Jacqueline Nicolas from the CNMI Department of Labor describes her duties and responsibilities as an Administrative Hearing Officer to students at Northern Marianas College (NMC). Pictured to Jacqueline's right is Mr. Barry Wicksman, Liberal Arts Advisor and Assistant Professor of Social Science.
Northern Marianas College (NMC) students from Professor Barry Wickman's (standing on Jacqueline's right) course smiled for a group photo after the conclusion of a presentation by Jacqueline Nicolas. Jacqueline (seated) discussed her role as an Administrative Hearing Officer at the CNMI Department of Labor and current issues related to the Department.
Volunteers from the Saipan Mayor's Office, CNMI Department of Labor, and various schools smile for a group photo before descending on Sugar Dock at Saturday's beach cleanup on March 16, 2019. The cleanup effort was organized by Representatives Tina Sablan and John Paul Sablan. The cleanup crew also picked up trash and debris strewn along Texas Road from the south end of William S. Reyes Elementary School and ending at Marg's Kitchen on Route 309.

 
Webinar Announcement: How to Complete and Submit a CW-1 Application for Temporary Employment Certification to U.S. Department of Labor
 
As required by the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, any CNMI employer intending to hire a CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) must apply for Temporary Employment Certification with U.S. Department of Labor (the Department or DOL). The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will host two webinars on March 28, 2019, and April 2, 2019 Chamorro Standard Time (GMT+10:00). Additional information about the webinars and how to attend can be found here.
 
The CNMI DOL highly recommends that all CNMI employers or authorized representatives attend the webinars to ask questions and understand the new requirements for obtaining a prevailing wage and temporary employment certification before submitting a CW-1 petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The CNMI DOL also encourages all interested participants to log into the webinar early enough in order to address any technical issues that may arise while registering for the event.

OSHA Training Coming in February

The CNMI Department of Labor will be hosting free OSHA training classes starting February 19, 2019. The classes will be led by OSHA-approved instructors who will share their experience and knowledge of typhoon cleanup operations and provide information on federal and state safety and health regulations.
 
All training will take place at the Aqua Resort Club in San Roque, unless otherwise noted. See below for list of classes and times. Click here for printable flyer.
 
February 19, 2019 | 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Electrical/Electrocution Hazards during Typhoon Clean-Up Operations
 
February 19, 2019 | 1 PM - 3:30 PM
Fall Protection during Typhoon Clean-Up Operations
 
February 26, 2019 | 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Health and Hygiene Hazards during Typhoon Clean-up Operations
 
February 27, 2019 | 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Demolition Hazards during Typhoon Clean-Up Operations
 
The final day of registration is February 13, 2019 and is open to the public. Seating is limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Those involved in post-typhoon debris cleanup and removal, employed in the construction industry, or work in high-risk occupations are encouraged to attend. To register for a seat or request more information, contact the CNMI Department of Labor’s OSHA Consultation Program at 664-3154/5/6/7 or e-mail the following OSHA consultants at:

Reminder: 4th Quarter 2018 Total Workforce Listing and Workforce Plan due January 31, 2019

The CNMI Department of Labor wants to remind all businesses to submit their quarterly Total Workforce Listing and Workforce Plan by 4:30 p.m. today, January 31, 2019. The forms must be turned in to the Division of Employment Services (DES) office located on Capital Hill. Any company having difficulty completing the two forms can call 664-3190 or 322-0996 for assistance. The office will be open today between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


DUA deadline extended again for the CNMI

Once again, the CNMI Department of Labor has re-extended the application submission deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu. The DUA program provides payment relief and reemployment assistance to individuals who became unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster.

The new deadline to apply for DUA is February 14, 2019...See how and where to apply


DUA deadline extended for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota workers affected by Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu

Apply by January 15, 2019

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) deadline for workers in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota has been extended to January 15, 2019. DUA is available for individuals who have lost their jobs, had their regular work hours reduced, or were self-employed individuals but are no longer able to work as a direct result of Typhoon Mangkhut and/or Super Typhoon Yutu.

The CNMI Department of Labor (DOL) is urging all eligible individuals to apply for DUA before the January 15 deadline...Read more


Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Available

for Workers and Self-Employed Individuals in Saipan, Rota and Tinian Affected by Typhoon Mangkhut & Super Typhoon Yutu

The CNMI Department of Labor (DOL) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4396-DR-MP) for workers in Saipan, Rota and Tinian.

WHAT IS DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE?

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) (42 U.S.C. §5177) authorizes the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program.  The purpose of the program is to provide payment and reemployment assistance to individuals who are unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster. 

DUA claims are only taken after the President of the United States, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), declares specific areas of the State/CNMI as disaster areas and authorizes Individual Assistance to individuals working in the disaster areas.  DUA funding is provided by FEMA and does not come from employer payroll taxes.

Typhoon Mangkhut

On September 29, 2018, the President authorized major disaster declaration FEMA-4396-DR for CNMI due to Typhoon Mangkhut that occurred September 10-11, 2018.  This declaration authorized Individual Assistance, including DUA, for the islands of Rota, Saipan, and Tinian.  On November 16, 2018, the CNMI DOL announced the availability of DUA and the filing deadline for DUA applications of December 16, 2018. 

Super Typhoon Yutu

On October 26, 2018, the President authorized major disaster declaration FEMA-4404-DR for CNMI due to Super Typhoon Yutu that occurred October 24-26, 2018.  This declaration authorized Individual Assistance, including DUA, for the islands of Rota, Saipan, Tinian, and the Northern Islands.  On November 16, 2018, the CNMI DOL announced the availability of DUA and the filing deadline for DUA applications of December 16, 2018.    


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Last Updated 3/27/2019