September 16, 2021

US Department of Labor, the Builders’ Association renew 20-year partnership to train, protect Missouri, Kansas construction workers on job sites

KANSAS CITY, MO – To combat the dangers workers face in construction, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Builders’ Association renewed their 20-year Build Safe Partnership Program recently to train and protect industry workers throughout Missouri and eastern Kansas.

September 16, 2021

Unas empresas de gestión hotelera de Long Island deberán pagar $210,000 en salarios y multas después de que el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubriera violaciones del programa de trabajadores extranjeros H-2B

NUEVA YORK - Los empleados de dos empresas de gestión hotelera de East Hampton (Nueva York), de propiedad común, descubrieron que su trabajo no era vacacional cuando sus empleadores -Dune Resorts LLC y Ocean Bay Management Inc.- violaron varios requisitos del programa de visados H-2B, lo que supuso la pérdida dir

September 16, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $5M in funding

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding of $5 million to support disaster-relief employment and training for individuals to assist with clean up and recovery activities after Hurricane Ida made landfall in southern Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 29.

September 16, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $550K to assist clean up, recovery after Tennessee’s torrential rainfall in August 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding of $550,085 to support disaster-relief employment for individuals to assist with clean up and recovery, and provide employment and training services, after catastrophic rainfall on Aug. 21 led to flooding and extensive waterway damage in parts of the Middle Tennessee region.

September 16, 2021

Long Island hotel management companies to pay $210,000 in wages, penalties after US Department of Labor finds H-2B guest worker program violations

NEW YORK Employees of two commonly owned and operated East Hampton, New York, hotel management companies found their work was no vacation when their employers – Dune Resorts LLC and Ocean Bay Management Inc. – violated several requirements of the H-2B Visa program, resulting in direct job losses to 39 U.S. workers and underpayments to 59 H-2B employees.

September 16, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 332,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 310,000 to 312,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,750, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 339,500 to 340,000.

September 15, 2021

US Department of Labor urges workers, employers, public to recognize hazards, ensure safety after Hurricane Nicholas

DALLAS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges response crews and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Nicholas to recognize the hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris.

September 15, 2021

Federal court orders Selbyville restaurant to pay $305K in back wages, damages, penalties after US Department of Labor finds wage violations

SELBYVILLE, DE – A federal court has ordered a Selbyville business operator to pay $300,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 16 workers – some of whom worked 75 hours or more a week for a flat salary while the business kept no time records of the hours they worked. 

September 15, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $163K for 72 healthcare workers after investigation finds Linden hospital missed payrolls

LINDEN, TN Amid the pandemic, Linden hospital essential healthcare workers demonstrated their commitment to their jobs and communities when they worked long hours at a risk to themselves and their families. Yet, the hospital failed to meet its responsibilities to 72 of these workers when it did not pay them in accordance with federal law. Underpayment and missed payrolls added financial stress to the enormous burden already carried by the workers.

September 15, 2021

US Department of Labor announces annual update to current minimum hourly wage rate for federal contract workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued a Federal Register notice announcing an annual update to the current Executive Order 13658 minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection with covered contracts.

September 14, 2021

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. cita a Foundation Food Group Inc. por exponer a trabajadores a riesgos de seguridad; propone sanciones de $154,000

GAINESVILLE, GA - El 28 de enero de 2021, una fuga incontrolada de nitrógeno líquido en una instalación de procesamiento de aves de Gainesville se cobró la vida de seis trabajadores. Menos de dos meses después, el 11 de marzo, trabajadores volvieron a sufrir un escape químico tras una fuga de amoníaco en la planta.

September 14, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Foundation Food Group Inc. for exposing workers to safety hazards, proposes $154K in penalties

GAINESVILLE, GA – On Jan. 28, 2021, an uncontrolled release of liquid nitrogen at a Gainesville poultry processing facility claimed the lives of six workers. Less than two months later, workers were again subjected to a chemical release at the plant, after an ammonia leak on March 11.

September 14, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. recupera $99,000 en salarios para 25 trabajadores de albañilería de cemento de Houston después de encontrar violaciones de leyes federales de trabajo

HOUSTON – En el candente mercado de viviendas de Houston, los empleadores del sector de la construcción están pidiendo a los trabajadores que se mantengan al día con la demanda. A cambio, los trabajadores esperan que se les pague por su duro trabajo y por todas las horas que trabajan – una promesa que un contratista de albañilería de Tomball no cumplió, según una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos.

September 14, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $99K in wages for 25 Houston concrete masonry workers after finding Fair Labor Standards Act violations

HOUSTON – In Houston’s hot housing market, construction industry employers are calling on workers to keep up with demand. In return, workers expect to be paid for all their hard work and for all the hours they work – a promise that a Tomball masonry contractor failed to keep, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.

September 14, 2021

US Department of Labor initiative seeks to reduce deaths, injuries, protect workers in New England’s tree, landscaping operations

BOSTON In Connecticut, a tree branch contacted a live high-voltage power line as a worker in an aerial lift cut it, electrocuting him. In Massachusetts, a falling tree branch struck and killed a worker cutting down oak trees, while a falling tree limb struck an elevated bucket lift, ejecting the worker whose fall was fatal. In nearby Rhode Island, a log conveyor rolled over a worker performing repairs, crushing and killing him.

September 13, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $4M funding award to assist recovery of Cherokee Nation’s workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the supplemental award of $4 million, with $1.3 million released initially, to the Cherokee Nation to support continued disaster-relief employment and workforce development in response to the pandemic’s impacts on its people.

September 13, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU recupera $150 mil en salarios para 46 trabajadores de aislantes para la construcción, tras una investigación sobre las prácticas salariales de JVA Insulation en Houston

HOUSTON – Con las ventas de viviendas en el área de Houston batiendo récords, los instaladores de aislantes están trabajando duro para satisfacer la demanda y hacer frente al trabajo arduo y agotador y las molestias causadas por el contacto con los materiales aislantes. Para 46 trabajadores de JVA Insulation Inc., el trabajo se sintió un poco más duro porque su empleador no les pagó todos sus salarios ganados legalmente.

September 13, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $150K in wages for 46 workers after investigation into pay practices of JVA Insulation of Houston

HOUSTON – With Houston-area home sales setting records, insulation installers are working hard to meet demand and endure hard, strenuous labor and discomfort caused by contact with insulation materials. For 46 workers at JVA Insulation Inc., the work felt a bit harder because their employer failed to pay them all their legally earned wages.

A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation determined that JVA Insulation violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when the company:

September 10, 2021

US Department of Labor announces available funding to promote, develop, expand Registered Apprenticeship in critical, non-traditional industries

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of funds to award up to four new contracts to Industry Intermediaries to launch, promote   and expand Registered Apprenticeship models in critical industries impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and industries that have not traditionally used apprenticeship to meet employer and sector needs.