News Releases

Monday, September 26, 2016

Date of Action: Sept. 23, 2016

Type of Action: Complaint, Consent Judgment and Order

Name of Defendants: Jacky's Galaxie Providence, Inc., doing business as Jacky's Waterplace & Sushi Bar, and Kin Wah Ko. 200 Exchange St., Providence, Rhode Island.

Monday, September 26, 2016

PALO ALTO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit charging that Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto technology company, discriminated systematically against Asian job applicants in its hiring process and selection procedures.

Monday, September 26, 2016

WASHINGTON – Fiduciaries of a health plan covering employees of a major western lumber producer have agreed to settle claims that they did not comply with the Affordable Care Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when providing healthcare benefits and deciding worker claims for healthcare benefits.

Monday, September 26, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Commerce after a compliance review by the federal department’s Civil Rights Center found the state’s unemployment insurance and employment service programs deficient in providing services to those with limited English proficiency.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

In the week ending September 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 252,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 260,000. The 4-week moving average was 258,500, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 260,750.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Turner Construction Company, area trade unions.

Background: OSHA and Turner Construction Turner Company established a partnership to protect workers on the CH2 Data Center project in Northlake. The partnership includes trade unions and 15 subcontractors, with a combined workforce of more than 500 employees. Construction of the $275 million 22.8 megawatt data center is expected to be complete in 2018.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it has awarded a total of $153,836 in grants to organizations to support the planning and research of portable retirement benefit plans for low-wage workers.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $80.3 million in YouthBuild grants to non-profit organizations in 35 states to help young people struggling to reach key educational and career milestones and to equip themselves to be successful in the workforce and engaged in their communities.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Date of Action: Sept. 22, 2016

Type of Action: Complaint

Name(s) of Defendants: Steven Keares Inc.
Harry Keares
Steven Keares Inc. 401(k) Retirement Plan

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Labor has sued a Bridgeport nursing home and its chief officer alleging that they diverted millions of dollars from the company’s retirement plan improperly to a religious corporation and to themselves. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CONWAY, Ark. – Landing a job that pays an average of $50,000 a year with a household name in the information technology industry is something to make any worker proud. It was an opportunity denied allegedly to more than 500 job applicants at the Hewlett-Packard Co. in Conway, as the company failed to provide equal opportunity for workers of all races and ethnicities to compete for well-paid professional positions.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today over $20.4 million in contract awards to 14 national industry intermediaries and national equity partners to expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service
1720 Market St.
St. Louis, Missouri

Citations issued: Sept. 13, 2016

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s St. Louis Area Office has cited the U.S. Postal Service’s vehicle maintenance facility for one repeated and two serious safety violations.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today an investment of $6.4 million in grants to provide currently and formerly incarcerated individuals with important jobs skills and resources by establishing additional American Job Centers inside correctional facilities, and create an online clearinghouse – in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice – to make information needed to expunge criminal records more readily available to further remove barriers to employment.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a two-month extension of the comment period on the Form 5500 Modernization Proposals.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Employer name: Koch Foods of Mississippi LLC

Inspection site: 108 Morris Tullos Drive
Morton, Mississippi 39117    

Citations issued: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to the poultry processing producer on Sept. 16, 2016, for nine serious safety violations.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Date of Action: Sept. 16, 2016

Type of Action: Complaint

Name of Defendants: Homestead Physicians P.A.
Lorn Leitman
Homestead Physicians P.A. 401(k) Plan

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BOLIVAR, Ohio – One of the nation’s largest discount retailers continues to ignore federal workplace safety inspectors who have found repeated instances where the company endangers workers and customers alike by blocking exit routes with stacked merchandise.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement on the filing of lawsuits by a group of states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other organizations in the Eastern District of Texas challenging the update to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime rules for white-collar, salaried workers:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Employer name: Wayne Lumber and Mulch Inc.

Inspection site: 8630 Route 152, Wayne, West Virginia      

Citations issued: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the company three willful, nine repeat, 12 serious and three other-than-serious violations on Sept. 2, 2016.