News Releases

Thursday, August 25, 2016

In the week ending August 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 261,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 262,000. The 4-week moving average was 264,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 265,250.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Employer name: D.R. Horton Inc.
Garcia Carpentry LLC

Inspection site: The Meadows at Heath Brook, 4904 SW 58th Place, Ocala, Florida 34474

Citations issued: OSHA issued citations to the employers on Aug. 15, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – One third of all workers do not have access to retirement savings plans through their employer. That’s why in every budget since taking office, President Obama has proposed federal legislation to automatically enroll workers in an Individual Retirement Account if they don’t have access to a workplace savings arrangement. In the absence of congressional action, several states have made strides in creating savings opportunities for residents.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has proposed a new rule to provide clarity regarding maximum and minimum compensation rates for claims payable under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

FOLEY, Minn. – Imagine paying for the right to pick vegetables, and then traveling more than 2,000 miles  – from the Dominican Republic to a Minnesota farm where your employer demanded you kick back a portion of your wages and the entire cost of the airfare you paid – all in violation of federal law.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – One of the nation’s largest commercial transportation companies will finally pay driver dispatchers and trailer yard spotters for the long hours they worked, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Date of Action: Aug. 11, 2016

Type of Action: Complaint

Name of Defendants: Direct HR Services Inc.
Commerce Benefits Group Agency Inc.
HealthSmart Benefit Solutions Inc.
Suzanne Burrow
Jason Syrek

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ST. LOUIS – Their drivers may have delivered the mail through snow, rain, heat and the gloom of night, but 16 mail haulers contracted by the U.S. Postal Service failed to pay full wages and benefits to more than 250 of their drivers in violation of federal law, an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division has found.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – To ensure that federal contractors better comply with laws that protect their workers’ safety, wages and civil rights, the U.S.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s Long Island District Office has resulted in the recovery of more than $178,000 in back wages and damages for 95 nail salon workers underpaid between 2012 and 2015 at six Nassau and Suffolk County nail salons. In addition, the salons will pay $24,640 in civil monetary penalties as part of their settlement.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana residents – emergency workers, employers and the public – recovering from the impact of the recent floods should be aware of the hazards they may encounter and take necessary steps to stay safe, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

State: Texas

Type of award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Amount approved/awarded: $559,005

Funding awarded to: Texas Workforce Commission

Number of workers served: Approximately 85

Use of funds: The U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant award for $559,005 to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide reemployment services to dislocated workers impacted by April 2016 layoffs in the coal industry.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Employers: Astoria Quality Senior Living, a residential care facility doing business as Astoria II

Location: 8041 Blackburn Ave., Los Angeles, California

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

State: California

Type of award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Total amount approved: $11,000,000

Incremental amount released: $2,000,000

Funding awarded to: California Employment Development Department

Number of workers served: Approximately 500

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Employer: Dinh Construction Corporation

Location: 2313 Hall Ave., Riverside, California

Monday, August 22, 2016

DENVER – Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help stop the misclassification of workers in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

The first MOU of its kind represents a new effort on the part of the agencies to work together to protect employee rights and level the playing field for responsible employers by reducing the practice of misclassification.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Employer: Unique Custom Exteriors

Site: 9326 South Hawley Park Road #A, West Jordan, Utah 84088

Monday, August 22, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting survey of building and heavy construction projects in seven New Mexico counties to help establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

Monday, August 22, 2016

COLUMBUS, Neb. – While some in charge at Daniels Produce LLC kept workers away from U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators, others gathered the farm laborers and instructed them to tell federal authorities the company never paid them less than legally required wages. If the workers did not lie during their interviews, their employer threatened to send them home to Mexico and Guatemala and not invite them back to work in future growing seasons.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

In the week ending August 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 262,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 266,000. The 4-week moving average was 265,250, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 262,750.