November 10, 2021

US Department of Labor announces recipients of 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today presented the 2021 Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Medallion Award to 849 employers from across the nation at a virtual ceremony. The annual awards recognize employers across the nation for their investment in recruiting, employing and retaining veterans.

November 10, 2021

US Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission align to end retaliation, promote workers’ rights

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today announced a joint initiative to raise awareness about retaliation issues when workers exercise their protected labor rights.

November 10, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 267,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 269,000 to 271,000. The 4-week moving average was 278,000, a decrease of 7,250 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 284,750 to 285,250.

November 9, 2021

Operadores de tres restaurantes de barbacoa en Houston pagan $40,000 a 179 trabajadores por violaciones a las horas extras

HOUSTON - Los operadores de tres restaurantes de barbacoa de Texas del área de Houston, que rebajaron los salarios de sus trabajadores en repetidas ocasiones al no pagarles las horas extras cuando era necesario, han pagado $40,043 en salarios atrasados a 179 trabajadores, tras una reciente investigación federal.

November 9, 2021

Operators of three Houston-area BBQ restaurants pay $40K in back wages to 179 workers after federal investigators finds overtime, other violations

HOUSTON – The operators of three Houston-area Texas buffet BBQ restaurants that shortchanged its workers’ wages repeatedly by failing to pay them overtime when required has paid $40,043 in back wages to 179 workers, following a recent federal investigation.

November 9, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Tulsa oilfield construction company failed to pay electricians, assistants overtime wages

TULSA, OK – A Tulsa oilfield construction company denied overtime wages to nine electricians and electrician helpers when it paid them a flat salary for all the hours they worked in an attempt to avoid overtime pay, a federal investigation has found.

November 9, 2021

Amid national increase, US Department of Labor urges Midwest employers to emphasize electrical safety after 4 workplace deaths in Missouri, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, MO ‒ Electrical hazards killed four workers in Missouri and Kansas in five months in 2021. In Missouri, on Oct. 4, a 40-year-old electrical contractor replacing light fixtures in Sedalia. On Sept. 23, a 22-year-old worker cleaning a Higbee pig barn with a pressure washer. In Wichita, Kansas, a 41-year-old doing heating and air conditioning work on July 13, and a month earlier, a 35-year-old electrical contractor climbing a pole in Lawrence, Kansas, on June 8.

November 9, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Connecticut aircraft parts manufacturer for failing to protect employees from toxic substance exposures

HARTFORD, CT – A Connecticut aircraft parts manufacturer did not take required steps to identify potential exposures and protect employees from hexavalent chromium and cadmium – both known carcinogens – at its Bloomfield facility, a U.S. Department of Labor workplace safety inspection has found.

November 8, 2021

Texas hotel operator agrees to pay back wages, damages to worker fired after reporting unsafe work conditions, seeking medical help

HOUSTON – All Seasons Hospitality and Investments LLC and owner Tanvir Shahmohd, operator of a Houston-area hotel, has agreed to pay an employee back wages and damages following a U.S. Department of Labor whistleblower investigation.

November 8, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $200K in fines after 2 workers suffer injuries in separate incidents at northern Wisconsin foundry

MARINETTE, WI – Recent federal safety inspections of a northern Wisconsin foundry determined workplace safety failures caused two workers to suffer severe injuries. In May, a worker lost two fingers to amputation and in July, an overhead hot metal carrier struck and injured another worker.  

November 8, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $46,000 en salarios atrasados para 29 trabajadores tras una investigación de las prácticas salariales de una empresa de techos de Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, FL - Un contratista de techos de Gainesville aprendió que debe pagar a sus empleados por todo el tiempo que trabajan, incluyendo el trabajo de preparación antes del turno y el trabajo después del turno al final del día, tras una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de Estados Unidos.

November 8, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $46K in back wages for 29 workers after investigation of Gainesville roofing company’s pay practices

GAINESVILLE, FL – A Gainesville roofing contractor learned it must pay its employees for all of the time they work, including pre-shift prep work and post-shift work at day’s end, following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

November 8, 2021

Federal court orders Beaver County gas station, convenience store to pay nearly $300K in back wages, damages, penalties for wage, overtime violations

MONACA, PA – A federal court has ordered a Beaver County gas station and convenience store to cease violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and pay back wages and liquidated damages to two underpaid employees. The judgment follows a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that determined the owners of Monaca Sunoco, located at 1479 Old Brodhead Road, intentionally underpaid a married couple who lived and worked there.

November 8, 2021

US Department of Labor announces proposal to return to long-standing policy, practice on religious exemption

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposal to rescind the final rule “Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption.” The final rule has been in effect since Jan. 8, 2021. The Federal Register will publish the proposal on Nov. 9, 2021.

November 5, 2021

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

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

November 4, 2021

Federal court enforces US Department of Labor subpoena requesting documents for investigation of Lincolnshire company, Alight Solutions LLC

CHICAGO – A federal court in Chicago has ruled a Lincolnshire provider of employee benefit services must comply immediately with a U.S. Department of Labor administrative subpoena seeking documents for an Employee Benefits Security Administration investigation of unauthorized distributions from employee benefit accounts.

November 4, 2021

US Department of Labor, stakeholders sign partnership agreement to train, protect workers from construction hazards on Haribo candy factory project

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Gilbane Building Co. are partnering with safety advocates and labor unions to protect the safety and health of workers during construction of a new Pleasant Prairie manufacturing facility.

November 4, 2021

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. emite normativa temporal de emergencia para proteger a trabajadores del coronavirus

WASHINGTON – La Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.

November 4, 2021

US Department of Labor issues emergency temporary standard to protect workers from coronavirus

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a new emergency temporary standard to protect more than 84 million workers from the spread of the coronavirus on the job. The nation’s unvaccinated workers face grave danger from workplace exposure to coronavirus, and immediate action is necessary to protect them.