Tag: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor (VIDOL)

Third Suspect In Labor Department Check Kiting Scheme Arrested

CHRISTIANSTED — The St. Croix man who deposited the lion’s share of stolen checks from the Department of Labor has been arrested, authorities said. Detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation on June 23 into a complaint received by the Department of Labor, St. Thomas District. The investigation revealed that twelve checks, totaling […]

2 Men Arrested For Depositing Forged Checks From VIDOL Totaling $11,769.83

CHRISTIANSTED — Two St. Croix men who deposited forged checks totaling $11,769.83 drawn on the Department of Labor’s account in St. Thomas have been arrested, authorities said. On June 23, 2022, detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation after a complaint was received by the Department of Labor in the St. Thomas District, the Virgin […]

Labor Department’s Work Search Form Conflicts With Federal, Territorial Law

States are permitted to provide Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) to individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation. While UI and PUA both offer financial assistance to workers who are out of work or have less work, PUA has specific restrictions that may limit its benefits […]

9 Years In The Making, Labor Department Finally Spends $9M On Job Force Training

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — ICF International said it will support local disaster recovery efforts by implementing a workforce development program aimed at training Virgin Islanders for opportunities in hospitality, health care, information technology and other high-demand sectors, ExecutiveBiz reported recently. The company’s work as project manager for the Skills for Today initiative is part of a $9 million contract […]

Was Governor Bryan Caught Off Guard By Limetree Bay Plant Closing? He Denies It

CHRISTIANSTED — The Bryan-Roach Administration was caught off guard Monday by the harsh suddenness, labor fallout and economic reality of September’s planned shutdown of the Limetree Bay refinery on St. Croix. Governor Albert Bryan did not say that he was given a courtesy call in advance of the Limetree Bay shutdown — the lynchpin of […]

Bryan Comments On Limetree Bay’s Decision To Lay Off 271 Workers, Suspend Refinery Operations ‘Indefinitely’

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement concerning Limetree Bay RefInery’s announcement to suspend the restart of refinery operations and lay off 271 employees: “Our administration continues to maintain its position of supporting a restart in refinery operations that fully considers the health and safety of St. Croix residents and the employees within […]

Limetree: We Will Shut Down ‘Indefinitely’ Rather Than Install EPA’s Air Monitors

CHRISTIANSTED — Limetree Bay oil refinery on St. Croix announced today that it will remain shut down “indefinitely” after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered it to halt operations in May. In a statement today, Limetree Bay Energy said it has failed to find the necessary capital to restart the Limetree Bay Refinery since May 12, […]

VIDOL Failure To Pay UI Obligation Makes Private Employers Have To Pay 6 Times As Much For Unemployment Insurance

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Virgin Islands is the only jurisdiction in the United States to not meet its outstanding Unemployment Insurance (UI) loan obligation to the U.S. Department of Labor. Because the Virgin Islands Department of Labor failed to make a critical USDOL payment by November 10, 2020, all […]

Bars And Nightclubs Will Close Starting This Week To Halt The Spread Of COVID-19

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan said today he is closing all nightclubs — effective 5 p.m. on Thursday — in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19 cases in the territory.  Bryan also said that all bars will be closed from Christmas Day until at least January 8 — at which time the Department of […]

13 Graduate From Diageo Sponsored Learning For Life Program Through UVI CELL

FREDERIKSTED — Thirteen Virgin Islanders are ready for careers in the hospitality industry as graduates of the Diageo USVI Learning Skills for Life Program. Six St. Thomas students and seven on St. Croix completed the course and graduated recently. Diageo USVI, in conjunction with UVI CELL, offered the free five-week course, which provided participants with […]