GDOL Recruiting More Workers for GUAM STRONG Initiative

30 Positions to be Filled Through NDWG Program

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The GUAM STRONG Initiative, a project to help repair households impacted by Typhoon Mawar, is now
recruiting workers through the National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) Program.


The initiative, Getting Urgent Assistance Mobilized to Support Typhoon Repairs ON Guam (GUAM
STRONG), was first launched in August 2023 through coordinated efforts between Guam Homeland
Security/Office of Civil Defense, the Mayors’ Council, and FEMA to provide minimal essential repairs to make
homes safe, sanitary and functional. Participants were pre-selected through a review process based on a
pre-identified need. The process prioritized the elderly, veterans, and those with access and functional needs.
Repairs on homes were approved until November 2023 and performed by skilled volunteers from non-profit
organizations.


GUAM STRONG has now expanded to begin recruiting workers through the NDWG Program so work can
continue through February 25, 2024. The Guam Department of Labor, in partnership with FEMA, is hiring 30
individuals to assist team leads to continue repairs on homes damaged by Typhoon Mawar. NDWG participants
must meet certain criteria to qualify.


The priority for eligibility will be given to:

  1. Individuals temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster declaration
    (Typhoon Mawar)
  2. Dislocated Worker/Displaced Homemaker
    Dislocated Worker is an individual who has been terminated or laid off or has received a notice of
    termination or layoff from employment.
    Displaced homemaker is an individual who has worked in the home for a number of years and suddenly
    finds that they are the primary source of household income.
  3. Long-term Unemployed
    Unemployed at the time of eligibility determination; and
    Has been unemployed for 12 or more non-consecutive weeks over the last 26 weeks; and
    Has made an effort to find a job; or
    Is an incarcerated individual within 6 months of release
    OR
    Is underemployed at the time of eligibility determination; and
    Has been unemployed for 12 or more non-consecutive weeks of the last 26 weeks; and
    Has made an effort to find a job with self-sustaining wages/hours.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at the American Job Center (AJC) located at the GCIC Building,
414 W Soledad Ave, 3rd Floor, Hagåtña, from Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more
information, contact the AJC at (671) 475-7000/1.


Visit the following links for the latest information:

  • Governor’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/govlouguam
  • GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
  • GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/

Over $1 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Approved

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The Guam Department of Labor (GDOL) has announced that the next batch of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits in the amount of $1,076,900 has been approved and is now being processed. DUA checks should be in the mail by the end of this week. To date, approximately $4.5 million in DUA benefits have been processed and paid.

“Our adjudicators have been making great progress and we are nearing the end of the adjudication process,” said GDOL Director David Dell’Isola. “We will start closing out DUA claims next month so we can put this program to bed.”

As a reminder, claimants are urged not to contact the Department of Administration (DOA) for information about their DUA claims. Although DUA batches are processed through the DOA, the agency has no access to individual DUA claims or check information.

CHECK ON THE STATUS OF YOUR CLAIM

To check on the status of your DUA claim, log on to your HIREGUAM account and click on the “Claim Summary” section under “Unemployment Services.” A step-by-step guide on how to check on the status of your claim can be viewed on GDOL’s YouTube page or by visiting https://www.youtu.be/LU99_GTmDqs

 

HOW TO UPLOAD DOCUMENTS
Claimants are reminded to submit all pending documents online through their HIREGUAM account or by dropping them off at the DUA Office, located at the GCIC Building, 414 W Soledad Ave, 7th Floor, in Hagåtña. Claimants have 21 days to submit all pending documents from the date of their initial claim or their claim may be denied. 

 

Upload your documents on hireguam.com by clicking on the “Provide Additional Documentation” button under the “Unemployment Services” section. A step-by-step guide on how to upload your documents can be viewed on GDOL’s YouTube page or by visiting https://youtu.be/gor8di0LqCk.

 

For more information, contact the DUA Hotline at 671-479-5610 or 5612 or dua.hotline@nulldol.guam.gov

Nearly Half of Employers Inspected Still Non-compliant with Fair Chances Hiring Process Act

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January 17, 2024

 

Nearly Half of Employers Inspected Still Non-compliant with Fair Chances Hiring Process Act

 

Hagåtña, Guam – The Guam Department of Labor (GDOL) is reminding employers to uphold the requirements of the Fair Chances Hiring Process Act (FCHPA), a law that requires employers with more than 15 employees to follow strict rules regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in their hiring and employment decisions. It also requires employers to post signage about the FCHPA in a conspicuous area at the workplace. 

