August 31, 2021

US Department of Labor announces establishment of office to modernize, reform states’ unemployment insurance systems

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the establishment of the Office of Unemployment Insurance Modernization to provide strategic leadership as the department works with state agencies and federal partners to modernize and reform the unemployment insurance system.

August 30, 2021

US Department of Labor, Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas enter alliance to promote workplace safety, health in the construction industry

LAS VEGAS – In their ongoing efforts to protect the safety and health of construction workers, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Consulate General of Mexico in Las Vegas today signed an alliance to provide hazard prevention training to Mexican nationals working in Nevada, and help them understand U.S. laws governing workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities.

August 30, 2021

US Department of Labor urges workers, employers, public to be aware of hazards after Hurricane Ida

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges response crews and residents to recognize the hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris in areas affected by Hurricane Ida.

August 30, 2021

US Department of Labor urges workers, employers, public to recognize hazards, ensure safety after Hurricane Ida

DALLAS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges response crews and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Ida to recognize the hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris.

August 30, 2021

Sanford contractor pays more than $334K in back wages to 212 workers to resolve violations found in US Department of Labor investigation

ORLANDO, FL – Since 1995, the U.S. Department of Labor has investigated the pay practices of a Sanford heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor eight times and found violations in six of its inquiries – leading to the recovery of $155,865 in back wages for more than 440 workers.

August 30, 2021

New Jersey healthcare staffing company pays $263K to 46 workers at veterans’ medical centers following US Department of Labor investigation

NEW YORK – When Mitchell Martin Health Care LLC contracted with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2020 to provide registered nurses and respiratory therapists to help care for an influx of coronavirus-related patients at four DVA medical centers in the New York City area, it committed to complying with federal wage and contracting laws.

August 30, 2021

Surfside Beach restaurant pays more than $75K in back wages to 10 workers after US Department of Labor finds employer shortchanged tipped employees

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC – Restaurant servers work hard and put their safety at risk throughout the pandemic. They depend on diners’ tips to earn a living wage, but 10 workers at a Surfside Beach restaurant found their wages reduced illegally by the establishment’s manager and owner who required servers to share tips with them.

August 26, 2021

Judge upholds US Department of Labor citations, $145K in penalties for Denver contractor that ignored safety requirements repeatedly

DENVER – A federal administrative law judge has upheld citations and penalties against a Denver roofing contractor for ignoring federal requirements to protect workers and subcontractors repeatedly from the risk of workplace falls – the leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry.

August 26, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubre violaciones salariales en un distribuidor de mariscos en Luisiana y recupera $138,000 para 100 trabajadores

CROWLEY, LA - Una investigación federal por una denuncia relacionada con el coronavirus dio lugar a una remisión al Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. y a una investigación que recuperó $138,629 en salarios atrasados para 100 empleados de un procesador de mariscos del suroeste de Luisiana.

August 26, 2021

US Department of Labor finds wage violations at southwest Louisiana seafood distributor, recovers $138K for 100 workers

CROWLEY, LA – A coronavirus-related federal whistleblower investigation prompted a referral to the U.S. Department of Labor and an investigation that recovered $138,629 in back wages for 100 employees of a southwest Louisiana seafood processor.

August 26, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 353,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 348,000 to 349,000. The 4-week moving average was 366,500, a decrease of 11,500 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 250 from 377,750 to 378,000.

August 25, 2021

US Department of Labor finds wage violations at northeast Louisiana drug and alcohol recovery center, recovers $23K in back wages for six workers

RAYVILLE, LA – Like many in the addiction treatment industry, Rayville Recovery employees work long hours – beyond regular shifts and on weekends – to help individuals overcome their drug and alcohol dependence. A recent federal investigation found Rayville failed to pay some of these essential workers legally when they worked overtime. 

August 25, 2021

Maryland subcontractor pays $531K in back wages to 45 ironworkers after US Department of Labor investigation

CLINTON, MD – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered $531,173 in back wages for 45 ironworkers subcontracted for federally funded construction at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda. Investigators found their employer failed to pay them the required prevailing wages and benefits for ironworkers.

August 25, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Tinton Falls transitional housing facility exposed workers to coronavirus hazards; 11 workers test positive

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A federal workplace safety and health investigation found numerous violations at a Tinton Falls transitional housing facility where 11 employees and 28 residents tested positive for the coronavirus by late March.

August 25, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Marietta manufacturer for exposing workers willfully to preventable fall hazards that led to employee’s death

MARIETTA, GA – A federal safety and health investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded that a Marietta manufacturer allowed a forklift operator to work on elevated storage racks without fall protection, resulting in the employee’s death.

August 25, 2021

US Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor welcomes applications from graduating law students, recent graduates to join Honors Program

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor invites outstanding recent law school graduates with a passion for public service to apply for its two-year Honors Program and earn unique experience in one of the federal government’s preeminent legal offices.

August 25, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $22M in grants for training, employment services to workers displaced by pandemic’s impacts

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of the first $22 million of a total of $90 million in funding to help nine organizations provide training and employment services for job seekers in historically marginalized communities as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic’s impacts.

August 24, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $3.5M funding opportunity to establish hub for technical assistance tools, resources across public workforce system

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $3.5 million in grant funding to establish a centralized resource for sharing proven practices and technical assistance tools to strengthen and improve outcomes for the public workforce system.

August 24, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Louisiana landscape, pest control enterprise violated guest worker program; recovers $20K in back wages for 133 workers

CENTRAL, LA – An East Baton Rouge Parish landscape and pest control company failed to disclose housing deductions in its H-2B application and failed to pay for all meals during travel periods for 133 guest workers, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found. 

August 24, 2021

US Department of Labor, industry leaders, stakeholders call on employers, workers to combat surge in construction worker suicides

KANSAS CITY, MO – While the hazards most often associated with workplace deaths in the U.S. construction industry – falling, being struck-by or crushed by equipment or other objects, or suffering electrocution are well-known – a recent study finds that another potential killer is taking lives at an alarming rate.