November 9, 2022

Eastern Massachusetts roofing contractor again found exposing workers to fatal falls at Boston worksite

BRAINTREE, MA – A Quincy-based roofing contractor exposed workers on the roofs of a garage and house in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood to potentially fatal falls from heights between seven and 21 feet, U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found.

November 8, 2022

Court orders Arizona home care provider to pay $521K in back wages, damages to 253 employees after Department of Labor finds wage theft

PHOENIX The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has ordered a Phoenix-based provider of non-medical home care services to pay 253 employees a total of $521,905 in back wages and liquidated damages after the U.S. Department of Labor determined the employer willfully denied them overtime pay.

November 4, 2022

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on October Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the October 2022 Employment Situation Report:

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 261,000 jobs in the month of October, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent from 3.5 percent in September, continuing to remain near historic lows for the past several months.

November 3, 2022

US Department of Labor offers webinar in education, enforcement campaign to address alarming violations in Southeast’s care industries

ATLANTA – As the nation marks Home Care and Hospice Month, the U.S. Department of Labor will hold a public webinar on federal wage and hour regulations for home care, residential care and nursing care industry employers, workers and other stakeholders in the Southeast.

November 3, 2022

Court orders Lyndhurst staffing agency to pay $65K in damages to employee after US Labor Department investigates illegal termination, retaliation

LYNDHURST, NJ – The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has ordered a northern New Jersey staffing agency to pay $65,000 in damages to an employee fired after they raised concerns about not getting paid for all of their hours worked.

November 3, 2022

Federal investigation recovers $374K in back wages, liquidated damages from New Hampshire employer who denied 46 home care workers overtime

MANCHESTER, NH – A federal investigation into the pay practices of a New Hampshire home care service provider that found the employer denied employees overtime wages has recovered $374,640 in back wages and liquidated damages for 46 healthcare workers.

November 3, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $375K for 11 Oregon restaurant workers whose employer kept tips, denied overtime wages illegally

MEDFORD, OR – A federal investigation has recovered $375,233 in back wages and liquidated damages from a Medford restaurant for 11 workers after finding their employer kept servers tips, threatened to fire employees if they kept cash tips, and failed to pay kitchen workers overtime.

November 3, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 217,000, a decrease of 1,000 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 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 219,000 to 219,250.

November 3, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $22K in back wages for 28 workers after Florida security provider fails to compensate all hours worked

Employer:                              Godly Security Agency LLC

Investigation site:                  1712 Kingsley Ave. Orange Park, FL 32073

November 2, 2022

US Department of Labor awards nearly $1.8M to provide employment, training services to Kentucky communities affected by layoffs

WASHINGTON Citing an unprecedent rise in global energy costs, Century Aluminum Co. – the nation’s largest producer of primary aluminum – announced plans in June 2022 to curtail operations and begin the idling process at its Hawesville, Kentucky, smelter until energy prices return to more normalized levels.

November 2, 2022

US Department of Labor, Swank Enterprises align to promote workplace safety, health at University of Montana construction project

Who:               U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Swank Enterprises Inc.

What:             Workplace safety alliance

November 2, 2022

READOUT: Deputy Undersecretary Lee visits Jordan to meet labor officials, stakeholders; reflects on country’s 20 years of labor rights advances

WASHINGTON In the first visit to Jordan by a senior U.S. Department of Labor official in more than two decades, Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Thea Lee met with government officials, and labor union and business leaders for discussions on how the two nations can cooperatively help strengthen workers’ rights in the Middle East kingdom.

November 2, 2022

Jury decides Westmoreland County restaurant, owner willfully denied 15 servers, kitchen workers full wages over 5-year period

DELMONT, PA – Following a three-day trial and three years of litigation, a jury in a federal court in Pennsylvania has determined a Delmont restaurant and its owner intentionally shortchanged 15 servers, dishwashers, bussers and cooks more than $214,000 in wages, confirming the findings of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation and litigation by its Office of the Solicitor.

November 2, 2022

US Department of Labor recognizes Chatham Village Foods for workplace safety, health excellence with ‘Star’ designation

 

Participant:   Chatham Village Foods, Wareham, Massachusetts

November 2, 2022

Court enters consent order requiring New Hampshire home healthcare business to stop retaliation, intimidation alleged by US Department of Labor

CONCORD, NH  – The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has entered a consent preliminary injunction to prevent a West Lebanon home healthcare business and its president from coercing employees to “kick back” wages recovered for them by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The court also ordered them to stop interfering with a current investigation.

November 1, 2022

Profit Over People: Alarming trend continues at Dollar General stores where seven Southeast inspections again find willful violations

ATLANTA Less than one month after the U.S. Department of Labor cited Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC with more than $1.6 million in penalties for putting its workers’ safety at risk, federal inspectors have issued citations for similar violations at store locations in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, and added $2,777,640 in proposed penalties now owed by one of the nation’s largest discount retailers.

November 1, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $88K in back wages, damages for 90 caregivers denied overtime by Nampa home care agency

NAMPA, ID – A federal investigation has recovered $88,185 in back wages and liquidated damages for 90 caregivers employed by an Idaho home care agency whose pay practices denied the workers their legally earned wages, including overtime.

October 31, 2022

Philadelphia contractor’s history of exposing workers to deadly fall hazards continues, US Department of Labor proposes $269K in penalties

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia framing contractor faces $269,594 in proposed penalties after the company was again found exposing employees to deadly fall hazards at a residential worksite in the city’s Roxborough section on April 21, 2022.  

October 31, 2022

Federal court denies health provider’s bid to limit US Department of Labor’s OSH Act enforcement authority

NEW YORK – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has denied a Staten Island health provider’s attempt to prevent the U.S. Department of Labor from pursuing damages for a COVID-19 whistleblower whose private state whistleblower claim was dismissed.

October 31, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $102K in tips, back wages, liquidated damages for Maine restaurant workers denied overtime, tips

MANCHESTER, NH – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $51,217 in restored tips and back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages from the operator of three Cumberland County, Maine, restaurants that denied 25 workers their full overtime wages or kept portions of their earned tips illegally.