News Releases

November 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Wisconsin Assisted Living Facilities Paying $113,701 in Overtime Back Wages to 114 Employees

NEW FRANKEN, WI – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Anna's Healthcare Inc. will pay $113,701 in overtime back wages to 114 current and former employees at both of its Wisconsin residential healthcare facilities in New Franken and Sturgeon Bay. Violations of the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) were identified.

November 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Manufacturer for Exposing Employees to Amputation, Fall, and Other Hazards at Four Facilities

MONTGOMERY, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Sabel Steel Service Inc. – based in Montgomery, Alabama – for exposing employees to amputation, fall, and other hazards at four of the company's facilities. The manufacturer faces $320,261 in penalties.

November 12, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Announces Start of National Apprenticeship Week

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). This year’s theme – Apprenticeships: Creating Tomorrow – celebrates the impact apprenticeship programs have in helping Americans learn skills for jobs in growing industries. NAW will continue through November 18.

November 11, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Statement Regarding Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day:

November 8, 2018

Federal Court Sentences Former Fiat Chrysler Executives, UAW Official in Ongoing Investigation of Illegal Payoff Scheme

DETROIT, MI – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has sentenced three defendants as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into a multi-year scheme in which Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA) executives made payoffs to senior United Auto Workers International Union (UAW) officials involved in collective bargaining agreements between the union and the company. 

November 8, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor and Associated General Contractors of Georgia Invite Employers to Join Winter Weather Safety Stand-Down

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Georgia have joined for a Winter Weather Safety Stand-Down scheduled to take place November 5-9, 2018, to stress the importance of working safely outdoors during the winter months.

November 8, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Florida Contractors After Employee Suffers Injuries

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Tom Krips Construction Inc. and Etherna Services Inc. after an employee suffered crushing injuries at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, worksite.

November 8, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued four new opinion letters that demonstrate its commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure employers have the tools they need to comply with federal labor law. The letters released today address compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other laws.

The opinion letters issued today address:

November 8, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award, recognizing job creators for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans. Honorees include small businesses, community-based nonprofits, and national companies.

November 8, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Protecting American Workers by Requiring Advertising Jobs Online for Temporary Labor Certifications

WASHINGTON, DC – To make it easier for Americans to find and fill open jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposal for employers seeking temporary labor certifications through the H-2B and H-2A visa programs to advertise jobs online. 

November 8, 2018

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 213,750, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 213,750 to 214,000.

November 7, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites U.S. Postal Service After Heat Exposure Hospitalizes Las Vegas Mail Carrier

LAS VEGAS, NV – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the United States Postal Service (USPS) $129,336 after investigators determined the employer failed to provide proper safety measures to a Las Vegas, Nevada, mail carrier hospitalized for heat exposure.

November 7, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Contractor after Employee Fatally Injured in Explosion at Alabama Worksite

HARPERSVILLE, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Legend Directional Services LLC – based in Weatherford, Texas – for improper storage of compressed gases after an employee suffered fatal injuries in an explosion at the Harpersville Reinforcement Project in Harpersville, Alabama.

November 7, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Files Suit to Recover Back Wages And Damages for Pennsylvania Restaurant Employees

LANSDOWNE, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against Mosluoglu Inc. – operator of Empire Diner & Restaurant in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania – and its principals after an investigation found willful violations of the federal minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 7, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal Related to Retirement Asset Auto Portability

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today invited public comment on a proposed exemption related to the consolidation of small retirement savings accounts in 401(k) plans and IRAs when workers change jobs. The Department welcomes innovation in the area of retirement asset portability, and encourages additional proposals.

November 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Overtime Wages Owed 629 Employees at Texas Company

LUBBOCK, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Llano Logistics Inc. – a distribution company based in Lubbock, Texas – has paid $244,208 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 629 employees to settle violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

November 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $350,884 in Back Wages And Damages for 20 Employees of New Jersey Supermarket

UNION CITY, NJ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), R&J Supermarket Corp. – based in Union City, New Jersey – will pay $175,442 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 20 employees for violations of overtime, minimum wage, and record keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed the employer with a $5,491 civil penalty for the willful nature of its violations.

November 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $69,765 for Janitorial Services Company Employees, Bars Company from Federal Contract Work

HARTFORD, CT – Following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, C&W Facility Services Inc. – based in Auburndale, Massachusetts – has paid $69,765 to five employees to resolve multiple McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations by one of its subcontractors.

November 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Arizona Roofing Company Paying $86,714 to 30 Employees to Resolve Wage Violations

PHOENIX, AZ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Surebuild LLC – a roofing and general contractor based in Cottonwood, Arizona – will pay $86,714 in back wages and liquidated damages due to 30 employees for overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed Surebuild LLC $16,456 in civil penalties for the willful nature of the violations.

November 6, 2018

Pennsylvania Tree Service Company Pays $86,608 in Back Wages, Damages To Resolve Violations Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

BRIDGEVILLE, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has reached an agreement with Sidelines Tree Service LLC – based in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania – to resolve violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Sidelines Tree Service LLC has paid $43,304 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 69 employees and pledged future compliance with the FLSA.