 

Based on data collected from the last five years, of the 142 employers who were inspected, approximately 47% were found to be non-compliant. A majority of the employers, or 55%, were cited for failing to display the FCHPA signage at their workplace, 19% did not comply with advertising requirements, and 18% continued to seek police and court clearances during the application process. A small number of citations were issued related to documentation, procedures, and withdrawal of conditional job offers. 

 

“The Fair Chances Hiring Process law was designed to give everyone a fair chance at getting a job right from the start, regardless of your criminal record. It is against the law to ask a job applicant for their court or police clearance before a job offer is made; doing so may hurt their chances of getting hired,” said GDOL Director David Dell’Isola. “This law went into effect nearly six years ago and despite our efforts to educate the business community and community at large, it’s clear based on the data that many are still unaware of their employment rights.”

 

PENALTIES
GDOL is determined to work with employers found to be in violation of the FCHPA and will consider penalties that include training, retraining, and written warnings before issuing monetary fines. Under the FCHPA, fines may include:

  • Employers with 16 to 30 employees: up to $1,000 per violation  
  • Employers with 31 to 99 employees: up to $2,000 per violation
  • Employers with 100 or more employees, or any Government of Guam agency: up to $4,000 per violation

 

Information about employer and employee rights and responsibilities, as well as how to file a complaint, can be found online at https://dol.guam.gov/compliance/fepd/. The FCHPA poster required to be displayed at every place of business with 15 or more employees can also be found at the above website.  

 

For more information or inquiries, please contact GDOL’s Fair Employment Process Division at 671-300-4544.

$1.3 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Approved

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December 21, 2023

$1.3 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Approved

The Guam Department of Labor (GDOL) has announced that the next batch of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits in the amount of $1,364,143 has been approved and is now being processed. DUA checks should be in the mail by the New Year. To date, approximately $3.5 million in DUA benefits have been processed and paid.

“We have made good progress so far. Approval of claims are only slowed down by issues that could be resolved by providing all necessary documents. Again, this is the biggest issue we continue to run into, and, unfortunately, the Federal Government may soon require us to close all incomplete claims,” said GDOL Director David Dell’Isola.

As a reminder, claimants are urged not to contact the Department of Administration (DOA) for information about their DUA claims. Although DUA batches are processed through the DOA, the agency has no access to individual DUA claims or check information.

CHECK ON THE STATUS OF YOUR CLAIM
To check on the status of your DUA claim, log on to your HIREGUAM account and click on the “Claim Summary” section under “Unemployment Services.” A step-by-step guide on how to check on the status of your claim can be viewed on GDOL’s YouTube page or by visiting https://youtu.be/LU99_GTmDqs.

HOW TO UPLOAD DOCUMENTS

Claimants are reminded to submit all pending documents online through their HIREGUAM account or by dropping them off at the DUA Office, located at the GCIC Building, 414 W Soledad Ave, 7th Floor, in Hagåtña. Claimants have 21 days to submit all pending documents from the date of their initial claim or their claim may be denied.

Upload your documents on hireguam.com by clicking on the “Provide Additional Documentation” button under the “Unemployment Services” section. A step-by-step guide on how to upload your documents can be viewed on GDOL’s YouTube page or by visiting https://youtu.be/gor8di0LqCk.

For more information, contact the DUA Hotline at 671-479-5610 or 5612 or dua.hotline@nulldol.guam.gov.

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General Information on DUA Eligibility: Who is Qualified

July 28, 2023

Guam residents who lost work as a result of damages from Typhoon Mawar may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), which is a program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Here are general guidelines on DUA eligibility.

DUA payments are designed to provide temporary partial income replacement so that an individual unemployed as a result of a declared disaster may recoup their lost wages. DUA is not designed to provide 100% income replacement or to enhance business losses to self-employed individuals who suffer such losses due to a disaster.

In order to qualify for DUA, individuals must be unemployed or partially unemployed at their ongoing employment or self-employment as a direct result of the major disaster or must be prevented from commencing employment or self-employment.

