November 30, 2021

US Department of Labor extends comment period for COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard to Jan. 19, 2022. OSHA extended the comment period by 45 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment.

November 30, 2021

Fayetteville motorcycle company’s pay practices violated federal law, US Department of Labor recovers $96K in back wages, damages

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Sixty-one workers of a Fayetteville motorcycle repair and sales company received wages owed to them after the U.S. Department of Labor found their employer’s pay practices denied them overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

November 30, 2021

US Department of Labor cites St. Croix refinery for failing to protect workers from hazardous chemicals following flaring incidents

GUAYNABO, PR – Oil and vapor releases into the air and fiery flares at a St. Croix refinery in February and May led to an investigation that found the operator failed to meet federal workplace chemical safety standards and endangered workers.

November 29, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Florida logistics solutions provider shortchanged wages of 31 yard hostlers at Texas distribution center

LANCASTER, TX – With a sharpening focus on the impact of “supply chains” on the timely delivery of goods, many Americans now understand that their ability to obtain goods and services depends on the hard work of logistics industry workers.

November 29, 2021

US Department of Labor cites two Rhode Island contractors for exposing workers to cave-in hazards at Warwick sewer line excavation

PROVIDENCE, RI – The sidewalls of an unprotected trench can collapse without warning and with great force – crushing and sometimes suffocating workers beneath tons of soil and debris – before they can react or escape. A federal inspection at a Warwick excavation found two area contractors ignoring the risks and placing their workers in serious danger.     

November 24, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 199,000, a decrease of 71,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 15, 1969 when it was 197,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 268,000 to 270,000. The 4-week moving average was 252,250, a decrease of 21,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 272,750 to 273,250.

November 24, 2021

Court orders convenience store, pizzeria operator to pay $120K in back wages, damages, penalties after US Department of Labor investigation

NEW YORK – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York has entered a consent judgment ordering a Syracuse gas station and convenience store and a Jamesville pizzeria and convenience store and their owner to pay $56,364 in back wages and an equal amount of $56,364 in liquidated damages to 12 employees denied overtime wages.

November 23, 2021

US Department of Labor recovered more than $2.4B to employee benefit plans, participants, beneficiaries in fiscal year 2021

WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that enforcements by its Employee Benefits Security Administration recovered more than $2.4 billion in direct payments to plans, participants and beneficiaries in fiscal year 2021.

November 23, 2021

US Department of Labor finds North Georgia contractor bypassed safety requirements in investigation of 24-year-old worker’s death in Dawsonville

DAWSONVILLE, GA – If federal workplace safety requirements had been followed, a North Georgia site grading and pipeline contractor could have prevented the death of a 24-year-old worker who was killed in May after a fork attachment used on a front-end loader dislodged and struck the worker.

November 23, 2021

US Department of Labor announces funding opportunity for $90M in grants to support academic, skills training, pre-apprenticeship services

WASHINGTON Historically, high school students in the nation’s poorest neighborhoods have faced disproportionate barriers to obtaining an education equal to that available to students in the wealthiest neighborhoods. In the past year, closures and virtual learning forced by the pandemic are deepening this inequality and are likely to hurt disadvantaged students’ future earning potential, a recent Yale University study

November 22, 2021

US Department of Labor reminds employers to avoid compliance issues by ensuring worker safety, proper pay practices this holiday season

WASHINGTON – With the National Retail Federation expecting retailers to hire more than 500,000 seasonal workers and employers hopeful for a busy holiday season, the U.S. Department of Labor reminds them not to overlook their worker’s rights to a safe and healthy workplace and to be paid all of their legally earned wages.

November 22, 2021

ICYMI: Secretary Walsh stands with workers in Alabama to announce final rule to raise minimum wage to $15 for federal contract workers

BIRMINGHAM, AL – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh stood with workers and local officials in Birmingham, Alabama, today to announce the department’s final rule that implements Executive Order 14026 to increase the hourly minimum wage for employees on federal contracts to $15 per hour beginning Jan. 30, 2022. President Biden signed the order on April 27, 2021.

November 22, 2021

Statement by Secretary Walsh on Federal Reserve Nominations

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on President Biden’s nomination of Jerome Powell as Chair and Lael Brainard as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve:

“These nominations are good news for America’s workers. The President’s economic plan has produced a historic recovery that has restored 5.6 million jobs, increased worker power and raised wages for workers at the lower end of the income distribution.

November 22, 2021

US Department of Labor announces final rule to increase minimum wage for workers on federal contracts beginning Jan. 30, 2022

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that implements Executive Order 14026 to increase the hourly minimum wage for employees on federal contracts beginning Jan. 30, 2022. President Biden signed the order on April 27, 2021.

November 19, 2021

US Department of Labor, Iowa Workforce Development sign 5-year agreement to better protect Iowa workers’ rights, wages

DES MOINES The U.S. Department of Labor and the State of Iowa have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding to provide opportunities for the department’s Wage and Hour Division and the state’s Workforce Development agency to conduct joint investigations and outreach, and share training materials and other information as appropriate to ensure Iowa workers’ rights and wages are protected.

November 18, 2021

US Department of Labor orders Houston crane company to pay nearly $24K to worker who refused to violate federal law

HOUSTON – A federal whistleblower investigation led the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to order a Houston mobile crane rental company to pay a former employee nearly $24,000 in back wages, interest and damages after firing the worker in June 2020 for refusing to drive in excess of federal limits and reported fatigue.

November 18, 2021

Una investigación de una panadería, restaurante y tienda de comestibles de Orem recupera $32,000 en salarios atrasados por horas extras para 8 trabajadores; se descubre que un menor realiza trabajos peligrosos

OREM, UT - El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ha recuperado $32,356 en salarios atrasados por horas extras para ocho trabajadores, y ha identificado violaciones de trabajo infantil después de su investigación de un empleador de Orem cuyo negocio opera como panadería, restaurante y tienda de comestibles.

November 18, 2021

Administrative law judge orders New Jersey federal contractor to pay $549K in back wages to 46 workers after US Department of Labor finds wage violations

LODI, NJ – A U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge ordered a northern New Jersey trucking company contracted by the U.S. Postal Service to haul mail in the New York City metro-area to pay $549,209 in back wages to 46 drivers after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found wage, benefits and recordkeeping violations over a three-year period. The judge further ordered the company, its owner, and a second related company debarred from federal contracting for 3 years.

November 18, 2021

Investigation of Orem bakery, restaurant and grocer recovers $32K in overtime back wages for 8 workers; finds minor doing hazardous work

OREM, UT – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $32,356 in overtime back wages for eight workers, and identified child labor violations after its investigation of an Orem employer whose business operates as a bakery, restaurant and grocery store.