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VT Department of Labor Announcement

USDOL Approves Vermont Department of Labor’s Request for Trade Certification for Laid-Off Workers from MBA HealthGroup

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For Immediate Release

June 24, 2016

Vermont Department of Labor
Contact: Rose Lucenti, VDOL Workforce Development Director
802-828-4151 or Rose.Lucenti@Vermont.gov

USDOL Approves Vermont Department of Labor’s Request for Trade Certification for Laid-Off Workers from MBA HealthGroup, South Burlington, Vermont

The USDOL Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance in Washington, D.C. issued a determination on June 3, 2016 approving the Vermont Department of Labor’s (VDOL) request for Trade Certification for the laid-off workers of MBA HealthGroup, South Burlington, Vermont. The certification has authorized all workers of MBA HealthGroup, South Burlington, Vermont who meet the eligibility criteria, to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.

Eligible workers include:

  • MBA HealthGroup workers who were laid off on or after May 12, 2015; and
  • Current workers who are under a threat of layoff, though June 3, 2018

The Trade Adjustment Assistance program offers various benefits and services to support workers deemed “Trade Certified”, to include: Reemployment Services, Job Retraining, Job Search Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Trade Readjustment Allowances and Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance Wage Subsidy.

Eligible workers need to be aware of the fact that there are time-sensitive deadlines associated with some of the benefits and services available. Trade-affected workers who have questions about eligibility, services and benefits should contact the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4177, or visit the nearest VDOL Regional Career Resource Center. The listing of VDOL’s 12 Regional Offices can be found at www.labor.vermont.gov.

“The Vermont Department of Labor is pleased with the ruling from USDOL Trade Office. This certification provides substantial resources for trade-affected dislocated workers who may want to pursue education, training and/or new careers. It can also provide financial assistance during the transition to a new job. The most important message to the employees of MBA HealthGroup is that there are enrollment deadlines for some of these benefits, and they need to go into the local VDOL Office to meet with our staff to fully understand the benefits and financial supports available to them,” said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan.

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Looking for a career in Advanced Manufacturing?

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Vermont Precision Tools is looking for Vermont job-seekers to join their Advanced Manufacturing Education Program. No experience is required and selected participants will earn $14.00 per hour with full benefits as eligible after successful completion of the 8 week program.

Apprentices will have the potential to earn $15.00 per hour after 6 months, and $16.00 per hour upon the completion of a one-year apprenticeship and is based on performance. Successful graduates can earn up to 45 college credits towards an associate’s degree.

To learn more and participate, please apply online by visiting www.vthitec.org. Applications due by August 7th, 2016. With additional questions, please call (802)872-0660.

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Attention

Unemployment Insurance Checks issued May 26, 2016 Have Errors

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May 27, 2016
Press Release
Vermont Department of Labor
Contact: Commissioner Annie Noonan
802-828-4301

Unemployment Insurance Checks Issued Yesterday with Errors

UI Claimants asked to Follow Instructions to Ensure Payment

Unemployment Insurance checks were issued by the Vermont Department of Labor yesterday that did not include bank routing numbers. This error affected approximately 1,000 checks dated May 25, 2016.

UI Claimants are asked to follow these instructions to ensure payment:

  • The UI checks WILL be honored, as issued, by all branches of the People’s United Bank at one of their locations.
  • If you have not yet cashed your check, present it for payment at a People’s United Bank.
  • If you have already attempted to cash the check at another bank (i.e. other than People’s United) — even if it was accepted — be advised that it will NOT clear the federal clearinghouse. The Vermont Department of Labor is asking other banking/financial institutions to waive any ‘bounced check’ fees that might result from this situation.
  • If you have not yet cashed your check, and cannot get to a People’s United Bank, return the check to the Department of Labor at P.O. Box 488, Montpelier, VT 05601, or at one of the VDOL offices, and a replacement check will be issued within 48 hours.
  • If you are a business that has cashed one of these checks for a UI claimant, contact the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4333.
  • If you have questions, please call the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4333 or 802-828-4301 or 802-828-4300.
Attention

New OSHA Workplace Injury Reporting Requirement

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Mandatory Reporting of Injuries/Illnesses to VOSHA
Requirements

1904.39(a)
Basic requirement.
(1) Within eight (8) hours after the death of any employee as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the fatality to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor.
(2) Within twenty-four (24) hours after the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees or an employee’s amputation or an employee’s loss of an eye, as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of
an eye to OSHA.
(3) You must report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye using one of the following methods:
(i) By telephone or in person to the OSHA Area Office that is nearest to the site of the incident.
(ii) By telephone to the OSHA toll-free central telephone number, 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742).
(iii) By electronic submission using the reporting application located on VOSHA’s public Web site at http://labor.vermont.gov/vosha-injuriesillnesses-report/

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OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication requirements as of June 1, 2015

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As of June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers are required to provide a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category. VOSHA pictogram labels

Examples of label pictograms.

Beginning in December, distributors may only ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer if the labels meet these requirements.
The June 1 deadline was established when OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard in 2012 with the global standard for chemical product labeling. The provisions for labeling offer workers better protection from chemical hazards, while also reducing trade barriers and improving productivity for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals. The updated standard also provides cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the standard, saving businesses millions of dollars each year.
The new format for Safety Data Sheets requires 16 specific sections to ensure consistency in presentation of important protection information. For more information, see OSHA’s Hazard Communication webpage.”

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The 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages (OES) Data is available

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Vermont Department of Labor

ANNOUNCEMENT
June 5, 2015

The Economic & Labor Market Information Division has released the 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages (OES) and they are now available on our website at:
http://www.vtlmi.info/occupation.cfm#oes

The Economic & Labor Market Information Division has also released the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) for Annual 2014 and 4th Quarter 2014 and they are now available on our website at:

http://www.vtlmi.info/indareanaics.cfm?areatype=01

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Vermont Unemployment Rate Decreases to 3.1 percent in May

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The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for May was 3.1 percent. This represents a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised April rate (3.2 percent). The national rate in May was 4.7 percent. As of the prior month’s initial data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA had the second lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas at 2.1 percent (not-seasonally-adjusted). Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for fifth lowest in the country for the same time period. May is the tenth consecutive month reporting a decline to the number of unemployed persons in Vermont (seasonally-adjusted).

Vermont Unemployment Rate Decreases to 3.1 percent in May