News Releases

July 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Auto Parts Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Safety Hazards

AUBURN, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited auto parts manufacturer Arkal Automotive USA Inc. for exposing workers to electrical and amputation hazards. The Auburn, Alabama, company faces $47,857 in proposed penalties.

July 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Joins Partnership to Promote Workplace Safety During Georgia Construction Project

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a strategic partnership with the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute's Safety, Health, and Environmental Services Group; Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc. (AGC Georgia); and Brasfield & Gorrie LLC to promote workplace safety and health during the construction of the Coca-Cola United South Metro Sales Center and Warehouse in Union City, Georgia.

July 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Hiring And Pay Violations at North Florida Cabbage Farm

HASTINGS, FL – A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found that Sauceda Contractor Inc., an H-2A farm labor contractor, violated the labor provisions of the H-2A visa program and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) when it provided farmworkers to harvest cabbage at Barnes Farm in Hastings. As a result, the company has paid $19,847 in back wages to 53 employees, and WHD assessed the employer $5,526 in H-2A and MSPA civil money penalties.

July 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Finds North Florida Seafood Restaurant Employed Minors in Violation of Federal Law

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has determined that Palm Valley Outdoors LLC, a north Florida seafood restaurant, violated child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD issued the restaurant $4,294 in civil money penalties.

July 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Wisconsin Contractor For Repeatedly Exposing Workers to Falls

APPLETON, WI ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Carlos Ketz, who operates as Ketz Roofing, for the sixth time in the past five years for exposing employees to falls. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $48,777. 

OSHA inspectors cited the roofing contractor – based in Menasha, Wisconsin – after observing employees working without adequate fall protection on a commercial building in Appleton.

July 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Company Paying $125,793 in Back Wages

ANN ARBOR, MI – Joak American Homes – operator of seven affiliated homecare companies in Michigan – will pay $125,793 in back wages owed to 58 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the company violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

July 19, 2018

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 207,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 220,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 223,000 to 223,250.

July 19, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Statement Regarding the President’s Executive Order Supporting the American Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order establishing the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board:

July 18, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Excavating Company After Observing Employees Working in Unprotected Trench

LEBANON, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Karrenbrock Excavating LLC for allowing two employees to work in an unprotected trench while installing sewers. The company faces proposed penalties of $189,221.

July 18, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding Opportunity For Apprenticeship Expansion in Key Industry Sectors

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $150 million in grants to support sector-based approaches to expand apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors. When awarded, the grants will move a step closer to President Trump's vision set forth in Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeship in America, which calls for increasing the number of apprentices in the U.S. across all industries. 

July 18, 2018

California Car Wash Operator to Pay $4.2 Million in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages Following U.S. Department of Labor Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, CA – More than 800 employees at 12 Southern California car washes will receive a share of a $4.2 million recovery obtained by the U.S. Department of Labor to conclude a lawsuit filed by the Department. In a consent judgment entered by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, car wash operator Vahid David Delrahim and his related businesses must pay $3.8 million in back wages and liquidated damages for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), along with $400,000 in civil money penalties.

July 18, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in San Francisco Bay Area Construction Contractor Paying $250,000 Owed to 22 Employees

SAN JOSE, CA – Full Power Properties LLC – prime contractor and employer for the 650-unit, high-rise Silvery Towers project in San Jose, California – has paid $250,000 to 22 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found during a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation.

WHD investigators determined that Full Power Properties LLC benefited from the work done by employees supplied by Job Torres, an unlicensed subcontractor doing business as Nobilis Construction.

July 17, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Grant to Help Women Enter Apprenticeships, Expand Job Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of funding to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and healthcare, among other industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter in, and lead in, all industries.

July 17, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites New York Flooring Manufacturer for Exposing Employees to Mechanical, Chemical, and Other Hazards

SYRACUSE, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Timberline Hardwood Floors LLC for willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards. The Fulton, New York, custom hardwood-flooring manufacturer faces proposed penalties totaling $182,917.

July 17, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Cabinet Manufacturer To Pay $175,458 in Overtime Payments

BRYAN, TX – Texas-based cabinet manufacturer Kent Moore Cabinets LLC will pay $175,458 in back wages to 59 employees to resolve overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

July 17, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Rescinds 2016 Persuader Rule

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has rescinded the 2016 Persuader Rule, which exceeded the authority of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). The Persuader Rule impinged on attorney-client privilege by requiring confidential information to be part of disclosures and was strongly condemned by many stakeholders, including the American Bar Association. A federal court has ruled that the Persuader Rule was incompatible with the law and client confidentiality.

July 16, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in El Paso Mexican Grill Restaurant Paying $654,366 in Back Wages

NEW ORLEANS, LA – As a result of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, El Paso Mexican Grill restaurant will pay $654,366 in back wages to 567 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found at 23 of the employer's locations in Louisiana and Florida.

July 16, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Southeast Georgia Manufacturer After Employee Amputation

HOMERVILLE, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dupont Yard Inc. after an employee suffered a partial hand amputation and other injuries while working on unguarded machinery in Homerville, Georgia. The wooden post manufacturer faces $109,548 in proposed penalties.

July 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Seasonal Recreational Services

WASHINGTON, DC – To prevent job losses and ensure affordable guided tours on federal lands, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order exempting seasonal outdoor guides and outfitters from Executive Order 13568 issued in 2014. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance to contracting agencies and the public regarding the President's action.

July 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites North Carolina Shipyard After Towboat Worker Drowned in Storm

BELHAVEN, NC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Belhaven Shipyard and Marina Inc. - doing business as TowBoatUS River Forest - after an employee drowned when a towboat capsized while operating in a winter storm. The company faces $11,640 in proposed penalties.