Latest U.S. Department of Labor News

Intel to pay $5M to settle pay discrimination allegations

Oct. 15, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Labor Department says it has reached a $5 million settlement with chip maker Intel Corp. over allegations of pay discrimination against its female, African American and Hispanic employees. As part of the agreement, Intel will pay $3.5 million in back wages and interest. It is also...

Report: New Mexico construction job boom driven by oil, gas

Oct. 12, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A surge in construction jobs continues in New Mexico thanks in large part to the oil and gas boom in the southeastern corner of the state. A new report by the Associated General Contractors of America found that New Mexico added 4,300 construction jobs in a one-year period starting in...

US consumer prices unchanged in September

Oct. 10, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Overall consumer prices were unchanged in September as a big decline in energy costs offset small gains in other areas. The flat reading in the Consumer Price Index for September followed a tiny 0.1% August increase and left prices over the past 12 months rising at a modest annual rate of...

Editorials from around Ohio

Oct. 7, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Replace voter 'purge' with common-sense reforms before 2020 Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com Oct. 5 It's time to end the ridiculous political theater surrounding Ohio's controversial voter "purge" process that has wiped out 462,000 voter...

Mississippi education adviser tapped for US Labor position

Oct. 5, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An education policy adviser for Mississippi's Republican governor is being nominated for a job in the U.S. Department of Labor. The White House announced Friday that President Donald Trump has chosen Laurie Todd-Smith to become director of the Women's Bureau in the department. Gov....

Alaska appealing decision on worker leave calculations

Oct. 1, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is appealing a ruling that found it cannot count weeks rotational workers are not scheduled to work against leave time under a federal law. The U.S. Labor Department in 2017 alleged that starting in 2014, the state miscalculated leave that ferry workers on...

Job training help for laid-off Wyoming coal workers extended

Sep. 24, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Some $1.7 million for job training and other career assistance will continue to be available for workers laid off from Wyoming's coal industry. Gov. Mark Gordon announced Tuesday the U.S. Department of Labor grant funding set to expire Sept. 30 will still be available to the state...

Labor Dept. rule aims to extend overtime to more US workers

Sep. 24, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has issued a rule that will make overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. The Labor Department said Tuesday that it is raising the salary level that...

Senate panel approves Trump's pick to run Labor Department

Sep. 24, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led Senate committee voted along party lines Tuesday to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved attorney Eugene Scalia's nomination, 12-11, clearing the way for the full...

Labor pick will seek ethics advice on brokers conflict rule

Sep. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for...