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Mar 15, 2019

DA honored for work on unemployment fraud

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley has been presented with a Certification of Merit from the New York State Department of Labor, for recovering more than $2 million during her time in office. Since 2012, the DA’s Office recovered the money from people convicted of unemployment insurance fraud. In 2012, Doorley created the Economics Crime […]

Sep 11, 2017

NY plans hearings about ‘on-call’ scheduling for workers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told labor officials to gather input on the practice of scheduling retail and other workers with short notice. The results could shape potential regulation. Cuomo said Saturday the Labor Department will hold hearings on what’s known as “on-call,” ”just-in-time” and “call-in” scheduling.  Worker advocates say it can leave employees sc[...]

Aug 14, 2014

Labor Department collects $21 million

New York state leads the nation in the number of recoveries made through a partnership with the US Department of Treasury’s Treasury Offset Program. More than 19,000 individuals who filed fraudulent unemployment insurance claims have had their federal tax refunds intercepted, which returned $21 million over the past six months to the Unemployment Insurance Trust […]

Aug 28, 2013

Labor rules to boost employment for vets

WASHINGTON — Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations. The rules, announced Tuesday by the Labor Department, will require most government contractors to set a goal of having disabled workers make up at least 7 percent of their employees. The […]

Jul 18, 2013

Senate nears approval of Labor Department chief

WASHINGTON — The Senate moved toward approval Thursday of President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Labor Department after lawmakers, by the thinnest of margins, honored a bipartisan pact and removed procedural obstacles that had been blocking the nomination. The chamber was expected to confirm Thomas Perez as labor secretary by a near party-line roll […]

Feb 19, 2013

Nearly 3,300 jobs saved in 2012

The state Labor Department’s Shared Work program is being credited with saving 3,280 jobs in 2012. Commissioner Peter M. Rivera urges any employer in New York who is considering layoffs to immediately contact the Labor Department to get help in retaining workers. “As New York’s job growth continues, we also need to do everything possible […]

Feb 7, 2013

US unemployment aid applications decline to 366K

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, indicating companies continue to hire at a modest but steady pace. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 350,500, the lowest in nearly five years. The […]

Jan 11, 2013

US job openings barely grew in November

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised about the same number of jobs in November as in October, suggesting hiring will stay modest over the next few months. The Labor Department says job openings ticked up 11,000 last month to 3.67 million. That’s about 12 percent more than were advertised in the same month a year ago. […]

Jan 7, 2013

New jobs report brings subdued reaction

Throughout the presidential race, politicians, analysts, pollsters and financial markets became fixated on one monthly economic report: unemployment. Its trajectory was seen as a good barometer on whether President Barack Obama would be re-elected. He was. And now the jobs reports have faded to become part of the background noise as Obama heads for his […]

Nov 6, 2012

US employers post fewest jobs in 5 months

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings dropped by 100,000 to 3.56 million, the fewest in five months. August’s openings were revised up to […]

Apr 10, 2012

Kodak plans to lay off 91 workers in Rochester

Eastman Kodak Co. plans to lay off 91 workers at its Rochester operations in June. The Democrat and Chronicle reports that the company has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice with the state Labor Department about the layoffs. According to the filing, 26 jobs are to be cut on June 17 and […]

Dec 2, 2011

Unemployment rate falls to lowest since March 2009

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than 2 1/2 years. More Americans out of work either found jobs or gave up looking and were no longer counted as unemployed. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped sharply to 8.6 percent, down from 9 […]

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