RESOURCE: Dept of Labor information & services

The US Department of Labor’s resource pages offer many guidelines valuable to any employer.

This page provides a shortcut to information and services the Department of Labor (DOL) offers employers. We will continue to expand the links here based on your comments and feedback. So, bookmark this page and come back often.

One good place to start is our compliance assistance information and resources to help you, as an employer, understand which DOL laws apply to your business.

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FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse

 Employers would be required to check clearinghouse before hiring and annually

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. The clearinghouse would help improve roadway safety by making it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with federal drug and alcohol regulations, including mandatory testing.

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CAUTION Delivery of road salt falling short across Western Pennsylvania

More than 1,500 Pennsylvania municipalities buy their salt through a cooperative program called COSTARS, administered by the state Department of General Services. The program staff has heard from numerous communities throughout the state about shortages, spokeswoman Holly Lubart said.

“Bad weather has created an unprecedented demand for road salt” that has caused shortages in Pennsylvania and several other states, she said. “Frozen waterways have delayed shipments.”

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PA Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.9% in December

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point in December to 6.9 percent. This was the first time in nearly five years (January 2009) that the rate was below 7 percent, and it was the largest one-month decline since July 1983. The unemployment rate was down by one percentage point from December 2012.

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Congratulations! Tobyhanna claims governor’s award

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — Pennsylvania officials named Team Tobyhanna’s safety program one of the best in the Commonwealth.  Stressing safety at Tobyhanna Army Depot secured the 2013 Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence (GASE). Ten organizations across the state were chosen from 56 competitors to receive the annual award, which will be presented during a ceremony at each location.


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Winter Weather: Plan. Equip. Train.

“Winter weather creates a variety of hazards that can significantly impact everyday tasks and work activities. These hazards include slippery roads/surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold.

Learning how to prepare for work during the winter, protect workers from the cold and other hazards that can cause illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, is essential to maintaining a safe work environment and completing tasks successfully.”

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FMCSA Announces One-Year Extension of Paper Medical Certificate Requirement for Commercial Bus and Truck Drivers

“The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA)  announced that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors.”

Click here for 10 January 2014 FMCSA announcement.

Click here for FMSCA Final Rule Extension of Certificate Retention Requirements.

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JAN ENews: Volume 11, Issue 4, Fourth Quarter, 2013

The JAN E-News is a quarterly online newsletter. Its purpose is to keep subscribers informed about low-cost and innovative accommodation approaches; the latest trends in assistive technologies; announcements of upcoming JAN presentations, media events, trainings, and Webcasts; and legislative and policy updates promoting the employment success of people with disabilities

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!! Typhoon Relief !!

Many have expressed the desire to assist the disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.

These are links to organizations directly assisting those effected by the typhoon:

World Food Programme
The UN’s hunger-fighting organization has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online.

Red Cross
The humanitarian and disaster relief organization has sent emergency responders and volunteers to provide meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter.

The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts.

The emergency response and global health organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies.

ShelterBox, an emergency relief organization, provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless.

Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area.

Save The Children
The organization, which prioritizes kids’ needs, has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials.

Doctors Without Borders
The international medical humanitarian organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits.

Operation USA 
The Los Angeles-based nonprofit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online.

Team Rubicon
The nonprofit, which galvanizes first responders and veterans to help in times of crises, has sent a group of specialists to aid in search-and rescue, medical triage and medical relief. A second team will be deployed Nov. 12 to create a supply chain for field work.

International Medical Corps
The emergency response team is providing infection control, clean water and food to families in the hardest hit areas. Learn more here.

The International Rescue Committee
The organization, which specializes in humanitarian crises, is sending a relief team to help provide water and sanitation systems.

Action Against Hunger
The international poverty-fighting nonprofit, which provides sustainable global food and water solutions, is distributing drinking water, buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. It’s also providing sanitation equipment to help prevent waterborne diseases.

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