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June 2010

Director's Spotlight: Preparing Missouri for the Evolving Economy   

MO Labor Department Director Larry RebmanMissouri’s economy is changing. Jobs and industries are modernizing across our country, and everyone needs to adapt to keep up with the evolving economic landscape. It is especially important as our state recovers from the recession that we attract new businesses and new industries so that we can continue to grow.



Labor Department Kicks Off Safety Awareness Month with Free Workplace Seminars for Missouri Employers


Safety Month LogoJune is National Safety Awareness Month. In an effort to raise awareness about safety at work, the Missouri Labor Department kicked off a safety awareness campaign by offering free workplace safety seminars to Missouri employers. Workplace trends show that individual productivity is up. Therefore, the burden of these additional tasks has increased the risk of an often unseen workplace hazard: stress.


Labor Department Honors Versa Tech, Inc. for Exceptional Workplace Safety Practices

Manufacturer Receives the Prestigious SHARP Award

SHARP LogoThe Labor Department’s On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is pleased to announce that Versa Tech, Inc., Fredericktown, Mo., has earned the distinction of being named the newest member of Missouri’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for its excellent workplace safety record.


Missouri Human Rights Commission Offers Free Fair Housing Lunch and Learn Events


Show-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project LogoThe Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) presents housing industry professionals in the state’s Bootheel region two free opportunities for education about fair housing practices under state and federal laws. Lunch & Learn: Fair Housing Education is designed specifically for those working in the industry, including bankers, brokers, builders, government officials, housing organizations, landlords, lenders, property owners and managers, and realtors.



Gov. Nixon Appoints Michael Dierkes to the Missouri Human Rights Commission

Missouri Commission on Human Rights LogoGov. Jay Nixon announced the appointment of Michael Dierkes (R) of St. Louis as a member of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR).

Dierkes currently is a police Lieutenant, who commands the Municipal Services Unit of the St. Louis County Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Sterling College and an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Meramec Community College. His appointment has been confirmed by the Senate for a term ending April 1, 2015, and he will represent the 3rd District.


Missouri Human Rights Commission Announces Bootheel Student Winners of Poster, Journalism Contests


Makeisha Taylor, 1st-place poster winner - grade 4-6 Twelve Missouri youths were named winners in a poster and journalism contest sponsored by the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR). More than 100 students in Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, and Stoddard counties submitted either a poster or essay expressing the theme, “Live the Dream: Fair Housing.” The students received cash prizes in the amounts of $250 (first place), $125 (second place), and $50 (third place).


Labor Quick Stats for April

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.