(LONDON) JUST IN: The National Living Wage is set to rise from £8.91 per hour to £9.50 in the Budget on Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: The government has come under pressure to help low-paid employees and younger workers, who are among the worst hit by the #COVID19 #pandemic.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Business Report: National Living Wage set to rise to £9.50 an hour in the budget on Wednesday: This is a 6.6% increase in the minimum wage for all those aged 23 and over – more than twice the current 3.1% rise in the cost of living: It will take effect from 1 April next year.

Coffee shop worker

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the increase “ensures we’re making work pay and keeps us on track to meet our target to end low pay by the end of this Parliament”. 

But Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Bridget Phillipson, described it as an “underwhelming offer” that would be mostly swallowed up by tax rises, universal credit cuts and higher energy bills.

Minimum pay rates for younger workers are also set to go up. 

The National Minimum Wage for people aged 21-22 will rise from £8.36 to £9.18 an hour and the Apprentice Rate increases from £4.30 to £4.81 an hour.

Minimum wage increases from 1 April:

  • National Living Wage for over-23s: From £8.91 to £9.50 an hour
  • National Minimum Wage for those aged 21-22: From £8.36 to £9.18
  • National Minimum Wage for 18 to 20-year-olds: From £6.56 to £6.83
  • National Minimum Wage for under-18s: From £4.62 to £4.81
  • The Apprentice Rate: From £4.30 to £4.81

The minimum wage that workers should get depends on their age and whether they are apprentices.

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour to which almost all workers are entitled. 

The National Living Wage is higher than the National Minimum Wage. It applies to workers who are 23 or older.

Employers often worry that a higher minimum wage will lead to more unemployment, as they will be forced to lay off workers in order to afford the increases.

But independent experts maintain there has been little or no evidence of job losses as a result of rising minimum wage levels.

About half of the two million jobs paid at this level are in retail, hospitality, cleaning and maintenance. 

This time last year, there were concerns that hard-pressed small businesses would find it difficult to afford such rises. 

Firms are already saying price rises will be passed on to consumers, but this bit of inflationary pressure was mostly baked in to the system, says the BBC’s economics editor, Faisal Islam.

The government has already committed to put the National Living Wage on a pathway to well over £10 an hour, or more formally two-thirds of typical wages, and thus to “abolish in work poverty” by 2024, our editor adds.

He says the government will claim that this makes up for cuts to universal credit, but although the cash increase is impressive, much will be gobbled up by rising prices and it is not necessarily the same people in receipt of both.

Giving millions of workers a 6.6% pay rise sounds generous and will be a welcome boost to many pay packets.

It also follows the government’s – and particularly the prime minister’s – narrative of pushing towards a higher-wage economy.

Yet this would be no bumper pay day for low-income families.

They spend a higher proportion of income than others on heating and lighting their homes. Hefty gas and electricity bill rises, on top of recent increases this month, are inevitable in the spring. Prices in the shops are going up and many economists believe the increases could last longer than previously expected.

Finally, a National Living Wage rise is not compensation for welfare cuts, such as a removal of the £20-a-week universal credit uplift, as the Institute for Fiscal Studies has consistently pointed out. 

Not all of those receiving benefits are in work, and for low-income employees who are, a rise in wages can mean a reduction in their benefits.

The move comes as households face an economic squeeze from the soaring cost of energy and rising consumer prices.

The Bank of England’s chief economist, Huw Pill, has warned that UK inflation is likely to hit or surpass 5% by early next year, leading analysts to predict that interest rates could go up as early as next month.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is also eager to begin balancing the books after the strain of financing pandemic emergency measures, with higher taxes likely to be in the offing.

Measures to trim public spending have already begun with the end of the £20-a-week temporary increase to universal credit payments, which was brought in at the start of the pandemic and withdrawn again earlier this month.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Oct.26: 2021:

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(LONDON) ONS REPORT: The number of job vacancies in the UK has hit a record high, according to the latest official figures #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: The largest increase in vacancies was in the retail sector and in motor vehicle repair, it said: The UK unemployment rate was estimated at 4.5%, compared with a rate of 4% before the pandemic:

#AceDailyNews says according to the latest ONS report: UK job vacancies reach 20-year high with total of 1.1-million: The ONS said the number of employees on payrolls showed another monthly increase, rising 207,000 to a record 29.2 million in September…..

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Glossary

Vacancies

Vacancies are defined as positions for which employers are actively seeking recruits from outside their business or organisation. The estimates are based on the Vacancy Survey; this is a survey of employers designed to provide estimates of the stock of vacancies across the economy, excluding agriculture, forestry and fishing (a small sector for which the collection of estimates would not be practical).

