laundering Laws | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 19, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now overseeing worker retaliation complaints filed under two new whistleblower statutes – the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Under the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act, OSHA will investigate individual whistleblower’s complaints of retaliation for reporting criminal antitrust violations to their superiors or the federal government; or for showing cause, testifying or participating in, or otherwise assisting an investigation or proceeding related to antitrust law violations. In Anti-Money Laundering Act cases, OSHA will in
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  • U.S. Department of Labor undertakes several Actions to strengthen Registered Apprenticeship Program, eliminate Duplication

    U.S. Department of Labor undertakes several Actions to strengthen Registered Apprenticeship Program, eliminate Duplication | site |



    Department will relaunch Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced several actions designed to accelerate apprenticeship expansion as it considers halting the duplicative apprenticeship system that may reduce quality, strip protections for apprentices and cause confusion for industry. The steps follow a Biden administration announcement today.

    The department will suspend its acceptance and review of new or pending applications for Standards Recognition Entities in the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program. In addition, the department announced its intention to relaunch the federal Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. These actions
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  • U.S. Department of Labor launches new Monthly Series of Workshops to provide Employment Assistance to Transitioning Military Spouses

    U.S. Department of Labor launches new Monthly Series of Workshops to provide Employment Assistance to Transitioning Military Spouses | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor dated: February 8, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new monthly series of career workshops to provide employment assistance to transitioning military spouses. Participation is free and classes are open to all transitioning military spouses. The launch follows a successful pilot program in October 2020.

    The workshops are part of the department’s Transition Assistance Program series targeted at helping military spouses plan and prepare for their job search in pursuit of their employment goals. Offered by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the workshops are part of the Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses’ curriculum.

    Registration is now
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  • U.S. Department of Labor ends Program that allowed Employers to self-report Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime Violations

    U.S. Department of Labor ends Program that allowed Employers to self-report Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime Violations| site |


    PAID program enabled employers to avoid accountability


    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the immediate end of its Payroll Audit Independent Determination program launched by the department’s Wage and Hour Division in 2018. The program allowed employers to self-report federal minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act to avoid litigation, penalties or damages, and prohibited affected workers from taking any private action on the identified violations. “Workers are entitled to every penny they have earned,” said Wage and Hour Division Principal Deputy Administrator Jessica Looman. “The Payroll Audit Independent Determination program deprived workers of their rights and put employers that play by the rules at a disadvantage. The U.S. Depart...
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  • AFL-CIO President on - - - Fixing the Systems that Have Failed Working Families

    AFL-CIO President on - - - Fixing the Systems that Have Failed Working Families

    AFL-CIO President on "Fixing the Systems that Have Failed Working Families" | site |



    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press release dated: January 20, 2021)


    Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Biden administration’s Day 1 actions to reshape and reform America’s broken immigration system:

    We welcome President Biden’s actions to reverse the Trump administration’s cruel, racist and divisive immigration policies and introduce constructive, inclusive alternatives. These essential steps will help to heal our country, empower workers, and build a stronger democracy and economy. Our Workers First Agenda is about all of us, with no exclusions, because the real recovery working families need, expect and deserve is impossible without equity. America’s unions are committed to rebuilding the safety net and the ladders of opportunity for everyone who lives and works here, and we cannot do that without reforming o...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Revises Interpretation, issues new Guidance clarifying Filing, Compliance Requirements in H-1B Visa Program

    U.S. Department of Labor Revises Interpretation, issues new Guidance clarifying Filing, Compliance Requirements in H-1B Visa Program | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced a new interpretation of their regulations and accompanying guidance in ongoing efforts to protect American jobs and ensure employers pay temporary foreign workers admitted under the H-1B visa program as the law requires.

    ETA’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is revising its interpretation of its regulations concerning which employers of H-1B workers must file a Labor Condition Application (LCA). OFLC now interprets its regulations to require all common-law employers of H-1B workers, including any secondary employers who meet the common-law test,
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  • U.S. Department of Labor awards 40 Million Dollars in Strengthening Community College Training Grants

    U.S. Department of Labor awards $40 Million in Strengthening Community College Training Grants | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor [DOL] press release: January 15, 2021)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $40 million through the Strengthening Community College Training Grants program to build the capacity of community colleges to meet labor market demand for a skilled workforce. As the nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, community colleges are critical partners for the public workforce system to train the American workforce and build a pipeline of workers in critical industries such as health care, logistics and cybersecurity. The Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants aim to address the skill development needs of employers and to support workers in gaining skills and transitioning quickly from unemployment to employment. The grants also build the capacit...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: January 8, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two 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 person or entity that requested the letter.

    The opinion letters issued today are:
    • FLSA2021-1: Addressing whether account managers at a life science products manufacturer qualify for the administrative employee exemption under the FLSA.
    • FLSA2021-2: Addressing whether the ministerial exception allows a private religious daycare and preschool to pay its teachers on a salary basis that would not otherwise conform with the requirements of the
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: January 6, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


    “This rule brings long-needed clarity for American workers and employers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “Sharpening the test to determine who is an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act makes it easier to identify employees covered by the Act, while recognizing and respecting the entrepreneurial spirit of workers who choose to pursue the freedom associated with being an independent contractor.”

    “Streamlining and clarifying the test to identify independent contractors will reduce worker
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    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns
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    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns | site |


    Eligible unemployed workers will receive benefits retroactively


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Washington - - For many of America’s workers, choosing between unsafe employment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection has serious consequences. Too often, those who do not return to work or accept a job offer over concerns about workplace exposure lose their state unemployment benefits.

    In response to a directive from President Biden, the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. “Our nation cannot afford to continue compounding the already
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