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Mar 22, 2017

Erie County couple admits benefits fraud

An Erie County couple has admitted to fraudulently receiving more than $1 million in veterans benefits. Richard Klaffka, 59, and his wife, Cathleen Klaffka, 62, both of Holland, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara in connection with Richard Klaffka’s receipt of more than $1 million in benefits from the Department of Veterans […]

Sep 16, 2016

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 the recession, the state’s private sector lost 12,400 jobs in August. The department says the […]

Sep 17, 2015

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 cost you a bundle. In July, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division […]

Feb 13, 2014

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 workers who were not paid their proper minimum wage, overtime pay or fringe benefits. This […]

Sep 12, 2013

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 businesses and financial assistance which will be equal to what qualified participants would otherwise receive […]

Nov 20, 2012

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 the less privileged. The initiative, which began last year, involves senior staff members from Gov. […]

Jul 23, 2012

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 July 10, establish procedures for the handling of whistleblower complaints under the Act. Section 1983.102(a) [&he[...]

May 21, 2012

Slaughter brings official to help farmers

Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport on Monday welcomed U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Seth Harris to Rochester where they joined local growers and farm organizations to discuss improvements to a federal program pivotal to a productive harvest season. Harris’ visit is the latest step in Slaughter’s decade-long efforts to give upstate growers direct input […]

May 11, 2012

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 we couldn’t afford to do ourselves,” said RochesterWorks! Executive Director Peter Pecor. The new career […]

Apr 12, 2012

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 retention of women in apprenticeships within industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and con[...]

Feb 16, 2012

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 to take positions for which qualified U.S. workers are not available, and where the foreign […]

Jan 9, 2012

DA’s office leads state in recoveries

The Monroe County District Attorney’s office led the state last year in recovering fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance benefits. A total of $172,567 was recovered on behalf of the state Department of Labor, $22,000 more than any other county in the state, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley and Economic Crime Bureau Chief Mark Monaghan announced […]

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