Jobs

job is an activity performed for an employer or customer by a worker in exchange for payment, usually in cash, or in kind, or both. The number of jobs is not the same as the number of people in employment. This is because a person can have more than one job. The number of jobs is the sum of employee jobs from employer surveys, self-employment jobs from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), those in HM Forces and government-supported trainees. The number of people in employment is measured by the LFS; these estimates are available in our Employment in the UKrelease.

A more detailed glossary is available.Back to table of contents

Measuring the data

Consultation on the Code of Practice for Statistics – proposed change to 9.30am release practice

On behalf of the UK Statistics Authority, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) is conducting a consultation on the Code of Practice for Statistics, proposing changes to the 9.30am release practice. Please send comments by 21 December 2021 to regulation@statistics.gov.uk.

Coronavirus

For more information on how labour market data sources are affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, see the article published on 6 May 2020, which details some of the challenges that we have faced in producing estimates at this time.

An article, published on 11 December 2020, compares our labour market data sources and discusses some of the main differences.

Workforce Jobs estimates include data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). From the 15 July 2021 an improved LFS weighting methodology, better accounting for population changes through the COVID-19 pandemic was implemented, affecting periods from January to March 2020 onwards. This publication of Workforce Jobs statistics is the first to take on these revised LFS estimates. For more information on the changes to LFS weighting methodology through the pandemic please see our article on the LFS Survey weighting methodology.

Impact on production of vacancy and workforce job estimates

Because of social distancing measures leading to the temporary closure of businesses across the UK, there have been some difficulties in collecting data using the Vacancy Survey and the Short-Term Employment Surveys.

Survey response rates were lower than is typical. To protect the quality of our output, we have used alternative sources where possible to inform data. We have used Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) section-level indications from the Business Insights and Conditions Survey (BICS), as well as survey contributor-level comments provided to us over the telephone or electronically, as a guide on whether businesses are operational and likely, or not, to be actively recruiting and to confirm employment figures.

Sources

The data in this bulletin come from surveys of businesses. It is not feasible to survey every business in the UK, so these statistics are estimates based on samples, not precise figures.

Vacancies

Estimates of vacancies are obtained from the Vacancy Survey, a survey of employers. Adzuna Online job advert estimates are also published as part of the Coronavirus and the latestindicators for the UK economy release.

Jobs

Estimates of jobs are compiled from a number of sources, including Short-Term Employment Surveys (STES), the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS). STES is a group of surveys that collect employment and turnover information from private sector businesses. In December of each year, the jobs estimates are “benchmarked” to the latest estimates from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES).

The STES estimates are drawn for a specified date early in the last month of each calendar quarter. The March 2020 data were from 13 March 2020 before the start of coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing measures.

For more information on how jobs data are measured, please see the Measuring the Data section in our previous release

More quality and methodology information on strengths, limitations, appropriate uses, and how the data were created is available in the Vacancy Survey QMI and Workforce jobs QMI.

Sampling variability

The sampling variability of the three-month average vacancies level is around plus or minus 1.5% of that level expressed as a coefficient of variation, giving a 95% confidence interval for estimates of approximately plus or minus 20,000.

The sampling variability of the three-month average vacancies level, for a typical industrial sector is around plus or minus 6% of that level.Back to table of contents

#AceHealthDesk report ……………………Published: Oct.13: 2021:

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(BRIGHTON) Labour Conference Report: Sir Keir Starmer is at the centre of a row over left-wing demands to back increasing the minimum wage to £15 an hour as minister for employment resigns #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: Labour’s conference is expected to pass a motion later calling for this to be party policy:

#AceDailyNews says that U.K Media reports Keir Starmer in row with Labour’s left over minimum wage increase as Frontbencher Andy McDonald resigned on Monday, saying the leadership had ordered him to argue against the rise, making his position “untenable”………….The leadership is keen to avoid an open row on the issue………It says it will not encourage members to back or reject the motion, which, if it passes, will not automatically become Labour policy.

By Justin Parkinson
Political reporter, BBC News

Sir Keir Starmer

Arguments between the left, including supporters of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Labour members loyal to Sir Keir have dominated the conference in Brighton.

Sir Keir pushed through reforms to the party election rules, seen as unfavourable to left-wing members of Labour, in a vote on Sunday.Andy McDonald MP: “Is it unreasonable to expect our key workers not to have that level of pay?”

The Unite union is putting the motion, calling for the minimum wage to increase to £15, to a vote on Tuesday.

The current minimum wage is £8.91 for those 23 and over, £8.36 for those aged 21 and 22, and £6.56 for 18 to 20-year olds. 

