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September 13, 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 pandemic.

Reopening America's Economy:

  • Statement on Labor Day by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia – "Today we celebrate and thank the workers of America, whose hard work, determination, and ingenuity have built and sustain our amazing country. This has been a year of extraordinary challenges for American workers, and a year of extraordinary achievements, as workers in our hospitals, farms, plants, and factories have supported one another and the nation. [Last Friday's] jobs report reflected some of the fruits of those efforts, with 1.4 million jobs added to the economy and the unemployment rate dropping to 8.4 percent. The Department of Labor remains focused on helping millions more Americans return to work safely, and to providing continued support to those who remain unemployed."

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Highlights Mine Safety and Economic Recovery in West Virginia – Secretary Scalia traveled to Grafton and Bridgeport, West Virginia, to discuss mine safety, economic recovery, and the importance of the coal mining industry to the American economy.

Keeping America's Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

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, 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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