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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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  • Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers

    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers | site |





    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers



    WASHINGTON—U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on Financial Services Sector Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers: “I strongly support the Department of Homeland Security’s recent guidance identifying financial services sector workers as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response emergency. The guidance provides information to State and local officials, as they work to protect their communities, to ensure the continuity of functions that are critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Consistent with the President’s guidelines,...
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  • Treasury, IRS and Labor announce Plan to implement Coronavirus-related Paid Leave

    Treasury, IRS and Labor announce Plan to implement Coronavirus-related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses to swiftly Recover the Cost of providing Coronavirus-related Leave | site |




    (March 20, 2020) - - In a press release dated March 20, 2020 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The Act will help the United States combat and ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Procure N95 Respirators to Support Healthcare Workers in COVID-19 Outbreaks

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Procure N95 Respirators to Support Healthcare Workers in COVID-19 Outbreaks| site |



    (March 4, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    As part of the government-wide efforts to respond to the global outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services intends to purchase 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Through guaranteed orders, this acquisition encourages manufacturers to immediately increase production of N95s for use by health care professionals. These guaranteed orders offer reassurance to manufacturers that they will not be left with excess supplies if private sector orders are cancelled once the COVID-19 response subsides. Manufacturers typically avoid ramping up production without such a guarantee. Private secto
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  • World Health Organization says Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment is endangering Health Workers Worldwide

    World Health Organization says Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment is endangering Health Workers Worldwide| site |






    WHO calls on industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 per cent to meet rising global demand





    (March 3, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following information:

    The World Health Organization has warned that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases. Healthcare workers rely on personal protective equipment to protect themselves and their patients from being infected and infecting others. But shortages are leaving doctors, nurses and other frontline workers dangerously ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients, due to limited access t...
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  • World Health Organization guidance concerning Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers

    World Health Organization guidance concerning Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers| site |



    (February 18, 2020) - - The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided guidance relating to the Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers. The guidance, titled,

    "CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) OUTBREAK: RIGHTS, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF HEALTH WORKERS, INCLUDING KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH",

    may be viewed at https://www.who.int/docs/default-sou...rsn=bcabd401_0

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    Please press HERE
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Protect Workers’ Rights by Increasing Financial Transparency and Union Democracy

    U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Protect Workers’ Rights by Increasing Financial Transparency and Union Democracy | site |



    (December 16, 2019) - - Today (December 16, 2019), the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would increase financial transparency and democratic procedures for intermediate bodies under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), also known as the Landrum-Griffin Act. The NPRM proposes a return to OLMS' 2003 interpretation that mid-level public sector labor organizations, also known as intermediate bodies, are covered under the LMRDA if the intermediate body's national or international organization is also covered under the LMRDA. Under the proposal, these intermediate bodies also would be subject to provisions such as ann
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Suicide Increasing Among American Workers

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Suicide Increasing Among American Workers


    Rates highest for males in construction and extraction; females in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media


    (November 15, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    The suicide rate among the US working age population increased 34 percent during 2000-2016. A new report published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) examined lifetime occupations of 22,053 people aged 16-64 years old who died by suicide in the 17 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in 2012 and 2015.

    In 2012 and 2015, suicide rates were highest among males in the Construction and Extraction occupational group (43.6 and 53.2 per 100,000 civilian noninstitutionalized working
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Help Small Businesses Strengthen Retirement Security for Millions of American Workers

    U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Help Small Businesses Strengthen Retirement Security for Millions of American Workers


    President Trump Seeks to Expand Access to Association Retirement Plans



    Washington, DC - - (October 22, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to help small businesses strengthen retirement security in America. The proposed rule would make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their workers through Association Retirement Plans, which would allow small businesses to band together to offer 401(k) plans to their employees. "President Donald J. Trump is moving to expand quality, affordable workplace retirement plan options for America's small businesses and their employees. Many small businesses would like to offer retirement benefits to their employees, but are disc...
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  • Op-Ed - - Leveling the Playing Field for American Workers

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    Op-Ed - - Leveling the Playing Field for American Workers

    Op-Ed: Leveling the Playing Field for American Workers


    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross



    (October 5, 2018) - - Opinion editorial by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Manufacturing is booming again in America. Production lines are rolling, smelters are aglow, and Made in America products are spreading around the globe. On this Manufacturing Day, Americans around the country can celebrate the growing manufacturing revival due to the tireless efforts of President Donald J. Trump and those in his Administration. We are focused on leveling the playing field and unleashing innovation to create more jobs in the United States. The Trump Administration’s economic policies are fueling new investments in plants and equipment – tax reform, the largest reduction and reform of federal regulations in history, and the renegotiation of imbalanced trade dea...
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  • Help Wanted: Strong Economy Means More Employers Can Hire and Retain Experienced Workers

    Help Wanted: Strong Economy Means More Employers Can Hire and Retain Experienced Workers




    New In Depth AARP Survey ‘Value of Experience’ Includes Insights on Workers, Employers, Entrepreneurs, Age Bias, and More


