Posts in April
A Veterans Employment Center web portal that will help simplify job searches for veterans and transitioning military service members was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on April 23 at a Fort Campbell, Ky., jobs summit. More than 1,000 veterans and family members and more than 100 employers attended the summit, organized by the departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense and Labor and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “Our service members haven’t always had the time or information they needed to prepare their resumes, to plot their career goals, to meet with employers and get the jobs they deserve. And that’s simply not acceptable,” Michelle Obama said. The Employment Center is the first inter-agency tool to bring together a wealth of public and private job opportunities, a resume-builder, military skills translator and detailed career and training resources in one place. More than 1 million service members are projected to leave the military in coming years, Secretary Perez noted, adding that “improving veterans’ employment is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise.” The summit marked the third anniversary of Joining Forces, the nationwide initiative that the First Lady and Dr. Biden started to boost employment, education and health care for active-duty service members, military families and veterans. Keith Kelly, assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ employment and training, attended the summit and met with veterans and their families. Kelly, a Vietnam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division, was asked to stand up by Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st, and received a “welcome home” ovation from the troops.
April is Donate Life Month — Job Accommodation Network Blog
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has updated their Ask JAN blog with a posting titled April is Donate Life Month: Accommodations for Employees Who Have Received Organ Transplants. The article establishes that “Many individuals who have undergone an organ transplant anticipate returning to their career after a successful transplant. An effective accommodation can make this possible.” It then discusses accommodations that employees might need before, during, and after a transplant.
On March 28, 2014, the Department issued a Final Rule that adjusts for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Civil Rights Division, including those assessed under title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). For the ADA, this adjustment increases the maximum civil penalty for a first violation from $55,000 to $75,000; for a subsequent violation the new maximum is $150,000. The new maximums apply only to violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014. This Final Rule, and the civil penalty adjustments made therein, were non-discretionary and required by statute.
April 10, 2014
Today I attended the Boston Veterans Job Fair at Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA, it was a beautiful day the sun was shining it was 61 degrees a perfect day for a worthwhile event.
Our veterans were there when we needed them, and we must be there now that they need us and support them in finding the job that they deserve and the services that they need.
There was over 68 companies exhibiting at the event. I applaud all of the companies represented at the hiring event who were looking to connect with Veterans to fill their present and or future jobs.
For the veterans that attended not only were their job opportunities there were also many exhibitors showcasing everything from training , education, health insurance, housing assistance, financing services specifically for veterans and tools to help veterans rebuild their lives.
I was particularly impressed with all the resources and support available to our veterans and their spouses.
Below are some of the companies that exhibited at the Veterans job fair read more
The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor
by Secretary Tom Perez on April 8, 2014
Today, President Obama asked me to join him in solving a problem that should have been solved long ago.
The pay gap costs the typical working woman hundreds of thousands of dollars over her career, and for women of color, the gap is even larger. Women working hard every day to support their families aren’t being rewarded with a fair wage. Especially as the father of two daughters just a few years from entering the workforce, I am committed to closing this gap.
Every year on Equal Pay Day we pause to recognize the extra time, on average, women must work in order to get the same pay that men receive in a year. This is not only unfair; it’s bad for our economy, costing us more than $400 billion in lost productivity. As President Obama has said, “In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, we must use all of America’s talent to its fullest potential – because when women succeed, America succeeds.” read more
Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire Release April nTIDE Report – Monthly Update
WEST ORANGE, NJ–(Marketwired – Apr 4, 2014) – The March jobs data revealed that while more people with disabilities are looking for work in comparison to March of last year, fewer are employed. In contrast, the workforce is adding jobs for working-age Americans without disabilities, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Innovative programs are being implemented to address the gap between people with and without disabilities.
In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report released Friday, April 4, the employment-to-population ratio decreased from 27.3 percent in March 2013 to 25.5 percent in March 2014 (down 6.6 percent; 1.8 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. For people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio increased slightly from 70.2 percent in March 2013 to 71.1 percent in March 2014 (up 1.3 percent; 0.9 percentage points). The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100). read more
They say two things in life are certain – death and taxes. As we grow ever closer to the tax filing deadline of April 15, you can count on a couple of other things as well: tax preparers will be working overtime, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will continue to enforce workplace protections for them and any other employees burning the midnight oil.
Our agency means business when it comes to our mission of promoting and achieving compliance with federal labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation’s workforce. In our effort to do so, we use a robust variety of enforcement tools, including subpoenas, search warrants, consent judgments, debarments, the assessment of liquidated damages, civil money penalties and garnishments where appropriate.
These tools led to the Bluefield, Va., accounting firm of Raymond A. Froy Jr., CPA, P.C., recently paying $22,006 in back wages and liquidated damages for minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. read more