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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need

    U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need
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    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter today announcing its vision for a priority of service in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program and explaining how the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) expects states to implement the priority requirement.

    As outlined in the guidance, the Department will work with states to strengthen state and local policies and procedures that enhance workforce development services to recipients of public assistance, low-income individuals, and individuals who are deficient in basic skills. This follows the Department’s announcement of a tri-agency initiative with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with states to better coordinate employment assistance programs
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  • U.S. Department of Labor emphasizes protecting Worker Safety and Pay during Holiday Season

    U.S. Department of Labor emphasizes protecting Worker Safety and Pay during Holiday Season| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: November 20, 2020) Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) remind employers of their responsibility to protect worker safety and pay during the holiday season. As the nation enters a unique holiday shopping season, employers must ensure that they train all workers to recognize and prevent job hazards, and incorporate safe work practices to prevent exposure to the coronavirus. At the same time, employers must also familiarize themselves and comply with federal rules governing the payment of wages for temporary or seasonal workers. “Throughout the holiday season, all employees, including seasonal workers, should be trained not only on how to perform their jobs safely, but also on how to stay saf...
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  • CDC Awards 1.5 Million Dollars for Research to Reduce Exposures to Workplace Hazards through Robotic Technology

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Awards $1.5 Million for Research to Reduce Exposures to Workplace Hazards through Robotic Technology | site |


    Research projects will focus on robotics in the healthcare and manufacturing industries


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release: November 16, 2020)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $1.5 million over three years to the University of Illinois at Chicago and Worcester Polytechnic Institute to fund projects aimed at reducing workers’ exposures to hazards through the development and use of collaborative robots, or co-robots.

    CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund studies of co-robots in the workplace through NSF’s National Robotics Initiative 2.0 . The Initiative supports research in the U.S. that will accelerate
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  • CDC Awards 1.5 Million Dollars for Research to Reduce Exposures to Workplace Hazards through Robotic Technology

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Awards $1.5 Million for Research to Reduce Exposures to Workplace Hazards through Robotic Technology | site |


    Research projects will focus on robotics in the healthcare and manufacturing industries


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the following information:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $1.5 million over three years to the University of Illinois at Chicago and Worcester Polytechnic Institute to fund projects aimed at reducing workers’ exposures to hazards through the development and use of collaborative robots, or co-robots.

    CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund studies of co-robots in the workplace through NSF’s National Robotics Initiative 2.0external icon. The Initiative supports research in the U.S.
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  • U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA announces 2,856,533 Dollars in Coronavirus Violations

    U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA announces $2,856,533 in Coronavirus Violations | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor published information that included the following:

    WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Nov. 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 204 citations arising from inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $2,856,533.

    OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:
    • Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper use of a respirator and personal protective equipment;
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers | site |



    (November 12, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule establishing registration requirements for pooled plan providers. The rule implements the registration requirements for pooled plan providers pursuant to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act). The SECURE Act amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code to establish a new type of multiple employer plan (MEP) called a “pooled employer plan.” Pooled employer plans must be administered by a “pooled plan provider.” “Pooled employer plans will give employers, especially small unrelated employers, a way of offering their employees a workplace retirement savings option with reduced bur
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Kick-off of Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Kick-off of Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020. NAW 2020 includes a series of events held nationwide as thousands of participants celebrate the dynamic and evolving work of apprentices. This year’s events will focus on both traditional Registered Apprenticeship Programs and newly created Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. NAW 2020 will focus on themes and industries in which apprenticeships are making a significant difference for American workers, including information technology, healthcare, financial services, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. “Apprentices have a crucial role to play in our ongoing economic recovery, and National Apprenticeship Week is
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  • U.S. Department of Labor says it acts to help American Workers and Employers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Labor says it acts to help American Workers and Employers during the Coronavirus Pandemic | site |


    (November 9, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – 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.

    Reopening America’s Economy:
    • Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia on the October Jobs Report – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the October 2020 Employment Situation Report: “The strong economic rebound continues, with approximately 900,000 private sector jobs gained back in September and again in October, and the October unemployment rate dropping a full point, to 6.9 percent.”
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to update Adverse Effect Wage Rate Methodology

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to update Adverse Effect Wage Rate Methodology to protect American Workers and Help American Farmers | site |




    (November 2, 2020) - - Today, November 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that updates the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) in the H-2A visa program. The AEWR is a minimum wage rate that provides a floor below which the wages of agricultural workers cannot be negotiated. Requiring employers to pay the AEWR when it is the highest applicable wage is the primary way the Department meets its statutory obligation to certify that the employment of foreign workers will not adversely affect workers in the United States similarly employed. The new rule improves the consistency of the AEWRs, provides stronger protections for workers, and establi...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Protect Americans' Retirement Investments

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Protect Americans' Retirement Investments | site |



    (October 30, 2020) - - Today, October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that updates and clarifies the Department’s investment duties regulation in 29 CFR 2550.404a-1. The final rule intends to provide clear regulatory guideposts for fiduciaries of private-sector retirement and other employee benefit plans in light of recent trends involving environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. During the last 30 years, the Department has periodically considered the application of the fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to plan investments that promote non-financial objectives, such as furthering environmental, social and public policy goals. The Department has issued
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need
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    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter today announcing its vision for a priority of service in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program and explaining how the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) expects states to implement the priority requirement.

    As outlined in the guidance, the Department will work with states to strengthen state and local policies and procedures that enhance workforce development services to recipients of public assistance, low-income individuals, and individuals who are deficient in basic skills. This follows the Department’s announcement of a tri-agency initiative with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with states to better coordinate employment assistance programs
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