Labor & Workforce Development

Mobile Units Bringing High School Equivalency Testing to Rural Communities

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 08:49 am

ALTERNATIVE TEST IS AVAILABLE IN BOTH COMPUTER AND PAPER FORMATS


NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is offering a new service, via the department’s three “Career Coach” vehicles, to Tennesseans lacking a high school diploma. The mobile Career Centers have become certified testing sites for the new High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

Tennessee's Unemployment Rate for May Increases Slightly

Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 12:30 pm

MAY RATE TWO PERCENTAGE POINTS LOWER THAN YEAR AGO


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for May is 6.4%, a tenth of one percentage point higher than the 6.3% April revised rate.  The U.S. preliminary rate for May is 6.3%, same as the U.S. April revised rate.

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Workers’ Compensation Reforms Focus of Education Conference

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 06:30 am

NEW COURT OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS TO BE INTRODUCED


The new Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and other changes and trends in the state’s Workers’ Compensation system will be highlighted at the 17th Annual Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Education Conference, scheduled for June 18-20, at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

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.