DOL Readies Grants for Workers Dislocated by Hurricane Florence

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

September 18, 2018

The US Department of Labor (DOL) is ready to provide funding to counties in North Carolina and South Carolina to help any workers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Florence.

"The American workforce - along with our volunteers and first responders - is the greatest in the world," Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said in a statement. "As we did during last year's destructive hurricane season, Americans will come together to rebuild their communities."

Funding would go out under the National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs), which temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses. At the time of publication, the DOL had not responded to a request for comment about how much funding has been made available or when it would go out.

DWG funding will be made available to impacted counties to supplement state and local response and recovery efforts.

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