August 13, 2020

Court Sentences Former Union Health Plan Trustee and Vice President To 18 Months in Prison After U.S. Department of Labor Investigations

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has sentenced John Ulrich – former vice president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 812 and former trustee of the Local 812 Health Fund – to 18 months in jail for soliciting bribe payments in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

August 13, 2020

LaGrange, Georgia, Ashley Homestore Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor Directed Coronavirus-Related Quarantine

LAGRANGE, GA – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Future Furniture Inc. – doing business as Ashley Homestore in LaGrange, Georgia – has paid $1,040 in back wages to an employee after failing to pay two weeks of paid sick leave after the worker was directed by a doctor to self-isolate due to coronavirus-related concerns.

August 13, 2020

Crystal Beach, Florida, Construction Contractor Pays $16,567 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Overtime Violations

CRYSTAL BEACH, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), High Line Construction Services LLC – a construction contractor based in Crystal Beach, Florida – has paid $16,567 in back wages to five employees for violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 13, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 963,000, a decrease of 228,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 1,186,000 to 1,191,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,252,750, a decrease of 86,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 1,337,750 to 1,339,000.

August 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Guidance for the Lost Wages Assistance Program to Provide Needed Relief to Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of guidance to help states implement the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA is authorized by Presidential Memorandum, and provides claimants in most Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs up to $400 per week additional benefits, starting with weeks of unemployment ending on or after Aug. 1, 2020, and ending Dec. 27, 2020 at the latest.

August 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar for Employers On Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave and Employee Safety

COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will present a webinar for Ohio area employers and human resources professionals on the paid leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and safety guidance for returning to work and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

August 12, 2020

Guam Construction Contractor to Pay Employees $141,755 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

HAGATNA, GUAM – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Citi Development & Construction Inc. – a construction contractor in Guam – will pay $141,755 to 57 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping requirements. The employer also will pay $23,000 in penalties.

August 12, 2020

Securitas Pays Employees $176,810 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Violations at Four Hawaiian Airports

HONOLULU, HI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a branch office of Securitas Security Services USA Inc. – a security services company based in Anaheim, California – has paid $176,810 in back wages to 226 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping requirements at four Hawaiian airports. The employer has also paid $22,000 in penalties.

August 12, 2020

Apopka, Florida, Contractor to Pay $16,852 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Overtime Violations

APOPKA, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Randall Mechanical Inc., an Apopka, Florida, contractor will pay $16,852 in back wages to 20 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 12, 2020

Saipan Construction Contractor to Pay Employees $165,807 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Minimum Wage, Overtime Violations

SAIPAN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Win Win Construction – a Saipan-based residential and commercial construction contractor – will pay $165,807 in back wages to 23 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements, and pay $15,755 in civil penalties.

August 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Nearly $2.4 Million for 959 Employees After Investigation Finds Federal Contractors Violated Federal Labor Laws

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), two California-based contractors for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will pay nearly $2.4 million to 959 employees for violations of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

August 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar in Thai for Employers, Employees About Paid Sick Leave, Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WEST COVINA, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a webinar on Aug. 13, 2020, on the benefits and protections provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for employers and employees in Southern California’s Thai communities.

August 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $68 Million in Grants To Indian and Native American Organizations and Tribes

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $68 million in funding to 340 organizations and tribes as part of the Indian and Native American Programs grant that provides training opportunities at the local level. Of the total award amount, approximately $54 million will go towards adult programs and $13 million will go towards youth programs.

August 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $1.8M in Grants To Promote Short-Time Compensation in Missouri

WASHINGTON, DCThe U.S. Department of Labor today announced two grants, totaling $1,834,214, awarded to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to improve and promote its Short-Time Compensation program. Using Short-Time Compensation, employers can keep workers on the payroll at reduced work hours and those workers can supplement their reduced wages with a partial unemployment benefit payment.

August 11, 2020

El Paso Plumbing Contractor Pays Back Wages to Employee After Denying Paid Leave to Care for Children Whose School Closed for Coronavirus

EL PASO, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Texas MEP Contractors LLC – a plumbing contractor based in El Paso, Texas – has paid $804 in back wages to an employee wrongly denied paid sick leave for a qualifying reason covered under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

August 11, 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, Transportation Company Pays Back Wages To Employee Instructed to Self-Quarantine Due to Coronavirus Concerns

CHARLOTTE, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a Charlotte, North Carolina, branch of Premier Transportation & Warehousing Inc. – a trucking and warehousing service based in Long Beach, California – has paid $3,116 in back wages after failing to provide an employee two weeks of paid sick leave after the worker received instructions from a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to coronavirus concerns.

August 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards More than $1.3 Million to Delaware In Grants in Response to Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $1,341,690 in a Dislocated Worker Grant (DWGs) to Delaware to help address the workforce-related impacts of the coronavirus public health emergency. This award is funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided $345 million for DWGs to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus.

August 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional National Dislocated Worker Grant Funding to Aid Ohio’s Recovery from Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved additional funding for a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in response to severe storms in southeastern Ohio. Funding of $2,942,845 will allow participants to continue disaster-relief recovery efforts in the communities affected by the February 2019 storms.

August 10, 2020

Murphy Oil USA Inc. Implements Enterprise-Wide Program to Comply With Federal Law Governing Rights of Nursing Mothers

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Murphy Oil USA Inc. has agreed to systemic changes company-wide to resolve a violation of the reasonable break time for nursing mothers’ requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at an oil and gas service station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

August 10, 2020

Federal Court Orders Commercial Laundry to Pay Additional $527,986 In Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Appeal

LANSDOWNE, PA – Following an appeal by the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ordered Central Laundry Inc., owner George Rengepes and business operator James Rengepes to pay $527,986 in back wages and liquidated damages in addition to the $478,539 awarded by the court in 2018.