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U.S. Department of Labor
September 4, 2020
+1.4 Million Jobs
1.4 million jobs were added to the U.S. economy in August, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%, beating expectations.
Secretary Scalia Visits Michigan and Illinois
Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Michigan and Illinois this week, where he highlighted economic recovery, the strength of the U.S. manufacturing sector, and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
New Opinion Letters
The Department issued 湖人vs勇士four new Wage and Hour Division compliance assistance letters addressing issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Department is providing $100 million and new guidance to help states combat unemployment insurance fraud.
COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Proxy Voting Proposal
A new proposed rule clarifies fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act for proxy voting and monitoring proxy advisory firms.
OSHA is urging response crews and residents to be aware of hazards as they recover from Hurricane Laura.
The Department awarded 湖人vs勇士$13.5 million in grants to New York and Virginia to support workers whose employment has been impacted by the coronavirus.
Employment Service Grants
The Department has awarded $646 million in state grants to provide career services to job seekers and help businesses meet their hiring needs by referring qualified workers.
Beryllium Final Rule
OSHA published a final rule revising the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards, clarifying the standards to improve compliance.
Three Florida dialysis service companies will pay 34 workers $110,819 in back wages for overtime and recordkeeping violations.
Supporting Mental Health
The Office of Disability Employment Policy teamed up with PBATS on a new public service announcement about the importance of mental-health friendly workplaces.
STAT OF THE WEEK
+10.6 Million Jobs Since Reopening Started
The U.S. economy added 10.6 million jobs since the economy started to reopen, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today.
COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE HIGHLIGHT
Disaster Recovery Assistance
Following Hurricane Laura, employers and workers can 湖人vs勇士find answers to employment and wage questions under federal law from the Wage and Hour Division, or call 1-866-487-9243 for help.