Labor Department Urges Businesses to Apply for Safety Awards

The N.C. Department of Labor is now accepting applications from businesses that qualify for a workplace safety award. 

Safety awards are given to companies that have above-average worker safety and health programs. 

Labor Department Adopts Parental Leave Policy

Read this news release about the N.C. Department of Labor implementing Executive Order No. 95, Providing Paid Leave to Eligible State Employees, effective Feb. 1, 2021.

State Labor Department Hosts U.S Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots Annual "Drive-By and Drop-Off" Event

On Dec. 15, from noon to 3 p.m., the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program will collect toys at 4 W Edenton St., in front of the Labor Building. This is the 22nd year that the N.C. Department of Labor and its Toys for Tots partners have co-hosted this annual toy drive. Because of the health concerns, this year’s drive will be a “drive-by and drop-off” event.

NCDOL Encourages Businesses to Participate in “Safe + Sound Week”

A national campaign to promote workplace safety and health has been declared in North Carolina for the week of Aug. 10–16 by Gov. Roy Cooper and in conjunction with NCDOL, the state’s lead agency for workplace safety and health. The federal “Safe + Sound” campaign, promoted each August, encourages every business to develop a safety and health program to ultimately eliminate hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace.  

Falls Lead Work-Related Fatal Incidents in Tar Heel State

Falls caused the largest number of work-related fatal incidents in the Tar Heel state in 2019, based on preliminary information released today by the N.C. Department of Labor. Falls accounted for 17 of the 53 fatal incidents that fell within the NCDOL, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Division’s jurisdictional authority. Struck-by incidents followed closely, accounting for 15 of the 53 fatal workplace deaths last year.

NCDOL Warns Businesses to be Aware of Labor Law Poster Scams

After handling multiple reports of companies using scare tactics or threatening language about fines to sell labor law posters to employers, the N.C. Department of Labor warns businesses across the state to be vigilant about suspicious correspondence they may receive.

“These scams surface periodically and business owners, confused and upset about receiving the correspondence, will contact us,” Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “The threats of fines are bogus and should be ignored. The Department of Labor provides free sets of labor law posters to businesses.”

Tar Heel State’s Workplace Injury and Illness Rate Remains at a Historic Low

New figures show the nonfatal workplace injury and illness rate for the Tar Heel state’s private industry remains at a historic low for 2018 with a rate at 2.4 cases per 100 full-time workers. The 2018 rate for private industry was not statistically different from 2.3 in 2017, which was the lowest on record. North Carolina is one of 12 states and the District of Columbia with rates below the national rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time workers.

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