UNEMPLOYED WORKER

An unemployed worker is one who worked in or was scheduled to begin work in the major disaster area at the time of the major disaster and whose principal source of income and livelihood is dependent upon the worker’s employment for wages. Such worker’s full or partial unemployment will be considered to be caused by the major disaster if, as a direct result of the disaster, the worker:

1)      Has a week of unemployment following the date the major disaster began; or
2)      Is unable to reach the place of employment; or
3)      Was to have started work and does not have the job or is unable to reach the job; or
4)      Cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the major disaster.

UNEMPLOYED SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUAL

An unemployed self-employed individual is an individual who was employed in or was to commence employment in the major disaster area at the time the major disaster began, and whose principal source of income and livelihood is dependent upon the individual’s performance of service in self-employment. The unemployment of an unemployed self-employed individual is caused by a major disaster if:

1)      The individual has a week of unemployment following the date the major disaster began, and such unemployment is a direct result of the major disaster; or

2)      The individual is unable to reach the place where services as a self-employed individual are performed, as a direct result of the major disaster; or

3)      The individual was to commence regular services as a self-employed individual, but does not have a place or is unable to reach the place where the services as a self-employed individual were to be performed; or

4)      The individual cannot perform services as a self-employed individual because of an injury caused as a direct result of the major disaster.

UNEMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION FORM

A sample Employer’s Verification of Unemployment form is now available online at dol.guam.gov/DUA. Individuals who were unemployed as a direct result of Typhoon Mawar can use this form along with other documentation to show proof of unemployment once DUA is officially announced and launched. Verification of unemployment must be completed by the unemployed individual’s employer. 

More information on DUA eligibility, forms, documentation, requirements, application, where to apply, and other general information, will be issued in the coming weeks as the DUA system is being prepared for launch.

Individuals who are registered on hireguam.com should take steps to ensure their accounts are active. If you are unable to log on or reset your password, email webadmin@nulldol.guam.gov for assistance. If you think you will be applying for DUA benefits as a direct result of Typhoon Mawar and do not have an account, register today at hireguam.com. For more information, contact the Guam Department of Labor at 671-475-7000/1 or visit dol.guam.gov.

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GDOL Working with Federal Officials on Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program

June 5, 2023

The Guam Department of Labor (GDOL) is currently working with FEMA and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to stand up a Disaster Unemployment Assistance program and will make announcements as soon as more information becomes available, including eligibility, application processes, accessibility, contact information, timeline, coverage, and other information. At this time, we encourage individuals to document any losses in employment or wages due to the effects of Typhoon Mawar.

For more information, contact GDOL at 671-475-7000/1 or visit dol.guam.gov.

PRESS RELEASE: Another Students Joins Hawaii Job Corps

For Immediate Release – March 7, 2023

Hagåtña, Guam – A student from Guam is off to Hawaii to follow his dreams in the hospitality industry
while studying in the Job Corps Program.

David Santos left today to the Hawaii Job Corps, Maui Campus and will be studying culinary and
hospitality. A 2019 graduate of Southern High School, Santos waited two years to enroll in Job Corps but
was unsuccessful because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He had learned about Job Corps through a friend
who also enrolled in the program. Once another opportunity became available, Santos immediately
contacted the American Job Center to apply for the Job Corps Program.

“The pandemic forced the program to shift for the safety and health of the students but since classes have
opened back up, we’ve seen enrollment numbers climb. I’m really glad that David was patient and did not
give up on the program. He is now taking the first step to a successful future,” said Guam Department of
Labor (GDOL) Director David Dell’Isola. “I highly encourage students and young people to take
advantage of this opportunity to learn skills in a structured environment that will guarantee them a
successful career.”

Job Corps
Job Corps is a tuition-free career training program that prepares eligible young people ages 18 through 24
for meaningful careers in various industries while attending classes off island with all expenses covered.
Room and board, basic medical care, transportation, meals, and stipends are all provided at no cost to the
student. The program also helps students complete their high school education and provides transitional
support services. Students are sent home during winter break for two weeks to be with their families with
airfare covered.

The Hawaii Job Corps centers also recently launched the Pharmacy Technician Registered Apprenticeship
Program in partnership with CVS Health and is actively recruiting for this program. Selected participants
undergo four weeks of classroom instruction for phase 1 and then move on to phase 2, during which time
they are paid a full-time salary while training and earning certifications for 8 to 12 months to become a
pharmacy technician. Tuition, training, room and board, meals, transportation, and basic health care are
covered.

