March 13, 2023

Low-cost, higher risk: Dollar General inspections in Florida, Georgia find employees exposed to blocked emergency exits, other dangers

ATLANTA – While it portrays its store chain as “America’s neighborhood general store,” Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC – one of the nation’s largest discount retailers – continues to expose workers to unsafe conditions, this time at four Florida and Georgia stores. 

March 10, 2023

Federal safety investigators find Mobile contractor ignored safety warnings that might have prevented 28-year-old employee’s death aboard Panama City vessel

PANAMA CITY, FL – Federal workplace safety inspectors examining how thousands of pounds of shifting cargo fatally crushed a 28-year-old worker in a ship’s cargo hold in Panama City found his employer failed to follow required safety standards, including allowing unsafe operation of cargo cranes and not providing training.

March 10, 2023

Without adequate safety gear, Nebraska grain handler fatally suffocated after being engulfed in corn silo; company faces $531K in penalties

ROSELAND, NE A 34-year-old worker’s attempt to clean out a Roseland grain silo, in preparation for fall harvest, turned tragic on Sept. 12, 2022, when corn engulfed and asphyxiated him.

March 10, 2023

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on February Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the February 2023 Employment Situation Report:

March 10, 2023

Not Child’s Work: Department of Labor finds Florida roofing contractor’s work practices endangered minor, jeopardized workers’ safety, full wages

ORLANDO, FL – It’s likely that the decisions Juan Felipe Gomez Toro made one day in February 2022 turned out to be more costly to his Lake Mary roofing contracting company than he might have imagined.

March 9, 2023

No es trabajo para menores: El Departamento de Trabajo considera que las prácticas laborales de un contratista de techados de Florida ponían en peligro a un menor, comprometían la seguridad de los trabajadores y el salario completo.

ORLANDO, FL - Es probable que las decisiones que Juan Felipe Gómez Toro tomó un día de febrero de 2022 resultaran más costosas para su empresa contratista de tejados de Lake Mary de lo que podría haber imaginado.

March 9, 2023

Secretary Walsh unveils strategy to expand access for all young people to pathways toward high-quality careers

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh convened the “Youth Employment Works Summit” today at U.S. Department of Labor headquarters to unveil the department’s strategy for building a workforce in which all young people can prepare for opportunities for high-quality careers.

March 9, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $190K in back wages, damages after finding St. Petersburg restaurants withheld wages to cover operating costs

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Federal investigators have found that two St. Petersburg restaurants withheld tips earned by bartenders and servers to pay for customers who skipped out on their bills, illegally charged employees for uniforms and denied some workers required minimum wage and full overtime pay.

March 9, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 190,000. The 4-week moving average was 197,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 193,000.

March 8, 2023

US Department of Labor awards more than $1.5M to provide employment, training services for transitioning Fort Bliss military service members

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an award of more than $1.5 million to support employment and training services for transitioning military service members in and around the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss installation in Texas. 

March 7, 2023

Court orders plastering company to pay more than $700K in back wages, damages to 470 employees, after Department of Labor investigation

GLENDALE, AZ – The U.S. Department of Labor is currently distributing more than $700,000 in back wages and damages to 470 employees, recovered from a Glendale plastering company following an investigation and lawsuit related to the employer’s pay practices.

March 7, 2023

Unaware of the danger, painter fatally falls 21 feet after stepping onto unsecured balcony at Cleveland residential construction project

CLEVELAND – A 51-year-old painting contractor at a residential apartment complex in Cleveland stepped onto a third-floor balcony and it tilted suddenly, causing him to fall 21 feet onto the concrete below. As he lay injured, the balcony slid off its wall mount and landed on top of the painter. He died from his injuries.

March 7, 2023

US Department of Labor appoints new members to ERISA Advisory Council

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the appointment of five members and leadership for the 2023 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council.

The 15-member council provides advice on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

March 7, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $166K in back wages for 53 roofing workers denied overtime by Mohawk Valley contractor

ALBANY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $166,832 for 53 employees of a Little Falls roofing contractor to resolve overtime and recordkeeping violations found by investigators with the department’s Wage and Hour Division.

March 7, 2023

Next generation: US Department of Labor promotes safety to newest generation of construction workforce during Atlanta career expo in March

ATLANTAProfessionals from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are participating in the 2023 Atlanta Construction Ready Career Expo – geared toward students  from Georgia’s middle, high and tech schools – to highlight the importance of on-the-job safety to the industry’s next generation of workers.