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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

Health and Safety Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Map – Johns Hopkins University World Health Organization National Governors Association Washington State IAWP Chapter Remote Work Remote Working Tools How to navigate the transition to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic U.S. Department of Labor – Remote Work etc. U.S. State and Territory Coronavirus …

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Legislation Introduced to Boost Transportation Workforce Training

The Transportation Workforce Centers of Excellence Act has been introduced to boost transportation workforce training opportunities offered at community and technical colleges across the nation. The bill will provide $50 million in competitive grants to strengthen education and training programs in targeted industries. Grants will be disbursed to Centers of Excellence in Transportation Workforce Training, which …

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Update: 2020 Workforce Development Conference

UPDATE  March 25, 2020  IAWP is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, and as of this writing, we remain committed to hosting the 2020 Workforce Development Conference in Pittsburgh, June 28 – July 1, 2020.  As we continue to monitor, we will provide you with regular updates on the status of WDC2020.    Our research shows that most air carriers are offering customers …

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New Final Rule Expands Apprenticeship Programs

The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule that will help expand apprenticeships in the United States by establishing a system for advancing the development of high-quality, Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). IRAPs are high-quality apprenticeship programs, recognized as such by a third-party entity under standards established by the department in the new rule. Through …

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US DOL Offers Guidance For Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The document provides practical guidance for preventing the …

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Report: Record Blue-Collar Labor Shortages Will Continue Through 2030

Today, America’s businesses face the challenge of staying competitive amid record labor shortages. To help reverse this trend and combat its consequences, a new study explains the factors causing labor shortages and how companies are filling their job openings. The study, which features the results of its new survey of more than 200 human resource executives. They …

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New Guidance Announced for States to Administer Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19 Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Labor announced new guidance outlining flexibilities that states have in administering their unemployment insurance (UI) programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide UI benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal …

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