October 13, 2021

US Department of Labor, Mexican Consulate in Boston enter alliance to promote workplace safety, health among New England’s workers

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston have signed an alliance to provide hazard prevention training and training on employees’ workplace safety and health rights to Mexican nationals and others working in New England. It will also educate them on how the Occupational Safety and Health Act and other U.S.

October 13, 2021

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. y Consulado de México en Boston firman alianza para promover seguridad y salud entre trabajadores de New England

BOSTON – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. y el Consulado General de México en Boston han firmado una alianza para proporcionar capacitación en prevención de riesgos y entrenamiento sobre derechos de seguridad y salud laboral para nacionales mexicanos y otras personas que trabajan en New England.

October 12, 2021

Secretary of Labor Walsh’s statement on Department of Homeland Security’s new policy on worksite enforcement

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today issued the following statement on the U.S.

October 12, 2021

US Department of Labor finds home care services provider failed to pay workers overtime; recovers $57K in back wages for 29 employees

DALLAS – Twenty-nine workers who offer home care services to elderly and terminally ill clients were shortchanged by their Dallas employer’s failure to pay them overtime wages as the law requires, a federal investigation recently discovered.

October 8, 2021

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on the September Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the September 2021 Employment Situation Report:

October 7, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Ohio paint manufacturer for workplace safety failures following explosion that killed one, injured 8 workers

COLUMBUS, OH – An explosion and fire that killed a press operator lead and hospitalized eight other employees of Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp. could have been prevented had the employer not altered a kettle reactor vessel improperly and then returned the vessel to service after it failed following the alterations, a federal workplace safety inspection has found.

October 7, 2021

US Department of Labor cites insurance agency for exposing workers to coronavirus at Denver location where employee died with COVID-19

DENVER – A federal workplace health investigation found that an auto insurance company ignored coronavirus safety requirements and allowed others displaying symptoms to work at the same Denver location where an employee died with COVID-19.

October 7, 2021

Federal investigators recover $198K in back wages for 93 employees of Clifton electrical contractor after US Department of Labor finds overtime violations

CLIFTON, NJ – Employers have a responsibility to compensate employees as required by law for travel from one job site to another. This was not the case for 93 workers underpaid by a northern New Jersey electrical contractor for work-related travel time, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found. 

October 7, 2021

Conway auto dealer pays more than $19K in penalties, back wages after federal investigation finds child labor, overtime violations

CONWAY, SC – A recent U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation serves as a useful reminder for companies that employ teenage students that putting work before school will receive more than a failing grade, it will likely come with violations and costly penalties.

October 7, 2021

US Department of Labor, Serco Inc. agree to resolve alleged compensation discrimination identified against female IT workers

HERNDON, VA – A federal contractor in Herndon that provides professional, technology and management services has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve allegations that the company paid female information technology professionals less than the company paid their male counterparts.

October 7, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 38,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 362,000 to 364,000. The 4-week moving average was 344,000, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 340,000 to 340,500.

October 6, 2021

US Department of Labor, Thomson Reuters Corp. agree to resolve alleged gender, race-based pay discrimination at New York headquarters

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Thomson Reuters Corp. to resolve alleged pay discrimination in the company’s U.S. headquarters office in New York.

October 6, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $300K in fines after inspection finds workers endangered at Missouri nutrition production plant

VERONA, MO – Two complaints of unsafe working conditions at a Verona nutrition production plant led federal safety and health inspectors to investigate allegations of worker exposure to multiple safety and health hazards, including toxic substances, combustible dust and moving machinery parts.

October 6, 2021

US Department of Labor, Aecom reach Conciliation Agreement to resolve alleged hiring discrimination by federal contractor in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Aecom Management Services have entered into an Early Resolution Conciliation Agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Virginia Beach location. 

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $27K in back wages, penalties after finding Kailua gas station violated overtime rules willfully

HONOLULU – A Kailua gas and service station’s reckless disregard for compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act has led to the recovery of $22,851 for five service technicians and cashiers denied overtime they earned when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek.

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $25K for Akron retirement plan after investigation finds company owner failed to forward contributions

AKRON, OH – After failing to timely forward $23,287 in employer contributions and employee payroll-deducted retirement contributions to his company’s individual retirement plan, an Akron business owner has been banned by a federal court from serving as a fiduciary in the future.

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Valmont Coatings for exposing workers to crushing, other safety hazards after investigation into employee’s death

CLAREMORE, OK – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of a 19-year-old worker at a Valmont Coatings’ facility in Claremore found the company failed to use proper rigging equipment and perform inspections and maintenance on cranes. The worker was attaching multiple small steel I-beams to a large lifting fixture when the entire assembly fell on him.

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $94K for 8 laborers after investigation finds Detroit area contractor failed to pay prevailing wages, fringe benefits

CHESTERFIELD, MI – A Chesterfield electrical subcontractor violated the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts by paying electricians, laborers and apprentices on a federal construction project less than the required prevailing wage rates and benefits.

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $136K in fines after worker at Tootsie Roll manufacturing plant suffers amputation injury

CHICAGO – A 48-year-old worker for Tootsie Roll Industries LLC suffered a partial finger amputation after their employer allowed bypassed safety locks on a machine’s access doors that enabled a bag sealer to close on an employee’s finger.

October 4, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $5M in funding opportunity to combat forced, child labor abuses in Mexico’s tomato, chile pepper sectors

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today an availability of up to $5 million in grant funding to support core standards to combat labor abuses by employers in Mexico’s tomato and chile pepper sectors’ supply chains. Mexico is the world’s largest exporter of tomatoes and chile peppers.