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2012-06-28 06:29:48

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced a competitive solicitation for a $5 million cooperative agreement to pilot test the U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidelines to reduce child labor and forced labor in imported agricultural products. Worldwide, an estimated 60 percent of children who work do so in the agricultural sector. The USDA's 2011 Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor...

2012-06-25 06:28:42

Agreement includes back wages and interest, some job offers, for 795 female and minority applicants denied positions at Fort Smith, Ark., facility WASHINGTON, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs today announced that Baldor Electric Co. has agreed to settle allegations of systemic discrimination stemming from the company's applicant screening process at its facility in Fort Smith, Ark. OFCCP investigators...

2012-06-21 06:22:46

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded nearly $50 million in two types of grants to 25 community-based organizations that will provide job training, education and support services to youth and young adults returning from the juvenile justice system. "These young people deserve a chance to turn their lives around," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The federal grants announced today will help vulnerable youth receive the training...

2012-06-18 10:22:11

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced guidance to state agencies responsible for Unemployment Insurance regarding short-time compensation, commonly referred to as "work sharing." Today's announcement is the latest in a series of innovative reforms to the UI program made possible by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 signed by President Obama in February. "Work sharing is a win-win for workers and employers,"...

2012-06-14 10:21:46

Grants will support, enhance and evaluate innovative employment and training opportunities WASHINGTON, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $147 million in grants to develop and expand innovative strategies to help Americans return to work by delivering services more efficiently, facilitating cooperation across programs and funding streams, and focusing on partnerships with specific employers or industry sectors to develop...

2012-06-14 02:29:14

IRVING, Texas, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BT Americas Inc. today announced that it is working with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to conduct workshops for recently returning veterans to aid their transition from the military to the civilian workforce working with recruiters and human resources professionals from BT. According to the United States Department of Labor, Gulf War-era II veterans[1] who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, or both had an annual average unemployment...

2012-06-11 02:25:28

NEW YORK, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against home care worker Evelyn Coke when she claimed entitlement to protection under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The anniversary of that decision is a reminder that home care workers cannot wait any longer for this long-overdue right. Ms. Coke, a Jamaican immigrant who had worked for 20 years as a home care aide in New York City, was suing for years' worth of back pay for...

2012-06-01 06:22:35

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on data regarding forced child labor that have been issued by the International Labor Organization: "When Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation nearly 150 years ago, he underscored the commitment of the United States to the enduring cause of freedom. President Obama has called upon everyone to 'educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the...

2012-05-24 06:27:39

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $35 million in funds to develop, enhance and promote Self-Employment Assistance programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, guidance released today clarifies that states may enroll participants who are currently receiving or eligible for federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits....

2012-05-23 06:24:25

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the launch of its first disability-related application challenge, which is designed to generate innovative tools that will improve employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities. Nearly 22 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and 39 years after the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,...