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DOL Announces $1.1 Million Grant to Assist Workers in Oregon Affected By Retail Industry Layoffs
March 23, 2010
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,137,425 grant to assist about 100 workers affected by layoffs at Joe's Sports, Outdoor, Auto/Truck and More in Wilsonville, Ore.
DOL Announces Updated Model Notices and Educational Material on Extension of COBRA Subsidy
March 19, 2010
The U.S. Department of Labor released updated model notice packages to enable group health plans and employers to provide notice on the availability of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act continuation coverage premium reductions under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through March 31.
DOL to Exercise Authority to Certify Applications for U Visas
March 15, 2010
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced that the U.S. Department of Labor will begin exercising its authority to certify applications for U Nonimmigrant Status Visas. U visas — as they are known — are designed to help victims of qualifying criminal activities who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement or other government officials in the investigation or prosecution of those crimes.
DOL Certifies Approx. 5,500 Workers in 12 States as Eligible to Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
March 4, 2010
US Department of Labor certifies approximately 5,500 workers in 12 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance. The U.S. Department of Labor announced that approximately 5,500 workers from companies in 12 states — California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont —are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
DOL Secretary Hilda L. Solis Announces Final Rule for H-2A Program
February 11, 2010
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced a new rule regarding the H-2A program. The Labor Department published in the Feb. 12 edition of the Federal Register, a final rule governing the labor certification process and enforcement mechanisms for the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program. The final rule is being published to strengthen worker protections for both U.S. and foreign workers and to ensure overall H-2A program integrity. The rule will be effective March 15, 2010.
DOL Certifies More Than 5,500 Workers in 16 states as Eligible to Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
November 5, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor on November 5, 2009, announced that approximately 5,500 workers from companies in 16 states — Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Workers covered by these latest TAA certifications will be contacted by their respective states with instructions on how to apply for individual benefits and services.
Federal Minimum Wage Will Increase to $7.25 on July 24
July 15, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reminds employers and employees that the federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25 on Friday, July 24. With this change, employees who are covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will be entitled to pay no less than $7.25 per hour.
DOL’s Notice of Injunction against Suspension of December 2008 H-2A Final Rule
July 6, 2009
DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification has published a notice of a preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against the DOL’s suspension of the December 2008 H-2A Final Rule.
Frequently Asked Questions on Suspension of H-2A Final Rule
June 1, 2009
The US Department of Labor (DOL), on June 1, 2009, released some frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) regarding the May 29, 2009 suspension of a December 18, 2008 H-2A final rule. The suspension of the H-2A final rule will take effect on June 29, 2009.
DOL Suspends H-2A Final Rule
May 31, 2009
The Department of Labor (DOL) suspended the H-2A Final Rule published on December 18, 2008 and in effect as of January 17, 2009. The suspension of the H-2A rule will last nine months. During this period, the previous rules that were in place prior to Jan. 17 will be reinstated for those wishing to employ H-2A workers. The suspension of the current rule and reinstatement of the previous rule will take effect June 28. After the nine-month examination period, the DOL will either propose a new rule for public comment or reinstate the Dec. 18 rule.

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