August 10, 2020

Murphy Oil USA Inc. Implements Enterprise-Wide Program to Comply With Federal Law Governing Rights of Nursing Mothers

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Murphy Oil USA Inc. has agreed to systemic changes company-wide to resolve a violation of the reasonable break time for nursing mothers’ requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at an oil and gas service station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

August 10, 2020

Federal Court Orders Commercial Laundry to Pay Additional $527,986 In Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Appeal

LANSDOWNE, PA – Following an appeal by the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ordered Central Laundry Inc., owner George Rengepes and business operator James Rengepes to pay $527,986 in back wages and liquidated damages in addition to the $478,539 awarded by the court in 2018.

August 9, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

August 8, 2020

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia on Presidential Memorandum Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement regarding the signed Presidential Memorandum Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019:

August 7, 2020

Federal Court Sentences Former Union Business Manager After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation of Embezzlement

ATLANTA, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), the U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, has sentenced Tony Westly – a former business manager and financial secretary-treasurer for Plasterers and Cement Masons AFL-CIO, Local 148 – to 6 months in prison and 3 years of probation which includes 6 months of home confinement, for embezzlement.

August 7, 2020

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia on the July Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the July 2020 Employment Situation Report:

August 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Bank of America Sign Agreement Implementing Companywide Program to Enhance Working Environment For Nursing Mothers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced the signing of an agreement with Bank of America N.A. that implements systemic changes enhancing the employer’s working environment by taking defined steps to accommodate the reasonable break time for nursing mothers’ requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This agreement affords working mothers the support they need in the workplace when balancing professional and personal responsibilities.

August 6, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,186,000, a decrease of 249,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 1,434,000 to 1,435,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,337,750, a decrease of 31,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 1,368,500 to 1,368,750.

August 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar for Employers, Employees On Pandemic’s Impacts on Immigrant Employment Regulations

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in New Orleans, Louisiana, will host a webinar on Aug. 13, 2020, to help employers and employees understand provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and other requirements during the current coronavirus pandemic.

August 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar on Paid Sick Leave, Workplace Safety and Other Employer, Employee Concerns Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in New Orleans, Louisiana, will host a webinar on Aug.

August 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Partners with Minnesota Department of Labor And Public Health in Webinars Addressing Breast Feeding Accommodations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the Minnesota Department of Health are presenting a series of webinars on workplace provisions for supporting breastfeeding families during National Breastfeeding Month in August.

August 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar in Korean for Employers, Employees About Paid Sick Leave, Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WEST COVINA, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a Korean-language webinar on Aug. 5, 2020, to help employers and employees in Southern California’s Korean communities understand the benefits and protections provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

August 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Online Prevailing Wage Seminars In September for Employers, Workers and Other Stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced today that it is offering online seminars in September to provide compliance assistance on the legal requirements to pay prevailing wages on federal and federally funded contracts for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other stakeholders. The events are part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness among and improve compliance by employers with federal and federally funded contracts.

August 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts Virtual Event to Encourage Recruiting, Retaining Veterans for Contractors and Community-Based Organizations

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will host an online town hall symposium on Aug. 4, 2020, for veterans and their spouses; federal contractors; state, local and federal agencies; and community-based organizations to highlight a locality-based model for recruiting and retaining veterans in Georgia.

August 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Judgment Ordering Arizona Company to Pay $3,000,000 in Back Wages and Damages

PHOENIX, AZ – The U.S. Department of Labor secured a $3,000,000 consent judgment against Stratis Construction Inc. – a residential drywall company based in Phoenix, Arizona – for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Designation of Chairman And Appointment to the Administrative Review Board

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the designation of a new chair and an appointment to the Department’s Administrative Review Board (ARB).

Judge James D. McGinley, who currently serves on the ARB, has been named its new chair, and Randel Keith Johnson has been appointed as a member of the Board for a two-year term.

August 2, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers And Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

July 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Over $102 Million in Grants Through Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the award of nearly $102.5 million in grants to 47 states and Puerto Rico through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program. This annual formula grant provides funding to states for Training and Other Activities, including training services, job search and relocation allowances, and employment and case management services to serve eligible workers affected by foreign trade.

July 31, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Highlights Economic Reopening In Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where he visited The GIANT Company’s GIANT Direct eCommerce facility and store to meet with employees. The Secretary also joined a roundtable with local business and community leaders to discuss the safe reopening of the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary Scalia highlighted how fair and reciprocal trade through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will bolster the economic recovery.

July 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Enter Into a Memorandum of Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, acting through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Under this MOA, the Departments will provide access and share information about immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data contained within the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s labor certification and labor condition application databases.