November 16, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $1.2M in back wages for 599 home healthcare workers employed by four agencies in Texas, Louisiana

DALLAS – Home healthcare industry employers seek workers willing to work hard and long hours to meet the daily living and care needs of clients – some with limited mobility – in the comfort of their homes. Too often, the U.S. Department of Labor finds employers like four Texas and Louisiana providers who fail to hold up their part of the bargain by not paying nearly 600 employees all the wages they’ve earned.

November 16, 2022

Department of Labor initiative finds violations in 80% of care industry investigations; recovers $28.6M for nearly 25K workers, mostly women

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that an ongoing nationwide effort by its Wage and Hour Division focused on improving compliance by residential care, nursing facilities, home health services and other care-focused industry employers has made significant progress in protecting workers’ rights and protections.

November 14, 2022

READOUT: First Lady, Secretaries Walsh, Cardona, Raimondo kick off National Apprenticeship Week in Chicago

 

WASHINGTON – First Lady Jill Biden joined Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and met with students, apprentices, teachers and business leaders in the Chicago area to discuss innovative approaches to workforce training and kick off National Apprenticeship Week 2022, Nov. 14-20.

November 14, 2022

US Department of Labor announces nationwide effort to prepare students at Job Corps centers for Registered Apprenticeship programs

WASHINGTON – As the nation marks National Apprenticeship Week, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced an initiative to expand its pre-apprenticeship opportunities for Job Corps students and connect them to Registered Apprenticeship programs.

The effort will allow Job Corps centers throughout the nation to emphasize pre-apprenticeship programs in green energy, healthcare, information technology and other high-growth industry sectors. 

November 14, 2022

US Department of Labor highlights the benefits of Registered Apprenticeships as National Apprenticeship Week 2022 launches

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the kick-off of more than 1,000 events and activities throughout the country as part of the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 14-20, 2022.

November 14, 2022

US Department of Labor urges vigilance by first responders, recovery crews, public to protect themselves from hazards in tropical storm recovery

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges first responders, people in recovery efforts, and residents in areas affected by Tropical Storm Nicole to be aware of the many hazards that flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris may create.

November 14, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $47K in back wages, damages for workers shortchanged overtime pay by Beaver County home healthcare agency

Employer:                          5 Caring Hearts LLC

Investigation site:         2110 McLean St., Suite 3

                                                Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

November 10, 2022

US Department of Labor seeking Maryland home healthcare workers who may be owed back wages, damages in $1.13M recovery

PIKESVILLE, MD – The U.S. Department of Labor is trying to locate home healthcare workers employed from April 2020 through March 2022 by a Pikesville company who may be owed part of nearly $1.13 million in back wages and damages the department’s Wage and Hour Division recovered on their behalf.

November 10, 2022

Chicago-area contractor faces $277K in fines for repeated failures to protect roofing employees from exposure to deadly fall hazards

CALUMET CITY, IL Three times in four months, federal safety inspectors observed workers employed by a Calumet City roofing contractor exposed to deadly fall hazards at job sites in Lake Zurich and Wheeling. In each instance, the company’s foremen on site failed to protect workers from known hazards as they did residential framing work on new homes under construction.

November 10, 2022

US Department of Labor awards nearly $2.7M to provide employment, training services for transitioning military, spouses at Fort Hood

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $2,677,470 to the Texas Workforce Commission to support continued employment and training services for transitioning military service members and their spouses near and at the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood installation.  

November 10, 2022

US Department of Labor cites two contractors for demolition, asbestos hazards after mezzanine collapse at former South Boston power plant

BRAINTREE, MA On May 5, 2022, an employee of an Everett demolition contractor lost his legs when a concrete mezzanine platform on the west wall of a building at the former Boston Edison power plant in South Boston collapsed during demolition and asbestos abatement operations. Two other workers suffered injuries as well.

November 10, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $12K for employee after Spring Hill nutritional manufacturer failed to accommodate need for intermittent leave

Employer name: Nagase & Co. Ltd., operating as Armada Nutrition LLC

Investigation site: 4637 Port Royal Road, Spring Hill, TN 37174

November 10, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 225,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 217,000 to 218,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,750, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 218,750 to 219,000.

November 9, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks nationwide court injunction to stop Packers Sanitation Services’ ‘oppressive child labor’ violations at processing facilities

LINCOLN, NE – The U.S. Department of Labor today asked a federal court to issue a nationwide temporary restraining order and injunction against Packers Sanitation Services Inc. LTD – one of the nation’s leading providers of food safety sanitation – to stop the company from illegally employing dozens of minor-aged workers while the department continues its investigation of the company’s labor practices.

November 9, 2022

Federal workplace safety investigation of Mapleton foundry worker’s fatal fall into molten iron finds Caterpillar failed to install required fall protection

MAPLETON, IL ‒ On June 2, 2022, a 39-year-old employee of a Mapleton foundry fell and was immediately incinerated in an 11-foot-deep pot of molten iron heated to more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. A federal investigation determined that, if required safety guards or fall protection had been installed, the 39-year-old employee’s ninth day on the job might not have been their last.

November 9, 2022

US Department of Labor recognizes 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion recipients

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today recognized 835 employers from around the nation for their commitment to hiring and retaining U.S. military veterans during an online event broadcast from the department’s Washington headquarters.

November 9, 2022

US Department of Labor initiative seeks to protect food processing workers in Illinois, Ohio amid significantly higher injury rates

CHICAGO ‒ With injury rates among the more than 90,000 food production workers in Illinois and Ohio significantly higher than other manufacturing workers, the U.S. Department of Labor has stepped up its outreach and enforcement efforts to reduce workplace hazards and better protect workers in these states.