March 20, 2023

Department of Labor seeks court order to stop Brooklyn staffing agency from demanding employees stay 3 years or repay wages

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit asking a federal court to stop a Brooklyn, New York, healthcare staffing provider from allegedly making employees sign contracts that would force them to work for the company for three years or repay rightfully earned wages.

March 20, 2023

Federal investigation finds Algood restaurant illegally used workers’ tips for operating expenses, allowed minors to operate dangerous machines

ALGOOD, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $42,373 for 44 employees after finding an Algood restaurant illegally kept tips that employees earned.

March 17, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $20M in American Rescue Plan funding to promote equitable access to unemployment benefits in 4 states

WASHINGTON To help identify and address barriers workers face regarding access to state unemployment insurance benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $20 million in equity grants to Florida, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

March 17, 2023

US Department of Labor announces $15M funding availability to help youth, young adults prepare for college, career success

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $15 million in grant funding to support programs that help youth – particularly those in rural areas, people of color and people with disabilities – to overcome obstacles to educational and workforce success with training and career guidance.   

March 17, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $353.000 en salarios atrasados para 322 trabajadores tras descubrir que unas empresas de captura de aves de corral negaban a los trabajadores el salario completo

BIRMINGHAM, AL - El trabajo en una instalación de captura de aves de corral es duro, donde las personas se enfrentan comúnmente a los riesgos de trabajar con equipos peligrosos, en suelos resbaladizos, alrededor de productos químicos peligrosos, y están expuestos a la posibilidad de enfermedad para aquellos que manipulan aves vivas y los residuos y el polvo que producen.

March 17, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $353K in back wages for 322 workers after finding poultry catching companies denied workers’ full wages

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Work in a poultry catching facility is hard, where people commonly face the risks of working with dangerous equipment, on slippery floors, around hazardous chemicals, and are exposed to the possibility of illness for those handling live birds and the waste and dust they produce. Standing for long hours also greatly increases the risks of musculoskeletal disorders.

March 17, 2023

Investigations by Department of Labor, Vernon Police lead to first-degree manslaughter charges in Connecticut trench fatality

Incident:          Fatal trench collapse in Vernon, Connecticut

Date:                July 22, 2022

March 16, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Honolulu addiction treatment center denied 34 care workers, support staff overtime, minimum wages

HONOLULU – A Honolulu substance abuse treatment facility must pay a total of $451,989 in back wages to 34 substance use disorder counselors and kitchen, clerical, maintenance and administrative staff after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into the center’s illegal pay practices. In some cases, the facility paid workers providing patient care and other services as little as $400 per month.

March 16, 2023

Operator of 8 Dunkin franchise locations in three states resolves child labor violations, enters enhanced compliance agreement to prevent future infractions

BROOKEVILLE, MD – A federal investigation found Dunkin franchise locations in Maryland and West Virginia allowed 19 minors to work in violation of child labor laws, leading the employer to accept responsibility for the offenses and to sign an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to prevent future violations at its eight locations in three states.

March 16, 2023

Federal investigation orders church to pay back wages, reinstate employee fired for raising concerns about rodents, insects in childcare center

DALLAS – After a nutrition specialist employed at a Dallas childcare facility raised concerns about rodents, spiders and other insects in its cafeteria, kitchen and other areas, their employer acted far from charitably and terminated the worker in August 2021.

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

March 16, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 192,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 211,000 to 212,000. The 4-week moving average was 196,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 197,000 to 197,250.

March 15, 2023

Department of Labor lauds Job Corps’ students, contributions to wildland firefighting efforts in 2022 by US Forest Service

WASHINGTON – Amid more than 66,000 wildfires that burned nearly 7.6 million acres of land across the country in 2022, students in Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers combined to provide 204,633 total hours of support to federal firefighters – a 20 percent increase over the previous year – the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.

March 15, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $60K in back wages for nurses shortchanged by Perry County Hospital’s timekeeping issues

Employer:  Perry County Hospital, Tell City, Indiana

Investigation findings:  U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators recovered $60,254 in overtime back wages for 107 nurses at Perry County Hospital. Investigators determined the hospital violated the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations when the facility:

March 15, 2023

Court orders Ohio healthcare provider to pay $22K in back wages, damages, penalties to 7 employees, after investigation finds overtime violations

SPRINGDALE, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a federal court order that recovers $19,934 in back wages and damages from an Ohio home healthcare and adult daycare service provider who denied seven employees overtime wages and failed to properly pay in-home workers when clients’ needs disrupted their sleep time.

March 15, 2023

US Department of Labor finds oil, gas waste company failed to protect workers from dangers of inhalation after employee suffers fatal injury

EL PASO, TX – Federal investigators found an oil and gas company employee suffered fatal exposure to hydrogen sulfide while working near a sump pit in September 2022.

March 14, 2023

Un tribunal ordena a una empresa a pagar más de $700,000 en salarios atrasados, daños y perjuicios a 470 empleados tras una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo

GLENDALE, AZ - El Departamento de Trabajo se encuentra distribuyendo más de $700,000 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios a 470 empleados, recuperados de una empresa de enyesado de Glendale tras una investigación y demanda relacionada con las prácticas de pago del empleador.

March 14, 2023

Equal Pay Day 2023: Department of Labor initiatives seek to close gender, racial wage gap, increase equity in federal programs

WASHINGTON – For women working in the U.S., the date of Equal Pay Day isn’t a day of celebration. Rather, the day is a reminder that it takes women 15 months to earn the same amount as men earned in 12 months.