All posts by Paul J. McAndrew, Jr.

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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U.S. Department of Labor

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October. The Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) previously announced the month-long theme is "America’s Workforce: Empowering All."

"National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a time to recognize the importance of ensuring all Americans can access good, family-sustaining jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Americans with disabilities bring skills, talent, and dedication to our nation’s workforce. Job creators who hire Americans with disabilities benefit from their expertise and perseverance, gaining a competitive edge.

"President Trump understands that the American workforce is strengthened by the participation of all Americans. With a record 6.9 million open jobs in the United States, we must renew our commitment to ensuring that all are empowered in the American workforce."

In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1962, the word "physically" was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. In 2001, ODEP was established and formally began selecting the NDEAM theme.

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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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U.S. Department of Labor

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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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U.S. Department of Labor

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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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