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U.S. Labor Department proposes rules on investment advice exemption for 401(k) plans and IRAs
August 21, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced publication of two proposed rules under the Pension Protection Act (PPA) to make investment advice more accessible for millions of Americans in 401(k) type plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). The U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao believes that these proposals would give workers greater access to investment advice so that they are better equipped to manage and monitor their 401(k) plans and Individual Retirement Accounts.
DOL Announces to Grant $7.4 million to Help Texas Clean Up and Recover from Hurricane Dolly
August 13, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a $7,350,171 grant to Texas to create approximately 475 temporary jobs to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts as a result of Hurricane Dolly. The grant awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission, will be used in Gulf Coast counties to provide temporary employment on projects for the cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands within affected communities. Funds will also be used for projects that provide retraining services for those who cannot return to work and humanitarian assistance for disaster victims, including work on the homes of individuals eligible for the federally funded weatherization program.
New Passport Card Production
August 12, 2008
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has begun production of the new U.S. Passport Card, a convenient, wallet-sized document to be used for re-entry into the U.S. at land border crossings and sea ports of entry when arriving from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), travelers will be required to present a single document denoting both citizenship and identity when entering the United States through land or sea borders. This requirement will go into effect June 1, 2009. However the U.S. Passport Card cannot be used for international air travel.
U.S. Department of Labor announces grant exceeding $758,000 to assist trade-affected workers in Massachusetts
August 4, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $758,714 grant to assist approximately 170 workers affected by ongoing layoffs at the Alcatel-Lucent plant in North Andover, Mass.
U.S. Department of Labor awards $250,000 to develop strategic economic growth plans for western Kentucky
August 4, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $250,000 Regional Innovation Grant to a nine-county area of western Kentucky and one county in Tennessee to establish plans for promoting economic growth.
U.S. Department of Labor Initiates Supervised Recruitment of Permanent Labor Certification Applications filed by Immigration Law Firm
July 8, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced that it has begun placing pending permanent Labor Certification Applications (LCA) filed by the Cohen & Grigsby law firm into department-supervised recruitment. Supervised recruitment requires the employer to receive advance approval from the DOL for all recruitment efforts to ensure that U.S. workers are fully considered for available positions.
U.S. Labor Department’s ‘Transforming the American Workplace: A 21st Century Vision’ summit sets stage for disability employment
June 03, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today kicked off its "Transforming the American Workplace: A 21st Century Vision" summit, which focuses on including people with disabilities in the American workforce and reduced barriers to employment. The invitationonly summit continues through tomorrow at Gallaudet University's Kellogg Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
DOL ETA Announces Planned Changes in NonElectronic Filing Locations
March 10, 2008
The DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently announced administrative changes in the locations where future nonelectronic applications must be filed under the permanent foreign labor certification program and temporary foreign labor certification programs administered by the ETA’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC). The Atlanta National Processing Center (NPC) will receive all applications for permanent labor certification under the Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) System, and the Chicago NPC will receive all applications for temporary labor certification under the programs as identified below. These new addresses will be effective June 1, 2008 and starting June 16, 2008 applications filed at a wrong location will be returned to the applicant.
DOL’s Reminder for I-140 Labor Certification Expiration
January 08, 2008
All the I-140’s (Immigrant Petition for an Alien Worker) based on labor certifications that have been approved before July 16, 2007, must be received by the by the Service Centers on January 11, 2008 so as to qualify under the DOL January 12, 2008 cut off. January 12, 2008 is the expiration date for the labor certifications whose I-140 petitions are not filed with the USCIS.
Backlog Eliminated in Permanent Labor Certification Program
October 02, 2007
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the permanent foreign labor certification program's backlog has been eliminated, with nearly 99 percent of cases completed and the remainder awaiting responses from employers. For almost three years, more than 300 workers in two processing centers reviewed approximately 363,000 pending labor applications, a backlog created as a result of legislative changes in 1997 and 2000.

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