July 14, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $12.3M in funding to support job exploration, training options for young people

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $12.3 million in grants to five national out-of-school time organizations to expand local work readiness programs. The second round of Workforce Pathways for Youth grants will support programs that provide jobs skills and training, and offer work experiences for young people from age 14 to 21.  

Out-of-school time organizations operate supervised programs for young people when school is not in session.

July 14, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 244,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 235,000. The 4-week moving average was 235,750, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 232,500.

July 13, 2022

US Department of Labor finds care homes operator knowingly denied workers’ overtime wages, altered records in failed attempt at cover-up

LOS ANGELES – A recent federal investigation found the owner of seven Los Angeles residential care homes intentionally denied 22 workers more than $56,000 in overtime wages and then attempted to hide their actions by altering timekeeping records. The scheme proved to be a costly mistake.

July 13, 2022

Una investigación federal recupera $353,000 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios para 79 agentes de ventas a quienes dos Metro franquiciados de T-Mobile negaban las horas extras

ELIZABETH, NJ - El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU ha recuperado $353,945 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios para 79 agentes de ventas en 12 sucursales de la franquicia T-Mobile en Nueva Jersey cuyos dueños negaron deliberadamente a los empleados sus salarios de horas extras por las horas trabajadas por sobre las 40 en una semana laboral.

July 13, 2022

US Department of Labor obtains court order preventing Queens retailers from intimidating workers, obstructing federal wage investigation

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a federal court order to prevent two Astoria, New York, discount stores and their owners and manager from threatening workers and obstructing an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division.

July 12, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Fort Pierce carpentry contractor after 19-year-old worker suffers fatal injuries in 25-foot fall

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL – A fall from elevation, the leading cause of death in the construction industry, has claimed another victim; this time a 19-year-old worker in Port Saint Lucie whose fatal injuries in January 2022 – a federal workplace safety investigation has determined – could have been prevented if their employer used required fall protection.

July 12, 2022

US Department of Labor announces first group of Apprenticeship Ambassadors to promote, expand, diversify apprenticeship

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the selection of the initial cohort of 207 officials and organizations chosen to serve as Apprenticeship Ambassadors to share their experiences and collaborate with the department to champion apprenticeship opportunities.

July 12, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Florida company for 12 serious violations after 26-year-old diver drowns in pond on Ponte Vedra Beach golf course

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – Federal workplace safety inspectors examining how a 26-year-old diver drowned in a golf course pond – after only three days working for a Freming Island commercial diving and recovery company – found the employer failed to follow required safety standards, including ensuring adequate supervision was in place and that required training was provided.

July 12, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks New Hampshire heavy construction industry employers’ input for survey to establish accurate prevailing wage rates

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is asking the heavy construction industry in New Hampshire to participate in a survey to help the agency establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

July 11, 2022

Federal investigation recovers $353K in back wages, liquidated damages for 79 sales associates denied overtime by two Metro by T-Mobile operators

ELIZABETH, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $353,945 in back wages and liquidated damages for 79 sales associates at 12 New Jersey T-Mobile locations whose owners willfully denied the employees overtime wages for hours over 40 in workweek.

July 11, 2022

Ohio resident sentenced to six months in prison, ordered to repay $254,116 in stolen pension funds, Social Security benefits

COLUMBUS, OHIO – A federal judge sentenced Cindy Hardway – a Newark, Ohio resident – to six months in prison on July 8, 2022, after she pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money and one count of theft or embezzlement from an employee benefit plan. Hardway’s guilty plea comes after she collected $254,116 from her deceased father’s pension fund and Social Security following his death in 2005.

July 11, 2022

US Department of Labor implements ‘Weekend Work’ initiative to conduct random safety inspections to protect construction workers from fall hazards

DENVER – To target one of the construction industry’s most dangerous hazards – falls from elevation – the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a new initiative to conduct safety investigations on weekends in select counties in Colorado’s Front Range, Montana, and South Dakota.

July 11, 2022

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $82K en horas extra, compensación por daños para empleados de restaurante del sur de California

Empleador:                                        Zapopan Mexican Food

Lugar de investigación:                    14207 Palm Drive Suite 102

July 11, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $166,000 en salarios atrasados para 106 trabajadores calificados erróneamente como contratistas independientes por una compañía de servicios automotrices de Houston

HOUSTON - Una investigación federal ha recuperado $166,435 en salarios atrasados para 106 trabajadores de una empresa de Houston que los clasificó erróneamente como contratistas independientes, lo que privó a los trabajadores de sus beneficios y salarios completos, incluidas las horas extras.

July 11, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $166K in back wages for 106 workers misclassified as independent contractors by Houston auto services company

HOUSTON – A federal investigation has recovered $166,435 in back wages for 106 workers of a Houston company that misclassified them as independent contractors, which deprived the workers of their full benefits and wages, including overtime.

July 11, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $82K in overtime back wages, liquidated damages for underpaid Southern California restaurant workers

Employer:                                          Zapopan Mexican Food

Investigation site:                              14207 Palm Drive Suite 102

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

July 8, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation recovers $126K for 95 Indiana home healthcare workers after employer fails to pay travel time

FORT WAYNE, IN – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found an Indiana provider of home healthcare services violated federal law when it failed to pay workers for time spent driving between clients’ homes, leading to the department’s recovery of $126,162 in back wages for 95 workers.