News Releases

Thursday, June 22, 2017
In the week ending June 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 241,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 237,000 to 238,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,750, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 243,000 to 243,250.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
State: Michigan Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant Initial Amount Approved: $15 million Incremental Amount Awarded: $4.1 million Funding Awarded to: Michigan Strategic Fund Number of Workers Served: Approximately 650 Use of Funds: On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant award for up to $15 mill
Thursday, June 22, 2017
NEW YORK – A company that operates 138 parking garages in New York City and surrounding areas has paid $296,836 in back wages for 1,164 employees and amended its payroll practices to align with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Quik Park NYC LLC; RL Holdings 2 LLC; and Quik Park NYC (Fee) LLC, which does business as “Quik Park,” did not comply
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – The owners of two establishments – a produce market and a restaurant – at Reading Terminal Market have entered into a stipulation agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that requires the payment of $660,117 in back wages and liquidated damages to 140 present and past workers to resolve violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The department’s Wage and Hour Division investigators found that Iovine Bros Inc. – doing business as Iovine Brothers
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Employer: Zenefits FTW Insurance Services Site: 303 2nd St. San Francisco, California Two closed offices in Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found that Zenefits violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying 743 account executives and sales development representatives in San Francisco, and in Tempe and Scotts
Monday, June 19, 2017
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the award of $43.3 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to provide training to an estimated 21,000 homeless veterans to help them reintegrate into the American workforce. In all, the department’s 2017 award will fund 155 grants in its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program. “The grants we announced today will help thousands of homeless veterans to acquire the skills t
Monday, June 19, 2017
Type of Action: Consent order and judgement Names of Defendants: Andrea Lynn McCarthy Lisa Hall Truss Systems LLC Truss Systems LLC Profit Sharing Plan Allegations: The U.S. Secretary of Labor filed a complaint, based on a Employee Benefits Security Administration investigation, alleging that Andrea McCarthy withdrew $111,624 between Jan. 28 and June 6, 2009, from Truss Systems LLC Profit Sharing Plan. McCarthy was criminally prosecuted, and pled guilty
Monday, June 19, 2017
HARTFORD, Conn. – When a Hartford health care facility failed to adequately respond to a tuberculosis exposure in December 2011, its interim senior vice-president for operations, director of nursing and its coordinator of its Healthy Start program actively tried or were associated with efforts to raise awareness among fellow employees, management and the public about the potential dangers. Among other things, they cooperated with public and workplace health agencies that investigated. Two months lat
Monday, June 19, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. – Data recently compiled between October 2015 and March 2017 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration shows that less experienced miners – both at a mine and at a specific occupation – suffer injuries at a higher rate than more experience miners. Over this 18-month period, miners with one year or less of experience at a mine suffered 903 injuries, compared to 418 for those who had worked at a mine between one and two years. Miners with one year or less job experience suffered 603 injuri
Monday, June 19, 2017
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – Ten workers at a Minnesota title company will receive $107,893 in back wages and unpaid fringe benefits after the title insurance company that employed them was found in violation of the Service Contract Act during an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The employees worked on real estate closings on a contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Labor Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges issued a decision and order effect
Monday, June 19, 2017
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – A month after a 33-year-old worker died while working in an unprotected trench, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found another employee of the same Missouri plumbing contractor working in a similarly unprotected trench at another job site. OSHA determined that, in both cases, Arrow Plumbing LLC of Blue Springs failed to provide basic safeguards to prevent trench collapse and did not train its employee
Friday, June 16, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $11.4 million in federal Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants. The grants are designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of these programs. The department awarded six grants – each approximately $1 million – to eligible State Workforce Agencies in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Missouri for the development or enhancement of a state workforce longitudinal administrative database. These databases include information on programs that provide training and emplo
Thursday, June 15, 2017
In the week ending June 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 237,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 245,000. The 4-week moving average was 243,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 242,000.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today welcomed President Donald J. Trump’s bold step towards fulfilling his promises to grow the American economy with the announcement of an executive order to expand apprenticeships and vocational training, close the skills gap and reduce regulatory burdens on workforce development programs. “There are six million job openings in the United States,” said Secretary Acosta.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
In the week ending June 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 245,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 7,000 from 248,000 to 255,000. The 4-week moving average was 242,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,750 from 238,000 to 239,750.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and KPMG, one of the world’s largest auditing firms, have entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination. The agreement with KPMG LLP follows an OFCCP investigation that found from Oct. 1, 2011, to March 31, 2013, the auditing firm discriminated against 60 Asian applicants for associate audit positions at its facility in Short Hills. The agency determined that KPMG’s actions viola
Thursday, June 08, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a residential construction survey in 25 eastern Pennsylvania counties to collect data on wages paid to workers to help establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The survey includes wages paid on all residential construction projects that occurred between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, in the following counties: Adams, Berk
Thursday, June 08, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $248,500 in funding to help supplement existing employment and training efforts for Alaska Native youth with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. These awards aim to increase Alaska Native enrollment in STEM-related certificate and degree programs, as well as provide education mentoring programs and work experience in STEM-related professions. They will focus on developing programs designed to strengthen opportunities for Alaska Native youth and young adults, ages 14 t
Thursday, June 08, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $248,500 in funding to help supplement existing employment and training efforts for Native Hawaiian youth with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. These awards aim to increase Native Hawaiian enrollment in STEM-related certificate and degree programs, as well as provide education mentoring programs and work experience in STEM-related professions. They will focus on developing programs designed to strengthen opportunities for Native Hawaiian youth and young adults, age
Thursday, June 08, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to rescind a rule that would have required employers and labor-management consultants to report consultants’ indirect contact with workers during union organizing campaigns.  The NPRM will be published in the Federal Register and open for public comment on June 12. The public may submit comments, identified by RIN 1245-AA07, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received will be pos

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