February 22, 2024

US Department of Labor proposes nearly $2.5 million in penalties for Alabama sawmill, finds willful disregard for safety led to fatality

PHENIX CITY, AL – A federal investigation into an August 2023 horrific fatal incident at a Phenix City sawmill revealed, for the second time in three years, that the employer could have prevented a tragedy by following required safety rules. 

February 22, 2024

US Department of Labor, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General form partnership to enhance enforcement, strengthen coordination

WHO:         U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division 

                      Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

WHAT: five-year memorandum of understanding signed on February 21 that establishes a formal partnership with these agencies.

February 22, 2024

US Labor Department cites global manufacturer of metal cast, auto parts for exposing workers to respiratory, electrical hazards at its Columbus facility

COLUMBUS, GA – Six days after opening a complaint inspection at a Columbus auto parts manufacturer in August 2023, federal safety investigators learned that a 41-year-old maintenance technician at the site endured severe injuries from an electrical transformer explosion and opened a second investigation. 

February 22, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $97K in back wages for 26 workers after North Miami Beach deli failed to pay overtime at required rates

Employer:     Matryoshka LLC, operating as Matryoshka Deli Food

                       18100 Collins Ave. 

                        North Miami Beach, FL 33160

 

February 22, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 201,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 212,000 to 213,000. The 4-week moving average was 215,250, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 218,500 to 218,750

February 22, 2024

US Labor Department recovers $37K in back wages for 37 workers denied overtime by Charleston construction contractor

Employer:      EAS Homes LLC

                        9012 Timber St.

                        Charleston, SC 29406

February 21, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $52K in tips, unpaid wages, damages after investigators found Saipan restaurants recklessly disregarded workers’ rights

Employer:      R&I Corp., operating as Mura Ichiban Restaurant and Nam Dae Moon Restaurant

                            PMB 303 Box 10003

February 21, 2024

US Department of Labor to host online educational seminar for agriculture industry employers, workers, other stakeholders

Who:               U.S. Department of Labor

What:             2024 Virtual Agricultural Seminar

When:             March 28, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST

Where:           Online event. Register to attend.

February 21, 2024

US Department of Labor finds Oklahoma aeronautical parts manufacturer exposed workers to numerous serious safety hazards

OKLAHOMA CITY –The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an aeronautical parts manufacturer for exposing workers to nearly two dozen safety hazards following a complaint about a lax safety environment at the company’s plant in Catoosa. 

OSHA cited LMI Finishing Inc. – operating as Sonaca North America – for 23 serious violations of OSHA safety standards related to confined spaces, fall hazards and blocked exit routes.

OSHA inspectors found the employer did not: 

February 21, 2024

Biden-Harris Administration announces nearly $200M available in grants to expand Registered Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of nearly $200 million in grants to continue to support public-private partnerships that expand, diversify and strengthen Registered Apprenticeship. The funding opportunity includes $95 million of competitive grants through the second round of the Apprenticeship Building America Grant Program and $100 million in the second round of State Apprenticeship Expansion Formula Grants.

February 21, 2024

Department of Labor files suit after investigation finds fringe benefit plan fiduciaries misused millions of dollars to pay employer expenses

GREENBELT, MDThe U.S. Department of Labor today filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern Division of the District of Maryland against a company that allegedly mismanaged fringe benefits owed to employees working for at least 54 government service contractors across the United States. 

February 21, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers nearly $18K in back wages, damages for wrongly terminated worker at rehabilitation facility in Louisiana

Employer name:        Covington-AMG Rehabilitation Hospital LLC, doing business as AMG Physical

                                            Rehab

Investigation site:     5025 Keystone Blvd. 

                                            Covington, LA 70433                                                                                                      

February 21, 2024

US Department of Labor seeks injunction to stop use of ‘oppressive child labor’ by Fayette Janitorial Service at meat processing facilities

SIOUX CITY, IA – The U.S. Department of Labor today asked a federal court to issue a nationwide temporary restraining order and injunction against Fayette Janitorial Service LLC – operating as Fayette Industrial – to stop the Tennessee-based company from illegally employing children while the department continues its investigations of the company’s labor practices.

February 21, 2024

New York landscaping company to pay $1.1M after US Department of Labor uncovers overtime, H-2B program violations

LONG ISLAND, NY – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found that a Southampton landscaping company failed to comply with requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the federal H-2B worker program and will recover over $1 million in back wages and liquidated damages for 54 underpaid workers.

February 21, 2024

Massachusetts contractor, repeat violator, again exposes workers to potentially fatal falls, leading to $306K in OSHA penalties

BRAINTREE, MA – A Framingham roofing contractor with a history of fall-related safety violations again exposed its employees to potentially fatal falls, this time to falls of up to 20 feet at a residential worksite in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. 

February 20, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $131K for 110 employees denied overtime, misclassified as independent contractors by Hawaii security services company

Employer:      Prior Vision LLC

                             590 Farrington Highway, Suite 524-445

 Kapolei, HI 96707

February 20, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. recupera $159K en salarios atrasados para trabajadores negados sus propinas por el empleador

Nombre del empleador:        Izumi Sushi & Hibachi All You Can Eat LLC

Sitio de investigación:           2844 Thousand Oaks Drive

                                                           San Antonio, TX 78232 

February 20, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $159K in back wages for restaurant workers after employer takes their tips

Employer name:          Izumi Sushi & Hibachi All You Can Eat LLC 

Investigation site:      2844 Thousand Oaks Drive

                                              San Antonio, TX 78232 

February 20, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. recupera más de $1 millón en salarios atrasados para 859 trabajadores de atención médica domiciliaria empleados por dos empresas de Texas

MCALLEN, TX – La recuperación por parte del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. de más de $1 millón en salarios mínimos y remuneración por horas extras adeudados a 859 trabajadores de atención médica domiciliaria empleados por dos compañías de Texas muestra que las prácticas salariales inadecuadas en la industria siguen siendo un problema sistémico en Texas y en todo el país.

February 20, 2024

US Department of Labor investigations recover more than $1M in back wages for 859 home healthcare workers employed by two Texas companies

MCALLEN, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s recovery of more than $1 million in minimum and overtime wages owed to 859 home healthcare workers employed by two Texas companies show that improper pay practices in the industry remain a systemic problem in Texas and across the nation.