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Kansas Senate Votes to Confirm Governor Kelly's Labor Secretary Pick

In a  38 - 1 vote today, May 3rd, the Kansas Senate confirmed the appointment of Delía García as the Kansas Secretary of Labor. Secretary García will oversee the state Unemployment Insurance, Workers Compensation, Labor Market Information Services and Industrial Safety and Health divisions. Read more here.

Two New Directors Appointed to KDOL Leadership Team

Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) Acting Secretary, Delía García, has selected Laurel Klein Searles to serve as Director of Unemployment Insurance and Julie Menghini as Director of Communications/Legislative Liaison for the agency. The appointments are effective immediately.

Acting Secretary García, believes they will be key members to the KDOL Leadership team. “By selecting Julie as the Communications Director and Legislative Liaison, we can draw upon her legislative and constituent services experiences and background in both human resources and communications to better serve Kansas citizens and businesses,” she said. “Laurel’s previous experience at KDOL allows her to hit the ground running as our new Unemployment Insurance Director. I am pleased to welcome her back to KDOL.” Read more here.

Flachsbarth Named KDOL Deputy Secretary

Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) Acting Secretary, Delía Garcia, has selected KDOL Unemployment Insurance Director, Brett Flachsbarth, to serve as the Deputy Secretary for the agency. His appointment is effective immediately. Read more.

KDOL Works with McCownGordon to Create a Kansas Construction SHARP Pilot

The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) Industrial Safety and Health division (ISH) recognized McCownGordon Construction, LLC today for going above and beyond promoting and implementing best practices that promote a positive work environment while maintaining a high level of commitment to safety and health of all employees. Read more here.

Kansas Workplace Fatalities

Kansas had 74 fatal work-related injuries in 2016, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). The CFOI program is a national census conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in partnership with the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), Division of Industrial Safety and Health (ISH). Read more here.