News Releases

April 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Expands Partnership with Florida SAFETY Alliance to Increase Awareness of Construction Hazards

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has expanded its alliance with the SAFETY Alliance, to raise awareness about hazards associated with the construction industry. This new agreement includes the organization's Jacksonville Chapter.

April 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Idaho Construction Contractor Paying $51,328 to 25 Employees to Resolve Overtime Violations

BOISE, ID – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Any Weather Exteriors LLC – a construction contractor based in Star, Idaho – will pay $51,328 in back wages and liquidated damages to 25 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 25, 2019

Sweet Potato Farm to Pay $105,000 in Back Wages and Penalties to Settle U.S. Department of Labor Lawsuit for H-2A Visa Program Violations

HESSMER, LA – To resolve a lawsuit filed with the Department of Labor's Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), Earl Roy Farm of Louisiana LLC – based in Hessmer, Louisiana – has signed consent findings and will pay $71,611 in back wages to 76 employees, and $33,388 in civil money penalties. The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigated the company and found it had violated the labor provisions of the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program.

Specifically, the WHD found that Earl Roy Farm of Louisiana LLC:

April 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Secures $3.3 Million Judgment Against Saipan Casino Developer For Systemic Wage Violations by Contractors

SAIPAN, CNMI – The U.S. Department of Labor has secured a $3,360,000 consent judgment against the developer of the Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel and Casino in Garapan, Saipan, for minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by contractors working on the construction project.

April 25, 2019

U.S. California Farm Labor Contractor Pays $143,078 in Back Wages To Resolve Wage Violations Found By U.S. Department of Labor

BRENTWOOD, CA – J. Carmen Mora – a Northern California farm labor contractor – has paid $143,078 in back wages to 199 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found multiple violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA). Additionally, WHD assessed the employer $23,048 in civil penalties.

April 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Fresno Plumbing Company Paying $113,315 to Resolve Overtime Wage Violations

FRESNO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), M&L Plumbing Co. Inc. – a plumbing company based in Fresno, California – will pay $113,351 in back wages due to 39 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA).

April 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Chemical Manufacturer for Exposing Workers To Fire and Burn Hazards at Georgia Worksite

DALTON, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Plaze Aeroscience – operating as Plaze GA – for exposing employees to fire and burn hazards at the company's facility in Dalton, Georgia. The specialty chemical manufacturer faces $107,164 in penalties.

April 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Preparatory College For Exposing Employees to Trenching Hazards

GAINESVILLE, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Riverside Military Academy Inc. – a military college preparatory academy in Gainesville, Georgia – for exposing employees to trenching hazards. The company faces $381,882 in penalties, including citations for the maximum penalties allowed by law.

April 25, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 230,000, an increase of 37,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 192,000 to 193,000. The 4-week moving average was 206,000, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 201,250 to 201,500.

April 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Departure Of Women’s Bureau Director Patricia G. Greene

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced Women's Bureau Director Patricia G. Greene will be returning to the private sector effective April 26, 2019.

"For a year and a half as Director of the Women's Bureau, Dr. Patti Greene has led the Women's Bureau mission to support America's working women, and ensure that they have access to good, family-sustaining jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "We are grateful for her service, and wish her success in her future endeavors."

April 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Associated General Contractors Renew Alliance to Promote Safety and Health in the Rio Grande Valley

DALLAS, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have renewed an alliance to help protect construction industry employees in the Rio Grande Valley.

April 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering Quality Inn and Suites to Pay Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties

LAFAYETTE, IN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana has issued a default judgment requiring the operators of the Quality Inn and Suites franchise in Lafayette, Indiana, to pay $16,660 in back wages and liquidated damages to 34 employees. The court judgment came after operators Gursahib S. Sekhon and Mehar Hotels Group of Indiana LLC failed to respond to the complaint or appear in U.S. District Court as ordered.

April 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Illinois Restaurants Paying $254,000 in Back Wages and Damages

CHICAGO, IL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has entered a consent judgment ordering the owners and operators of two Illinois restaurants to pay $254,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 28 current and former employees.

April 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Montana Highway Contractor After Hot Asphalt Burns Three Workers in Laurel

BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Nelcon Inc. - a highway contractor based in Kalispell, Montana - for exposing workers to burns and falls at a mobile asphalt-mixing plant in Laurel, Montana. The company faces $261,418 in penalties for 23 serious violations.

April 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Partners with Southeast’s Industry Leaders, Landscaping Employers to Sponsor Safety Stand-Down, April 29-30, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is partnering with the Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc., and industry employers to sponsor safety stand-down events at worksites in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi, April 29-30, 2019, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. EDT.

April 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Week to Apply for the HIRE Vets Medallion Award

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor reminds the nation’s job creators they have one week left to submit their application for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award. The application period for the inaugural award closes on April 30, 2019.

April 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding Opportunity For New Center For Employer-Focused Disability Policy and Technical Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $2 million in funds for the first year of a cooperative agreement for an employer-focused disability policy development and technical assistance center. The solicitation is a re-competition of an existing cooperative agreement. The deadline to apply is June 24, 2019.

April 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Partners with Alvin H. Butz Inc. to Promote Workplace Safety at Manufacturing Facility Expansion in Pennsylvania

ALLENTOWN, PA - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Alvin H. Butz Inc. have established a strategic partnership to promote workplace safety during an expansion project at B. Braun Medical Inc., a medical device manufacturer in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

April 22, 2019

Federal Court Orders Delaware Restaurant to Pay $264,560 to 20 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Willful Wage Violations

WILMINGTON, DE – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has ordered El Tapatio, Inc. - operator of El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware - to pay $128,051 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 20 employees for violating the minimum and overtime wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Mail Hauler Failed to Pay Employees Prevailing Wages and Fringe Benefits in Alabama and Mississippi

ATLANTA, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Postal Fleet Services Inc. – based in Saint Augustine, Florida – will pay $329,057 in back wages and benefits to 53 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).