    Washington, DC - - (August 2, 2018) - - According to a new AARP survey of experienced workers, nearly 9 in 10 work for financial reasons, but approximately 8 in 10 either enjoy or feel useful doing their work. And among those who plan to retire, over 1 in 4 plans to start a business or earn money in some independent way, such as a gig economy job. Given employers’ need for talent, it makes great business sense to hire experienced workers, as demonstrated by additional AARP research. “With rich work histories, varied experiences and expertise, older workers want to work, they’re ready to work, and they need to work,” said AARP Vice President of Financia
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Additional Visas for Foreign Workers to Assist American Businesses at Risk of Failing

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Additional Visas for Foreign Workers to Assist American Businesses at Risk of Failing





    (May 31, 2018) - - On May 25, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas will be available for Fiscal Year 2018. This allocation is in addition to the 66,000 visas already issued this year. Secretary Nielsen made this decision after consulting with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, members of Congress, and business owners. “The limitations on H-2B visas were originally meant to protect American workers, but when we enter a situation where the program unintentionally harms American businesses it needs to be reformed,” said Secretary Nielsen. “I call on Congress to pass much needed reforms of the program and to expressly set the number of H-2B visas ...
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  • Federal Highway Administration Urges Drivers to Protect Highway Workers

    Federal Highway Administration Urges Drivers to Protect Highway Workers

    Federal Highway Administration Urges Drivers to Protect Highway Workers


    “National Work Zone Awareness Week” to Highlight Increase in Work Zone Fatalities for Third Year in a Row



    Chicago, IL- - (April 10, 2018) - - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials joined Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Randy Blankenhorn and others to kick off “National Work Zone Awareness Week,” an annual effort to urge the public to protect highway workers by driving carefully through work zones on roads and bridges. “Highway workers are our family members, our friends, and our neighbors,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson. “Each of them matters, and their safety matters. As you drive, remember, work zone safety is everybody’s responsibility.” Overall roadway fatalities increased in 2016, and work zone fatalities also in
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Provides Tools to Ensure American Workers Are Protected and Employers Are Equipped to Comply with Wage Laws

    U.S. Department of Labor Provides Tools to Ensure American Workers Are Protected and Employers Are Equipped to Comply with Wage Laws



    March 28, 2018


    Washington, DC - - (March 27, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has developed a series of helpful instructional videos that provide valuable assistance to employers and further ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to the benefit of the American workforce. As part of the Wage and Hour Division’s ongoing commitment to protect working Americans, the Division will help employers understand their legal obligations under the FLSA by launching a new series of brief, plain-language videos that explain employer responsibilities under the FLSA. The videos eliminate legalese and provide a valuable resource for employers who simply want to understand what the law requires. The Division
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  • United Steelworkers say National Security Action Will Promote Domestic Production and Job Creation

    United Steelworkers say National Security Action Will Promote Domestic Production and Job Creation





    “From missiles and munitions, to motors and machinery, steel and aluminum are critical products used in direct military applications and in critical infrastructure."



    March 12, 2018



    Pittsburgh, PA - - (March 8, 2018) - - The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement after the administration announced its final decision in the pending Section 232 investigations on steel and aluminum. Those investigations, launched in April 2017, were designed to determine whether imports of those products were jeopardizing national security interests and, if so, what action, if any to take. “Today the President took decisive action to ensure that adequate supplies and industrial capacity of aluminum and steel were available t
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers
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    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.
    ...
    10-05-2020, 07:45 AM
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    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers | site |





    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers



    WASHINGTON—U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on Financial Services Sector Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers: “I strongly support the Department of Homeland Security’s recent guidance identifying financial services sector workers as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response emergency. The guidance provides information to State and local officials, as they work to protect their communities, to ensure the continuity of functions that are critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Consistent with the President’s guidelines,...
    03-24-2020, 09:25 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Treasury, IRS and Labor announce Plan to implement Coronavirus-related Paid Leave
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Treasury, IRS and Labor announce Plan to implement Coronavirus-related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses to swiftly Recover the Cost of providing Coronavirus-related Leave | site |




    (March 20, 2020) - - In a press release dated March 20, 2020 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The Act will help the United States combat and ...
    03-23-2020, 08:38 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Procure N95 Respirators to Support Healthcare Workers in COVID-19 Outbreaks
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Procure N95 Respirators to Support Healthcare Workers in COVID-19 Outbreaks| site |



    (March 4, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    As part of the government-wide efforts to respond to the global outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services intends to purchase 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Through guaranteed orders, this acquisition encourages manufacturers to immediately increase production of N95s for use by health care professionals. These guaranteed orders offer reassurance to manufacturers that they will not be left with excess supplies if private sector orders are cancelled once the COVID-19 response subsides. Manufacturers typically avoid ramping up production without such a guarantee. Private secto
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    03-05-2020, 07:48 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    World Health Organization says Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment is endangering Health Workers Worldwide
    by Staff Reporter 1
    World Health Organization says Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment is endangering Health Workers Worldwide| site |






    WHO calls on industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 per cent to meet rising global demand





    (March 3, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following information:

    The World Health Organization has warned that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases. Healthcare workers rely on personal protective equipment to protect themselves and their patients from being infected and infecting others. But shortages are leaving doctors, nurses and other frontline workers dangerously ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients, due to limited access t...
    03-04-2020, 04:03 AM

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