October 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces up to $3 Million in Disaster Recovery Funding for Derecho Recovery in Iowa

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $3 million, awarded to Iowa Workforce Development, in response to the severe storms of August 2020. 

October 28, 2020

Court Orders New Hampshire Flooring Company to Pay $250,000 in Back Wages And Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation, Litigation

MANCHESTER, NH – The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has ordered C & C Flooring LLC and owner Christopher Coburn to pay 33 current and former employees a total of $240,000 in back wages and liquidated damages and $10,000 in punitive damages, to resolve violations of the overtime and anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The defendants have also paid a civil money penalty of $13,688 for the willful nature of the violations.

October 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Provides $1.5 Billion in Adult and Dislocated Worker Funding to States and Territories

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is providing $1.5 billion in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Dislocated Worker program funds to states and territories.

These investments will help states and local areas provide services to businesses and job seekers and support the public workforce system in filling 6.6 million existing job postings.[1]

October 27, 2020

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia On International Religious Freedom Day

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on International Religious Freedom Day:

October 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Restores Over $3.1 Billion to Employee Benefit Plans, Participants and Beneficiaries, the Most Ever

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2020 enforcement fact sheet highlighting the Agency’s recovery of over $3.1 billion in direct payments to plans, participants and beneficiaries in FY 2020.

October 26, 2020

Hawaiian Landscaping Company Pays $83,192 in Back Wages For Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor

HONOLULU, HI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), The Miranda Group – a landscaping company based on Kauai, Hawaii – has paid $83,192 to 48 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements.

October 26, 2020

Federal Court Sentences Georgia Woman to Prison, Orders $1,034,793 In Restitution after U.S. Department of Labor Fraud Investigation

ATLANTA, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has sentenced Carrie N. Harris – former Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Plan Administrator for the Southern Pan Services Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) – after she made more than $1 million in fraudulent withdrawals from the company’s bank accounts to pay charges to Harris’ and her husband’s personal and business credit cards.

October 26, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Hewlett Packard Reach Agreement To Resolve Alleged Pay Discrimination Affecting Female Employees

SAN FRANCISCO, CAThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has entered into conciliation agreements with Hewlett Packard Inc. (HPI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to resolve allegations of systemic pay discrimination against 391 female employees in several states. While not admitting liability, the California-based federal technology contractors agreed to pay $1,450,000 in back pay and interest to settle the allegations.

October 25, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

October 23, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Updates Tool to Determine If Health Plans or Insurers Comply with Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has released an updated tool to help employers comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and related requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

October 23, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and B. Braun Medical Inc. Enter Into Agreement to Resolve Charges of Gender Discrimination

PHILADELPHIA, PAThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has entered into a conciliation agreement with B. Braun Medical Inc. – a federal contractor based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – to resolve allegations of discrimination against female employees.

October 23, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $1,603,544 In Coronavirus Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Oct. 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 112 establishments for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $1,603,544.

OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:

October 22, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Newport News Shipbuilding Enter Agreement to Resolve Alleged Hiring Discrimination

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has entered into an early resolution conciliation agreement with Newport News Shipbuilding – a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries – to resolve allegations of systematic hiring discrimination and to enhance future compliance proactively.

October 22, 2020

Lubbock, Texas Concrete Company Pays $43,216 in Back Wages To Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

LUBBOCK, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), M & US Concrete Inc. – based in Lubbock, Texas – has paid $43,216 in back wages to nine employees for violating the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

October 22, 2020

Federal Court Sentences Kentucky Woman to Prison, Orders $838,804 In Restitution After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Benefit Plan Fraud

LOUISVILLE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has sentenced Candi Fluhr, a former controller in Bullitt County, Kentucky, to 94 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and ordered her to pay $838,804 in restitution.

October 22, 2020

Lubbock, Texas Contractor Pays $115,113 in Back Wages to 20 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation at Veterans Affairs’ Project

LUBBOCK, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Armstrong Mechanical Inc. – based in Lubbock, Texas – has paid $115,113 in back wages to 20 employees for violating the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

October 22, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $125,516 in Back Wages for Employees of Louisiana Correctional Center

TULLOS, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), LaSalle Corrections – based in Ruston, Louisiana – has paid $125,516 in unpaid fringe benefits to 122 employees to resolve violations of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

October 22, 2020

Statement by Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment and Training Administration John Pallasch on Weekly Unemployment Claims

WASHINGTON, DC – Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment and Training Administration John Pallasch issued the following statement regarding Weekly Unemployment Claims:

“As Americans continue to return to work, today’s report showed a huge decrease of one million individuals coming off of unemployment insurance rolls. The four week average initial weekly claim numbers, which takes out much of the volatility of weekly claims, hit the lowest point since the start of the pandemic. 

October 22, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 787,000, a decrease of 55,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 56,000 from 898,000 to 842,000. The 4-week moving average was 811,250, a decrease of 21,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 33,500 from 866,250 to 832,750.

October 21, 2020

CORRECTED: Montana Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor Ordered Coronavirus-Related Quarantine

PLENTYWOOD, MT – The operator of a Plentywood, Montana, facility for people with disabilities has paid $1,600 in back wages to an employee after the employer wrongly denied emergency paid sick leave despite the employee being advised by her healthcare provider to quarantine due to concerns related to the coronavirus, a violation of provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).