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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 48

For the week ending December 24, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)




Department Publishes Youth Employment Rules; Rules Become Effective in 60 Days

The Department of Labor has published final regulations in the December 16, 2004 FEDERAL REGISTERimplementing changes to employment rules for youth. The new rules expand protections for youth working in restaurant cooking, roofing, and driving, among other changes.

The rules incorporate into the regulations the provisions of two statutory amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act that deal with driving and the operation of compactors and balers by teenage employees. The first statutory change established criteria permitting 16 and 17-year-olds to load, but not operate or unload, certain waste-material baling and compacting equipment. The second statutory change delineated what limited on-the-job driving may be performed by qualified 17-year-olds.

Provisions are also included to modernize the youth employment provisions regarding what types of cooking 14- and 15-year olds are permitted to perform. The new rules now permit those minors to clean and maintain cooking devices in some situations.

The rules also expand the current prohibition against youth under age 18 working in roofing occupations to encompass all work on or about a roof, including work performed upon or in close proximity to a roof. Under the new provisions, youth may only perform such work if in an apprenticeship or student-learner program.

The Department published the rules following the review of comments received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The final rules address some of the recommendations made by NIOSH in a report to the Department in May 2002.

The Department has also revised existing compliance assistance materials to comport with these new rules. These materials may be found at www.youthrules.dol.gov and www.wagehour.dol.gov. Information may also be obtained by calling the Department's toll-free help line at 1-866-4USWAGE (1- 866-487-9243). Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-27422.pdf


Training and Technical Assistant

Farmworker Housing Inspections Training

The Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions (DEWIS) is offering an on-line course to the One-Stop Career Center Staff and State Workforce Agencies (SWA) staff on how to conduct Farmworker Housing Inspections. The course will take place January 10-13, 2005.
To register, please contact Ola Abina (abina.olaoluwa@dol.gov; 202-693-2791)



Personal Reemployment Accounts

Six states have submitted their PRA plans for approval (Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi, Idaho, Texas, and West Virginia). These plans are under review (including Regional Office review). Subject matter experts who are members of the overall internal PRA team (Financial, UI, Evaluation, Performance) have also been enlisted to review those areas of each plan germane to their expertise in order to flag problems or discover innovations. A plan review checklist was developed and provided to all. The State of Montana has requested a slight extension for the submittal of its plan in order to work out relationship issues between the State and the workforce boards in PRA administration. All reviewer comments and recommendations are due electronically to the Division of Adults and Dislocated Workers (attention Dennis Lieberman) by no later than January 10th. NOTE: This will necessitate a slight departure from original internal timeline which called for announcement of the approvals by January 10th. Announcements will likely be approximately 1 week later. Contact: Christne Cremer (202-693-3387; cremer.christine@dol.gov)

HireVetsFirst - American Excellence at Work

This is a comprehensive career website for hiring veterans of America's military. The site features an "Employer Zone" (Hire a Veteran Now!, One-Stop Career Centers, 10 Reasons to Hire Vets, Be a Vet-Friendly Employer, Success Stories, and the Skill Translator) and a Veteran Zone. Contact: http://www.hirevetsfirst.gov/

Recovery and Employment Assistance Information Web Page

REALifelines is a new approach to ensuring that wounded and injured service members and their families get the support they need to be successful and competitive as they return to the homes and lives they left in service to our country and the cause of freedom. Contact: http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/Real-life/main.htm