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January 2010

Self-Insurance: A Good Option for Missouri Employers, Employees


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Since 1936, Missouri employers have been able to self-insure their workers’ compensation liability as an alternative to purchasing an insurance policy. Qualified employers/applicants are granted authority by the Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) Insurance Unit.



Labor Standards Investigation Leads to Employer's Debarment from Public Works Projects


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An investigation conducted by the Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Labor Standards (DLS) has resulted in a Neosho plumbing company, Plumbco, Inc., being placed on the debarment list with the Secretary of State’s Office.



Missouri Labor Department Accepting Wage Information for Public Works Projects


Dollar SignThe Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Labor Standards (DLS) is gathering wage information from contractors, sub-contractors, labor organizations, and public bodies that oversee public and private construction projects. The data that is collected will be used to determine wage rates for Annual Wage Order (AWO) No. 17. 



Labor Standards Division Announces Updated Forms

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The Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Labor Standards (DLS) has recently updated some of its forms that are used regularly by contractors and sub-contractors. The revised forms are provided below, and the DLS encourages you to access the forms and check out the new requirements.


Join the Labor Department's Search for Next Month's

"Employer Spotlight"

Stage Lights clipartThe Missouri Labor Department would like to feature a  new, regularly occurring column within the Labor Link Newsletter titled, "Employer Spotlight" and we need your assistance.

Each month, the Labor Link wants to profile a Missouri employer that has been an outstanding champion for his/her employees facing some kind of adversity.


Missouri Commission on Human Rights Recognizes its Unsung Heroes

   Unsung Hero Recipients

On Friday, Dec. 11, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) recognized four individuals who exemplify one of many principles upheld by the MCHR: the promotion of human rights through training and outreach.


Labor-Management Council of Greater KC to Host Construction Summit


Hard HatThe Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City invites you to Construction Summit No. 3: Quality Counts. The event will take place on Jan. 29, 2010, from 8-11 a.m., at the Argosy Casino.



Labor/Management Conference Coming to Missouri in July

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Mark 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 November

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 worked toward achieving a set of established benchmarks designed to rate our success and chart our progress. Our dashboard measures are used to assist the Department in gauging its success in meeting customer needs.