The wide-ranging Unite motion also says that, for Labour to win the next election, it “must be an anti-austerity party, defending jobs and improving living standards”.

It includes demands for stronger union rights, higher taxes “on the very wealthiest”, an end to zero-hour contracts and a “better work-life balance”.

Today’s conference motion is not binding so the argument over it is symbolic. The left argue it is more proof that they are radical where Sir Keir Starmer is lukewarm. And it’s a way of fighting back after Sir Keir changed the party’s rules to make it harder for a Corbynite candidate to get into a future leadership contest. The leadership is turning down the invitation to have a fight about this vote, saying it’s not bothered if the motion passes. Nonetheless, there’s a war between Starmer and the far left and this is today’s battleground. There will be another one soon. Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Labour’s current policy was to raise the minimum wage at “at least” £10 per hour. He insisted that the party leadership was “perfectly happy” for conference delegates to back the £15 motion.However, he said Labour would only reassess its current policy closer to the next general election, adding this was the “responsible thing to do”.Raising the minimum wage was not one of the 10 pledges Sir Keir made when running for the Labour leadership last year.But he supported a campaign in 2019 for fast food chain McDonald’s to improve pay and conditions.At the time, he said: “They’re not asking for the Earth. They’re asking for the basics – £15 an hour, the right to know their hours in advance and to have trade union recognition. That ought to be the norm in 21st Century Britain.”But, in a scathing resignation letter, Mr McDonald claimed the leader’s office had instructed him go to a meeting at the party conference and “argue against a national minimum wage of £15 an hour and against statutory sick pay at the living wage”.”After many months of a pandemic when we made commitments to stand by key workers, I cannot now look those same workers in the eye and tell them they are not worth a wage that is enough to live on, or that they don’t deserve security when they are ill,” he added.Labour pledges £28bn a year to make economy greenerLabour: Has Starmer stood by his pledges?Meanwhile, former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the party’s current leadership of wanting to “prop up, not challenge” wealth and power. Writing for the i news website, he added: “If our leadership won’t champion that path, our movement must and will.”Mr Thomas-Symonds told the Today programme he rejected Mr Corbyn’s analysis, adding Sir Keir had a “passionate sense of social justice”.Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a senior figure on Labour’s left, said: “Questions have got to be asked about Keir Starmer… the conference is falling apart.”And former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, also on the left of the party, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “nonsense” to suggest there was a campaign to undermine Sir Keir.She added: “Andy’s not the sort of person to say anything the leadership wants to keep his job.”Mr McDonald was one of only a few members of previous Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench team who continued to serve after Sir Keir took over.Responding to his resignation, Sir Keir said: “I want to thank Andy for his service in the shadow cabinet. “Labour’s comprehensive New Deal for Working People shows the scale of our ambition and where our priorities lie.” 

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(LONDON) Employment & Inflation Report: Job vacancies in the U.K. hit a record high last month and wages soared by 7.4% between April & June, adding to fears of a prolonged period of rising prices as companies pass on higher costs to consumers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.18: There were a record 953,000 vacancies in the United Kingdom on average over the three months to July — 168,000 more than the first quarter of 2020 before coronavirus restrictions were introduced…

#AceDailyNews says that one million vacancies and soaring wages fuel UK inflation fears and the strong recovery in the labor market was highlighted in data published Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics and it could further fuel inflationary pressures in the UK economy. That could prompt the central bank to hike interest rates as early as May 2022, according to some economists.

For July alone, vacancies may have exceeded one million for the first time based on early survey figures, according to Jonathan Athow, ONS deputy national statistician for economic statistics.Vacancies in all industries increased, with arts, entertainment and recreation posting the fastest rate of growth following the lifting of all remaining social distancing restrictions in England on July 19.

Worker shortage is forcing UK businesses to close as Covid cases spike

“The world of work continues to rebound robustly from the effects of the pandemic,” Athow said in a statement.

The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 4.7%, according to the ONS. Athow said that there were no signs of redundancies starting to pick up ahead of the end of the government’s furlough program, which supports wages, at the end of next month.

Worker shortages could place a drag on the recovery, however. Some pubs and grocery stores had to close last month because of the number of employees required to quarantine after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19. 

The UK government has since scrapped this rule for people who are fully vaccinated, but the impact of the pandemic and Brexit has meant fewer EU citizens to fill jobs in industries such as retail, farming and logistics.

“Although the changes to self-isolation rules will help, with many firms facing a more deep-rooted squeeze on labor supply from the impact of Covid and Brexit, staff shortages may persistently weigh on economic activity,” head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, Suren Thiru said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rising inflation concerns

There are already signs that a shortage of workers is placing upward pressure on wages. According to the ONS, growth in average total pay excluding bonuses was 7.4% in the three months to June compared with the same period in 2020. 

