July 19, 2024

US Department of Labor launches online filing system for termination administrators to submit information on abandoned employee benefits plans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor today announced its Employee Benefits Security Administration has launched an online system to help qualified termination administrators more efficiently submit information required by the department’s Abandoned Plan Program.

July 19, 2024

Department of Labor cites Winter Haven contractor for willfully exposing workers again to potentially deadly falls

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – For the second time in five years, the U.S. Department of Labor has found a Winter Haven contractor allowed employees to do roof work without adequate protection exposing workers to falls, one of the construction industry’s deadliest hazards.            

July 19, 2024

Department of Labor announces completion of 12-month safety, health screening of nation’s mines for Pattern of Violations to protect miners

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration has released results of a Pattern of Violations screening that identifies chronic violators and mine operators that show a disregard for miners’ health and safety. 

July 18, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $64K from Dallas piercing salon  for 3 workers whose tips employer withheld illegally 

Employer name:             LaLobe Inc.

Investigation site:           11661 Preston Road, Suite 140

                                                   Dallas, TX 75230

July 18, 2024

US Department of Labor finds global ink, coatings maker failed to properly protect employee from flash fire incident in Lisbon

LISBON, WI ‒ The operators of a global ink and coatings manufacturing company could have prevented an employee at its Lisbon facility from suffering burn injuries from a flash fire that erupted in an industrial mixing vessel containing flammable liquids and vapors by following federal regulations for handling of highly hazardous chemicals, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.

July 18, 2024

US Department of Labor announces availability of $65 million in grants to help community colleges improve access to affordable, high-quality training

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $65 million in funding to support programs that help community colleges scale affordable, high-quality workforce training that meets employers’ and workers’ skill development needs in critical industry sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, semiconductors and biotechnology.

July 18, 2024

US Department of Labor announces $99M in available funding to deliver education, occupational skills training, job services to young people

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $99 million in funding to support the delivery of pre-apprenticeships in high-demand industries including construction, clean energy, healthcare, infrastructure, information technology and hospitality.

July 18, 2024

Federal investigators find Franksville waste management company’s inadequate safety measures led worker to suffer severe injuries

FRANKSVILLE, WI ‒ Had John’s Disposal Service Inc. and John’s Recycling Inc. in Franksville followed federal safety standards, a temporary maintenance worker might not have suffered severe injuries when their jacket sleeve was pulled into an engine as they serviced a vehicle in January 2024. 

July 18, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $288K in back wages, damages from property management group that willfully denied 92 employees overtime

ATLANTIC BEACH, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $288,979 in back wages and liquidated damages for 92 employees after its investigation found an Atlantic Beach property management group’s improper pay practices denied them overtime wages they earned.

July 18, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 243,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 222,000 to 223,000. The 4-week moving average was 234,750, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 233,500 to 233,750.

July 17, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $74K in back wages, damages for 19 construction workers denied overtime pay in Southwest Louisiana

Employer name:               PAR Construction LLC

Investigation site:            1424 Ryan St.

                                                   Lake Charles, LA 70621

July 16, 2024

Court orders Detroit-metro Leo’s Coney Island franchisee to maintain records of wages paid, hours worked, after Department of Labor investigation

DETROIT, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent preliminary injunction against the Michigan operator of Leo’s Coney Island franchise locations in Clarkston, Dearborn, Livonia and Sterling Heights with a history of defying overtime regulations and shortchanging employees’ wages.

July 16, 2024

Milwaukee-area group home operator agrees to pay $27K in back wages, damages to caregivers after investigation finds wage violations

Employers:    Community Living of Brookfield LLC, Brookfield, Wisconsin

                             Matthew Sebuliba, owner and operator

 Action:           Consent judgment and order

July 16, 2024

Departamento de Trabajo busca a 72 trabajadores de costura para entregarles salarios, compensación tras recuperar $1,1M en investigación en Los Ángeles

LOS ANGELES – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ha recuperado más de $1,1 millones en salarios no pagados ​​y compensación por daños de operadores de un contratista textil de Los Ángeles que negó deliberadamente el pago de horas extras a sus empleados. Ahora, el departamento quiere distribuir estos salarios a todas las personas que los ganaron.

July 16, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $170K in back wages for 60 workers denied overtime pay by Virginia transportation company

Employer name:                    

KDK Transport Co.

Investigation site:                  

203 Front St. W., Coeburn, Virginia

July 16, 2024

Department of Labor obtains landmark federal court injunction protecting employees who report workplace injuries from employer retaliation

SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgement from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Tacoma that includes a landmark injunction that permanently prevents the U.S. Postal Service from retaliating against employees at up to 59 locations in the State of Washington. 

July 16, 2024

Department of Labor seeking 72 garment workers still owed back wages, damages after $1.1M recovery in Los Angeles wage theft investigation

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $1.1 million in back wages and damages from operators of a Los Angeles garment contractor that denied overtime wages to its employees deliberately. Now, the department wants to distribute these wages to all of the people who earned them.

July 16, 2024

US Department of Labor seeks nominations for 2025 ERISA Advisory Council

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced its Employee Benefits Security Administration is soliciting nominations to fill five, three-year vacancies on the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, known as the ERISA Advisory Council. The deadline to submit nominations is Aug. 26, 2024.

July 15, 2024

US Department of Labor, Office of the Trade Representative announce successful course of remediation at RV Fresh facility in Michoacan

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the successful resolution of a course of remediation addressing alleged labor rights violations at the RV Fresh processing facility in Michoacan, Mexico, under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Rapid Response Labor Mechanism. The Secretary of Labor and U.S. Trade Representative co-chair the Interagency Labor Committee.

July 15, 2024

Department of Labor finds one of the largest makers of reclaimed rubber flooring exposed Austin-area employees to willful, serious safety violations

AUSTIN, TX – While one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of commercial flooring and surfaces — including recycled rubber products used throughout the nation in playgrounds, fitness centers and sports fields — touts its products’ safety and environmental benefits, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found the company less committed to protecting its own employees.