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OSHA National News Release


May 31, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and
Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Reopening America's Economy:

  • Roundtable with Industry Executives on Reopening – Secretary Scalia joined President Trump for a roundtable discussion on Friday to discuss how to safely reopen America's workplaces. Secretary Scalia highlighted the Administration's efforts to keep Americans on payroll, provide relief to individuals temporarily out of work, and offer guidance on making workplaces safe.

Keeping America's Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

Helping Unemployed Americans:

Defending Workers' Rights to Paid Leave and Wages Earned

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Labor is focused on protecting the safety and health of American workers, assisting our state partners as they deliver traditional unemployment and expanded unemployment benefits under the CARES Act, ensuring Americans know their rights to new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave, providing guidance and assistance to employers, and carrying out the mission of the Department.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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Media Contact:

Emily Weeks, 202-693-4681, weeks.emily.c@dol.gov

Release Number: 20-1149-NAT


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