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October 2009

No Minimum Wage Increase for Missouri in January 2010

Minimum WageDue to a decrease in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the state’s minimum wage rate will not increase on Jan. 1, 2010, but will remain at $7.25.



Can Employers Mandate H1N1 Flu Shots?

Flu ShotsWith flu season upon us, many employers are beginning to question their rights regarding enforcement of the H1N1 (or swine flu) vaccine, and employees are beginning to question whether they can refuse it.



Missouri Labor Department Sees Surge in Shared Work Program Participants 

Labor LogoInstead of handing out pink slips, more Missouri employers are giving the Shared Work Program the green light. The Shared Work Program is administered by the Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Employment Security (DES) and is an alternative to lay-offs for businesses experiencing a downsize in workforce.




New Web site Coming Soon

Labor Department Home PageAll Missouri state departments have been asked to recreate their Web sites to be more customer-friendly. The Missouri Department of Labor is proud to announce it will be one of the first to launch its new Web site sometime within the next few months.



Labor Department Recovers $55K in Restitution; 14 Individuals Charged with Fraudulently Collecting Unemployment Benefits 

Dollar SignOngoing investigations conducted by the Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Employment Security (DES) resulted in 14 individuals pleading guilty to charges of fraud.



Missouri Receives $2 Million to Improve Unemployment Insurance Program Operations

USDOL Awards Funds to Upgrade Technology 

Computer ImageThe Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Employment Security (DES) is doing its best to meet the demands of an increased customer base. To improve customer service, the DES has hired additional staff, extended its work hours, and allowed staff to work overtime daily and on weekends. However, the biggest change to come is in the form of a technology upgrade.



State Labor Officials Plead their Case for Benefits Extension

Dollar SignMissouri Labor Department Director, Larry Rebman, was among labor commissioners from 18 states who urged the U.S. Senate to act immediately to extend unemployment benefits for the 300,000 people nationwide who soon will exhaust their eligibility.



Labor Department Discusses Assistance for Missouri’s Unemployed

Director Rebman Visits the Full Employment Council in KC  

Labor Department Director Larry Rebman Tours the Full Employment CouncilDuring periods of high unemployment, businesses that assist with reemployment and training are more than a commodity; they’re essential.  Missouri’s Labor Department Director, Larry Rebman, scheduled a recent visit to a Kansas City-area business to learn more about its services.



City of Kinloch Charged with Failing to Insure City’s Workers

Map of Kinloch, MissouriThe Missouri Labor Department filed a misdemeanor charge against Kinloch City Mayor, Keith Conway, for failure to provide city employees with workers’ compensation insurance which is required under Missouri law.



Labor Department Deputy Director Addresses the Missouri Insurance Coalition 

Labor Department Deputy Director Peter Lyskowski Addresses the Missouri Insurance CoalitionPeter Lyskowski, Deputy Director of the Missouri Labor Department, and Deputy Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation, addressed the Missouri Insurance Coalition (MIC) during its annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo.



Former Department Administrative Law Judge Receives National Honor

Ron Harris is Bestowed the IAIABC Committee Member Recognition Award

Ron HarrisEvery year, the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) recognizes committee leaders and members for outstanding dedication and commitment to furthering the mission and vision of the Association.