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  • Alarming rise in Trench-related Fatalities Spurs U.S. Department of Labor to Announce Enhanced Nationwide Enforcement, Additional Oversight

    Alarming rise in Trench-related Fatalities Spurs U.S. Department of Labor to Announce Enhanced Nationwide Enforcement, Additional Oversight | site |



    22 workers have perished in first half of 2022


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: July 14, 2022 Washington - - In 2022’s first six months, 22 workers have fallen victim to the deadly hazards present in trenching and excavation work – surpassing 15 in all of 2021 – and prompting the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to launch enhanced enforcement initiatives to protect workers from known industry hazards. To stress the dangers of disregarding federal workplace safety requirements for trenching and excavation work, OSHA enforcement staff will consider every available tool at the agency’s disposal. These actions will place additional emphasis on how agency officials evaluate penalties for trenching and excavatio...
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  • IRS seeks to Offer Jobs to Thousands of Workers this Summer

    IRS seeks to Offer Jobs to Thousands of Workers this Summer

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service seeks to Offer Jobs to Thousands of Workers this Summer | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) press release dated: June 1, 2022

    Washington - - To boost its workforce and better help taxpayers and businesses, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that it's looking to hire over 4,000 contact representative positions at several IRS offices nationwide this summer.

    A contact representative provides administrative and technical assistance to individuals and businesses primarily over the phone, through written correspondence or in person. These full-time positions fall under a special hiring condition called direct-hire authority. Full-time, bilingual (Spanish) positions are also available. No prior tax experience is required. "The IRS continues to increase its workforce in 2022 to improve the taxpayer experience," said IRS Taxpayer Experience Officer and Wage and Investment Commissione
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  • Every Vote in the Amazon Union Election Must Be Counted 

    Every Vote in the Amazon Union Election Must Be Counted 

    Every Vote in the Amazon Union Election Must Be Counted | site |


    Information contained in AFL-CIO press release dated: March 31, 2022

    Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union-UFCW (RWDSU-UFCW) election at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama: Over the past several months, the heroic Amazon workers in Bessemer have voted by mail on whether to form a union with RWDSU-UFCW. Any employer, corporation or billionaire who tries to intimidate or harass employees to interfere with the democratic voting process is breaking the law, end of story. Amazon workers have a legal right to a truly free and fair union election. They are asking for what should be the standard for every American worker: safe working conditions, fair wages, and dignity and respect on the job. We will not allow Amazon to bully workers out of exercising their basic freedom. Every single c
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  • DHS and DOL to Supplement the H-2B Cap with Additional Visas for Second Half of Fiscal Year 2022

    U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to Supplement the H-2B Cap with Additional Visas for Second Half of Fiscal Year 2022 | site |



    Departments to add additional visas and significant worker protections


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release dated: March 31, 2022 Washington - - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. These visas will be set aside for U.S. employers seeking to employ additional workers on or after April 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2022. “Informed by current demand in the labor market, today we are announcing the availability of an additional 35,000 H-2B visas that will help to support American businesses and...
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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 | 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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