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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of more than 21 Million Dollars in Grants for Training on Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases

    U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of more than $21 Million in Grants for Training on Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases | site |



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

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profit organizations.

    The first availability will provide $10 million under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including the Coronavirus grants.

    To be eligible for these grants, applicants must develop training that focuses on four program emphasis areas:
    • Identifying and preventing workplace-related infectious diseases, including the coronavirus, in industries with high illness rates, those employing frontline workers or those serving
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Outlines upcoming Worker-centered Protections in Biden-Harris Administration Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda

    U.S. Department of Labor Outlines upcoming Worker-centered Protections in Biden-Harris Administration Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 11, 2021)


    Washington, DC - - A mother of two struggles to budget for child care expenses on an hourly income of $11.50 as a call center worker with a federal contractor. A construction company owner learns they’ve lost another federal contract because a competitor was able to underbid the job by not paying livable wages. Socially conscious investors want to maximize their savings and do the planet some good, but are frustrated by the investment options available to do that.

    As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Spring 2021 regulatory agenda – published today as required by Executive Order 12866 – the U.S. Department of Labor is announcing a series of anticipated regulatory actions to ensure the
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  • U.S. Department of Labor implements Initiative to conduct Random, Weekend Safety Inspections to protect Construction Workers from Falls, Trench Collapses

    U.S. Department of Labor implements Initiative to conduct Random, Weekend Safety Inspections to protect Construction Workers from Falls, Trench Collapses | site |



    ‘Weekend Work’ initiative will identify safety concerns in 10 counties


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 7, 2021)

    Denver - - As work at construction project sites increases in Colorado’s Front Range, more workers may find themselves exposed to falls and trenching and excavation hazards. Over the last two years, at least six workers have suffered fatal falls, and nearly a dozen excavation collapses and trenching incidents have led to the deaths of three workers in Colorado.

    To make these work sites safer, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has implemented a “Weekend Work” initiative in which federal workplace safety and health inspections will
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  • U.S. Department of Labor sues New York Health Center and its CEO for Firing Employee who Reported Coronavirus Safety Concerns

    U.S. Department of Labor sues New York Health Center and its CEO for Firing Employee who Reported Coronavirus Safety Concerns | site |



    Alleges defendants violated Occupational Safety and Health Act anti-retaliation provisions


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 1, 2021) New York - - The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Staten Island community health center and its CEO after they suspended and later fired an employee who reported coronavirus-related health and safety hazards, including possibly exposing staff to the virus and lack of proper social distancing protocols. The employee raised concern to company management that in-person attendance at a March 2020 staff meeting could lead to transmission and contraction of the virus. The worker attempted to reschedule the meeting by telephone, but ultimately refused to attend the meeting in-person after management refused the scheduling ...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces New Members of Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

    U.S. Department of Labor announces New Members of Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health| site |


    15-member panel will advise OSHA on safety, health in construction


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 27, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh has appointed 15 individuals to serve as members on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which provides advice and assistance to the assistant secretary on occupational safety and health in construction standards.

    Members will serve two-year terms and represent the interests of the public, employers, employees, and state and federal government. The committee generally meets two to four times a year. The appointed members include the following:


    Five employee representatives:
    • Cheryl M. Ambrose, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces - - - America's Recovery - - Powered by Inclusion - - - is 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme

    U.S. Department of Labor announces 'America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion' is 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the theme for 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” Held each October, the annual commemoration raises awareness about disability employment issues, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

    Selected by the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the theme’s annual spring announcement helps the nation’s employers, disability advocates and other organizations plan their observances. As ODEP celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021, it encourages all types of employers and community organizations, advocacy groups
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces 18-month delay to Rule affecting Prevailing Wage for Certain Immigrants, Non-immigrants

    U.S. Department of Labor announces 18-month delay to Rule affecting Prevailing Wage for Certain Immigrants, Non-immigrants | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an 18-month delay in the effective date of the final rule, “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.” Published in January 2021, the final rule affects employers seeking to employ foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis through certain immigrant visas or through H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 non-immigrant visas. The final rule will now go into effect on Nov. 14, 2022. The delay will provide the department with sufficient time to consider the final rule’s legal and policy issues thoroughly, and to review the public comments received in response to a Request for Information ...
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  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Walsh on the April Jobs Report

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Walsh on the April Jobs Report

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Walsh on the April Jobs Report | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 7, 2021) Washington, DC - - U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the April 2021 Employment Situation Report: “Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 266,000 jobs in the month of April, and the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, up marginally from 6.0 percent in March. Labor force participation is at its highest point since last August and the number of people expressing hesitancy about returning to work due to the coronavirus is at its lowest point in the pandemic. “However, the numbers also show we have a steep climb ahead of us. We have yet to recover roughly eight million jobs that existed prior to the pandemic. Racial inequities in the unemployment picture persist, as the Black unemployment rate increased slightly to 9.7 perc...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance to States to permit greater flexibility for Waiving the recovery of certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance to States to permit greater flexibility for Waiving the recovery of certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 5, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today issued an Unemployment Insurance Program Letter that provides states with guidance on addressing unemployment insurance benefit overpayments established by states for programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. An overpayment occurs when a state finds an individual received a payment or payments to which they are not entitled.

    The guidance includes the following updates on the CARES Act unemployment benefit programs:
    • States may choose to waive recovery of overpayments under certain circumstances when an individual is not at fault. This includes circumstances
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Proposed 18-month Delay to Prevailing Wage Rule Affecting Certain Immigrants, Non-Immigrants

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Proposed 18-month Delay to Prevailing Wage Rule Affecting Certain Immigrants, Non-Immigrants | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: March 22, 2021)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it has proposed an 18-month delay in the effective date of a final rule on calculating prevailing wages of certain immigrants and non-immigrant workers. Published in January 2021, the final rule affects employers seeking to employ foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis through certain immigrant visas or through H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 non-immigrant visas. The proposed delay will provide the department with sufficient time to consider the rule’s legal and policy issues thoroughly, and issue an upcoming Request for Information and gather public comments on the sources and methods for determining prevailing wage levels. The proposed del
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of more than 21 Million Dollars in Grants for Training on Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of more than $21 Million in Grants for Training on Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases | site |



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

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profit organizations.

    The first availability will provide $10 million under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including the Coronavirus grants.

    To be eligible for these grants, applicants must develop training that focuses on four program emphasis areas:
    • Identifying and preventing workplace-related infectious diseases, including the coronavirus, in industries with high illness rates, those employing frontline workers or those serving
    ...
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    U.S. Department of Labor Outlines upcoming Worker-centered Protections in Biden-Harris Administration Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda
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    U.S. Department of Labor Outlines upcoming Worker-centered Protections in Biden-Harris Administration Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 11, 2021)


    Washington, DC - - A mother of two struggles to budget for child care expenses on an hourly income of $11.50 as a call center worker with a federal contractor. A construction company owner learns they’ve lost another federal contract because a competitor was able to underbid the job by not paying livable wages. Socially conscious investors want to maximize their savings and do the planet some good, but are frustrated by the investment options available to do that.

    As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Spring 2021 regulatory agenda – published today as required by Executive Order 12866 – the U.S. Department of Labor is announcing a series of anticipated regulatory actions to ensure the
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