News Releases

June 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Employers of the Dangers of Heat Illness

DALLAS, TX – As temperatures rise in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in hot weather.

OSHA's message is simple: Water. Rest. Shade. Employers should encourage workers to drink water every 15 minutes, and take frequent rest breaks in shaded areas. Employers should:

June 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Southern Methodist University to Provide Informational and Outreach Forum in Dallas, Texas, on June 27, 2019

DALLAS, TX - The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, will host an informational outreach forum on June 27, 2019, for employers, employees, and members of the public  interested in a wide range of services provided by the Department and other agencies.

June 26, 2019

Express Delivery Company to Pay $597,000 in Back Wages to 224 Drivers In Connecticut and New Jersey After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PHILADELPHIA, PA – LaserShip Inc. – a delivery company based in Vienna, Virginia – has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor requiring payment of $597,000 in back wages to 224 employees in Connecticut and New Jersey. 

Investigations conducted by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) exposed minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at LaserShip's facilities in Meriden, Connecticut, and East Brunswick, New Jersey.

June 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Las Vegas Medical Clinic Paying Employees $43,247 in Back Wages and Damages

LAS VEGAS, NV – Dr. Dhaval Shah – of Las Vegas, Nevada – will pay $43,247 in back wages and liquidated damages to 51 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Jacksonville Zoo After Rhinoceros Injures Zookeeper

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the Jacksonville Zoological Society Inc. for exposing employees to workplace safety hazards at the Jacksonville, Florida, zoo. The animal park faces $14,661 in proposed penalties.

June 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Distributor for Chemical and Other Hazards

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Woodgrain Millwork Co. – operating as Woodgrain Distribution Inc. – for exposing employees to chemical and struck-by hazards at the company's distribution facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The company faces $125,466 in penalties.

June 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Makes Major Announcements on Apprenticeship Expansion

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced major milestones in the continuing effort to expand apprenticeships in the United States.

This morning, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was made public that would establish a process for the U.S. Department of Labor to advance the development of high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). 

June 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations At North Carolina Dentistry Practice

RALEIGH, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Dr. Michael C. Kretchmer – a Raleigh, North Carolina-based surgical dentist – has paid $8,656 in back wages and liquidated damages to 13 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Increase Voluntary Compliance Partnership Program with International and National Labor Unions

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) will continue to invest in its Voluntary Compliance Partnership (VCP) program with 43 prominent international and national labor unions throughout the country to help strengthen the compliance performance of approximately 16,000 intermediate and local labor union affiliates.

June 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Florida Construction Contractors After Fatal Fall at Miami Work Site

MIAMI, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited GA&L Construction Corp. Inc. and The Rinaldi Group of Florida LLC for failing to protect employees from fall hazards at a construction worksite in Miami, Florida. The two companies face $87,327 in penalties. 

June 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Forms Alliance with National Utility Contractors Association of South Florida to Prevent Excavation Hazards

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a two-year alliance with the National Utility Contractors Association of South Florida (NUCA of South Florida) to reduce employee exposure to trenching and excavation hazards. OSHA signed the alliance to coincide with Trench Safety Stand-Down Week, June 17-21, 2019. Learn more about the stand-down.

June 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership to Promote Safety During Construction of Amazon Distribution Center in Wisconsin

OAK CREEK, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with Ryan Companies US Inc., the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, and Wisconsin Safety and Health Consultation Program to promote worker safety and health during the construction of a two million-square-foot Amazon Distribution Center in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

June 20, 2019

Natural Gas Pipeline Contractor to Pay $354,933 in Back Wages and Damages to Employees Nationwide Following Federal Wage Investigation

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Rockford Corp. – a natural gas pipeline construction company in Montrose, Pennsylvania – has entered into a consent judgment with the U.S. Department of Labor requiring payment of $177,466 in back wages, with an equal amount in liquidated damages, to 306 employees across the nation. The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania approved the consent judgment on June 6, 2019.

June 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Manufacturer for Exposing Employees to Respiratory, Chemical, and Other Hazards

CANTON, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Ohio Gratings Inc. – a manufacturer of aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon products based in Canton, Ohio – for exposing employees to respiratory, chemical, and other hazards. OSHA cited the company for 17 serious and five other-than-serious safety and health violations, and faces penalties of $183,748.

June 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding to Support Employee Policy Development for Youth with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $4 million for a four-year cooperative agreement for a youth-focused disability policy development center. The solicitation is a re-competition of an existing cooperative agreement. The deadline to apply is July 23, 2019.

June 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $82,398 in Back Wages

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Brawi Inc. – operating as La Unica Mexican Restaurant in Huntersville, North Carolina – has paid $82,398 in back wages and liquidated damages to 10 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 20, 2019

North Carolina Retailer Pays $26,357 in Wages for Federal Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

GREENSBORO, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Colmex Inc. - an Asheboro, North Carolina-based retailer of money orders and low-cost cell phones - has paid $26,357 in back wages to 18 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 20, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 222,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,750, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 217,750.

June 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Order and Judgment To Restore Assets to Participants in Jackson, Michigan, Retirement Plan

JACKSON, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent order and judgment requiring the fiduciaries of the DJI & Associates Inc. Simple Plan to restore $68,539 to the Jackson, Michigan-based employee benefit plan.