Even after stripping out factors such as the fall in the number of lower-paid jobs, the ONS data suggest that annual wage inflation was running between 3.5% and 4.9% in June, according to Berenberg senior economist Kallum Pickering.

“It remains well above the mere 2% average rate from 2009-2019,” Pickering wrote in a research note. “With unemployment falling from an already low level and labor demand surging to well past previous record highs, the risks to the wage growth outlook look skewed to the upside,” he added.

Rising wage pressures come as businesses are already contending with higher costs in their supply chains from raw materials shortages and soaring shipping rates. 

“Together, these factors point to further inflation pressures ahead as firms try to pass on cost rises to consumers,” Pickering said. 

The Bank of England said earlier this month that it expects inflation to rise even further above its 2% target in the coming months and that it will set interest rates to ensure inflation returns to that level.

“We continue to look for the first rate hike in August 2022. But the strengthening inflation dynamic and strong recovery in domestic demand suggest the risks are tilted towards a hike even sooner that — perhaps as early as May 2022,” Pickering added.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.18: 2021:

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: DHSC Minister Sajid Javid Announces NHS staff including nurses, paramedics, consultants, and dentists in England will receive a 3% pay rise backdated to April 2021 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.22: NHS staff including nurses, paramedics, consultants, and dentists in England will receive a 3% pay rise backdated to April 2021 after the government accepted the recommendations of the independent NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Review Body for Doctors’ and Dentists’ Renumeration (DDRB).

#AceHealthDesk reports that today GOVUK has confirmed NHS staff to receive 3% pay rise that includes nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists and salaried GPs but already its not enough and unions are calling for 12-15% when the NHS budget is for patients….

  • Government accepts recommendations of NHS independent pay review bodies in full for this year
  • 3% pay rise for NHS staff including nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists and salaried GPs
  • NHS staff recognised for their pandemic contribution during an unprecedented year

For the average nurse, this will mean an additional £1,000 a year, while many porters and cleaners will receive around £540.

The government committed to providing NHS staff with a pay uplift in recognition of the unique impact of the pandemic on the NHS.

The independent pay review bodies considered a range of evidence from organisations including government, the NHS and trade unions in order to reach their recommendations.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

NHS staff are rightly receiving a pay rise this year despite the wider public sector pay pause, in recognition of their extraordinary efforts. We asked the independent pay review bodies for their recommendations and I’m pleased to accept them in full, with a 3% pay rise for all staff in scope, from doctors and nurses to paramedics and porters.

We will back the NHS as we focus our efforts on getting through this pandemic and tackling the backlog of other health problems that has built up. I will continue to do everything I can to support all those in our health service who are working so tirelessly to care for patients.

Minister for Care Helen Whately said:

I am determined to make the NHS the best place to work for all our staff and we continue to invest in recruitment and retention with over 45,300 more staff in the NHS now compared to a year ago, including nearly 9,000 more nurses and over 4,000 more doctors.

Our NHS staff have worked incredibly hard to fight the pandemic for over eighteen months and I’m glad to confirm we are accepting the pay review bodies’ recommendations in full this year, so staff in their remit will receive a 3% pay rise.

In addition, salaried GPs’ recommended minimum and maximum pay will be uplifted by 3% whilst dental contracts will be uplifted to account for the 3% uplift for dentists.

Additional Notes:

  • The reports will be laid before Parliament at 9:30am tomorrow morning (22 July).
  • The pay rise will be backdated to April 2021.
  • Nurses at the top of band 5 currently earn a salary of £30,600.
  • The DDRB were not asked to make pay recommendations for those Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors who have transferred over to the new SAS contract, or doctors and dentists in training, as these groups are in respective multi-year pay and contract reform deals.
  • The SAS deal offers doctors faster progression to the top of the pay scales with meaningful increases at each progression point. The introduction of a new senior SAS grade improves opportunities for career progression. The agreement also introduces safeguards and additional annual leave to support health and wellbeing.
  • GPs are subject to a five-year investment agreement (to 2023/24) between NHSEI and the British Medical Association (BMA) and therefore no pay recommendation has been sought for GP contractors.
  • Dentists will receive a 3% uplift. This is in addition to reduced requirements on the activity they deliver for full payment of their contract, minus agreed deductions, that have been in place throughout and a renewed commitment to reforming the NHS dental contract.
  • Uplifts to dentists will be passed on via an uplift to their contract value.
  • Health spending and public sector pay is a devolved responsibility and it is up to each respective country to determine how they respond to the Pay Review Bodies and what pay uplift to provide for staff.

