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North Carolina Commerce Department agrees to improve access to workforce programs after US Labor Department’s compliance review

Post Date: Monday - September 26, 2016 - 3:36pm
North Carolina Commerce Department agrees to improve access to workforce programs after US Labor Department’s compliance review
State to correct deficiencies, remove language barriers to federally funded services

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Commerce after a compliance review by the federal department’s Civil Rights Center found the state’s unemployment insurance and employment service programs deficient in providing services to those with limited English proficiency.

Prompted by a national origin discrimination complaint by Legal Aid of North Carolina, the CRC sought to determine...

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North Carolina Commerce Department agrees to improve access to workforce programs after US Labor Department’s compliance review

Post Date: Monday - September 26, 2016 - 3:36pm
North Carolina Commerce Department agrees to improve access to workforce programs after US Labor Department’s compliance review
State to correct deficiencies, remove language barriers to federally funded services

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Commerce after a compliance review by the federal department’s Civil Rights Center found the state’s unemployment insurance and employment service programs deficient in providing services to those with limited English proficiency.

Prompted by a national origin discrimination complaint by Legal Aid of North Carolina, the CRC sought to determine...

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US Labor Department reaches settlement with Sierra Pacific Industries’ Health Benefits Plan

Post Date: Monday - September 26, 2016 - 2:49pm
US Labor Department reaches settlement with Sierra Pacific Industries’ Health Benefits Plan
Settlement enforces Affordable Care Act, requires plan revision

WASHINGTON – Fiduciaries of a health plan covering employees of a major western lumber producer have agreed to settle claims that they did not comply with the Affordable Care Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when providing healthcare benefits and deciding worker claims for healthcare benefits.

After an investigation by the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Sierra Pacific Industries Health Benefits Plan has agreed to comply with the ACA and ERISA, to pay past...

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US Labor Department reaches settlement with Sierra Pacific Industries’ Health Benefits Plan

Post Date: Monday - September 26, 2016 - 2:49pm
US Labor Department reaches settlement with Sierra Pacific Industries’ Health Benefits Plan
Settlement enforces Affordable Care Act, requires plan revision

WASHINGTON – Fiduciaries of a health plan covering employees of a major western lumber producer have agreed to settle claims that they did not comply with the Affordable Care Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when providing healthcare benefits and deciding worker claims for healthcare benefits.

After an investigation by the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Sierra Pacific Industries Health Benefits Plan has agreed to comply with the ACA and ERISA, to pay past...

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US Department of Labor sues Silicon Valley tech company for discriminating against Asian job applicants

Post Date: Monday - September 26, 2016 - 1:28pm
US Department of Labor sues Silicon Valley tech company for discriminating against Asian job applicants

PALO ALTO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit charging that Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto technology company, discriminated systematically against Asian job applicants in its hiring process and selection procedures.

Filed with the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, the lawsuit seeks to end the company’s alleged discriminatory hiring policies and practices. Palantir provides software and data analysis services under federal contract to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Department...

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US Department of Labor sues Silicon Valley tech company for discriminating against Asian job applicants

Post Date: Monday - September 26, 2016 - 1:28pm
US Department of Labor sues Silicon Valley tech company for discriminating against Asian job applicants

PALO ALTO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit charging that Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto technology company, discriminated systematically against Asian job applicants in its hiring process and selection procedures.

Filed with the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, the lawsuit seeks to end the company’s alleged discriminatory hiring policies and practices. Palantir provides software and data analysis services under federal contract to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Department...

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US Department of Labor awards $80.3M in grants to provide at-risk youth in 35 states a second chance at education, career training

Post Date: Thursday - September 22, 2016 - 1:28pm
US Department of Labor awards $80.3M in grants to provide at-risk youth in 35 states a second chance at education, career training
YouthBuild program provides community-based alternative education

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $80.3 million in YouthBuild grants to non-profit organizations in 35 states to help young people struggling to reach key educational and career milestones and to equip themselves to be successful in the workforce and engaged in their communities.

YouthBuild is a community-based, alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-24. The grants...

