March 4, 2022

Federal investigation recovers $122K in back wages, damages for 22 workers denied overtime by Florida equipment rental company

ORLANDO, FL – Employers cannot avoid paying overtime by simply putting employees on a salary, a costly lesson learned by a Florida equipment rental company after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

March 4, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $3.2M in Susan Harwood grants for workplace safety, health training on infectious diseases, including COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced the availability of $3.2 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for Susan Harwood Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, Including COVID-19 grants.

March 3, 2022

Court orders owner of defunct Detroit company to pay nearly $274K in back wages, interest to 326 drivers after US Department of Labor investigation

DETROIT – Timothy Schultz, sole owner of a now defunct Detroit-area transport company, will pay $273,820 – representing $252,416 in overtime back wages and $21,404 in interest  –  to 326 former drivers to resolve a U.S.

March 3, 2022

US Department of Labor finds pipelayer exposed to potential trench collapse on residential construction site in Batavia, Ohio

BATAVIA, OH ‒ An employer installing sanitation sewer pipes in a 15-foot-deep trench in Batavia exposed its employees to the hazard of collapsing walls by not installing trench safety boxes.

March 3, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 232,000 to 233,000. The 4-week moving average was 230,500, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 236,250 to 236,500.

March 2, 2022

US Department of Labor, Brasfield & Gorrie Construction to promote workplace safety, health at Alabama construction site

MCCALLA, ALThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has signed a strategic partnership with Brasfield & Gorrie Construction to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the University of Alabama’s Medical West project in McCalla. The University of Alabama SafeState is also supporting the partnership.

March 2, 2022

US Labor Department orders Calabasas private aviation provider to pay $958K to former worker who suffered retaliation for reporting safety concerns

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a California business aviation provider to pay $958,000 in back wages and associated costs, and correct misinformation about a former employee who the employer retaliated against after they reported flight safety issues.

March 2, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $45M grant funding availability to help close equity gaps, expand access to training needed for good-paying jobs

WASHINGTON – The pandemic worsened disparities in economic outcomes across racial, ethnic and gender lines. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor is announcing a $45 million funding availability to help people in marginalized and underrepresented populations overcome barriers to access career and technical education programs that can help connect them with good-paying jobs.

March 1, 2022

Secretary Walsh, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai issue statements on Tridonex workers’ union selection vote in Matamoros, Mexico

WASHINGTON Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai released statements today following yesterday’s vote at the Tridonex auto parts facility in Matamoros, Mexico, when workers voted to choose which union will have the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement on their behalf. 

March 1, 2022

US Department of Labor announces initial award of more than $20M in grants to promote equitable access to unemployment insurance systems

WASHINGTON – Throughout the pandemic, disparities in access to benefits affected women, communities of color and other marginalized workers at a higher rate and often delayed delivery of much needed financial support and services. These disparities in access to unemployment insurance exposed serious real-world shortcomings in the outdated systems used to deliver state and territories unemployment insurance benefits.

March 1, 2022

Readout: Nation’s largest trucking industry association accepts ‘90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge’

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced a partnership with the American Trucking Associations – the largest national trade association for the trucking industry – to join the Biden-Harris administration’s 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge and launch Registered Apprenticeships as a route toward getting more well-trained dr

March 1, 2022

Federal inspection finds West Virginia brick manufacturer exposed workers to respirable crystalline silica hazards at Martinsburg plant

MARTINSBURG, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Continental Brick Co. after an investigation found the employer exposed workers to respirable crystalline silica at the company’s brick manufacturing facility in Martinsburg.

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $169K in back wages, damages for 118 shortchanged restaurant workers in Oregon after investigation

PORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor enforces laws that protect workers’ rights. It also holds unscrupulous employers who shortchange their workers accountable, as it has done on behalf of 118 workers at three Oregon restaurants after an investigation revealed wage theft and other violations.

February 28, 2022

Traffic control company pays $224K in back wages, damages after investigation finds pay practice violations in Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania

Employer name:                   Area Wide Protection Inc., doing business as Roadtek Traffic Solutions LLC                                                                                                               5874 N. Lee Highway, Suite 100                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fairfield, VA 24435

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor alleges fiduciaries for a Chicago-area employee benefit plan misappropriated more than $2.8M of plan assets

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor has asked a federal court in Illinois to hold fiduciaries of the United Employee Benefit Fund, along with its counsel, liable for more than $2.8 million in losses after an investigation found they allowed the misappropriation of the fund’s assets. A Chicago-based multiple employer welfare arrangement, UEBF provides life insurance benefits to about 63 nationwide employer-sponsored benefit plans.

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor to educate healthcare industry on wage laws to ensure essential workers receive earned wages, worker protections

CHICAGO Careworkers put in long hours tending to the vital needs of people in their homes and at health care facilities, yet they are among the nation’s lowest paid workers. Their jobs are made even more difficult when employers fail to pay them all their rightfully earned wages.

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers wages for Albuquerque supermarket workers repeatedly denied overtime

Employer name:                                Heavenly Victory LLC, doing business as Naranjero Super 1

Investigation site:                              Albuquerque, New Mexico

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor announces mine safety campaign to reinforce operators’ obligation to train miners on the job properly

WASHINGTON – Over the past year, dozens of miners have been injured or killed in mining incidents, many of which could have been prevented with proper training and attention to tasks. This unacceptable trend has prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to initiate a new safety campaign to reach miners and educate mine operators on their responsibility to ensure a safe workplace and prevent deadly accidents.

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Long Island contractor for 9 willful safety violations following employee’s fatal fall

NEW YORK – A federal investigation into a fatal workplace injury on Aug. 19, 2021, at a Town of Oyster Bay municipal building has found a Setauket roofing contractor failed to provide necessary safeguards to protect employees against falls.