Labor & Workforce Development

Labor Department Expanding Efforts to Uncover Employer Fraud

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 | 08:13 am

EMPLOYERS USE PRACTICES TO AVOID PAYING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TAX PREMIUMS


NASHVILLE – The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud such as intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the table.”

Safety Stand Down to Emphasize Prevention of Fall Injuries

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 08:43 am

TENNESSEE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS UNITE TO ADDRESS LEADING CAUSE OF WORK-SITE DEATHS


NASHVILLE – On June 2, 2014, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) and construction trade associations are inviting construction industry employers to stop work to engage their employees in discussions on preventing fall-related injuries.


Called 2014 Fall Protection Safety Stand Down, employers across the state will “stand down” – that is, cease operations – at their job sites to review with their employees the fine points of fall prevention.

Mobile ‘Career Coaches’ Head to More Than 30 Tennessee Counties to Assist Job Seekers

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 01:18 pm
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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is taking its Career Center services on the road to more than 30 Tennessee counties this spring and summer via the department’s three “Career Coaches.”


These mobile units are staffed with Tennessee Department of Labor interviewers ready to assist job applicants in registering for work, searching for a job and following up later at home using the department’s online database, www.jobs4tn.gov, which features more than 85,000 Tennessee jobs.

Tennessee Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development Given Federal Grant for Mine Safety Training And Accident Response

Monday, May 19, 2014 | 10:56 am
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$140,000 grant will assist tennessee mine rescue team


NASHVILLE – The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) awarded the Tennessee Mine Safety Unit a grant of $140,000. The funds will be used to support health and safety training courses and programs designed to reduce mining accidents, injuries, and illnesses, Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced.

Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Drops for Eighth Consecutive Month

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 12:30 pm
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LOWEST RATE SINCE MAY 2008



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for April is 6.3 percent, which is four tenths of one percentage point lower than the 6.7 percent March revised rate and equal to the national preliminary rate for April. The U.S. revised rate for March was also 6.7 percent.

Workers’ Compensation Appoints Eight Judges Under New Administrative Court System

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 10:02 am

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor’s Division of Workers’ Compensation is announcing the appointment of their first eight workers’ compensation judges.


The Tennessee Legislature passed comprehensive Workers’ Compensation reform legislation last year. The reform created a new, administrative Workers’ Compensation Court within the Workers’ Compensation Division. The new judges will begin work prior to July 1, 2014, when the new law goes into effect.

Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Drops for Seventh Consecutive Month

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 12:30 pm

LOWEST RATE SINCE JUNE 2008



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for March is 6.7 percent, which is two tenths of one percentage point lower than the 6.9 percent February revised rate and equal to the national rate for March. The U.S. rate, at 6.7 percent, remains the same as it was in February.

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