Hurricane Michael ravaged Florida’s Panhandle and parts of Georgia and Alabama in early October resulting in over $3 billion in damages. The powerful storm picked apart cities and towns with high-velocity winds, torrential downpour, and moderate flooding. Now that the storm has passed, local governments are seeking assistance to help afflicted areas recover.
Our Tallahassee construction law attorneys discussed the effects of Hurricane Michael and how to survey damaged properties in part one of this two-part series. In part two, we will discuss how various sectors of the U.S. Department of Labor are taking action to help victims of Hurricane Michael recover.
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
ETA provides Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants to help affected areas determine the number of workers needed. State and local partners disburse funds as needs are assessed. ETA will also assist victims of Hurricane Michael by organizing and administering Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
This organization collaborates with other federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, to publish compliance guidelines for employee benefit plans. They also determine participants and beneficiaries of these plans.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
OFCCP will temporarily suspend certain federal contractor requirements to allow more businesses to lend a hand in helping communities recover from Hurricane Michael. This allows hurricane relief agencies to accelerate recovery efforts and ensure that people are assisted more quickly.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
After extensive surveys have been completed, if it is determined that Hurricane Michael had an impact on mines, MSAH will be called upon to enter mines with specialized equipment and personnel to ensure that damage to mines is minimized.
The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)
VETS works with grantees to identify the volume of additional funding needed for their various objectives, especially relating to natural disaster relief. They provide assistance to employers, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and members of the National Disaster Medical System and Urban Search and Rescue service who have been deployed to assist with disaster recovery.
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
WHD will alter their day-to-day operations to facilitate improved communication with affected areas. By doing this, WHD can provide uninterrupted service for workers and employers battling the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)
This wing of the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for issuing a special enforcement advisory to ease the burden of reporting and other regulatory tasks for labor organizations, labor relations consultants, and employers inconvenienced by Hurricane Michael.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.