A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Dwayne F. Depp named commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards

Acting Labor Secretary David A. Dickerson today announced the appointment of Dwayne F. Depp as the commissioner of the Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards. “I’m thrilled for Dwayne and welcome his many years of leadership experience to our team here at the Labor Cabinet,” Secretary Dickerson said. “His extensive background in managing employees, budgeting and...

Kentucky Labor Cabinet to offer free OSHA safety seminar in Bowling Green July 9-10

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will host free OSHA training in Bowling Green July 9-12. The week-long workplace safety seminar is a part of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training’s (also known as KY Safe) Population Center Training series which holds training in various cities across the state throughout the year. Population Center Training courses are for both employers...

William E. Groves Construction in Madisonville presented Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited William E. Groves Construction in Madisonville today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 507,834 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. Nemes “On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I want to congratulate William E. Groves Construction on this remarkable achievement,” Labor Secretary...

Kentucky awarded nearly $1.1 million grant for apprenticeships from U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Dept. of Labor (USDOL) has announced that the Kentucky Labor Cabinet has been awarded $1,085,871 under the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant Initiative to continue efforts to grow Registered Apprenticeships throughout the Commonwealth. “Receiving this funding is a testament to the success we’ve had expanding Registered Apprenticeships across the state and countless opportunities...

Labor Cabinet conducts 23 on-site consultative surveys, saves Kentucky employers $651,000

Last month, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet conducted 23 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys” for Kentucky employers – correcting 93 serious violations that could have affected up to 1,933 employees. This resulted in saving participating companies up to $651,000 in potential enforcement penalties. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training,...

Franklin’s Vermont Thread Gage creates new program to bring machine operator jobs to Ky.

Officials from Vermont Thread Gage (VTG) in Franklin, the Institute for American Apprenticeships (IAA), and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet today announced a new Registered Apprenticeship program that will bring Machine Operator jobs to Kentucky over the next several months. Through an extensive recruitment process, up to twelve individuals will be selected for an eight-week education program at Vermont...

Governor’s Safety and Health Conference to be held May 7-11 at Bowling Geen’s Sloan Convention Center

Co-hosted by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and the Kentucky Health and Safety Network, Inc., the 34th Annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference will be held at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green from May 7 – 11, 2018. The Conference brings together occupational safety and health professionals from the fields of business, labor, education and government. It is the largest gathering...

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...