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Omaha insurance giant ordered to change procedures, pay life insurance benefits

Nebraska Examiner, October 2, 2023

"United of Omaha denied benefits due to lack of ‘proof of good health’ after taking years of payments on employer-sponsored policies, feds say." (Read more)

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Federal Court enforces U.S. Department of Labor subpoena seeking documents to investigate Starbucks Corp.’s response to worker organizing campaigns

The National Law Review, October 7, 2023

"A federal court in Seattle has ruled that Starbucks Corp. must comply with a U.S. Department of Labor administrative subpoena that seeks documents needed in an investigation by the department’s Office of Labor Management Standards into money spent by the company related to worker organizing campaigns." (Read more)

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House of Hounds ordered to pay $50,000 in damages following whistleblower retaliation. 

Ohsonline, October 9, 2023

"The company’s former owner allegedly dismissed the employees after COVID-19 concerns." (Read more)

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Sun and Green Leaves

USA: Labour supplier Rancho Nuevo Harvesting to pay $1 million USD in back-wages & penalties after repeated rights abuse, incl. cos. Responses & non-responses

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, October 12, 2023

"In September 2023, the Department of Labor reported that the farm labour contractor Rancho Nuevo Harvesting had underpaid its migrant workers, violated numerous requirements of the H-2A programme, and made false statements during the programme’s certification process." (Read more)

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Feds slap fine on Kentucky warehouse accused of allowing child to operate forklift. 

The Hill, October 17, 2023

"The Labor Department issued a fine for a Kentucky warehouse last week after an investigation found it allowed a child to operate a forklift." (Read more)

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Phoenix business fined $281K for demanding kickbacks from workers after caught not paying overtime

12News, October 19, 2023

"After the Phoenix business was caught denying overtime wages, it allegedly engaged in 'workplace retaliation' against its workers." (Read more)

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Gravel Mounds

Federal judge bans construction owner from Colorado Mine over lack of safety training. 

Ohsonline, October 20, 2023

"The judgement follows several near-misses and a reported employee injury at the worksite." (Read more)

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Stonecare owners ordered to pay back wages, withheld tips. See how much. 

The Newport Daily News, October 23, 2023

"A federal court has ordered the restaurants behind Stonecare Brasserie and Stonecare Garden in Newport to pay a total of $553,580 in back wages, withheld tips and damages to their employees." (Read more)

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OSHA pursues injunction against contractor requiring fall protection

Structural Building Components Association, October 23, 2023

"The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent injunction ordering Rockland County roofing contractor and its principal to provide employees with fall protection equipment and make sure it’s used at all company worksites, as required by federal law." (Read more)

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Somerset County Jail paid 140 correctional officers $133,000 in overtime case

Pressherald, October 24, 2023

"The jail violated their labor rights from 2017-19, when administrators paid correctional officers less overtime wages than they were entitled to per federal labor laws." (Read more)

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Collegeville restaurant owes more than$268K for unpaid overtime wages and damages

The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 24, 2023

"Vicent’s Pizzeria & Grill withheld overtime pay from employees and then fired them when they complained, according to a federal investigation." (Read more)

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Homecare owner to pay $280K in back wages after denying pay

Homecare Mag, October 27, 2023

"Reliable Home Health Limited misclassified workers as independent contractors." (Read more)

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Wisconsin sawmill agrees to pay $191K to federal regulators after 16-year-old boy killed on the job

cbsnews, September 8, 2023

"A northern Wisconsin sawmill has agreed to pay nearly $191,000 and stop hiring children under 16 to settle a federal lawsuit labor regulators filed after a teenager was killed on the job this summer and other child employees were hurt in a string of accidents." (Read more)

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Department of Labor recovers $22.5M for ESOP

Plansponsor, September 13, 2023

"The plan’s former trustee, Reliance Trust Company, settled a complaint following an investigation." (Read more)

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Home Care agency fines $188,915 by DOL for overtime pay violations

Asure Software, September 24, 2023

"Small and midsize business owners, it’s crucial to understand the severe penalties that can result from breaking employment laws." (Read more)

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Court orders Subway franchise owners to pay workers nearly $1M – and to sell or close their stores

USnews, September 29, 2023

"A federal court ordered the owners of 14 Subway locations north of San Francisco to pay employees nearly $1M in damages and backpay – and also to sell or shut their business, with any sale proceeds going to the Labor Department." (Read more)

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DOL bars Aliera companies, CEO from serving as ERISA Fiduciaries

PlanSponsor, August 7, 2023

"The health insurance company and CEO Shelley Steele were accused of paying more than $100 million to themselves and affiliated businesses." (Read more)

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Contractor pays $1.6M following Labor Department lawsuit

Construction Dive, August 10, 2023

"R&R Construction Maintenance of North Carolina misclassified employees as independent contractors, violating the FLSA, the agency said.” (Read more)

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Asmussen training operation to pay $129K to employees as part of settlement with Department of Labor

Horse Racing Free Tips, August 11. 2023 

"KDE Equine LLC – doing business as Steve Asmussen Stables – has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to reimburse its grooms and hot walkers $129,776 to resolve violations of the federal H-2B worker program." (Read more)

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Dollar Tree agrees to nationwide settlement over worker safety complaints

Reuters, August 23, 2023

"Dollar Tree and subsidiary Family Dollar will pay $1.35 million and conduct a nationwide assessment of hazards at retail stores to settle a slew of safety complaints from workers, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said on Wednesday." (Read more)

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DOL secures $124 Million settlement on behalf of the DST Systems participants

PlanSponsor, July 17, 2023

"DST Systems Inc. was accused if mismanaging its profit-sharing 401(k) plan and failing to diversify the plan’s assets, which resulted in large losses, according to the settlement." (Read more)

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Utah’s largest Asian grocery store fined $525K after Department of Labor investigation

East Idaho News, July 26, 2023

"Utah’s largest Asian grocery store, Chinatown Supermarket, paid $525,000 in back wages, damages and penalties following a lawsuit an investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor." (Read more)

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Restaurant hired fake priest to extract ‘confessions’ from workers, feds say

Yahoo News, June 20, 2023

"A taqueria chain in California has been ordered by the Department of Labor to pay $140,000 in back pay and damages to 35 employees for a range of infractions, including hiring a fake priest to elicit “confessions” from its workers.” (Read more)

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