May 6, 2019 - CNMI Department of Labor celebrates Public Service Recognition Week on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Administrative Hearing Office in Capitol Hill.
May 8, 2019 - Keith Sonderling, U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Acting Deputy Administrator, signs the memorandum of understanding between Governor Ralph Torres, CNMI Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The MOU includes an agreement on maximizing and improving the enforcement of federal labor laws in the CNMI. Seated to Sonderling's right is Ruben Rosalez, WHD Western Regional Administrator at the Office of Program Operations, CNMI Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente, and CNMI Governor Ralph DLG. Torres.
May 8, 2019 - Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and CNMI Department of Labor stand for a group photo with Governor Ralph DLG. Torres after signing a memorandum of understanding. The MOU includes an agreement between the CNMI and U.S. DOL's Wage and Hour Division on maximizing and improving the enforcement of federal labor laws in the CNMI. From left to right: CNMI DOL Division of Enforcement & Compliance Jeff Camacho, CNMI-OSHA Consultation Program Tim Asaivao, WHD Regional Administrator for the Western Region Ruben Rosalez, WHD Acting Deputy Administrator Keith Sonderling, CNMI Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, WHD Honolulu District Director Terrence Trotter, CNMI Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente, U.S. DOL Wage and Hour Investigator Dan Wang, CNMI DOL Division of Employment Services Eugene Tebuteb, CNMI DOL Workforce Investment Agency David Attao (standing in back), and U.S. DOL Wage and Hour Investigator Dean Tenorio.
Reminder: Second Quarter 2019 Total Workforce Listing & Workforce Plan due July 31, 2019
The CNMI Department of Labor wants to remind all businesses to submit their quarterly Total Workforce Listing and Workforce Plan by 4:30 p.m. on July 31, 2019. The forms may be submitted online by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or turned in to the Department of Labor Administrative Services office located on Capitol Hill. Any company having difficulty completing the two forms can call 664-3196 for assistance. The Admininstrative Services building is open between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click here for more information.
CNMI Department of Labor to hold Community Outreach and Job Fair from May 21-22, 2019
The CNMI Department of Labor announced on Thursday that it will be holding its highly anticipated Community Outreach on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and Job Fair on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Interest for the Community Outreach is high as the confirmed number of attendees for the outreach is already nearing 100 and is expected to grow as we [DOL] move closer to the date. Many employers have also expressed interest in becoming a job fair participant, which occurs the day after the community outreach. Both events are expected to be resourceful events for employers, employees, and individuals looking for work.
Topics of discussion during the outreach include enforcement and compliance of CNMI labor laws, Workforce Investment Agency program and partnering opportunities for CNMI employers, the labor complaint process and applicable regulations, and more.
Mr. Matthew Deleon Guerrero, Hive Analytics President and chief administrator of this year’s CNMI Prevailing Wage Survey, will be the guest speaker at the outreach on Tuesday.
"The Community Outreach is slated to be the biggest event of the year hosted by DOL," said Division of Enforcement and Compliance Director Jeff Camacho. "Each division director will discuss a topic relevant to current issues affecting CNMI employers and workers."
Initially scheduled for the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe, the event will now be held [at] the Hyatt Regency Saipan Ballroom in Garapan.
“DOL is very grateful to the Hyatt Regency Saipan for agreeing to accommodate us with this year’s community outreach on such short notice,” said CNMI Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente. “The ballroom will comfortably seat over 100 attendees and is already equipped with the technical equipment we need for our day-long presentations.”
Information about the outreach and job fair can be found at http://www.marianaslabor.net/ or by calling the DOL at 664-3190/3196.
WHO: CNMI Department of Labor
WHAT: Community Outreach and Job Fair
WHEN: Community Outreach, Tuesday, May 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ChST
Job Fair, Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ChST
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Saipan Ballroom, Garapan, Saipan
COST: Free and open to the public
Please note that seats are limited, and the CNMI Department of Labor is asking for attendees to contact DOL at 664-3196 or 323-9996 to make reservations for the two-day event.
CNMI DOL signs MOU with US DOL Wage and Hour Division on enforcement and outreach
On Wednesday, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and CNMI Department of Labor signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Labor (US DOL) Wage and Hour Division to maximize and improve the enforcement of federal labor laws in the CNMI.
Governor Torres and CNMI Secretary of Labor Vicky Benavente signed the MOU on behalf of the CNMI, while Acting Administrator of the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Keith Sonderling, Regional Administrator for the Western Region Ruben Rosalez, and Honolulu District Director Terence Trotter represented the US DOL.
“The enforcement of our federal labor laws requires a coordinated effort, and this MOU will empower our CNMI Department of Labor with the ability to assist our federal partners at the USDOL achieve this,” said Governor Ralph DLG. Torres.
Secretary Benavente noted that the signing of the MOU with US DOL will provide the CNMI the ability to conduct joint training and outreach presentations about the laws and regulations enforced by both labor agencies.
