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New York unemployment rate up to 4.8 percent

New York’s private sector unemployment rate edged up slightly in August to 4.8 percent from 4.7 percent a month earlier. The state Department of Labor says that compares to a national rate of 4.9 percent. After steadily gaining jobs since ...

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Independent contractors not so independent

When employers use independent contractors instead of hiring employees, they avoid myriad costs, from payroll taxes to health insurance. But employers beware: In the current environment, your independent contractors are likely to be considered employees, and getting it wrong can ...

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Most wage theft cases resolved in 2013

More than 6,700 wage theft cases were resolved in New York in 2013 by the New York State Department of Labor, more than in any other year. It resulted in the disbursement of nearly $23 million to more than 12,700 ...

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New York receives federal grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2.3 million in grants to New York and Mississippi to develop and enhance self-employment assistance programs. Participants in the voluntary program will receive entrepreneurial training, access to resources to help launch their own ...

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State employees volunteer for holiday

Among the various state employees volunteering during the Thanksgiving holiday will be Joe Hamm, the Department of Labor’s Finger Lakes Regional representative, who will sort, box and load canned food into trucks for delivery to Foodlink in Rochester to help ...

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DOL issues new rules for whistleblowers

The Department of Labor has issued final regulations implementing the whistleblower protections of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The Act includes a provision protecting employees who report violations of federal product safety laws. The new rules, which became effective ...

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Labor grant helps RochesterWorks!

Part of a $65.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help speed up hiring for those individuals receiving unemployment compensation benefits is coming to Rochester in the form of up to five new career service advisors. “This is something ...

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Grants for women in nontraditional jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of approximately $1.8 million for up to six grants through the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program. The grants will support innovative projects that improve the recruitment, hiring, training, employment and ...

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Labor Dept. issues new rule on H-2B visas

The Department of Labor has issued a new final rule governing the H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker program that the agency said will give U.S. workers greater protections and job access. The H-2B program allows foreign workers to obtain temporary visas ...

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