Employment and Training Administration 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Comment Request for Information Collection for Information Collection for the Data Validation Requirement for Employment and Training Programs; Extension Without Revisions
Document Number: 2013-30639
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data validation information for the following employment and training programs: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title IB, Wagner-Peyser, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), National Farmworkers Jobs Program (NFJP), and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The current expiration date is May 31, 2014. Please note that the data submission processes within the new data validation software for Wagner-Peyser and WIA Title IB were implemented in Program Year (PY) 2012 and PY 2013 for reporting and the underlying data validation methodology is not being modified. However, the system is still coming online and the data element validation functionality in the new enterprise data validation and reporting system will not be implemented by the current expiration date for this data collection (May 31, 2014). ETA believes the software will be completed and states will have experience with using it by the end of 2014. At that time, ETA will report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the results, per the OMB Notice of Action in 2012 approving the implementation of the software.
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-30354
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-23
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-30353
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-23
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-30328
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Denial of Georgia's Application for a “Cap” of the 2013 Credit Reduction Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act
Document Number: 2013-29854
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-17
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Sections 3302(c)(2) and 3302(d)(3) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) provide that employers in a state that has an outstanding balance of advances under Title XII of the Social Security Act at the beginning of January 1 of two or more consecutive years are subject to a reduction in credits otherwise available against the FUTA tax for the calendar year in which the most recent such January 1 occurs, if a balance of advances remains at the beginning of November 10 of that year. By virtue of Georgia's Unemployment Trust Fund account having an outstanding balance of Title XII advances on January 1 of four consecutive years, Georgia employers are potentially liable for a 0.9 percent reduction in their FUTA offset credit for 2013. Georgia applied for a cap on the credit reduction under FUTA, section 3302(f), and 20 CFR 606.20. If the State meets the specified criteria the 2013 credit reduction would have stayed at the 2012 percentage of 0.6 percent instead of increasing to 0.9 percent. It was determined that Georgia did not meet all of the criteria of section 3302(f) since the estimated State average tax rate on total wages for calendar year 2013 did not equal or exceed the State's average benefit cost rate for calendar years 2008-2012. Thus Georgia does not qualify for a credit reduction cap and therefore employers in Georgia will have a 0.9 percent FUTA credit reduction for calendar year 2013.
Notice of Approval of South Carolina's Application for Avoidance of 2013 Credit Reduction Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act
Document Number: 2013-29851
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-17
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Sections 3302(c)(2) and 3302(d)(3) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) provide that employers in a state that has an outstanding balance of advances under Title XII of the Social Security Act at the beginning of January 1 of two or more consecutive years are subject to a reduction in credits otherwise available against the FUTA tax for the calendar year in which the most recent such January 1 occurs, if a balance of advances remains at the beginning of November 10 of that year. Because the account of South Carolina in the Unemployment Trust Fund had a balance of advances at the beginning of January 1 of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and still had a balance of advances at the beginning of November 10, 2013, South Carolina employers were potentially liable for a reduction in their FUTA offset credit for 2013. Section 3302(g) of FUTA provides that a state may avoid credit reduction for a year by meeting certain criteria. South Carolina applied for avoidance of the 2013 credit reduction under this section. It has been determined that South Carolina met all of the criteria of section 3302(g) and thus qualifies for credit reduction avoidance. Therefore, South Carolina employers will have no reduction in FUTA offset credit for calendar year 2013.
Notice of Approval of South Carolina's Application for a Waiver of the Additional Credit Reduction That Was To Be Applied to the 2013 Credit Reduction Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act
Document Number: 2013-29850
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-17
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Sections 3302(c)(2) and 3302(d)(3) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) provide that employers in a state that has an outstanding balance of advances under Title XII of the Social Security Act at the beginning of January 1 of two or more consecutive years are subject to a reduction in credits otherwise available against the FUTA tax for the calendar year in which the most recent such January 1 occurs, if a balance of advances remains at the beginning of November 10 of that year. Further, section 3302(c)(2) of FUTA provides that a state may face additional credit reduction for a year by failing to meet certain criteria. South Carolina applied for a waiver of the 2013 additional credit reduction under section 3302 (c)(2)(C) of FUTA and it has been determined that South Carolina met all of the criteria of this section necessary to qualify for the waiver of the additional credit reduction. Therefore, South Carolina employers will have no additional credit reduction applied for calendar year 2013.
Notice of Approval of Indiana's Application for a Waiver of the Additional Credit Reduction That Was To Be Applied to the 2013 Credit Reduction Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act
Document Number: 2013-29849
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-17
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Sections 3302(c)(2) and 3302(d)(3) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) provide that employers in a state that has an outstanding balance of advances under Title XII of the Social Security Act at the beginning of January 1 of two or more consecutive years are subject to a reduction in credits otherwise available against the FUTA tax for the calendar year in which the most recent such January 1 occurs, if a balance of advances remains at the beginning of November 10 of that year. Also section 3302(c)(2) of FUTA provides that a state may face additional credit reduction for a year by failing to meet certain criteria. Indiana applied for a waiver of the 2013 additional credit reduction under section 3302(c)(2)(C) of FUTA and because Indiana has taken no action to reduce the solvency of their Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund in the 12 months ending September 30, 2013, they have successfully qualified for the waiver. It has therefore been determined that Indiana meets all of the criteria of this section and thus qualifies for the waiver of additional credit reduction and therefore employers in Indiana will have no additional credit reduction applied for calendar year 2013.
Comment Request for Information Collection for the ETA 586, Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages; Extension Without Change
Document Number: 2013-29743
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-13
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension, without change, of the report for the Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages, Form ETA 586.
