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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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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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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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