“We appreciate the visit of Acting Administrator Sonderling, Regional Administrator Rosalez, and District Director Trotter for this collective commitment to the enforcement of our labor laws. The CNMI DOL will coordinate joint investigations to assist US DOL with enforcement activities, referrals of complaints, and exchange of information. The end result will be the protection of all workers with regards to the payment of their wages, overtime, and other applicable statutes,” she said.
Under the MOU, CNMI DOL and US DOL agree to coordinate joint outreach presentations and distribute educational material for the community. The agencies also agree to work to provide a side-by-side comparison of laws with overlapping provisions and jurisdiction.
“This partnership will be mutually beneficial for the CNMI and our federal partners. We share a collective goal to protect all of our workers and their wages,” Governor Torres added.
Webinar Announcement: How to Complete and Submit a CW-1 Application for Temporary Employment Certification to U.S. Department of Labor
As required by the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, any CNMI employer intending to hire a CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) must apply for Temporary Employment Certification with U.S. Department of Labor (the Department or DOL). The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will host two webinars on March 28, 2019, and April 2, 2019 Chamorro Standard Time (GMT+10:00). Additional information about the webinars and how to attend can be found here.
The CNMI DOL highly recommends that all CNMI employers or authorized representatives attend the webinars to ask questions and understand the new requirements for obtaining a prevailing wage and temporary employment certification before submitting a CW-1 petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The CNMI DOL also encourages all interested participants to log into the webinar early enough in order to address any technical issues that may arise while registering for the event.
OSHA Training Coming in February
The CNMI Department of Labor will be hosting free OSHA training classes starting February 19, 2019. The classes will be led by OSHA-approved instructors who will share their experience and knowledge of typhoon cleanup operations and provide information on federal and state safety and health regulations.
Electrical/Electrocution Hazards during Typhoon Clean-Up Operations
February 19, 2019 | 1 PM - 3:30 PM
Fall Protection during Typhoon Clean-Up Operations
February 26, 2019 | 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Health and Hygiene Hazards during Typhoon Clean-up Operations
February 27, 2019 | 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Demolition Hazards during Typhoon Clean-Up Operations
The final day of registration is February 13, 2019 and is open to the public. Seating is limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Those involved in post-typhoon debris cleanup and removal, employed in the construction industry, or work in high-risk occupations are encouraged to attend. To register for a seat or request more information, contact the CNMI Department of Labor’s OSHA Consultation Program at 664-3154/5/6/7 or e-mail the following OSHA consultants at:
Reminder: First Quarter 2019 Total Workforce Listing & Workforce Plan due April 30, 2019
The CNMI Department of Labor wants to remind all businesses to submit their quarterly Total Workforce Listing and Workforce Plan by 4:30 p.m. on April 30, 2019. The forms must be turned in to the Department of Labor Administrative Services office located on Capital Hill. Any company having difficulty completing the two forms can call 664-3190 or 323-9996/323-9995, for assistance. The Admin Office is open between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
DUA deadline extended again for the CNMI
Once again, the CNMI Department of Labor has re-extended the application submission deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu. The DUA program provides payment relief and reemployment assistance to individuals who became unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster.
DUA deadline extended for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota workers affected by Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu
Apply by January 15, 2019
The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) deadline for workers in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota has been extended to January 15, 2019. DUA is available for individuals who have lost their jobs, had their regular work hours reduced, or were self-employed individuals but are no longer able to work as a direct result of Typhoon Mangkhut and/or Super Typhoon Yutu.
The CNMI Department of Labor (DOL) is urging all eligible individuals to apply for DUA before the January 15 deadline...Read more
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Available for Workers and Self-Employed Individuals in Saipan, Rota and Tinian Affected by Typhoon Mangkhut & Super Typhoon Yutu
The CNMI Department of Labor (DOL) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4396-DR-MP) for workers in Saipan, Rota and Tinian.
WHAT IS DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE?
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) (42 U.S.C. §5177) authorizes the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. The purpose of the program is to provide payment and reemployment assistance to individuals who are unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster.
DUA claims are only taken after the President of the United States, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), declares specific areas of the State/CNMI as disaster areas and authorizes Individual Assistance to individuals working in the disaster areas. DUA funding is provided by FEMA and does not come from employer payroll taxes.
On September 29, 2018, the President authorized major disaster declaration FEMA-4396-DR for CNMI due to Typhoon Mangkhut that occurred September 10-11, 2018. This declaration authorized Individual Assistance, including DUA, for the islands of Rota, Saipan, and Tinian. On November 16, 2018, the CNMI DOL announced the availability of DUA and the filing deadline for DUA applications of December 16, 2018.
Super Typhoon Yutu
On October 26, 2018, the President authorized major disaster declaration FEMA-4404-DR for CNMI due to Super Typhoon Yutu that occurred October 24-26, 2018. This declaration authorized Individual Assistance, including DUA, for the islands of Rota, Saipan, Tinian, and the Northern Islands. On November 16, 2018, the CNMI DOL announced the availability of DUA and the filing deadline for DUA applications of December 16, 2018.