August 22, 2021

US Department of Labor urges workers, employers and public to be aware of hazards after Tropical Storm Henri

BOSTON – 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 Tropical Storm Henri.

August 20, 2021

Mexican laborers’ vote on future of collective bargaining agreement at Silao General Motors’ plant is a win for labor protections

WASHINGTON, DC – On Aug. 18, workers at the General Motors’ Silao plant in Mexico voted to reject a proposed collective bargaining agreement, an action heralded as a win for the labor protections built into the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

August 20, 2021

US Department of Labor obtains consent order restraining Danbury bakery, owner from retaliating against employees who cooperate with wage investigation

HARTFORD, CT – A Danbury bakery and its owner may not threaten, terminate or cause harm to current or former workers who cooperate with a U.S. Department of Labor investigation of the bakery’s employment practices, a federal court in Hartford has ordered in a consent preliminary injunction obtained by the department.

August 19, 2021

US Department of Labor, City of Lubbock mark National Safe Digging Day

LUBBOCK, TX ‒ The City of Lubbock recently presented the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Damage Prevention Council of Texas’ northwest chapter with a proclamation in recognition of National Safe Digging Day on Aug. 11.  

August 19, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $90M in grants to support training, employment services for workers displaced by the pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of an increased $90 million in funding grants to provide reemployment opportunities for displaced workers, historically marginalized communities or groups and those unemployed for an extended period or who have exhausted unemployment insurance or other pandemic unemployment insurance programs.

August 19, 2021

Lansing contractor pays 18 subcontracted workers $26K in back wages, fringe benefits after US Department of Labor investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The prime contractor responsible for construction of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans paid back wages and benefits to 18 workers on the project after a federal investigation found the subcontractor who employed them had shortchanged them.

August 19, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, a decrease of 29,000 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 375,000 to 377,000. The 4-week moving average was 377,750, a decrease of 19,000 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 396,250 to 396,750.

August 18, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $1.3M in penalties for contractor with extensive history of violations after two workers die at Boston dig site

BOSTON – On Feb. 24, 2021, at a sewer repair worksite on High Street in downtown Boston, Jordy Alexander Castaneda Romero, 27, and Juan Carlos Figueroa Gutierrez, 33, died after a dump truck struck and pushed them into a nine-foot deep trench.

August 18, 2021

Athens tobacco, liquor stores pay more than $71K in back wages after US Department of Labor finds wage violations at two locations

ATHENS, GA – Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor sometimes find employers that illegally pay straight-time wages for overtime hours in an effort to curb operating costs. Far less often they find what the operator of two Athens tobacco and liquor stores was doing – paying workers even less than their normal hourly rate of pay for their overtime hours.

August 18, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $1.7M in back wages, fringe benefits for 81 employees wrongly classified by defense contractor in 21 states

DETROIT– A South Carolina-based contractor that processes identification cards for members of the armed forces, their families, retirees, government contractors and civilians has paid $1,705,441 in back wages and fringe benefits to 81 employees after the company violated the requirements of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.

August 17, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Rio Blanco County failed to pay 40 law enforcement officers for pre- and post-shift work

MEEKER, CO – While law enforcement officers in Rio Blanco County worked to uphold the law, they themselves fell victim to illegal pay practices when their employer failed to pay them for time spent performing work before and after their scheduled shifts, an investigation by U.S. Department of Labor has found.

August 17, 2021

441 Urgent Care, Santos Primary Care Centers pay $41K in back wages to 27 employees after US Department of Labor investigation

WILDWOOD, FL – In urgent care centers, workdays may be long and hard. For clinicians who split their hours of work between two jointly owned central Florida facilities, their employers made the work a bit harder by failing to pay them all of their legally earned wages.

August 16, 2021

US Department of Labor receives top marks in Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard for fourth consecutive year

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor received an A+ on the Small Business Administration’s recently announced Fiscal Year 2020 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard, marking the fourth straight year the department has received the scorecard’s highest grade.

August 16, 2021

US Labor investigation finds Northeast supermarket chain miscalculated overtime, leading to more than $165K owed in back wages

CARLISLE, PA – Ignoring lump sum bonus payments made to essential supermarket workers during the pandemic when calculating their overtime rates led to federal wage violations by a large Northeast supermarket chain that shortchanged more than 3,300 workers in four states, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has determined.

August 16, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Colorado home manufacturing company for continuing to expose workers to falls at Pueblo facility

PUEBLO, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has again cited a Pueblo home manufacturing company for exposing employees to defective scaffolding and ladders, and failing to train workers on scaffolding safety.

August 16, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $1.8M in funding to continue employment, training services to combat Illinois’ opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $1,866,667 in incremental funding to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to support job creation and workforce training services in 13 counties affected significantly by widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

August 13, 2021

US Department of Labor partners with Dimeo Construction, Connecticut OSHA, New Haven Building Trades to promote workplace safety

NEW HAVEN, CT The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Dimeo Construction Co., the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the New Haven Building Trades signed a partnership agreement to promote worker safety and health on the 101 College St. and 100 College St. Pedestrian Bridge construction projects in New Haven.

August 12, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers more than $73K for 256 healthcare workers at Pennsylvania, Maryland facilities following investigation

WESTMINSTER, MD – A Westminster healthcare management company, a large employer in long-term care and rehabilitation, could have shown more care when paying 256 essential workers at four facilities in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland.

August 12, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $5M funding opportunity to improve respect for workers’ rights in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $5 million in grant funding to improve workers’ ability to exercise their labor rights in the agricultural supply chains in Guatemala and Honduras and the textile/apparel – or maquila – sector of El Salvador.

August 12, 2021

Amid recent trench collapses, US Department of Labor reminds South Dakota employers, workers of excavation hazards

RAPID CITY, SD ‒ Four days before Christmas in 2020, an excavation company’s owner was fixing an underground sewer line in Rapid City when the trench around him collapsed; his life ended under thousands of pounds of dirt.