Deborah Williamson named acting deputy commissioner for the Dept. of Workplace Standards

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey has announced the appointment of Deborah Williamson as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards. “Deborah Williamson brings an enormous wealth of experience and knowledge to the Department of Workplace Standards,” Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. “Dr. Williamson has already made a huge impact on the Registered Apprenticeship program...

Kentucky businesses set record low workplace injury rate, focus on creating culture of safety credited

By Alexandria Englen Special to the KyForward Officials from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet hailed recent reports by the federal government that show continued improvement in workplace safety in Kentucky, including the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents recorded in the Commonwealth’s history. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky’s rate of recordable nonfatal...

Recent federal government report shows highest rate of workplace safety in Kentucky’s history

A recent report by the federal government shows continued improvement in workplace safety in Kentucky, including the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents recorded in the Commonwealth’s history. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky’s rate of recordable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses dropped to 3.4 per 100 full-time employees in 2016 –...

Louisville-based BAE Systems recognized for more than two million accident-free production hours

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited BAE Systems in Louisville Tuesday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 2,058,198 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to BAE Systems in Louisville on earning its third Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working more than two million...

RJ Corman Railroad Group announces formation of new apprenticeship program for electricians

RJ Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville has announced the creation of a four-year registered apprenticeship program focusing on developing skills for electricians. Apprentices will receive 2,000 on-the-job and 144 classroom training hours per year and will earn a nationally recognized journeyman certificate upon completion of the program. “As a family-owned, Kentucky-based business, we are pleased...

Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative earns Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation in Lucas Monday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 358,824 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation on achieving its fourth Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary...

Owensboro Riverport Authority presented with Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Owensboro Riverport Authority to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 378,932 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to Owensboro Riverport Authority on earning its first Governors Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 378,932 hours without a lost-time...

State Labor Cabinet collects over $171,000 in unpaid wages for workers in August

The state Labor Cabinet recouped $171,242.06 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers during the month of August. Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing...

Owensboro electronics producer MPD, Inc. honored for more than 1.25 million accident-free work hours

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited MPD, Inc. in Owensboro Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,256,157 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “I want to congratulate MPD, Inc. on earning its first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 1,256,157 hours without a lost-time...

Registration open for Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit September 11-12

The Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit, a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Cabinet for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Department of Education, will be held at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville from September 11 – 12, 2017. The inaugural Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit will bring apprenticeship stakeholders...

Labor Cabinet saved businesses $385,000 in potential fines following on-site reviews

Last month, the Labor Cabinet conducted 13 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys,” for employers across Kentucky. As a result of these surveys, employers corrected 55 serious violations that could have affected up to 701 employees and resulted in enforcement penalties of up to $385,000. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training leads...

Louisville’s Multi Packaging Solutions earns Governor’s Safety and Health Award recognition

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Multi Packaging Solutions in Louisville Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 278,279 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to Multi Packaging Solutions on earning another Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 200,000...

State Labor Cabinet announces collection of over $255,000 in unpaid wages for the month of July

Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $255,508.49 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers. Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations. The...

Edwards Moving & Rigging creates new transportation apprenticeship program in Shelbyville

Officials from Edwards Moving & Rigging, Inc. in Shelbyville announced the creation of a new moving and rigging apprenticeship program in conjunction with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. This three-year apprenticeship in specialized transportation and rigging will provide each participant with both the experience and training from equipment manufacturers to be an accomplished rigger. This program...

State Labor Cabinet saves companies up to $1.58 million in potential fines during June

Last month, the Labor Cabinet conducted 33 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys,” for employers across Kentucky. As a result of these surveys, employers corrected 227 serious violations that could have resulted in enforcement penalties of up to $1,589,000. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training leads the Cabinet’s proactive efforts...

Big Rivers Electric Corporation in Henderson presented with Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Big Rivers Electric Corporation headquarters in Henderson Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,250,639 production hours without a lost-time incident. “I want to congratulate Big Rivers Electric Corporation on earning their fourth Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working...

State Labor Cabinet collected nearly $44,000 in unpaid wages for workers during June

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet recouped $43,785.07 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers during the month of June. Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing...

Norton Healthcare Louisville begins innovative apprenticeship program for training nurses

Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes joined officials from Norton Healthcare in Louisville Thursday to announce a new apprenticeship for nurses that is one of the first of its kind in the country. This Student Nurse Apprenticeship Program is a paid apprenticeship that provides educational and clinical experiences over 12 to 18 months to prepare students for a registered nurse role...

Phillips Diversified Manufacturing in Annville creates new three-year apprenticeship program

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from Phillips Diversified Manufacturing in Annville to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. This three-year welding apprenticeship program comes on the heels of another eastern Kentucky apprenticeship announcement from American Metal Works last week. Together, these programs represent an on-going effort to strategically cultivate more...

Commentary: Kentucky off to good start in becoming the engineering, manufacturing hub of excellence

By Gov. Matt Bevin Special to KyForward From the beginning of our administration, we have set the goal of making Kentucky the engineering and manufacturing hub of excellence in the world. We are off to a good start. We recently shattered our annual record for new economic development projects and we did so in only the first five months of 2017.  Many factors weigh into the decisions of businesses...