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-29362
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-10
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-29361
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-10
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-29247
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-09
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-29246
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-09
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-28336
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-28335
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for the Youth CareerConnect Program
Document Number: 2013-28044
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds, authorized under Section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (codified at 29 U.S.C. 2916a), for the Youth CareerConnect grant program. The program is designed to provide high school students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and technical curricula focused on specific in-demand occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers as well as the related activities necessary to support such training to increase participants' employability in H-1B in-demand industries and occupations. Furthermore, given the large number of H-1B visas in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries, pending high quality proposals, DOL expects a large share of the grants to support education and training in STEM industries. The ultimate goals for the program are to ensure that participants gain academic and occupational skills by completing the program and graduating from high school; move into a positive placement following high school that includes unsubsidized employment, post-secondary education, long-term occupational skills training, or Registered Apprenticeship; obtain an industry-recognized credential in an H-1B industry or occupation for those industries where credential attainment is feasible by program completion, in addition to a high school diploma; and earn post- secondary credit towards a degree or credit-bearing certificate issued by an institution of higher education. As stated under Section 414(c) of ACWIA, grants under this SGA will be awarded to partnerships of public and private sector entities. Approximately $100 million is expected to be available to fund approximately 25 to 40 grants. DOL intends to fund grants ranging from $2 million to $7 million. Grants can be used to fund programs in a single site or to fund multi-site programs. The complete SGA and any subsequent SGA amendments in connection with this solicitation are described in further detail on ETA's Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/ or on http://www.grants.gov. The Web sites provide application information, eligibility requirements, review and selection procedures, and other program requirements governing this solicitation.
Workforce Investment Act: Native American Employment and Training Council
Document Number: 2013-27943
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463), as amended, and Section 166(h)(4) of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) [29 U.S.C. 2911(h)(4)], notice is hereby given of the next meeting of the Native American Employment and Training Council (Council), as constituted under WIA.
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-27938
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-27937
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-27936
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Labor Certification Process for Logging Employment and Non-H-2A Agricultural Employment
Document Number: 2013-27693
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-20
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This final rule rescinds the regulations for employers in the logging industry utilizing foreign workers. The regulations became obsolete after a rulemaking in 2010 reassigned them elsewhere in the Code of Federal Regulations. The Department of Labor (``Department'') is issuing this final rule to remove the obsolete regulations.
Attestation Process for Employers Using F-1 Students in Off-Campus Work
Document Number: 2013-27685
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-20
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This final rule rescinds the regulations which provided rules governing employers seeking to hire F-1 foreign students as part-time workers off-campus. These subparts became obsolete after the authorizing statute and its two-year extension expired in 1996. Accordingly, the Department of Labor (the Department) is taking this action to remove regulations that no longer have force and effect.
Removal of Attestation Process for Facilities Using H-1A Registered Nurses
Document Number: 2013-27683
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-20
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This final rule rescinds the regulations found which provided rules governing health care facilities using nonimmigrant foreign workers as registered nurses under the H-1A visa program. These subparts became obsolete after the authorizing statute and all extensions expired. Accordingly, the Department of Labor (the Department) is taking this action to remove regulations that no longer have force and effect.
Announcement Regarding a Change in Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claimants in Alaska, Mississippi, and Wisconsin in the Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2008 (EUC08) Program
Document Number: 2013-27379
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-15
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) produces trigger notices indicating which states qualify for EUC08 benefits, and provides the beginning and ending dates of payable periods for each qualifying state. The trigger notices covering state eligibility for this program can be found at: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims arch.asp. The following changes have occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding states' EUC08 trigger status: Alaska has triggered ``off'' Tier 3 of EUC08 effective August 24, 2013. Based on data from Alaska for the week ending August 3, 2013, the 13 week insured unemployment rate in Alaska was 3.9 percent, falling below the 4.0 percent trigger rate threshold to remain ``on'' in Tier 3 of EUC08. The week ending August 24, 2013, was the last week in which EUC08 claimants in Alaska who had exhausted Tier 2, and were otherwise eligible, could establish Tier 3 eligibility. Mississippi has triggered ``off'' Tier 4 of EUC08 effective September 14, 2013. Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 19, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate in Mississippi was 8.9 percent, falling below the 9.0 percent trigger rate threshold to remain ``on'' in Tier 4 of EUC08. The week ending September 14, 2013, was the last week in which EUC08 claimants in Mississippi who have exhausted Tier 3, and are otherwise eligible, could establish Tier 4 eligibility. Wisconsin has triggered ``off'' Tier 3 of EUC08 effective September 14, 2013. Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 19, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 6.9 percent, falling below the 7.0 percent trigger rate threshold to remain ``on'' in Tier 3 of EUC08. The week ending September 14, 2013, was the last week in which EUC08 claimants in Wisconsin who have exhausted Tier 2, and are otherwise eligible, could establish Tier 3 eligibility.
Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program: Certifications for 2013 Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act
Document Number: 2013-26800
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Secretary of Labor signed the annual certifications under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, 26 U.S.C. 3301 et seq., thereby enabling employers who make contributions to state unemployment funds to obtain certain credits against their liability for the federal unemployment tax. By letter, the certifications were transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury. The letter and certifications are printed below.
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-26504
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-26503
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Blount International, Inc., Including On-Site Leased Workers From Express Employment Professionals, Portland, Oregon
Document Number: 2013-26501
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-24973
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-24972
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-24971
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Labor Surplus Area Classification under Executive Orders 12073 and 10582
Document Number: 2013-24829
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The purpose of this notice is to announce the annual list of labor surplus areas for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-24197
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-24195
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2013-24194
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor