Labor Rights Week set for Aug. 31-Sept. 3

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Every day, millions of vulnerable workers head to jobs where they unnecessarily face dangerous or unfair conditions. Construction workers aren’t given necessary personal protective equipment and suffer injuries or fatalities as a result. Dishwashers are told to work overtime without pay. Garment workers are paid for each piece they sew – but those wages are less than the federal minimum wage.

Some aren’t aware of their rights because their employers failed to provide that information in a language they understand. Some are afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs or being deported.

During Labor Rights Week, Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, we’re getting the word out that ALL workers have the same right to a safe workplace and fair pay, as well as the right to report possible violations without retaliation. That’s because worker protections apply to everyone regardless of immigration status.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health AdministrationWage and Hour Division and Bureau of International Labor Affairs are teaming up with federal and state agencies, embassies and worker advocates to deliver that message to those who need to hear it most.

Many immigrant workers have performed essential duties throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that they have meaningful access to information about their rights as they work diligently during these challenging times. It’s also important that employers understand their responsibilities and meet their obligations. We are committed to working together through education and compliance assistance.

Explore our resources, available in many languages, and learn more about how you can get involved at dol.gov/LaborRightsWeek.


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COVID-19 pandemic: DOL requests feedback on safely reopening workplaces

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Washington — The Department of Labor is asking for stakeholder comment on strategies for safely resuming traditional work after the COVID-19 pandemic begins to wane, as well as challenges organizations may face during the process.

DOL’s Opening America’s Workplaces Again initiative calls for interested employers, workers, labor unions, local authorities and advocacy groups to submit ideas concerning the following topics:

  • Reopening businesses
  • Commuting safely
  • Working safely
  • Accommodating members of vulnerable populations
  • Supporting families
  • Reducing regulatory burdens

As part of the effort, ePolicyWorks – a network of online dialogue communities sponsored by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy – on May 1 hosted a Twitter chat featuring responses from a select panel. Members of the public also were able to respond.

Addressing a question on how workers and customers can be kept safe, panelist Amber Clayton, director of the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Knowledge Center, suggested employers need guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and OSHA regarding temperature checking and other possible COVID-19-related testing.

Other insight from the chat, which featured thoughts from Kristina Weger, senior associate director at the American Nurses Association, can be found by searching the Twitter hashtag #EPWChat.

The deadline to comment is May 7.