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News: March 30, 2018

 

Infrastructure Proposal

Infrastructure Proposal

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta accompanied President Trump yesterday during a visit to Ohio to discuss the President's infrastructure proposal. The plan not only invests in physical infrastructure, it also invests in workforce education, with commonsense proposals to make it easier for Americans to access skills-based learning.

 

Reducing Opioid Abuse

Secretary Acosta recently announced a new National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant pilot program to help communities fight the opioid crisis. The Department of Labor will initially fund seven to ten pilot programs with awards totaling $21 million.

Reducing Opioid Abuse

 

Employment Strength

Employment Strength

Jobless claims dropped to 215,000 in the week ending March 24 — the lowest level in 45 years — and the 4-week moving average dropped to 224,500.

 

In Case You Missed It

Minimum Wage

Conciliation Agreement

Kickback Sentence

Minimum Wage

A West Virginia nonprofit will pay $119,040 in back wages to 34 employees with disabilities who assemble fishing lures and lure packages, to resolve minimum wage violations.

Conciliation Agreement

Humana Inc. has agreed to pay $2.5 million in back wages and interest to resolve allegations of pay discrimination against 753 women at company headquarters.

Kickback Sentence

The former CEO of a Nebraska pharmaceutical benefits management company was sentenced to one year in jail for paying illegal kickbacks to steer benefit plans to the company.

Tower Fatalities

Heat Safety

Roofing Hazards

Tower Fatalities

OSHA cited a Florida communication tower contractor after three employees suffered fatal injuries at a Miami worksite.

Heat Safety

After an employee died from hyperthermia, OSHA cited a Florida roofing company for failing to protect outdoor workers from extreme heat.

Roofing Hazards

For fall hazards at an Alabama worksite, OSHA cited a Georgia-based roofing contractor and proposed $133,604 in penalties.

 

DOL Working For You

Recognizing Safety

Recognizing Safety

"It's a win for all involved." McGregor Industries has worked to take safety and health to the next level through OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

 

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