February 17, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $10K in back wages, damages for 23 workers of three Kentucky gas stations, convenience stores

KEVIL, KY – Twenty-three employees of three Kentucky gas stations and convenience stores are now being paid for all the wages they earned after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found their employer violated the law by willfully sidestepping required overtime wages owed.

February 17, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation recovers $1.3M in back wages, finds Texas potato farm denied nearly 500 farmworkers full wages, overtime

DALHART, TX – Each year, hundreds of agricultural workers enter the U.S. with an H-2A visa and make the long trip toward the Texas Panhandle’s far northwest corner. In the small town of Dalhart at Larsen Farms – a sprawling potato farm operated by one of the nation’s largest growers – they work under an open sky, some spending long days in the hot sun harvesting the crop and repairing farm equipment while others keep warehouses operating.

February 17, 2022

US Department of Labor urges healthcare facilities, providers to implement effective safety, health programs amid soaring injury rates

WASHINGTON, DC ‒ U.S. healthcare workers experienced a staggering 249 percent increase in injury and illness rates in 2020, based on employer-reported data, as they encountered serious safety and health hazards while serving those in need and labored countless hours battling the pandemic. In fact, healthcare and social assistance workers combined for more injuries and illnesses than any other industry in the nation.

February 17, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 248,000, an increase of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 223,000 to 225,000. The 4-week moving average was 243,250, a decrease of 10,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 253,250 to 253,750.

February 16, 2022

South Carolina home healthcare provider pays $120K in back wages, damages to 36 employees after US Department of Labor finds wage violations

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – The U.S. Department of Labor found a West Columbia home healthcare provider shortchanged 36 employees who provide companionship and personal care for seniors, people with cognitive disorders, mothers of newborns and others who need assistance, by denying them the overtime wages they earned.

February 16, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $4.5M grant to combat child labor in mica mining in Madagascar

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $4.5 million cooperative agreement with Pact Inc., an international nonprofit organization, to combat child labor in mica-producing communities in Madagascar.

February 16, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EEUU recupera $139,000 en salarios atrasados por horas extras y daños y perjuicios para 21 empleados después que tribunal federal ordenara al empleador que cumpla con sus obligaciones

HOUSTON – Tras una orden de un tribunal federal, el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ha recuperado $139,068 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios adeudados a 21 trabajadores cuyo empleador de Houston clasificó erróneamente como contratistas independientes y no pagó las horas extras.

February 16, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $139K in overtime back wages, damages for 21 employees after federal court orders employer to comply

HOUSTON – Following a federal court order, the U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $139,068 in back wages and liquidated damages owed for 21 workers whose Houston employer misclassified them as independent contractors and failed to pay overtime wages.

February 16, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $137,838 in wages, damages For 71 home health care workers denied overtime

Employer name:        Lubbock Essential Home Health Care Inc., operating as Essential Home Health

Investigation site:      Lubbock, Texas

February 16, 2022

US Department of Labor offers online compliance webinar for federal contractors, stakeholders, workers amid Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments

WASHINGTON – The historic investment in our nation’s aging infrastructure made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – signed by President Biden on Nov. 15, 2021 – will have a significant impact on those involved in federal construction contracts. 

February 15, 2022

Federal investigators find Texas residential builder owed $163K in overtime to employees

FRISCO, TX – A Frisco residential builder received a hefty bill for unpaid overtime wages following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.  

February 15, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $79K in wages for 39 healthcare workers serving individuals with disabilities in Louisiana

Employer name:                    Touch of Grace Services LLC

                                                 Touch of Grace ADHC/LTC LLC

Investigation site:                  Natchitoches, Louisiana

February 15, 2022

US Department of Labor certifies Molson Coors’ beverage container manufacturing facility as Voluntary Protections Program ‘Star’ site

Participant:   Molson Coors

Address:         Rocky Mountain Metal Container End Plant

                        Golden, Colorado

February 15, 2022

US Department of Labor announces proposed rule to update powered industrial trucks standard for general industry, construction

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor announced today a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve worker safety and health by ensuring the agency’s general industry and construction industry rules reflect current industry practice and state-of-the-art technology.

February 14, 2022

Dos empleadores agrícolas de Turlock, California, pagaron de menos a los trabajadores, los transportaron y alojaron de manera insegura

TURLOCK, CA – Con demasiada frecuencia, investigadores federales descubren que trabajadores del extranjero traídos a EE.UU. no reciben los derechos y protecciones que les corresponden por ley. Empleadores no les pagan como requiere la ley, los transportan en vehículos inseguros y los alojan en viviendas hacinadas y en condiciones peligrosas.

February 14, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks public comment on changes to program for employment of seniors in community service

WASHINGTON – In response to the March 25, 2020, reauthorization of the Older Americans Act through the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor today published two notices to revise its Senior Community Service Employment Program regulations to conform to the changes

February 14, 2022

US Department of Labor sues Florida security contractor who terminated worker who raised coronavirus, firearm storage safety concerns

PORT ARTHUR, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against a Florida security contractor that terminated a worker after they raised concerns in a work group chat on a secure messaging app about safe firearm storage and coronavirus-related workplace hazards, including a lack of physical distancing and other potential exposure risks.

February 14, 2022

Two Turlock, California agricultural employers shortchanged workers; transported, housed them unsafely, federal investigation finds

TURLOCK, CA – Too often, federal investigators find foreign-born workers brought to the U.S. fail to receive the rights and protections they are legally due. Employers don’t pay them as the law requires, and transport them in unsafe vehicles and house them in overcrowded – and sometimes hazardous – conditions. Employers who exploit these workers gain an unfair advantage over industry competitors and lower standards for domestic workers.

February 14, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $2.9M to assist clean-up, recovery after northern California’s 2021 wildfires

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an initial award of $2,968,350 to support disaster-relief employment for individuals to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts, and to provide employment and training services in northern California after devastating wildfires between July and October 2021, which burned extensively throughout the national forests there.

February 14, 2022

US Department of Labor cites employer – involved in 2021 double fatality in downtown Boston – for new trench violations at East Boston worksite

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the employer involved in a February 2021 double fatality at a downtown Boston worksite and his successor company again for failing to provide employees with essential and required safeguards, this time at an East Boston residential construction site.