MO.gov News Feed: Department of Labor & Industrial Relations /news-rss?filter=labor MO.gov News Feed: Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Mon, 30 Jan 2023 08:50:26 +0000 en-us Division of Labor Standards Reminds Public Works Contractors to Help Set Prevailing Wage https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/division-labor-standards-reminds-public-works-contractors-help-set-prevailing 28956 at https://labor.mo.gov Tue, 24 Jan 2023 11:19:28 +0000 Division of Labor Standards Reminds Public Works Contractors to Help Set Prevailing Wage nomland Tue, 01/24/2023 - 11:19 January 24, 2023 Jefferson City – The Division of Labor Standards within the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is reminding contractors that work on public works projects that the annual Contractor’s Wage Survey deadline is nearing. Each year, Missouri's prevailing wage rates are determined based on information provided through Contractor's Wage Surveys. These surveys may be submitted electronically to the Division of Labor Standards by Jan. 31. Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on Missouri public works construction projects valued at more than $75,000, such as bridges, roads, and government buildings. The prevailing wage rate differs by county and for different types of work. State law requires that all workers working on public works projects be paid the proper prevailing wage rate. Prevailing wage rates are determined by actual hours worked, for a particular occupational title (classification/trade) in each individual county throughout the state. The Division of Labor Standards encourages completing the Contractor’s Wage Survey online by January 31 or, if submitted by mail, the survey must be postmarked by January 31. If electronic filing was utilized last year, it will be necessary to re-register. ### 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 2022 https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/tax-form-1099-g-available-online-individuals-who-received-unemployment-0 28911 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 11 Jan 2023 11:06:18 +0000 Tax Form 1099-G Available Online for Individuals Who Received Unemployment Benefits from Missouri in 2022 nomland Wed, 01/11/2023 - 11:06 January 11, 2023 Jefferson City — Individuals who received unemployment benefits from Missouri in 2022 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 2016-2021. 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, 2023. 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 2023 https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/minimum-wage-rate-set-private-employers-2023 28871 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 28 Dec 2022 11:41:20 +0000 Minimum Wage Rate Set for Private Employers for 2023 nomland Wed, 12/28/2022 - 11:41 December 28, 2022 Jefferson City — The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announces the state minimum wage rate for 2023 has been established, according to state law, at $12.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2023. 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 $12.00 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 $12.00 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 $12.00 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 Missouri Department of Labor Presents McClain Forest Products with Second Prestigious SHARP Award for Workplace Safety https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/missouri-department-labor-presents-mcclain-forest-products-second-prestigious 28506 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 07 Sep 2022 14:27:35 +0000 Missouri Department of Labor Presents McClain Forest Products with Second Prestigious SHARP Award for Workplace Safety blivingston Wed, 09/07/2022 - 14:27 September 7, 2022 Alton, MO – The Missouri Department of Labor’s On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program announced the Alton, Missouri, facility of McClain Forest Products LLC as the newest member of the state’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). “The SHARP program is dedicated to promoting a culture of safety for workers at Missouri businesses,” said Anna Hui, Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. “Once again, we congratulate the team at McClain Forest Products for achieving their workplace safety goals, and to the Alton facility in joining an elite group of Missouri businesses that includes their Van Buren location.” The company, a leading supplier of kiln dried hardwood lumber and flooring products, was honored for its achievement during a ceremony on Sept. 7, at its place of business in Alton. Officials from the Missouri Department of Labor attended the event to present McClain Forest Products a SHARP flag and a certificate of recognition issued by Governor Michael L. Parson. Free On-Site Safety and Health Consultations are provided to businesses at their request. Businesses that participate in the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program may be eligible to become a SHARP member. SHARP members have lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums and are exempt from Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections for a period of time. In federal fiscal year 2021, the safety program corrected conditions at participating businesses that could have resulted in more than $12.2 million in OSHA fines. In addition, 3,022 workplace hazards were remedied. For more information about SHARP or to request a free safety and health consultation, visit safeatwork.mo.gov or call 573-522-SAFE. Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov Missouri Commission on Human Rights Executive Director Elected to Head International Association https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/missouri-commission-human-rights-executive-director-elected-head-international 28496 at https://labor.mo.gov Wed, 31 Aug 2022 11:00:20 +0000 Missouri Commission on Human Rights Executive Director Elected to Head International Association nomland Wed, 08/31/2022 - 11:00 August 31, 2022 Jefferson City, Mo. – The International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) has elected Dr. Alisa Warren, executive director of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, as their next president in a meeting held in Los Angeles last week. Dr. Warren becomes just the second representative from Missouri elected as president in IAOHRA’s 73-year history. As the only U.S. network of governmental human rights, civil rights, and human relations leaders, IAOHRA is uniquely positioned to provide expert support, training, and advocacy for numerous member agencies that collectively serve over 250 million people. IAOHRA provides opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas and information among human rights professionals. Organizations and individuals are invited to participate in IAOHRA sponsored seminars and training conferences with experts from all disciplines.  The advancement of equality has been a career cornerstone for Dr. Alisa Warren. Since January 2008, Dr. Warren has served as the Executive Director for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR), a state agency housed in the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Under her leadership, MCHR works to prevent and eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Her dedication to fighting bias and promoting inclusion manifests itself in her extensive efforts, through education and outreach initiatives, to bring a greater understanding of anti-discrimination laws to the four corners of her home state of Missouri and the nation. Dr. Warren said, “It is an honor to lead IAOHRA, the only national organization of professional human and civil rights directors in the United States, in a unified the vision toward equity and justice. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ### Communications Staff Department of Labor and Industrial Relations573-751-4091communications2@labor.mo.gov Application Deadline Approaching for Disaster Unemployment Benefits for Flood Victims https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/application-deadline-approaching-disaster-unemployment-benefits-flood-victims 28491 at https://labor.mo.gov Tue, 30 Aug 2022 14:21:44 +0000 Application Deadline Approaching for Disaster Unemployment Benefits for Flood Victims nomland Tue, 08/30/2022 - 14:21 August 30, 2022 Jefferson City – The Missouri Department of Labor’s Division of Employment Security will accept applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through September 9, 2022, from individuals in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis and St. Charles Counties whose employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms and flooding that occurred July 25-28, 2022. 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. Eligibility for DUA will be determined on a week-to-week basis and individuals can only receive benefits for as long as their 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 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