News Releases

Scheduled Maintenance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is conducting scheduled system maintenance starting Friday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET through Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Most DOL websites and web systems will be affected and unavailable to the public. The National Contact Center remains open 24 hours a day to contact Job Corps (1-800-733-5627), MSHA (1-800-746-1553), and OSHA (1-800-321-6742).

February 15, 2019

Pennsylvania Restaurants to Pay $1 Million in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Two Philadelphia restaurants, J.H.S.K, Inc. and Osaka Japan Restaurant, Inc., both doing business as Osaka, and their owner, have agreed to a consent judgment ordering them to pay $935,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 201 employees for willful violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employers must also pay a $65,000 civil money penalty. The consent judgment must be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in California Horse Training Facilities Paying $1,270,683 in Back Wages and Damages to 30 Employees

OAKLAND, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), EWC & Associates Inc. – a Northern California owner and operator of two horse training facilities – will pay $1,270,683 in back wages and damages to 30 employees for multiple work visa program and wage violations.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Closes Worker Housing and Issues Fines After Finding Oregon Farmworkers in Squalid Living Quarters

PORTLAND, OR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Vasquez Family Services – a farm labor contractor – and housing provider Jorge Vasquez were assessed $35,000 in civil penalties after violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) left farm workers living in squalid living conditions at their facility in Silverton, Oregon. Vasquez Family Living Services will pay $30,000 in civil penalties for the violations, and housing provider Jorge Vasquez will pay $5,000.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Judge Ordering Minnesota Tech Company to Pay Engineer $43,366 in Back Wages For H-1B Visa Program Violations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Administrative Law Judge Theresa Timlin has issued an order requiring TLC Precision Wafer Technologies Inc. – based in Minneapolis, Minnesota – to pay a former employee $43,366 in back wages for violating the labor provisions of the H-1B visa program. Additionally, the company has been ordered to pay pre-judgment and post-judgement interest.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Two Indiana Restaurants Paying $162,254 in Back Wages and Damages to 12 Employees

BLOOMINGTON, IN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Ji Enterprises will pay $81,127 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 12 current and former employees at two of its Bloomington, Indiana, restaurants – Restaurant Ami and Toto's Uncle.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime and Transportation Safety Violations by Oceanside, California, Agricultural Company

SAN DIEGO, CA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Sundance Natural Foods Company – based in Oceanside, California – will pay $13,641 in back wages to 45 employees for unpaid overtime as a result of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act (MSPA). Additionally, the company was assessed $5,130 in civil penalties.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Utah Drywall Company to Pay $100,000 in Back Wages and Damages for Labor Law Violations

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – After an investigation by the U.S. Department Of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah has ordered Metal Rock Construction Inc. to pay $50,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 86 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recognized for IT Modernization

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor received a “Best in Scorecard Category” award from MeriTalk for its IT modernization efforts. The award is based on the Department’s most recent Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Educational Forum Webinar to Discuss Wage Laws and Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program

DES MOINES, IA ­- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will present an educational forum about developments in its policies and regulations and its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID), during a February 19, 2019, webinar for Iowa and Nebraska employers. PAID facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigations Find Federal Contractors Owe $255,474 to Employees Working on Indiana Housing Project

GARY, IN – After a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation, four contractors working on the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Village of Hope housing project in Gary, Indiana, will pay 53 current and former employees a total of $255,474 for violating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

WHD investigators determined the contractors failed to pay the correct prevailing wages and fringe benefits.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Dimeo Construction Partner to Promote Workplace Safety During North Kingstown Construction Project

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Dimeo Construction Company have established a strategic partnership to promote workplace safety for the General Dynamics Electric Boat Universal Buildings 9A/9B construction project in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

February 14, 2019

West Virginia Coal Mine Operator Pays $1,435,028 in Back Wages and Damages Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PRINCETON, WV– The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has entered a consent judgment against XMV Inc. - operator of three underground coal mines – following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that found XMV violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Alabama Medical Services Company Paying Former Employee Lost Wages and Medical Costs

MOBILE, AL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), AltaPointe Health Systems Inc. – operating in the Mobile, Alabama, area as BayPointe Hospital, EastPointe Hospital, and CarePointe – will pay an employee $6,588 in lost wages and incurred medical expenses for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Roofing Contractor Paying $70,068 in Back Wages for Overtime Violations

BONITA SPRINGS, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) into rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Kelly Roofing LLC – based in Bonita Springs, Florida – paid $70,068 in back wages to 155 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 14, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 239,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 234,000 to 235,000. The 4-week moving average was 231,750, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the highest level for this average since January 27, 2018 when it was 234,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 224,750 to 225,000.

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Musical Instrument Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Copper Dust and Machine Hazards

EASTLAKE, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Conn-Selmer Inc. for exposing workers to copper dust and machine hazards at the company's Eastlake, Ohio, musical instrument manufacturing facility. The company faces penalties of $200,230 for two repeated and seven serious safety and health violations.

February 13, 2019

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the Creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board:

February 13, 2019

Court Sentences Founders of Laboratory Marketing Companies After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Healthcare Fraud

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced one co-founder of several Florida laboratory marketing companies and substance abuse recovery homes to prison and two other co-founders to probation for their parts in a widespread healthcare fraud scheme.

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Golf Management Company Paying $19,776 in Back Wages to 24 Employees

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Arnold Palmer Golf Management LLC – operating as Walt Disney World Golf in Orlando, Florida – has paid $19,776 in back wages to 24 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Develops Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program For Top-performing Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced today the release of a new policy directive to establish a voluntary compliance program for high-performing federal contractors.