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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Tipped workers may see a change in their paychecks soon. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced that, as of Friday, changes to Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act will take effect. Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced that the goal is to protect wages earned by thousands of workers and level the playing field for employers competing in a tight labor market. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms Expected Friday Evening As Heat Advisory Impacts RegionThe modernized regulations – approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission in March and by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office shortly after – update how employers pay tipped workers and ensure that salaried employees with fluctuating schedules are appropriately compensated for overtime. “As a former service industry worker, I have seen firsthand how employees can be taken advantage of due to outdated rules and regulations when it comes to how they are paid,” said Berrier. “Servers, bartenders, hairstylists, nail techs, bellhops and dozens of other tipped-worker positions rely on the generosity of their customers for their livelihood and deserve regulatory protections that ensure...
    by Anthony Hennen   Since the pandemic hit and government relief attempted to ease the pain of economic shutdowns, concerns of taxpayer money being wasted or fraudulently obtained has been a pressing issue. In Pennsylvania, the state may see a special prosecutor appointed to focus on cases related to unemployment fraud. The Department of Labor & Industry could use the help, too: staffing shortages have meant a large backlog of potential fraud cases has built up, as The Center Square previously reported. The proposed legislation, HB2648, would appoint a special state prosecutor in the Office of Inspector General for “rooting out and prosecuting individuals who have used the COVID pandemic to fleece our Unemployment Compensation system,” Rep. John Lawrence, R-West Grove, wrote in a legislative memo. “The answers that I received during appropriations hearings were, I think, very troubling,” Lawrence said. More than 33,000 outstanding fraud cases were more than a month old as of early June, he said. Staff at the Department of Labor have gotten much more efficient in processing cases over time, but not enough to make up for...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – There’s now a new tool to help people filing their unemployment claims. Today, the Labor and Industry Department is launching a new text message feature that will help staff connect with people. The department says they’ll be sending text messages to individuals to let them know that staff will be calling them. They say the goal of this new system is to increase the rate that individuals answer calls from the Labor and Industry Department. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: More Sunshine And Warm Temperatures Since its launch on June 16th, the department says around 400,000 people have filed for their weekly benefits. However, since then, there have also been a lot of complaints. Some say they haven’t been able to get through, and are skeptical about this new text messaging service. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Public Schools Pushes Back Summer BOOST Program Due To Lack Of Staffing Jon Delano: “Is text messaging the answer?” Heather Sgro: “I think it’s another way for scammers to get people.” “To prevent fraud, we will not be asking for any personal...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Department of Labor and Industry head is offering a mea culpa for recent issues involving pandemic unemployment checks. Labor and Industry Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier says the past week has been frustrating for people trying to get the money they are owed. Our team has identified and fixed the issue experienced by PEUC claimants who were not being offered claim weeks since they last filed for benefits on Dec 26. ✅ PEUC claimants should now be able to file. ????Experiencing addl issues? [email protected] ℹ️ https://t.co/dfjEKRgrUZ pic.twitter.com/tqaBCvAQSM — PA Department of Labor & Industry (@PALaborIndustry) January 26, 2021 ???? ATTN PUA Claimants: we are working quickly to correct these issues and will provide regular updates. To learn more about the specific issues with filing PUA claims + what you should do, please see the graphic below ???? or visit: https://t.co/dfjEKRgrUZ pic.twitter.com/MiayK9EChy — PA Department of Labor & Industry (@PALaborIndustry) January 26, 2021 More than 110,000 Pennsylvanians have applied for Pandemic Emergency Compensation checks just since Sunday. But the system has been...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released the October 2020 employment situation. In Pennsylvania, the unemployment rate was down 1% over the month of September to 7.3% in October. Along with Pennsylvania, the national rate also fell 1% to 6.9%. The Pennsylvania civilian labor force decreased by 75,000 over the month due to declines in employment, (the number of residents working) and unemployment (number of those jobless and looking for work). Pennsylvania’s total number of nonfarm jobs were up by 18,800 over the month, increasing to 5,622,100 in October. In the past six months, Pennsylvania has recovered over 50% of the total nonfarm jobs lost in March and April. You can see the full report and more on the Department of Labor and Industry website.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry donated 700 stuffed animals to children on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Each toy went through an inspection for choking hazards and general safety. They were then given to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life For Girls gift drive. Labor and Industry officials say they consider themselves to be a part of Santa’s workshop.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak is urging Pennsylvanians to stay vigilant after receiving reports of a new scam that involves callers posing as department employees. Some Pennsylvania residents have reported getting a phone from someone claiming to be a labor and industry department employee, asking for personal information including social security numbers. The reason behind asking for the information is the scammer claims there is an error with the person’s unemployment compensation account that needs to be corrected. “The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry will never contact you and ask for your personal, private information,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “If you receive a call, email, text, social media message, or other communication seeking information such as your username, password, or full Social Security number, do not provide it. We will never ask you for this information.” Pennsylvania is one of multiple states that have been inundated with fraudulent unemployment claims through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Fraudsters have filed claims using information stolen through data...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s “woefully outdated” computer system used to handle unemployment claims will not get previously promised upgrades. For the past few months, The Department of Labor and Industry’s Secretary Jerry Oleksiak has said the new system would go live in October. With just a few days to go, the state announced it will now pause the launch of the new system. This comes at the recommendation of state legislators, stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the Department of Labor and Industry. The release states: “Pennsylvania will avoid potentially disrupting people relying on unemployment compensation by pausing the launch of the new system that will change how to file for claim and benefits.” Small business owner Ryan Smith wants his money. They say they owe him $13,000. He cleans ductwork for a living, but when he could no longer safely enter clients’ homes, he applied for pandemic unemployment assistance, or PUA. “What really gets me is I have a letter, I have it right here,” he says. It’s a letter saying he checks the boxes, but...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment report for June 2020. The state unemployment rate was down 0.4% in June at an even 13.0%. However, over the past two months, Pennsylvania has recovered nearly 40% of the total nonfarm jobs lost in March and April. The labor force in Pennsylvania was down 175,000 over the month due to declines in resident employment and unemployment. The unemployment rate increased by 8.7% from June 2019. Nationally, the unemployment rate fell 2.2% from May’s 11.1%, and was up 7.4% over the year. The full employment report can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s website.
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