See how we’re combating this troubling trend. Plus grants, enforcement and a message from Secretary Walsh.

U.S. Department of Labor

October 1, 2021

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New report shows rise in child labor globally

A new report shows that COVID-19 and associated economic stress are increasing the risk of child labor around the world.

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Investing in solutions to combat unemployment insurance fraud

We’ve awarded $195.7 million in grants to help 58 states and territories and the District of Columbia to detect and combat fraud in their unemployment insurance programs.

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Secretary Walsh: ‘Register to vote’

In a video encouraging Americans to register to vote on National Voter Registration Day, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh said, “The most powerful tool a worker has is their voice, and voting is one of the most important ways workers have used their voice to empower themselves and their communities.” Visit to find out how to register in your state.

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Workforce development grants will help job seekers around the country

We issued more than $97 million in workforce development grants this week, including:

America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion. National Disability Employment Awareness Month. On a red background, a tan outline of the United States, with a diverse collection of people lining the edges of the outline.


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Join us in celebrating the role of disability employment in powering an inclusive recovery.

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Health and safety grants will provide essential training

We awarded more than $23 million in health and safety grants this week, including:


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Mental health

With more support, less stigma and creative outreach, here’s how Job Corps supports their students’ mental health.

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Enhancing patient protection

The Biden-Harris administration issued an interim final rule to continue implementing the No Surprises Act, a consumer protection law that helps curb the practice known as “surprise billing” for medical care.

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Wages restored

Owners of two New Jersey car washes and an oil change shop must pay 45 employees $325,000 after investigators found they failed to pay minimum wage and overtime.

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Nondiscrimination agreement

Highmark Health subsidiary has agreed to pay $410,000 to resolve alleged compensation discrimination found in a federal compliance evaluation.

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Mine safety

For the seventh year in a row, none of the nation’s 12,000 mining operations met the criteria for one of MSHA’s toughest enforcement tools, its pattern of violations screening.


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Apprenticeships work for job seekers

Get paid work experience, classroom instruction and a portable, nationally-recognized credential with an apprenticeship.


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Celebrating Hispanic Women

Women’s Bureau Deputy Director Analilia Mejia breaks down statistics on the state of Hispanic women in the U.S. workforce.


Trauma-Informed Policy Considerations for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities
Oct. 7, 2 p.m. ET

Career Credentials for Military Spouses
Oct. 12, 1 p.m. ET

Mastering Resume Essentials for Military Spouses
Oct. 13, 10 a.m. ET

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