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: July.22: 2021:

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(LONDON) Parliament Report: Urgent question raised by Ian Duncan-Smith on boycott on ‘Winter Olympics’ and restrictions on China over their ‘Human Rights Abuses’ as MPs on all opposition sides ready to stop trading but at what cost to U.K. economy #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.21: The prominence of China in the global economy has changed markedly over the last 20 years. China’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has been growing by around 10% a year between 1993 and 2013, compared with the global average of 2.8%. The GDP of China has increased from $0.44 trillion to $9.24 trillion in 2013.

#AceFinanceDesk reports from ONS on how important is China to the UK economy, employment and global trading on import & export ..and the figures below are staggering and coming out of a pandemic would stopping trading with one of the U.K.’s second largest economy be the right move …as much as abuse of peoples is so wrong …..

China has become the world’s second largest economy as a proportion of global GDP

Its share of global GDP rose from 1.7% to 12.2% between 1993 and 2013. The US is still the world’s largest economy but its share of the global economy has fallen, along with Europe’s. Over this period of growth, it’s important to consider how key is China as a trading partner to the UK today?

Proportion of world GDP by selected parts of the world, 2004 to 2013

Source: World Bank

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China is the UK’s second largest non-EU import partner, just behind America

The importance of China to the UK economy as a trading partner has increased consistently since 2004, with both imports and exports increasing. China has become the UK’s second largest non-EU import partner behind America, accounting for 7% of UK imports in 2014 compared with 3.3% in 2004. Trade in goods dominates UK trade with China, which has accounted for over 95% of all UK trade imports from China per year since 2004.

Imports from China up £26.3 billion in the past decade

Goods and services exports and imports with China, 2004 to 2014

Source: UK Economic Accounts ONS

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Imports of goods and services from China have grown from £11.3 billion in 2004 to £37.7 billion in 2014. Exports have grown at a slower rate, from £4.0 billion to £18.2 billion, but still accounted for 3.6% of UK exports. Due to imports growing at faster rate than exports, the UK’s trade deficit with China has also grown. Our trade deficit stood at £19.5 billion in 2014, the second highest behind Germany.

China is now the UK’s 6th biggest destination for UK goods exports

Percentage of UK total goods exports by selected country, 2004 to 2014

Source: The Pink Book, Chapter 9, Part 3: Geographical Breakdown, ONS Download the data

China’s economy has had a notable impact on UK exports and imports over the past 20 years. Our trade is typically heavily dominated by the US and a range of European countries, where the UK has always had strong political and geographical links. However, in the past 20 years China has to become our 6th biggest destination for UK goods exports.

2.8% of UK business abroad operated in China

In 2012, there were 654 UK owned businesses operating in China. These UK owned businesses employed 148,822 people and had a turnover of £13.4 billion. Of this, £6.0 billion came from manufacturing and £6.7 billion from services, of which £3.9 billion was financial and insurance activities. These businesses account for 2.8% of UK owned enterprises abroad, 1.1% of the turnover, and 3.0% of the employment.

UK citizens invested £6 billion in China in 2013

UK citizens invested £6.0 billion in China in 2013, up from £1.9 billion in 2004. In comparison, Chinese citizens invested significantly less in the UK, £950 million in 2014, up from £119 million in 2004. However, China only account for a small amount on inward (0.1%) and outward (0.6%) investment, compared with Europe and the US. The US and Europe account for 74.4% of the UK’s outward investment and 83.1% of the UK’s inward investment.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.21: 2021:

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(MANCHESTER, N.H.) US Dept Of Labor Report: Recovers245,351 in back wages for 117 employees of a greenhouse tomato grower in Madison, Maine, that failed to comply with federal laws governing wages and working conditions for agricultural temporary guest workers, U.S. workers and workers in corresponding employment #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Investigators determined Backyard Farms violated H-2A programrequirements when it made room for incoming foreign workers by dismissing U.S. workers it employed through temporary help agencies as de-leafers, pickers and packers. The grower also paid workers in corresponding employment lower wages than H-2A workers for performing the same work, which is prohibited by law. Additionally, Backyard Farms failed to offer employment to U.S. workers who worked in the same occupation the previous year, instead giving those positions to guest workers. The employer also failed to provide employees with copies of their work contracts, as required by law.

Maine tomato grower pays $337K in back wages, penalties after US Department of Labor investigation: ‘The Investigators with the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Backyard Farms LLC violated the labor provisions of the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Visa Program and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act . In addition to the back wages, Backyard Farms paid $92,114 in civil money penalties for its violations’

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Backyard Farms also violated the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act when it contracted with three temporary help agencies that were not farm labor contractors registered to perform MSPA-covered activities. 

