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February 2010

Missouri Human Rights Commission Awarded $97,500 Grant to Fight Housing Discrimination


The Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) has been awarded a federal grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will allow the MCHR to further assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination.



Labor Department Works to Catch Individuals Collecting Unemployment Benefits by Deceit

Go to fullsize imageDuring difficult times such as job loss, many Missouri families depend on the payment of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to supplement their income and purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing, and utilities. The Missouri Labor Department wants to ensure that UI benefits are paid to those for which it is intended, and works to identify persons who fraudulently receive UI benefit payments.

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Labor Department Alerts Missouri Contractor of Excessive Unemployment Violation


Jobless MissouriansThe Labor Department took action to protect Missouri’s workforce by enforcing a law that bars workers from certain states from working on state public works projects during periods of excessive unemployment. Excessive unemployment is in effect when the state’s unemployment rate exceeds 5 percent for two consecutive months. Missouri has been in this phase since October 2007.



Director Rebman Provides Overview of Labor Department Programs, Services


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On January 29, Labor Department Director Larry Rebman provided the luncheon speech during Construction Summit #3: Quality Counts, sponsored by the Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City. More than 150 people attended the event, which was held at the Argosy Casino in Kansas City.


Labor Department Offers Training, Education through Speakers Bureau



Do you need a speaker for a seminar or business meeting? Are you interested in training for your company?

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations offers speakers that can provide seminars and training for your business or organization on a variety of topics.


Learn a New Skill Through the Missouri Apprenticeship Program

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The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)/Office of Apprenticeship wants to connect job seekers, employers, and veterans to apprenticeship training programs in Missouri through its Web site, An apprenticeship is a great way to learn a skill and get started in a career. The best part of all is that you earn a salary while you learn!  


Missouri's Mining Industry Gathered for Annual Safety, Health Conference in Osage Beach



In Mid-January, the 2010 Missouri Mine Safety and Health Conference was held in Osage Beach, Mo., at the Tan-Tar-A Resort. The conference provided a unique opportunity for members of the mining industry to network with their peers and receive information about new mining processes and products.


Free Help is Available for Persons at Risk of Foreclosure


Missouri Homeownership Preservation Network LogoThe effects of joblessness can have a negative impact on a family for quite some time. Unfortunately, persons who become unemployed also are at risk of losing their homes through foreclosure. If someone you know is facing foreclosure, there may be options to help them keep their home through the Missouri Homeownership Preservation Network (MoHPN).


Beware of Loan Modification Scams!


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Across the country, homeowners facing foreclosure are losing their money – and their homes – to loan modification scams. Information is your best defense against con artists. Protect yourself by knowing the signs of a scam.



Labor Quick Stats for December

Bar Chart Glassy Clip ArtThe Department is responsible for administering state and federal laws regarding employer and employee rights and responsibilities. Throughout the past year, the Department worked toward achieving a set of established benchmarks designed to rate our success and chart our progress. Our dashboard measures are used to assist the Department in gauging its success in meeting customer needs.