Recruitment is also ongoing for participants in the Tongue Point Job Corps in Astoria, Oregon for the
Seamanship Training Program. The duration of the program varies from 18 to 24 months, depending on
the applicant’s progress and choice of certifications. Upon completion at the Oregon campus, cadets will
be qualified to work in the maritime industry in positions that have high rates of pay in flexible work
locations. Salaries in these positions can range from $40,000 to $100,000 annually.

For more information about the Job Corps Programs, or how to enroll, visit the American Job Center on
the 3rd floor of GCIC Building, 414 W Soledad Ave in Hagåtña, call 671-475-7000/1, send an email
to ajc.training@nulldol.guam.gov, or visit https://dol.guam.gov/employment-and-training/job-corps/.

David Santos Job Corps: From left to right: GDOL Deputy Director Jerry Toves, Employment Development Worker Linda Salas, newly enrolled Hawaii Job Corps student David Santos, Employment Program Administrator Theresa Camacho.

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PRESS RELEASE: Unemployed Senior Citizens Encouraged to Apply for Paid Work-Based Training

For Immediate Release – February 6, 2023

Hagåtña, Guam – The Guam Department of Labor (GDOL) is actively recruiting unemployed senior citizens interested in looking for part-time work to participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for unemployed senior citizens who meet certain eligibility criteria, need employment training, and have significant barriers to employment.

“We want to help our manåmko’ who are in need of work or training to live independent, sustainable lives. SCSEP has helped hundreds of senior citizens who have struggled to pay bills or afford housing. In addition to monetary benefits, working in retirement age has health benefits that keep our elderly population mentally sharp and physically active. SCSEP can assist our manåmko’ who may have been out of work for a while and would like to ease back into the workforce or learn a new skill,” said GDOL Director David Dell’Isola.

Qualified participants are placed into work-based training programs within the Government of Guam or a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) designation. The senior citizens enrolled in the program will receive minimum wage salaries and work an average of 20 hours per week. Wages earned by SCSEP participants are exempted from income eligibility determination for federal housing programs and/or food stamps.

To qualify, participants must be at least 55 years of age, a resident of Guam, unemployed, meet income requirements, and have barriers to employment.

Interested applicants can visit the American Job Center on the 3rd floor of the GCIC Building in Hagåtña, 414 West Soledad Avenue, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., call 671-475-7000/1, or email scsep@nulldol.guam.gov. For more information, visit dol.guam.gov.

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Guam Department of Labor Reminds Employers to Comply with Work Authorization Laws

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For Immediate Release – July 13, 2022

Guam Department of Labor Reminds Employers to Comply with Work Authorization Laws

Hagåtña, Guam – The Guam Department of Labor (GDOL) is stepping up efforts to identify potential violations of labor laws, particularly in areas of employment authorization. Employers are reminded that they are required to only hire individuals who may legally work in the U.S., which include U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, lawful permanent residents, and aliens authorized to work.

To comply with the law, employers must verify the identity and employment authorization of each person they hire; complete and retain a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for each employee; and refrain from discriminating against individuals on the basis of national origin or citizenship.

Additionally, GDOL is aware of and investigating recent events involving foreign nationals entering Guam’s borders from the CNMI by boat. While the work statuses of these individuals are being verified, employers and contractors are again reminded that they are responsible for ensuring all employees they hire are authorized to work in the U.S. and Guam.

In addition to federal penalties employers may face for violating federal work authorization laws, Guam law allows for licensing sanctions of businesses if it is determined during a worksite inspection that an employee does not possess a lawful work status. A first offense is subject to a license sanction fee of $1,000 per worker without lawful status and a possible 30-day suspension of the employer’s business license. A second offense is subject to a license sanction fee of $2,000 per worker without lawful status and a possible 60-day suspension of the employer’s business license. A third offense is subject to automatic revocation of the employer’s business license.

GDOL’s Alien Labor Processing and Certification Division (ALPCD) will be visiting job sites and conducting inspections to ensure compliance with local and federal laws and regulations. To report any potential violations of work authorization or alien labor laws, or suspicious activities, contact ALPCD at 671-475-8003 or via email at alpcd@nulldol.guam.gov.

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