(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:

#dol, #employment, #jobs, #labor, #unemployment

(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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#employment, #id-cards, #legality, #refugees, #social-security

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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http://www.mintpressnews.com/goodwill-pays-workers-with-disabilities-less-than-minimum-wage/173346/

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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!

 

#boris-johnson, #coalition, #elizabeth-truss, #employment, #government, #london, #nadhim-zahawi, #unfair-dismissal-in-the-united-kingdom