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U.S. Department of Labor

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recovered a record $304 million in wages owed to workers in Fiscal Year 2018. WHD also set a new record for compliance assistance events in FY 2018, holding 3,643 educational outreach events – including on the ground presentations and trainings – to help job creators understand their responsibilities under the law.

“Through vigorous enforcement and compliance assistance, the Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that workers receive the wages they have earned,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “These record-breaking numbers confirm the Department’s strong commitment to enforcing the law and providing employers with the tools they need to comply with the law.”

WHD today also announced a six-month extension of the voluntary Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program. PAID is a compliance initiative that helps workers receive more back wages due in an expedited manner – without having to wait for lengthy investigations to conclude and court cases to resolve.

WHD encourages employers to audit their pay practices and consider participating. More information about the program is available at www.dol.gov/whd/PAID.

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U.S. Department of Labor

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has added compliance assistance materials on Association Health Plans (AHPs) to its new Employer.gov website that will help job creators and plan sponsors understand their Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) obligations when setting up and managing AHPs.

A recent final rule published by the Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) makes it easier for employers, especially small businesses, to pool resources to create AHP health insurance plans for their employees, and will help increase access to health coverage for workers and business-owners, including sole-proprietors, who previously faced challenges in securing employer-sponsored health coverage.

Employer.gov is a new compliance assistance website that covers various topics and labor laws enforced by federal agencies. This resource, which continues the goal of the Department’s recently announced Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI), encourages and facilitates compliance evaluations.

"This addition to Employer.gov includes links to an array of compliance assistance resources covering the various aspects of establishing and managing an AHP, and will help employers get the information they need to understand the rules of the road when setting up and managing new AHPs," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Preston Rutledge. "Expanding access to AHPs creates a path to affordable health…

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U.S. Department of Labor

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WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help Georgia assess its workforce needs.

"The Department of Labor will deploy resources to help Georgians who, as a result of Hurricane Michael, find themselves unable to work and without a paycheck," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "The American workforce – along with our volunteers and first responders – is the greatest in the world. As we did during last year’s destructive hurricane season, Americans will come together to rebuild their communities. The Department of Labor is here to help ensure the safety and stability of Georgians along the way."

DWG funding will be made available to impacted counties to supplement state and local response and recovery efforts. The Department is monitoring the situation to ensure it is doing everything it can to help Georgians and the mobility of the workforce.

As the severity and geographical extent of the damage becomes known, the Department will monitor activities and take additional actions as necessary.

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, DWGs temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to…

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U.S. Department of Labor

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WASHINGTON, DC – With over 1.1 million jobs currently open in healthcare and social assistance, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposal to allow younger Americans to safely develop critical skills for fast-growing jobs in healthcare – which are expected to add 2.4 million jobs, more than any other occupation, through 2026.

A regulation that took effect in 2010 treats healthcare patient lifts on par with construction equipment like backhoes, cranes, and other industrial equipment with respect to youth employment. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, proposes lifting the restrictions that bar 16- and 17-year-olds from operating patient lifts.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and the regulated community have criticized the 2010 regulation on the grounds that it unnecessarily deprives youth of valuable skills development opportunities; exacerbates staffing shortages at healthcare facilities; delays the care patients receive; and causes youth to manually lift patients – even though using patient lifts is widely recognized as safer.

This NPRM is consistent with the Department’s efforts to safely promote workforce development opportunities for youth, while still maintaining worker safety. The Department encourages interested parties to submit comments on the proposed rule, which will be available for public comment for 60 days.

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U.S. Department of Labor

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) today announced nearly $19 million in grants to eight state agencies to identify new, replicable strategies to help those who develop a potentially disabling condition remain at or return to work.

The primary goal of RETAIN demonstration projects is to help Americans who are injured or ill remain in or return to the workforce. Early coordination of healthcare services and employment-related supports and services is a critical component of RETAIN. By testing and evaluating early intervention approaches, RETAIN aims to validate and expand the implementation of evidence-based strategies to accomplish this goal.

"Each year, millions of Americans leave the labor force because of an injury or illness," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Regardless of whether these injuries or illnesses occur on-the-job or off-the-job, the impacts of not returning to work can be significant and long-lasting on individuals and their families. Retraining and returning to work is an important goal, and these funds do assist that effort."

When an illness or injury forces a worker to exit the labor force, the loss also affects employers and many levels of government. RETAIN is based on the premise that – with timely, coordinated, and effective supports – many workers could remain in their jobs. To test economically sustainable solutions, the President’s…

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2018 revealed at National Safety Council Congress and Expo

Today’s post comes from our colleagues at WorkersCompensation.com

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the 2018 NSC Congress and Expo, the world’s largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

While the rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations vary little from year to year, violation No. 10 on this year’s list, “Eye and Face Protection” (1926.102), was not on the 2017 list.

“Knowing how workers are hurt can go a long way toward keeping them safe,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The OSHA Top 10 list calls out areas that require increased vigilance to ensure everyone goes home safely each day.”

The Top 10 for FY 2018* are:

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)

7,270

2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)

4,552

3. Scaffolding (1926.451)

3,336

4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

3,118

5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

2,944

6. Ladders (1926.1053)

2,812

7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

2,294

8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)

1,982

9. Machine Guarding (1910.212)

1,972

10. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)

1,536

A more in-depth look at the Top 10 violations for 2018 will be published in the December edition of the Council’s Safety+Health magazine.

*Preliminary figures as of Oct. 1, 2018

About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.

U.S. Department of Labor

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WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Florence, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help Georgia assess its workforce needs.

"The U.S. Department of Labor is prepared to deploy resources to help Georgians who, as a result of Hurricane Florence, find themselves unable to work and without a paycheck," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "The American workforce – along with our volunteers and first responders – is the greatest in the world. As we did during last year’s destructive hurricane season, Americans will come together to rebuild their communities. The Department of Labor is here to help ensure the safety and stability of Georgians along the way."

DWG funding will be made available to impacted counties to supplement state and local response and recovery efforts. The Department of Labor is monitoring the situation to ensure it is doing everything it can to help Georgians and the mobility of the workforce.

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, DWGs temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.

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List Your Apprenticeship Jobs

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Follow the instructions below to ensure that your open apprenticeship job listing(s) appear in our Apprenticeship Finder.

HAVE A CAREER WEBSITE?

If you have at least five job openings available on your website, the National Labor Exchange (NLx) can acquire your apprenticeship job listings directly from your website and provide a daily feed to the Apprenticeship Finder at no cost to employers or career seekers.

Please allow 10-14 days for NLx to process. Listings from your website must include job title, city, state, description, application method, and URL.

HELP CAREER SEEKERS RECOGNIZE YOUR LISTINGS

You can list specific apprenticeship opportunities/jobs, or you can promote your entire apprenticeship program by creating a job listing that describe the attributes of your program using the tips below:

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