Posts Tagged ‘ Department of Labor ’

Training America’s Workforce Act Introduced in the Senate

Apr 27th, 2023

Four U.S. senators reintroduced the Training America’s Workforce Act last week, a bill they say would make apprenticeships more responsive to industry workforce needs. For the door and window industries, that could mean more on-the-job training and classroom instruction to help take a bite out of workforce shortages. U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Tim Scott […]

National Apprenticeship Week Draws Attention to Trades

Nov 18th, 2022

As the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) draws to a close, it’s clear that organizers promoted not only the manufacturing industry but the benefits of a Registered Apprenticeship program. NAW 2022 included roundtable and panel discussions, conferences, and career and trade fairs hosted by stakeholders in the “earn-as-you-learn” model, in a bid to connect […]

Cardinal Earns ‘Star’ Level Designation for Exemplary Workplace Safety, Health Programs

Jul 25th, 2022

Cardinal Automation Group and Cardinal Insulated Glass, both in Spring Green, Wis., recently were awarded the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Level Designation. According to a Department of Labor press release about the honor, the companies earned recognition for their initiative-taking safety and health programs, and can now be considered […]

Department of Labor Divvies Up $50M in Grant Funding to Close Equity Gaps

Jun 2nd, 2022

People in marginalized and underrepresented populations will have the opportunity to overcome barriers to the career and technical education programs they need to be connected to good-paying jobs, thanks to a new initiative announced today by the Department of Labor (DOL). To bolster community colleges’ and other institutions’ efforts to deliver more equitable education and […]

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Issuances on the Rise

Mar 15th, 2022

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides the chance for thousands of dollars in relief for employers who hire from targeted groups historically faced with significant barriers to employment. From qualified veterans to ex-convicts and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, realized credits can be in excess of $9,000 per qualified employee. Eligibility Requirements Administered by the […]

Window and Door Companies Weigh in on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Vaccine Mandate

Jan 14th, 2022

Some companies and organizations in the glass and fenestration industry may have breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday when the Supreme Court ruled to block an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule mandating businesses with at least 100 employees require workers to be vaccinated or get tested weekly and wear a mask. In Minnesota, […]

Department of Labor Grants Limited Exemption from Equal Employment Opportunity Clause

Mar 20th, 2020

In an effort to provide relief to companies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a memorandum that grants a limited exemption and waiver from some of the requirements of the laws administered by the OFCCP. This includes a requirement that federal contracting […]

Department of Labor Unveils Funding Opportunities for Worker Safety Training

Aug 3rd, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced three Susan Harwood Training Grants funding opportunity announcements for Targeted Topic Training Grants, Training and Educational Materials Development Grants, and Capacity Building Grants. A total of $10.5 million is available for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint […]

DOL’s Joint Employment Rule Withdrawn

Jun 8th, 2017

On Wednesday, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta withdrew the department’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment that,  under Obama-era definitions, could have held an employer liable for the labor and workplace practices of independent contractors and subcontractors such as window installers. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) praised the decision. “Given that […]

OSHA’s Controversial Silica Rule Set in Motion

Mar 24th, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final “Silica Rule,” intended to limit construction and general industry workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule, which has been in the works since 2013, reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for workers. It also requires employers to implement engineering controls, offer medical exams and […]

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