“The U.S. Department of Labor continues to enforce the requirements of agricultural guest worker program to ensure employers do not terminate or fail to offer jobs to U.S. workers in favor of foreign workers, and do not pay any workers in corresponding employment less than their hard-earned wages,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Daniel Cronin in Manchester, New Hampshire. “In this case, Backyard Farmsdismissed some U.S. workers and paid other workers lower wages than foreign workers for the same work. Employers that violate the requirements of the H-2A program can be assessed back wages and substantial penalties, and may be barred from participating in the H-2A program for up to 3 years.”

The division’s Northern New England District Office in Manchester conducted the investigation.

The Wage and Hour Division provides its Workers Owed Wages search tool to assist workers owed back wages. The division also provides employers with a range of compliance assistance materials and encourages all employers to contact their local office to speak confidentially with a wage and hour professional to discuss any questions they may have. For more information about the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Programand other laws enforced by the division, call 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). 

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) JUST IN: US Dept of HHS Statement Report: American Workers Come First, Trump Administration Launches ‘Engaging as One Workforce for America’ Initiative today Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.02: Today, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (Department of Labor) and Agriculture (Department of Agriculture) will be joining efforts to put American workers first in a post-coronavirus economic recovery initiative to help more families experience the benefits of work:

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Together, through the “Engaging as One Workforce for America” initiative, HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will work to increase the capacity of state and local governments to: Engage unemployed individuals to shorten durations of unemployment and reduce disconnections from the workforce that make it harder for individuals to return; and
Connect to the workforce those who were not participating in the labor force prior to the pandemic, through a comprehensive and coordinated public and private effort.

The vision of “One Workforce” is to encourage states and local communities to coordinate and maximize resources and technical assistance across federal, state and local funding streams, as well as from the private sector, to support training, employment services and social supports to increase access to employment opportunities for all Americans. “One Workforce” will create a coordinated approach to helping state and local governments, working in conjunction with community organizations, to prepare a skilled workforce for employers: ” We’re doing everything we can to help struggling Americans secure the training, support resources, and job opportunities they need to provide for their families,” said Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson at the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Our goal in this partnership is to lift up our American workers and help set them up for success.”

“ Developing an integrated local partnership system that serves Americans who have been most affected by the pandemic is critical,” said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch at the U.S. Department of Labor: ” This initiative encourages states to coordinate funding and leverage resources available to create a one workforce system that will more efficiently and effectively move Americans off the economic sidelines and toward the dignity of work.”

“Together our agencies are focused on combining our efforts to move more families forward,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps. “The outcome of work provides hope, dignity and a better future for workers, their children and our nation.”

Background: The three agencies will join forces with an initial small number of states to pilot cross-program strategies that will help more Americans impacted by coronavirus access re­employment services, training and social supports to help them enter, re-enter, and remain in the workforce. This includes leveraging federal funds and program opportunities from within their agencies, including:

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) at ACF;
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at the Department of Labor; and
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T)  at the Department of Agriculture.

ACF, ETA and FNS have pledged to support this initiative through technical assistance, identification of potential funding sources, coordination of efforts, and bringing other federal partners in to assist. The focus of these partnerships will be on supporting state and local government innovations across programs, in coordination with their business communities, as state and local governments know best their job sector needs and how to connect their citizens to the training and jobs needed for their specific labor markets.  Flexibilities and innovations identified through the pilot efforts will be made broadly available to all state and tribal grantees, along with any federal technical assistance needed.

Concurrent with the announcement of the initiative, a limited number of states are being sent the following letter:

“Dear Director:

As you know, prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency, our nation was experiencing unprecedented growth and economic vitality. Almost every demographic experienced historic employment rates. Now, within a matter of months, our way of life has changed, and for many that includes the means for supporting themselves and their families. As we engage in reopening, we invite you to join us in engaging unemployed individuals as we rebuild our economy. We know, and research confirms, that the longer an individual is disconnected from the workforce, the harder it is for that individual to return. For that reason, now is a crucial time for action – and we’d invite you to partner with us in that endeavor.

The last few months have been difficult for millions of Americans. Record numbers exited the workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the return to the labor force is a function of time and the reopening of certain businesses or industries. For others, including those who were not participating in the labor force prior to the pandemic, it will take a more comprehensive and coordinated public and private effort. In this moment, we, your federal partners, believe we have an even greater obligation to collaborate with you in addressing the needs of the unemployed.

