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April 2010

Director's Spotlight: The Division of Employment Security   

MO Labor Department Director Larry Rebman The past two years have been hard on the State of Missouri, and on millions of hard-working Missourians. Unemployment in our state is at a 30-year high, and people are staying unemployed for far longer than usual. Many Missourians have exhausted all the unemployment benefits for which they were entitled. The Division of Employment Security (DES), a division within the Missouri Labor Department, is the state agency responsible for administering unemployment benefits in Missouri. In these difficult times, we have striven to be responsive to both workers and our business partners.



Missouri Labor Department Launches New and Improved Web Site

Helping Customers Find the Information they need within Three Clicks


DSC01795The Missouri Labor Department is pleased to announce the launch its new and improved Web site, The new web site has several new features designed to make information and services more user friendly and customer oriented. Visitors to the Department's Web site can get the information they need within just three clicks of the mouse.



Join Us for the 2010 Missouri Workers Memorial Day Ceremony on April 28


Mo. Workers Memorial Day Logo Every year on April 28, communities across the nation recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job. This nationwide observance is called “Workers Memorial Day.”

Continuing this tradition, the Missouri Labor Department invites you to attend this year’s Workers Memorial Day ceremony, Remembering Workers, Promoting Safety, to pay tribute to those workers who lost their lives on the job in 2009.


Workers' Compensation Referrals for Violations Doubles in 2010

Department Beefs up Efforts to Target Coverage Cutters


Division of Workers' Compensation LogoThe Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) fraud and noncompliance referrals to the Attorney General for workers’ compensation violations more than doubled in the first quarter of 2010. 




Missouri Human Rights Commission Promotes New Public Awareness Campaign, Fair Housing Month with Student Contests


Show-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project LogoOn April 1, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) kicked off national Fair Housing Month and a new Missouri public awareness campaign, the Show-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project, with a poster and journalism contest for youths.


Sign Up Now for the Mid-America Labor/Management Conference


Labor/Managment Conference LogoMark your calendar for the 25th annual Mid-America Labor/Management Conference. The event will be held July 5-8, 2010, at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Osage Beach, Mo., and the registration fee is $275.



Labor Quick Stats for February

Bar Chart Glassy Clip ArtThe Department is responsible for administering state and federal laws regarding employer and employee rights and responsibilities. Throughout the past year, the Department has established a set of performance measures to rate our success and chart our progress. In light of current economic conditions, these measures assist the Department in gauging its success in meeting customer needs.