MO.gov News Feed: Department of Labor & Industrial Relations /news-rss?filter=labor MO.gov News Feed: Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Sat, 13 Aug 2022 22:01:14 +0000 en-us Unemployment Benefits Available to Flood Victims https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/DUA-benefits-available-flood-victims-1 28406 at https://labor.mo.gov Tue, 09 Aug 2022 13:25:56 +0000 Unemployment Benefits Available to Flood Victims brownm Tue, 08/09/2022 - 13:25 August 9, 2022 Presidential Disaster Declaration Makes Individual Assistance Available to St. Louis Region   JEFFERSON CITY, MO – On August 8, 2022, Governor Mike Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration was granted by President Joe Biden, allowing Missourians in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County whose employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms and flooding that occurred from July 25 to July 28, 2022, to apply for up to 28 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA provides unemployment benefits and re-employment assistance services to survivors affected by a disaster. This assistance is only available to those survivors who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance. “A critical part of recovering from disasters such as these is the ability to continue to provide for our families and take care of their needs,” says Department Director Anna Hui.  “That’s why disaster unemployment assistance benefits are so important as our families and communities recover.” The Missouri Department of Labor’s Division of Employment Security will be accepting applications for DUA through September 9, 2022 from affected individuals in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. Eligibility for DUA will be determined on a week-to-week basis and individuals can only receive benefits for as long as his or her unemployment continues as a direct result of the disaster. To be eligible for DUA benefits under Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA-DR-4665-MO, individuals: Must be an unemployed or self-employed worker whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President Must be a U.S. national or a qualified alien; and Must not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state; and Must have worked or were self-employed in, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in, one of the counties listed above; and Must establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.  Also eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who: Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster; or Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster; or Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household; or Cannot work or perform self-employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government. Applicants are required to provide proof that they were employed or self-employed at the time the disaster occurred or were scheduled to begin work when the disaster occurred.  This proof of employment must be filed with the initial claim or within 21 days of filling their DUA claim.  To claim, individuals will need their Social Security Number and the name and address of their last employer or prospective employer.  A copy of the most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs may also be required (self-employed individuals should also provide Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F). To file a DUA claim online 24/7 visit uinteract.labor.mo.gov.  For assistance with filing a claim, call your Regional Claims Center (see below) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Missourians impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in all the declared counties can register for additional assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-3362, TTY (800) 462-7585, or register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Regional Claims Centers Jefferson City……………………573-751-9040 Kansas City………………………816-889-3101 St. Louis …………………………314-340-4950 Springfield ………………………417-895-6851 Outside Local Calling Area ……..800-320-2519 To find additional resources across the state, visit the Missouri Recovery Portal at recovery.mo.gov. Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov Missouri Department of Labor Warns of Messaging Scams https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/missouri-department-labor-warns-messaging-scams 28271 at https://labor.mo.gov Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:46:38 +0000 Missouri Department of Labor Warns of Messaging Scams nomland Tue, 07/05/2022 - 09:46 July 5, 2022 Jefferson City, MO –– The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is warning individuals about potential messaging scams involving Missouri’s unemployment program. The department is advising everyone be wary of suspicious email or text messages, as well as any links they contain. Text messages from the department will never include links. The scams often involve email or text messages attempting to acquire personal information from individuals to gain access to funds or commit identity theft. Phishing messages often ask for personal information such as social security number, birthdate, PIN number, or other data. These messages may appear to have been sent by the Missouri Department of Labor, the Division of Employment Security, a banking institution or other entity. Anyone unsure if a message about Missouri’s unemployment program is legitimate is encouraged to contact the department for verification. Individuals may submit a request online or speak to a representative by calling 800-320-2519. ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov Governor Joins Department of Labor to Host Annual Missouri Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony at Missouri Capitol https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/governor-joins-department-labor-host-annual-missouri-workers-memorial-day 28021 at https://labor.mo.gov Tue, 03 May 2022 09:39:33 +0000 Governor Joins Department of Labor to Host Annual Missouri Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony at Missouri Capitol nomland Tue, 05/03/2022 - 09:39 April 25, 2022 Jefferson City — Today, Governor Mike Parson joined the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to host the annual Worker’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol to honor the 116 individuals that lost their lives in 2021 due to a Missouri workplace illness or injury.  “We ask all Missourians to join with us in remembering and honoring those Missourians who lost their lives while on the job,” Governor Parson said. “We extend our sincerest sympathy for the loss of these loved ones and our heartfelt desire to never lose another life in a Missouri workplace.” During the ceremony, Governor Parson presented a proclamation, proclaiming April 28, 2022, as Workers’ Memorial Day in Missouri, a day to remember and honor Missouri’s fallen workers and resolve to improve workplace safety in Missouri. "Today, we come together to honor and cherish the memories of Missouri’s fallen workers," Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui said. “We vow to honor them by rededicating our efforts to improving workplace safety throughout the state.” In addition to Governor Parson and Director Hui, special guest speakers during the ceremony included Missouri Department of Corrections Division of Probation & Parole Director Julie Kempker, Missouri Department of Mental Health Chief Medical Director Dr. Angeline Stanislaus, Missouri Division of Labor Standards Director Todd Smith, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation Director Pamela Lewis, and Missouri Division of Labor Standards Assistant Director/Safety Program Manager Daniel Stark. Each family of the deceased in attendance at the ceremony received a United States flag, a signed copy of the Governor’s Proclamation, and a flowering dogwood tree seedling, courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The Missouri Department of Corrections' Color Guard presented the national and state flags for the event. Musical performances were provided by the Boone County Fire Protection District Pipes and Drums and the Lincoln University Choir. To help prevent workplace illness, injury, and death, the department offers free safety training to Missouri employers and encourages all businesses to incorporate workplace safety into their everyday tasks. To learn more about the department's free safety programs visit https://labor.mo.gov/safe-at-work. Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov 2022 Missouri Lunar New Year Celebration Video Available https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/2022-missouri-lunar-new-year-celebration-video-available 25181 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 09 Feb 2022 16:12:25 +0000 2022 Missouri Lunar New Year Celebration Video Available Brent.Bestgen Wed, 02/09/2022 - 16:12 February 2, 2022 Jefferson City — A video celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday in Missouri is now available. The video highlights Asian traditions and features cultural performances and interviews with community leaders. The Lunar New Year, which has been observed for thousands of years, is the most celebrated Asian festival in the world. The first day of the 2022 Lunar New Year was Tuesday, Feb. 1, initiating the Year of the Tiger, which exemplifies courage, generosity and vigor. Governor Mike Parson recently issued a proclamation recognizing the Lunar New Year holiday in Missouri. “To put it in perspective, the Lunar New Year is like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays rolled into one,” Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui said. “It shares a lot in common with those holidays as well, with a focus on family, food and gift-giving. Missourians embody the values of family and connection that the Lunar New Year celebrates.” The video includes recorded segments from a live celebration that was held by Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe and Director Hui at the Missouri State Capitol on Jan. 25. The live event featured traditional performances by students from the St. Louis Chinese Language School and the Chinese Language School of Columbia. Photos from that event are available in this Flickr album. A digital flipbook is also available to accompany the video and can be found along with related materials at labor.mo.gov/lunar-new-year. The interactive document showcases additional information on Lunar New Year celebrations, including traditional customs, foods, and recipes. ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration to be Hosted at Missouri State Capitol https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/2022-lunar-new-year-celebration-be-hosted-missouri-state-capitol 25176 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 09 Feb 2022 16:09:52 +0000 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration to be Hosted at Missouri State Capitol Brent.Bestgen Wed, 02/09/2022 - 16:09 January 24, 2022 Jefferson City, MO — Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe and Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui will host a celebration of the Lunar New Year at the Missouri State Capitol tomorrow, Jan. 25. The celebration will include a traditional lion dance by students from the St. Louis Chinese Language School and a performance by children from the Columbia Chinese School. Following the performances, Lt. Governor Kehoe will place the final pieces to a traditional Duì Lián, or couplet, hanging around the Governor’s Office doors. “The Lunar New Year gives us the opportunity to showcase the rich diversity and talents of people across our state,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Missourians share many common values that are highlighted during this cultural celebration, including the importance of family, a desire to see our children succeed, hard work, and honesty.” The Lunar New Year, which has been observed for thousands of years, is the most celebrated Asian festival in the world. The first day of the 2022 Lunar New Year is Tuesday, Feb. 1, initiating the Year of the Tiger, which exemplifies courage, generosity and vigor. “Missouri’s Asian American communities make up a significant and vital piece of the state’s identity,” Lt. Governor Kehoe said. “I’m honored to participate in this celebration of Asian heritage. I was born in the Year of the Tiger myself, which makes joining in this year’s event that much more special.” “The Lunar New Year is a special time for my family and me,” Director Hui said. “I appreciate the enthusiasm that Governor Parson, Lt. Governor Kehoe, Second Lady Claudia Kehoe and other officials have shown in joining a celebration of diversity in our state. With more than 160,000 Missourians identifying as being of Asian descent, it’s important to highlight and share the traditions and cultures of these communities.” To see photos from the celebration, visit the 2022 Lunar New Year Flickr album. In the coming days, video of the celebration, as well as cultural performances and interviews with community leaders, will be added to labor.mo.gov/lunar-new-year. ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov Tax Form 1099-G Available Online for Individuals Who Received Unemployment Benefits from Missouri in 2021 https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/tax-form-1099-g-available-online-individuals-who-received-unemployment-benefits 25171 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 09 Feb 2022 16:08:32 +0000 Tax Form 1099-G Available Online for Individuals Who Received Unemployment Benefits from Missouri in 2021 Brent.Bestgen Wed, 02/09/2022 - 16:08 January 24, 2022 Jefferson City — Individuals who received unemployment benefits from Missouri in 2021 can now view, print and download their 1099-G tax form online at uinteract.labor.mo.gov. Form 1099-G details all unemployment benefits an individual received during the calendar year as well as information about taxes withheld from their benefits. It is important to note that both state and federal unemployment benefit payments are taxable and the total will be included on Form 1099-G. This information must be reported each year for tax purposes. The forms are also available for years 2016-2020. From the UInteract home screen, an individual can select the “View and Print 1099" tab and then select the year to view and print that year’s 1099-G tax form. The Missouri Division of Employment Security will mail FORM 1099-G no later than January 31, 2022. To access UInteract and retrieve the 1099-G online, users will need an account user id and password. If one has not been created, a new account can be created online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at uinteract.labor.mo.gov. If an individual has elected to go paperless, a 1099-G WILL NOT be mailed. Updates to individuals’ mailing addresses can also be made online at uinteract.labor.mo.gov. For more information, read the frequently asked questions on the 1099-G tax form. ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov Minimum Wage Rate Set for Private Employers for 2022 https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/minimum-wage-rate-set-private-employers-2022 25166 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 09 Feb 2022 16:04:13 +0000 Minimum Wage Rate Set for Private Employers for 2022 Brent.Bestgen Wed, 02/09/2022 - 16:04 December 8, 2021 Jefferson City – The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announces the state minimum wage rate for 2022 has been established, according to state law, at $11.15 per hour, effective January 1, 2022. Pursuant to Proposition B, which was approved by Missouri voters on November 6, 2018, the minimum wage will increase 85 cents per hour each year through 2023. All private businesses are required to pay at a minimum, the $11.15 hourly rate, except retail and service businesses whose gross annual sales are less than $500,000. Missouri's minimum wage law does not apply to public employers, nor does it allow the state's minimum wage rate to be lower than the federal minimum wage rate. Compensation for tipped employees must also total at least $11.15 per hour. Employers are required to pay tipped employees at least 50 percent of the minimum wage, plus any amount necessary to bring the employee’s total compensation to a minimum of $11.15 per hour. To learn more about the minimum wage and to download a copy of the updated poster, visit labor.mo.gov/DLS/MinimumWage. Additionally, a printable version of the poster along with other required posters for businesses can be found at labor.mo.gov/posters. ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov 2021 Missouri Human Rights Conference Set to Celebrate International Human Rights Day with Speakers and Awards https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/2021-missouri-human-rights-conference-set-celebrate-international-human-rights 25111 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 09 Feb 2022 15:34:13 +0000 2021 Missouri Human Rights Conference Set to Celebrate International Human Rights Day with Speakers and Awards Brent.Bestgen Wed, 02/09/2022 - 15:34 December 7, 2021 Jefferson City – The Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) will once again host the Missouri Human Rights Conference. This free, public event celebrating International Human Rights Day will take place virtually on Friday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. Designed to highlight Missouri’s commitment that all persons are entitled to liberty, equality, and justice under the law, the gathering for attorneys, employers, human resource professionals, housing providers, human rights commissions, local jurisdictions, and community members will feature guest speakers on a variety of timely topics and an opening performance by Artist and Human Rights Advocate, Hana-li. Kelli Douglas, General Counsel for Missouri Western State University, and Ramin Taheri, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, will lead a discussion on civil rights discrimination topics. An examination of equal opportunity issues of the COVID-19 pandemic will be held by Lloyd J. (Jack) Vasquez, Jr., District Director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s St. Louis District Office, John C. Yang, President and Executive Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Kristi Kingston, Owner and Operator of the Employee and Labor Law Group of Kansas City, and Andrew Metcalf, Associate for Ogletree Deakins. Lastly, a segment on bias and countermeasures will be led by Kristy Lambert, Legal Counsel for MCHR. Additionally, three awards will be bestowed at the conference: Sheila Styron, Disability Rights Advocate for The Whole Person, will accept the Human Rights Champion Award on behalf of The Whole Person; Eric Krekel, Deputy Director of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and Alvin Brooks, Founder and President Emeritus of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, will both be