We are responsible for administering three critical workforce development programs in three federal agencies:

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) promotes workforce preparation as one of the four statutory purposes for which TANF funds can be used. ACF encourages states, territories, and tribes to support job readiness and skill-focused training as allowable uses of TANF funds. ACF also provides discretionary funding for career pathways training.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers federal programs for workforce development and worker dislocation, federal grants to states for public employment service, and unemployment insurance benefits under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). These programs are operated primarily through state and local workforce development systems with support from federal and other funding sources.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) offers the SNAP Employment and Training Program to states. This program helps SNAP participants gain skills, training, or work experience to increase their ability to obtain and maintain employment, thereby increasing self-sufficiency.

Together, we have a tremendous opportunity to maximize the effectiveness of our programs in a post-COVID-19 economic recovery to help more families experience the benefits of work. Aligning and leveraging our combined program resources toward the common objective of helping millions of people affected by the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn is imperative. And such efforts will assist in recouping job losses, a top priority of government at every level while cities, counties, states, and federal agencies struggle with diminished revenues and greater demands on resources and services that attend job losses. 

We are committed to this endeavor. We propose to initially partner with a small group of willing states to pilot a combined workforce program initiative to help more households enter, re-enter, and remain in the workforce – with the assistance of whatever services they may need to achieve that goal, such as re-employment, training, and social supports. For some people, this could mean changing jobs, industry sectors or learning new skills. With a cross-agency focus, we will encourage our state partners to align and leverage the resources of their vital workforce programs at the state and local levels. Our state and local partners know best how to connect workers to the training and specific jobs needed for their labor markets. Our three agencies pledge to support this partnership through technical assistance, identification of potential funding sources, and coordination of our efforts. 

Based on your state’s consistent commitment to workforce development and improving the lives of all families, we believe you would be an excellent partner in this initiative. Any willing and committed state may participate in this initial group if they wish. To facilitate this effort, ACF has engaged Kristi Putnam, former Deputy Secretary of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to serve as the point of contact. Ms. Putnam will contact you to initiate an organizational meeting with you and members of your team either by electronic means or in-person, following applicable health and social-distancing guidelines. 

We stand ready to help and look forward to collaborating with you.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………………..Published at November 02, 2020:

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(WASHINGTON.D.C.) #Coronavirus Report: U.S. Department of Labor Takes action last week to ‘ Help American Workers and Employers During the #COVID19 #Pandemic ‘ #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.26: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Reopening America’s Economy: Statement by Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment and Training Administration John Pallasch on Weekly Unemployment Claims – Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment and Training Administration John Pallasch issued the following statement regarding Weekly Unemployment Claims: “As Americans continue to return to work, today’s report showed a huge decrease of one million individuals coming off of unemployment insurance rolls: The four week average initial weekly claim numbers, which takes out much of the volatility of weekly claims, hit the lowest point since the start of the pandemic.”

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Keeping America’s Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $1,603,544 In Coronavirus Violations – OSHA has cited 112 establishments for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $1,603,544. 

Keeping workplaces safe during COVID-19 – Read OSHA’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt’s op-ed about keeping America’s workers safe.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Frequently Asked Question and Answer Confirming N95 Respirators Protect Against the Coronavirus – OSHA has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coronavirus exposure.

Defending Workers’ Rights to Paid Leave and Wages Earned:

Leavenworth County, Kansas to Pay Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Leave for Coronavirus-Related School Closure – Leavenworth County, Kansas has agreed to pay an employee $4,998 in back wages after the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) determined the employer wrongly denied the employee’s request for paid leave to care for their child whose school closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Wage and Hour Division found the employer also wrongly terminated the employee for allegedly misrepresenting their spouse’s ability to care for the child during the school closure.

Wichita, Kansas, Best Western Pays 13 Employees Back Wages After Wrongly Denying Paid Sick Leave for Required Coronavirus Quarantine – After an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division, a hotel based in Wichita, Kansas has paid $5,693 in back wages for wrongly denying paid sick leave to 13 employees required to quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Montana Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor Ordered Coronavirus-Related Quarantine – The operator of a Plentywood, Montana, facility for people with disabilities has paid $1,600 in back wages to an employee after the employer wrongly denied emergency paid sick leave despite the employee being advised by her healthcare provider to quarantine due to concerns related to the coronavirus, a violation of provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Labor is focused on protecting the safety and health of American workers, assisting our state partners as they deliver traditional unemployment and expanded unemployment benefits, ensuring Americans know their rights to new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave, providing guidance and assistance to employers, and carrying out the mission of the Department.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………….Published at October 25, 2020 at 01:00AM

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TURKEY: ‘ GOVERNMENT PROVIDING ID CARDS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES TO WORK LEGALLY ‘

#AceNewsServices – TURKEY – With Turkey struggling to meet the basic needs of around 1.7 million Syrian refugees, the government is now planning to issue temporary identity cards for Syrians in order to allow their employment within a legal framework.  

' Turkish Government to provide temporary ID cards for employment of Syrian refugees '

Turkish Government to provide temporary ID cards for employment of Syrian refugees 

The announcement of the plan came from Labour and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik late on Nov. 11, while responding to questions from lawmakers during ongoing debates over the 2015 Central Governance Budget Law at Parliament’s Planning and Budget Commission.

“Now, there is the need for a decision by the Cabinet,” Çelik said, recalling earlier preliminary studies for the employment of Syrian refugees that were drafted by the Directorate General of Migration Management working under the Interior Ministry.

“They will be given a temporary identity card,” Çelik said, adding that their study outlined the employment of Syrian refugees in “vacant positions” and stressed that the proportion of Syrian refugee laborers at any work place must not be higher than 10 percent.

Whether such a limitation will ease widely held concerns about the employment of Syrian refugees as a form of cheap labour remains to be seen.

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Goodwill Pays Workers With Disabilities Less Than Minimum Wage

#AceNewsServices says due to a loophole in the Fair Labour Standards Act of 1938, employers can obtain a special wage certificate that allows them to pay employees with disabilities a wage much lower than the federal minimum wage. A company that takes advantage of this Depression-era loophole is one of the most well-known non-profits in the United States: Goodwill.

Currently employing more than 100,000 employees nationwide, Goodwill says that about 7,300 of its employees at about 109 different Goodwill locations in 38 states are subject to the special minimum-wage exemption, which the charity says allows them to “save money and hire more workers.”

But advocates for the disabled argue employers should not pay sub-minimum wages to employees because that’s telling someone they are not worth it, and creates a system that tells disabled employees they are not as good as the rest of the workforce.

The loophole law, Section 14(c) of the FLSA, known as the Special Wage Certificate Program, is based on the assumptions that people with disabilities are not as productive as able-bodied individuals, and that a commensurate wage tied to a disabled workers productivity increases employment opportunities for the disabled.

Currently about 300,000 workers nationwide are affected by this legal loophole.

An analysis of Goodwill employee wages by Watchdog.org found that while Goodwill pays some disabled employees as little as 22 cents per hour, which is much lower than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, while some of the non-profits top executives collectively earned more than $53.7 million in 2012.

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Workers Rights Come Second To Productivity

 

The FT reports that the Government is coming under pressure from right-wing Conservative MPs to deliver free market reforms to help boost growth. Boris Johnson has urged the Coalition to slash red tape, and introduce a new London airport and more house building. Nadhim Zahawi says he wants a more flexible labour market to unlock business growth. While Elizabeth Truss has called for an aviation bill and employment reforms to exempt small companies from unfair dismissal claims.

This article in the FT shows how far we will go to provide a stable economy, even down to exempting small companies from unfair dismissal. So all that our previous politicians fought for to give workers, their rights goes by the board when this country starts to feel the pinch!

It is not the man or woman who goes off to their grueling 7 or as in the case of some l have met 14 hour days, to earn a crust, that want to change the rules! This is the so-called middle class that in the last 20 years have gained that foothold on the ladder of success and gained so-called respectability, in the workplace.

As Wikipedia so rightly puts it about the past:

In England 1833, a law was passed saying that any child under the age of 9 could not work, children age 9-13 could only work 8 hours a day, and children aged 14–18 could only work 12 hours a day.

Did we not get past this type of law that allowed children up chimneys in the Victorian Times and allowed them to work only 8 hours! We call that a days work now and what of the days of  the common market, remember that time when people joined,with wide expectations of future jobs, welfare, equal-rights and fairness among the masses! It all turned into a ” gravy train” for all those that climbed aboard!

So now this government minister asks for employment reforms and exemption for small companies from unfair dismissal! Well we all can gather from this type of statement,what this means! The implementation of such change will lead to people being sacked when ever we have a downturn in the economy! Then re-employed when things pick up on a different contract,with lower wages or the like! Maybe we all should doff our cap each time we see a person who is one of our so-called illustrious leaders,as well!

Not me l say! These laws maybe weak and have many loop holes but they protect the very life-blood of this country and in fact the world! Every man, woman and child has a right to be protected at work, given a decent working wage and treated fairly by their employers!

Any reform that starts with exempting companies from their duty is in my opinion tantamount to negligent, provable by law at present but given this type of reform, not for much longer!

 

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