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March 2010

Gov. Nixon Signs Bill Extending Benefits and Expanding the Shared Work Program



On March 4, 2010, Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that makes two important extensions to unemployment benefits in Missouri. Gov. Nixon's signature means House Bill 1544 will immediately provide extra tools to Missourians looking for work and businesses struggling to keep workers employed.



Labor Department Determines 2010 Prevailing Wage Rates

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The Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Labor Standards (DLS) has released the prevailing wage rates for use on public works construction projects in Missouri for 2010.

Annual Wage Order No. 17 contains prevailing wage rates for the 26 different occupational titles in each county and the city of St. Louis. The prevailing wage is the minimum rate that must be paid to workers on public works construction projects in Missouri.


Federal Trade Commission Cracks Down on Con Artists Who Target the Unemployed


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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has noticed a surge in con artists preying on unemployed Americans, and the FTC is redoubling its effort to stop the schemes. Many Americans are being lured by offers of job placement and work-at-home scams promising to help them secure jobs in the federal government, as movie extras, mystery shoppers, or making money from home by stuffing envelopes or assembling ornaments.


President Obama Presents U.S. Department of Labor FY2011 Budget Request

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently outlined President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request for the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The budget plan was crafted with a diverse audience in mind to ensure that all people from all communities are included in the jobs of the future.



On-Site Safety and Health Section Provides Safety and Health Program Management Training to Nursing Home Administrators


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Employee safety at nursing homes remains a major emphasis for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Because Missouri ranks eighth in the number of nationwide nursing homes, ensuring safety in this sector remains a priority for the Missouri Labor Department. 


Hazard Recognition Can Lead to Safer Workplaces


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Many workers are seriously injured on the job each year, and many people still believe that accidents "just happen." Accidents, however, do not just happen. Many accidents are preventable with the proper attention to safety.


Missouri Child Labor Laws - Dispelling the Myths


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With the arrival of spring, many teens begin to think about summer employment. Before your teen begins his/her job search, be sure you know and understand Missouri’s Child Labor Laws.


Summer Jobs No Longer Just for Teens


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Teens hoping to earn some extra cash this summer may have to get a little creative when searching for summer employment. Research shows that a shortage of jobs has led older workers vying for the same part-time, temporary, or summer jobs once predominantly held by youth workers.


Labor Quick Stats for January

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 has established a set of performance measures to rate our success and chart our progress. In light of current economic conditions, these measures assist the Department in gauging its success in meeting customer needs.