honored with Lucile Bluford Lifetime Achievement Awards. “These award winners were chosen for their commitment to protecting, preserving, and championing human rights in Missouri,” said MCHR Executive Director Dr. Alisa Warren. “Their vital work has spurred positive change across our state and serves as inspiration for us all.” The Missouri Bar has approved 4.0 continuing legal education credit hours for the conference, including 1.0 ethics credit (1.0 elimination of bias). To register or view a detailed agenda for the conference, go to http://www.labor.mo.gov/MHRC. In honor of International Human Rights Day, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed Dec. 10, 2021, to be Human Rights Day in the State of Missouri. International Human Rights Day was inaugurated in 1948 when world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirming the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all people. The MCHR is an independent commission housed in the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. It is responsible for enforcing the Missouri Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), disability, age (in employment only), and familial status (in housing only). For more information about your rights and responsibilities or the MCHR complaint process, visit labor.mo.gov/discrimination. ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov Hui Named “Connector of the Year” by St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/hui-named-connector-year-st-louis-asian-american-chamber-commerce 25076 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 09 Feb 2022 15:30:41 +0000 Hui Named “Connector of the Year” by St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce Brent.Bestgen Wed, 02/09/2022 - 15:30 November 4, 2021 Jefferson City — Last night, the St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce named Anna Hui, director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the 2021 Connector of the Year. Hui is the sixth award winner, adding her name to a prestigious list which includes former U.S. Senator and Governor Christopher “Kit” Bond. The Connector of the Year is awarded to an individual for his or her outstanding accomplishments as a trailblazer to help connect the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) business/professional community, St. Louis and Asia. “We congratulate Director Hui for earning this award. Anna is a connector of people and leader who wants input from every side, and I can think of no one more deserving,” Governor Mike Parson said. “As the first Asian American in the Governor’s Cabinet, she has brought a special recognition of diversity to Missouri through her outreach. Anna always works to bring people together and is a great example of the type of public servant Missourians need and want.” “I am truly honored to receive this award,” Director Hui said. “It is very humbling to be recognized for bringing people together. Over my 20 years in public service, I have met and worked with some of the most amazing individuals who understand the value of a servant heart. It is with these connections that we can work better together to foster the economic climate that makes Missouri a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.” Kevin Chau, Director of Sales for Enterprise Holdings, introduced Hui with an award video that included comments from former U.S. Secretary of Labor and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Missouri Department of Labor Deputy Director Tammy Cavender. Founded in 2011 by Alex Lee and Johnny Wang, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis is an organization made up of professionals and business owners with a mission to serve as “connectors” between the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) business/professional community, the St. Louis community, and Asia. ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov Missouri Notifying Individuals of Possible Waiver of Recovery from Federal Unemployment Overpayments https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/missouri-notifying-individuals-possible-waiver-recovery-federal-unemployment 24656 at https://labor.mo.gov Mon, 07 Feb 2022 11:42:43 +0000 Missouri Notifying Individuals of Possible Waiver of Recovery from Federal Unemployment Overpayments Lainie Strange Mon, 02/07/2022 - 11:42 July 27, 2021 Jefferson City, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has implemented a process for claimants to apply to the Division of Employment Security (DES) for potential waiver of the recovery of non-fraud federal pandemic program unemployment benefit overpayments. Notices to eligible claimants began mailing out last week and are available in the “Correspondence” tab of UInteract, Missouri’s online unemployment benefits service. Claimants who receive the notice have 30 days from the date of the notice to apply, and are strongly encouraged to apply online through UInteract. Each application must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as required by federal guidelines. DES is anticipating a large number of requests and will be working as quickly as possible to review each application and issue a determination. Upon receipt of an application for waiver of recovery, all recovery activities will remain suspended for all eligible overpayments until processing is complete and all rights to appeal have been exhausted. The waiver provision applies to overpaid benefits for weeks ending February 8, 2020, through June 12, 2021, under these federal pandemic programs: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) The waiver of recovery only applies to non-fraud federal benefit overpayments paid under the CARES Act. Regular state unemployment insurance (UI) overpayments, Extended Benefits (EB) overpayments, and overpayments that resulted from claimant fraud are not eligible for waiver. DES will resume collection activities in August for any overpayment that is not eligible for waiver of recovery. Additionally, the Division of Employment Security is warning unemployment insurance claimants about scams aiming to steal personal information. Individuals are encouraged to be aware of the potential for fraud and only use the official website, UInteract.labor.mo.gov. More information is available at www.labor.mo.gov/coronavirus. ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov