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Labor Department to Host Breakfast Roundtable

WETHERSFIELD – The importance of selecting the correct type of flame resistant clothing will be discussed during a Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group meeting sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Guest speaker Peter Kumiega, New England sales manager for Bulwark FR Apparel, will provide information and answer questions during the 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. roundtable meeting to be held at the agency’s Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Blvd. in, Wethersfield on Aug. 18.

The morning session will include a continental breakfast.

“When it comes to selecting this type of clothing, employers and their employees face many options,” explains John Able, CONN-OSHA Certified Safety Professional and coordinator of the Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group.  “As a certified trainer with more than 15 years of experience in the flame resistant industry, Peter will use his expertise to help guide people in the right direction.”

Kumiega will focus on three points: understanding flame resistant options and how they relate to NFPA 70e and 2012 standards; the effects of the new OSHA standard 1910.269; and tips for partnering with a supplier that can meet specific company needs.

According to Able, admission to the seminar is free, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Able at able.john@dol.gov or call him at (860) 263 – 6902 to register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information.


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State Arrests Hartford Employer

HARTFORD — A Hartford employer is facing several years for allegedly failing to pay his workers nearly $110, 000 in wages and for falsifying payroll records on government contractual work.

 The Department of Labor’s Wage and Workplace Standards Division issued two arrest warrants for Andrew Jarosz of Amston, CT. Jarosz operates Jarosz Welding Co., Inc.,

According to a statement, Jorosz failed to pay nearly $110,000 in owed wages to 35 workers employed at the company between 2012 and 2013. There were also many instances of payment by checks that could not be cashed.

 State Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer said the arrest warrants were issued after investigating and validating complaints that $109,045.96 was owed to seven workers that had not been paid in 2012 and another 28 workers who were not fully paid in 2013.

“This is a case where our investigators worked with the employer and gave him every opportunity to pay his employees the appropriate amount for the work they had done,” Palmer said. “In addition to non-payment of wages, Mr. Jarosz admitted that he did not pay his employees the full prevailing wage required for several projects and submitted numerous certified payrolls that he knew to be false. “

Under Connecticut law, filing a false certified payroll is a Class D felony and violators may be fined up to $5,000, imprisoned up to five years, or both. The WWSD determined that 67 false certified payrolls were submitted on seven prevailing wage rate projects. Non-payment of wages is also a Class D felony with penalties involving fines and imprisonment.

 Wage and Workplace Standards Director Gary K. Pechie said the seven prevailing wage rate projects that Jarosz submitted certified payrolls he knew to be false were:

·         Beals Senior Center in Bristol

·         UCONN McMahon Hall in Storrs

·         Hearth Homes in Waterbury

·         CREC Academy in Hartford

·         Danbury Head Start in Danbury

·         Grasso High School in Groton

·         DiLoreto School in New Britain

“We have a responsibility to ensure that our state’s laws are being followed because it’s important to make sure workers are paid properly and employers that do play by the rules are not competing against companies that try to cut costs at the expense of its employees,” Pechie said.

Pechie added that in addition to enforcement, the WWSD places a high priority on outreach and education and he urged employers with questions about wage laws to contact the unit at 860-263-6790 or visit the agency website at www.ct.gov/doland click on “wage and workplace standards” for guidelines. Also employees who felt they were not paid the appropriate amount, or not paid at all, can download a complaint form located on the Division’s site.

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Former HFS Employees Eligible for Benefits

WETHERSFIELD – Former employees of the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. in Simsbury, who provided Financial Services such as information technology, were certified on July 25, 2013 as eligible to apply for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance.

The Connecticut Labor Department is mailing an eligibility notice regarding the benefits to all affected employees and is providing information on how to apply for benefits.  Employees eligible to apply for federal benefits are those who are or will be totally or partially separated from employment due to lack of work on or after July 18, 2012, and on or before July 25, 2015.

Available assistance may include: training; income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA); job search and relocation allowances for qualified workers who seek or obtain employment outside their normal commuting areas; and participation in the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) program, covering a portion of qualified health insurance premiums. Individuals 50 years of age and older who return to lower-paying work may be eligible to receive Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) wage subsidies.  Adversely affected incumbent workers, individually threatened with total or partial separation as of the date of certification and through July 25, 2015, may access reemployment services, including TAA training, prior to layoff.

Workers who qualify yet do not receive eligibility information are urged to contact their nearest Labor Department CTWorks Career Center for information and assistance.  Those who need to apply for unemployment benefits are reminded that claims can now be taken over the Internet or by telephone.  Information can be found on the Department of Labor’s web site at www.ct.gov/dol.


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CT Labor Commissioner Set to Retire

HARTFORD –Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that Department of Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, who returned to state service from retirement in 2006 at the request of Rell, will retire again, effective February 1.

“I want to offer my deepest thanks to Commissioner Mayfield, who has literally served the people of our state above and beyond the call of duty,”  Rell said. “

Mayfield served the state for 35 years, beginning as an employment agent and rising through the ranks to become Operational Support Manager. She  retired in 2003. But when Rell asked her in May 2006 to return — irst as interim Labor Commissioner and then as the agency’s permanent Commissioner – she did.

“Pat has devoted her professional life to both the employees and employers of Connecticut,” Rell said. “That dedication has never been as critical as in the last few years, when a global recession has taken a terrible toll on the hard-working people of our state. Her ability to develop and expand the partnerships between our businesses, their work force and the state and federal governments have made her a vital element of my effort to keep and grow jobs, build a skilled pool of workers and improve our state.”

A lifelong resident of Waterbury, Mayfield attended Crosby High School and Howard University in Washington, D.C. She held a variety of employment and job training positions at the Labor Department from 1968 to 2003. Her roles included Employment Advisor, Employment Security Interviewer, employment and training Specialist, planning analyst and grants and contracts manager.

She has also served on numerous boards and commissions dedicated to improving the community. A founding member of the Greater Waterbury Chapter, National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Mayfield has also served on the Board of Directors of New Opportunities, Inc. and the Waterbury Opportunities Industrialization Center.

Rell in a press release today said that Deputy Commissioner Linda L. Agnew will serve as Acting Commissioner, effective February 1.

Agnew joined the Department of Labor in 1999 and helped to establish its Office of Business Enterprises. She served from 2004-2006 as executive director of the governor’s residence before returning to the labor department.

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