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US Department of Labor awards $80.3M in grants to provide at-risk youth in 35 states a second chance at education, career training

Post Date: Thursday - September 22, 2016 - 1:28pm
US Department of Labor awards $80.3M in grants to provide at-risk youth in 35 states a second chance at education, career training
YouthBuild program provides community-based alternative education

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $80.3 million in YouthBuild grants to non-profit organizations in 35 states to help young people struggling to reach key educational and career milestones and to equip themselves to be successful in the workforce and engaged in their communities.

YouthBuild is a community-based, alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-24. The grants...

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US Labor Department announces more than $150K in research grants to expand portable retirement savings plans for low-wage workers

Post Date: Thursday - September 22, 2016 - 9:57am
US Labor Department announces more than $150K in research grants to expand portable retirement savings plans for low-wage workers
Organizations to study ways to help workers save for retirement

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it has awarded a total of $153,836 in grants to organizations to support the planning and research of portable retirement benefit plans for low-wage workers.

Administered by the department’s Women’s Bureau, the awards are funded by the Portable Retirement Benefits Planning grant program. The program’s ultimate goal is to assist those workers – particularly women and others in low-wage occupations – who lack access...

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US Labor Department announces more than $150K in research grants to expand portable retirement savings plans for low-wage workers

Post Date: Thursday - September 22, 2016 - 9:57am
US Labor Department announces more than $150K in research grants to expand portable retirement savings plans for low-wage workers
Organizations to study ways to help workers save for retirement

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it has awarded a total of $153,836 in grants to organizations to support the planning and research of portable retirement benefit plans for low-wage workers.

Administered by the department’s Women’s Bureau, the awards are funded by the Portable Retirement Benefits Planning grant program. The program’s ultimate goal is to assist those workers – particularly women and others in low-wage occupations – who lack access...

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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Post Date: Thursday - September 22, 2016 - 6:59am
In the week ending September 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 252,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 260,000. The 4-week moving average was 258,500, a decrease of 2,250 from the previou......
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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Post Date: Thursday - September 22, 2016 - 6:59am
In the week ending September 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 252,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 260,000. The 4-week moving average was 258,500, a decrease of 2,250 from the previou......
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US Labor Department awards $20.4M in contracts to partners seeking to expand, diversify registered apprenticeship

Post Date: Wednesday - September 21, 2016 - 2:04pm
US Labor Department awards $20.4M in contracts to partners seeking to expand, diversify registered apprenticeship

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today over $20.4 million in contract awards to 14 national industry intermediaries and national equity partners to expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S.

Part of an historic investment in apprenticeship, the contracts will support the growth of apprenticeship programs in various industries, including healthcare, construction, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, and information and communications technology; and support increasing demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship among traditionally underrepresented populations.

Today’s award is part of the administration’s $90 million funding strategy...

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US Labor Department awards $20.4M in contracts to partners seeking to expand, diversify registered apprenticeship

Post Date: Wednesday - September 21, 2016 - 2:04pm
US Labor Department awards $20.4M in contracts to partners seeking to expand, diversify registered apprenticeship

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today over $20.4 million in contract awards to 14 national industry intermediaries and national equity partners to expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S.

Part of an historic investment in apprenticeship, the contracts will support the growth of apprenticeship programs in various industries, including healthcare, construction, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, and information and communications technology; and support increasing demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship among traditionally underrepresented populations.

Today’s award is part of the administration’s $90 million funding strategy...

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Hewlett-Packard settles hiring discrimination case; agrees to pay $750K in back wages, interest to more than 500 Arkansas applicants

Post Date: Wednesday - September 21, 2016 - 11:45am
Hewlett-Packard settles hiring discrimination case; agrees to pay $750K in back wages, interest to more than 500 Arkansas applicants
US Labor Department finds federal contractor denied opportunity to minority candidates

CONWAY, Ark. – Landing a job that pays an average of $50,000 a year with a household name in the information technology industry is something to make any worker proud. It was an opportunity denied allegedly to more than 500 job applicants at the Hewlett-Packard Co. in Conway, as the company failed to provide equal opportunity for workers of all races and ethnicities to compete for well-paid professional positions.

The U.S....

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