Presidential Proclamation on National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2018

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During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we recognize the achievements of Americans with disabilities whose contributions in the workforce help ensure the strength of our Nation. We also renew our commitment to creating an environment of opportunity for all Americans and educating people about disability employment issues.

The American economy is roaring back as a result of my Administration’s economic policies, including the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the elimination of unnecessary and burdensome regulations. More than 4 million jobs have been created since my election. On average, in 2018, more than 5.6 million men and women with disabilities have been employed each month, which is on pace to be the highest annual level ever recorded. Earlier this year, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities reached the lowest rate ever recorded. These are positive indicators, and ones that continue to highlight the incredible value that individuals with disabilities offer to the workforce.

To accelerate this momentum and build on my promise to America’s workers, I signed an Executive Order establishing the National Council for the American Worker. This initiative will develop a national strategy that guarantees American workers have the ability to learn the skills needed to secure sustained employment, especially in high-demand industries, such as medicine, science, and technology. This national strategy will outline policies to…

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New Site Will Feature an Apprenticeship Finder Tool and Other Resources

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of a new digital platform, Apprenticeship.gov. This innovative web portal features an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state and occupation, as well as connects job seekers to high-skilled, high-paying careers.

The Apprenticeship Finder, a no-cost tool to employers or career seekers, is addressing a need shared by employers who are looking to promote their apprenticeship opportunities and career seekers searching to access them. The new Apprenticeship Finder tool will not only make it easier for career seekers to find apprenticeship opportunities, it will also help employers promote apprenticeships across new or nontraditional industries where apprenticeships may be less common.

This effort supports President Trump’s Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America by improving access to apprenticeship opportunities that enable more Americans to obtain relevant skills and high-paying jobs.

"President Trump’s Administration is working to ensure the American workforce has the skills to succeed and the opportunities to secure family-sustaining careers," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Today’s launch of Apprenticeship.gov offers the first step in better online resources for apprenticeships across all industries."

The…

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Five New Members Appointed to the 2018 ERISA Advisory Council

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced the appointments of five new members as well as chair and vice chair to the 2018 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, known as the ERISA Advisory Council.

"The ERISA Advisory Council advises the Department’s work in enhancing and preserving the health and retirement benefits of America’s workers," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "These professionals will help the council accomplish its goals. Their expertise will be a valuable complement to the Department’s mission to protect workers’ benefits."

The 15-member council provides advice on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). By law, members of the council serve for staggered three-year terms. Three members are representatives of employee organizations (at least one of whom represents an organization whose members are participants in a multiemployer plan). Three members are representatives of employers (at least one of whom represents employers maintaining or contributing to multiemployer plans). Three members are representatives of the general public. There is one representative each from the fields of insurance, corporate trust, actuarial counseling, investment counseling, investment management and accounting.

Current members Cynthia Levering and Srinivas Dharam Reddy will serve as the chair and vice…

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta discussed President Trump’s efforts to unleash economic opportunity for America’s workforce and small businesses in a keynote address at the West Virginia Chamber’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Business Summit.

"President Trump is dedicated to fostering an economic and regulatory environment that will create jobs, more jobs, and even more jobs," said Secretary Acosta. "I was glad to be in the Mountain State with so many small business leaders to discuss President Trump’s pro-growth agenda that continues to empower the American workforce."

Following his remarks, Secretary Acosta fielded questions from the West Virginia Chamber, where he discussed the wide-ranging positive impact of the President’s tax cuts, the newly announced Office of Compliance Initiatives at the Department of Labor, and the Department’s efforts to help veterans, service members and their families obtain good, family-sustaining jobs.

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Against Democracy By Jason Brennan, Princeton University Press (2017) 245 pages

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Today’s post comes from Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr. at the Jernigan Law Firm.

This book contends that the election process in the United States is broken, and that we may want to consider other systems for authorizing leadership. Jason Brennan is careful not to advocate for any particular method, but makes it clear he has distain for the current system. “Asking everyone to vote is like asking everyone to litter.”

He cites studies to show that “… most citizens cannot identify any congressional candidates in their district, … and generally don’t know which party controls Congress. … Forty percent of Americans do not know whom the United States fought in World War II.” Of special interest to lawyers, or anyone who seeks to inform or educate others in order to reach a rational decision (think of a jury, an adjuster, or an administrative law judge) is Brennan’s quote from psychologist Jonathan Haidt that people make decisions that are illogical “… because they systematically strive for arguments that justify their beliefs or their actions.” Brennan calls it motivated reasoning. He argues that people want to arrive at decisions that make them feel good and the way they do that is to conform evidence to support their own beliefs. It is tribalism in its most basic form.

It can be compared to asking rabid basketball fans to be neutral referees in a game involving their favorite team. Under those…

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NFL and Concussion Facts – What About Bicycle Riders?

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Today’s post comes from attorney Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr.

The National Football League (NFL) is concerned about concussions and they should be. I recently attended a program at Duke Law School (https://law.duke.edu/sports/headtrauma/) on Head Trauma in Football that mentioned the concerns parents have about their kids playing football and several of the experts, including Joel Charles Morgenlander, MD, of Duke University School of Medicine and Dale Bass of Duke’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, expressed concern but also emphasized that we should not jump to conclusions. There is a need for more research as to the effects of one-time blows to the head, multiple hits to the head, and whether a player can safely resume play after one or more concussions. There are simply too many unknowns before a physician can state with certainty the answers to many questions parents have about safety.

Dr. Morgenlander stressed the need to make sure any physician making an initial examination for a concussion gets a complete history of the individual, which may require speaking with family members and others who know the patient well. Duke University has started a program that tries to establish a baseline for athletes coming to the school and every athlete, not just football players, gets this examination. Also, although helmets can potentially minimize the impact of a head trauma, if the helmet doesn’t fit properly (and many schools don’t have the resources…

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the August 2018 Employment Situation Report:

"The August jobs report shows continued, strong job growth with 201,000 jobs created and an unemployment rate holding at 3.9%. More than 4 million jobs have been created since November 2016. Since 1970, the unemployment rate has registered below 4% just nine times; four of those months have been recorded during 2018.

"It is remarkable to see steady positive news regarding job growth month after month."

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