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This newsletter highlights events and programs offered through the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

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Completing the Contractor's Wage Survey

Completing the Contractor's Wage SurveyHave you filled out the Contractor’s Wage Survey yet? There is no better time than now to begin filling out your survey.

Participation in this survey is critical to creating fair prevailing wages in Missouri’s counties. Contractors, labor organizers and public bodies may submit wage information through the survey, and this information is used to determine prevailing wages in each of Missouri’s counties on a yearly basis. These rates must be paid to individuals working on public works construction projects throughout the state. This includes projects like new school buildings and roads or bridge repairs. Click here for more information about how Missouri’s prevailing wage is determined.

Surveys for 2015 are accepted until Jan. 31, but we encourage contractors, labor organizers and public bodies to submit hours worked on a monthly basis to make the survey a quick and easy task. There is no need to wait until the end of the year.
To complete a survey, you will need the dates of work you are reporting, details of fringe benefits and a list of occupational titles for your workers.

Visit this website to complete your survey today.


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Keep workers safe, save money with SHARP

Keep workers safe, save money with SHARPWould you like to decrease workplace injuries, lower your expenses and potentially earn an exemption to regular OSHA inspections? Thirty-eight  Missouri businesses have done just that through the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP honors high hazard small businesses that operate effective safety and health management programs. Businesses seeking membership in the program begin by working with the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program.

The On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is designed for businesses in high hazard industries. During the consultation, there is a mock OSHA-type inspection. The results of this inspection are confidential and are not shared with OSHA. The findings are meant to help identify and correct hazards without imposing costly fines, resulting in safer workplaces for employees and better bottom lines for the company.

In addition to keeping employees safe, SHARP businesses save money through lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums and reducing the potential for OSHA fines. Once accepted into the SHARP association, businesses earn a one to three year exemption to regular OSHA inspections, meaning they are only vulnerable to fines if the business experiences an imminent danger situation, catastrophic event or fatality.

To participate in SHARP, a business must have 250 employees or less at one location and less than 500 employees corporation wide.

If you are interested in taking the first steps toward becoming a SHARP company or would like assistance making your company a safer place to work, call 573-522-SAFE or complete the online application to schedule an On-Site Safety and Health consultation.


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MCHR Diversity Spotlight - Native American Heritage Month

MCHR Diversity Spotlight - Native American Heritage MonthNovember is Native American Heritage Month, celebrating hundreds of different tribes and approximately 250 languages in the U.S. Missourians pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans, including the Chickasaw, Illini, Missouri, Osage, Otoe and Quapaw communities. Missouri’s Native American roots are centuries old and remain a significant part of our state’s unique identity. Discover the story of early Native Americans in our area through artifacts on display in the Missouri State Museum on the first floor of the State Capitol. Admission is free. For more information, call 573-751-2854.

Today, more than 72,000 Missourians identify their race, either entirely or in part, as American Indian. One way to respect our history is preventing others from discriminating against Missourians who belong to the Native American community. In fact, the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) protects all Missourians from adverse treatment because of their race or ancestry, and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR), a state agency, enforces the MHRA by investigating complaints made by persons who believe they have been discriminated against in employment, housing, or places of public accommodation. If you suspect you have been discriminated against due a protected category, contact MCHR at 877-781-4236 or take this assessment to determine if the MHRA applies to your situation.

In 1976, Congress, in conjunction with President Gerald Ford, designated one week each year in October as Native American Awareness Week, a tradition that continued until August 1990, when President George H.W. Bush approved the transition to National American Indian Heritage Month, celebrating the accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices of American Indians and Alaskan Natives each November. Each year, a similar proclamation is issued, and in 2009, President Barack Obama signed legislation renaming November as National Native American Heritage Month, saying, “Our debt to our First Americans is immense, as is our responsibility to ensure their fair, equal treatment.” In addition, President Obama signed into law the Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009, designating the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day of each year as Native American Heritage Day.

Visit our Diversity Events page and join us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month by exploring the sites, activities, and events across our state.


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