News Releases

Friday, December 15, 2017
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The owner of six southern New Jersey gas stations has paid $1,471,024 in back wages and damages to 24 gas station attendants to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Manjit Guleria – the owner of five Citgo stations and one Lukoil station – regularly required employees to work seven days a week, 10 or more hours each day. Despite these long hours, Guleria paid his employees flat salaries that typically resulted in hourly w
Thursday, December 14, 2017
PITTSBURGH, PA – A federal contractor that serves as the prime contractor for repair and renovation projects at federal buildings in West Virginia and Kentucky, has paid $213,282 in back wages to seven employees to resolve violations of federal law found by the U.S. Department of Labor. An investigation conducted by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division found B&F Contracting Inc. violated the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) by paying employees less than the prevailing wages required by law, and failing to provide required fringe benefits. Invest
Thursday, December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the release of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions: “Today, President Trump made clear the progress his Administration is making in bringing common sense to regulations that hold back job creation and prosperity.  The President’s regulatory reform agenda is contributing to renewed economic optimism that has resulted in 1.7 million jobs since January and reduced unemployment to a 17-year low. The Department of Labor will continue to pr
Thursday, December 14, 2017
In the week ending December 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 225,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 236,000. The 4-week moving average was 234,750, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 241,500.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s remarks on tax reform: “Getting tax reform legislation through Congress will help continue the strong job growth we have seen under President Trump’s leadership. We are moving in the right direction, with 1.7 million jobs created since January and unemployment continuing at a 17-year low, however there is more work to do. Right now, 6.6 million Americans are looking for work and we want to see stronger wage growth for hard-working Amer
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and New Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General have signed a collaboration agreement to combat human trafficking in New Mexico. The anti-human trafficking agreement is the first of its kind in the Department. The agreement establishes an ongoing collaboration that will provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access outreach and educational materials for employers, employees, and other stakeholders. The agreement will allow the Department and the Attorney Gene
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, AL – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, has sentenced a former fund manager in Birmingham to make restitution in the amount of $45,896 and serve five years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. In addition, she has been barred from acting as a fiduciary for five years. The action follows a U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration investigat
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – As retailers and other businesses temporarily increase staffing levels to accommodate heightened seasonal consumer demand, the U.S. Department of Labor reminds employers of the necessity of complying with federal labor laws related to safety, pay, and benefits. To report emergencies, unsafe working conditions, safety and health violations, to file a complaint, or to ask safety and health questions, call the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration at 800-321-6742 (OSHA) or visit
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
SAVANNAH, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dustcom Limited Inc. for failing to protect its employees from trench collapse hazards. The Garden City construction company faces proposed penalties of $130,552. OSHA inspectors observed employees installing water lines in an unprotected trench. Following an investigation, OSHA cited the company for exposing employees to cave-in hazards; failing to appoint a competent person to ensure the use of
Monday, December 11, 2017
JASPER, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Carl Cannon Inc., an automobile dealership, for serious safety violations after three employees died and two were injured at its Jasper facility. OSHA initiated an investigation in response to a flash fire. Inspectors determined that the employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor when the fire occurred. As a result, three employees were fatally injured, and a fourth was critically burned. A fifth employee was treated for sm
Friday, December 08, 2017
BOWMAN, ND – The U.S. Department of Labor has debarred Lambourn Farm, a North Dakota grain and cattle farming operation, from participation in the H-2A temporary visa program after the farm violated program provisions and failed to cooperate with Department investigators. The H-2a program allows employers to bring non-immigrant, foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor. Despite Lambourn’s failure to cooperate, the Department’s Wage and Hour Division was able to deter
Friday, December 08, 2017
SYRACUSE, NY – A jury and judge ordered Albany-based asbestos abatement and demolition company Champagne Demolition, LLC and its owner, Joseph A. Champagne, to pay $173,793.84 to a former employee who was fired in June 2010 after reporting improper asbestos removal practices at a school worksite in Gloversville, New York. The judgment supports a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit that found Champagne Demolition, LLC violated the employee’s whistleblower rights. The compa
Friday, December 08, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the November 2017 Employment Situation report: “November’s jobs report shows steady growth fueled by optimism about the pro-growth, pro-jobs policies being advanced by President Trump’s Administration. Last month, the American economy added 228,000 jobs. Since January, the economy has added 1.7 million jobs. “The unemployment rate remains at a 17-year low of 4.1%. The unemployment rate in manufacturing dropped to 2.6%, the lowest ever recorded. The unemp
Thursday, December 07, 2017
In the week ending December 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 236,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 238,000. The 4-week moving average was 241,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 242,250.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
CHICAGO, IL – Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery, a restaurant in Chicago’s South Loop, and one of its named owners, Stephanie Fitzpatrick, have paid 58 employees a total of $339,418 in unpaid wages and damages in a consent judgment following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation. Division investigators found the restaurant and Fitzpatrick failed to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime, and recording-keeping provisions. The judgment calls for payment of $169,709 in back wages and an equal amoun
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on National Miners Day: “On National Miners Day, we recognize and celebrate miners for all they do to maximize our natural resources and make our modern life possible. Mining is a source of good, family-sustaining jobs. At the Department of Labor, we are committed to ensuring miners have safe and healthy working conditions so they can return home safely to their loved ones at the end of each shift. Today, and every day, I thank our miners for their hard work and dedication
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced its annual Winter Alert campaign, reminding miners and mine operators of the increased hazards that colder weather creates at both surface and underground coal mines. The Winter Alert campaign, which runs each year through March, emphasizes increased vigilance and adherence to safety principles during the winter months, when cold temperatures increase hazards for miners.  Throughout the Winter Alert campaign, MSHA personnel regularly visit mines aro
Monday, December 04, 2017
PRINCETON, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Benco Builders of the Virginias Inc. for multiple safety hazards, including lack of fall protection, after an employee suffered serious injuries from a 19-foot fall off a roof. The Princeton-based contractor faces proposed penalties totaling $86,916. OSHA inspected a work site where Benco was the general contractor responsible for demolishing an existing structure and constructing two steel/metal buildings. OSHA issued a willful citation for failu
Monday, December 04, 2017
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – A gas station group and two check-cashing businesses have paid $88,712 in back wages to 39 employees after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations found violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The companies involved in the Department’s Wage and Hour Division investigations are Shifa Food & Gas LLC, which does business as Big EZ Chevron/Rainforest Chevron, and M&M Check Cashing LLC. Investigators found that Shifa Foods and M&M Check Ca
Monday, December 04, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Under the proposed rule, workplaces would have the freedom to allow sharing of tips among more employees.  The proposal would help decrease wage disparities between tipped and non-tipped workers – an option that is currently restricted by a rule promulgated in 2011 that has been challenged in a number of courts. The Department’s proposal only applies where employers pay a full

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