October 27, 2022

Ohio manufacturer faces $1.2M in penalties after 7th worker in 5 years suffers severe injuries when caught in machine employer failed to lock out

FOSTORIA, OH – An Ohio vinyl tile manufacturer faces $1,232,705 in proposed penalties after U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors responded when a worker suffered severe injuries as a result of being caught in a machine on April 28, 2022.

October 27, 2022

Federal court orders design firm and CEO to pay $540K to employee benefit plan after US Labor Department investigation finds overpayment for shares

ATLANTA – A federal court judge has ordered TPP Holdings Inc., an Atlanta architecture and interior design firm operating as The Preston Partnership, LLC, and its CEO, Robert N. Preston, to restore $540,658 to TPP’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) following an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

October 27, 2022

Court orders Mesa Air Group to change company policy to make sure flight attendants, pilots can exercise rights to family, medical leave

PHOENIX – A federal court has ordered Arizona-based Mesa Air Group – operating regional flights for American and United airlines as Mesa Airlines – to follow federal law and correct the company’s pay policy that prevented flight attendants and pilots from exercising their rights to take time off from work for qualifying reasons under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

October 27, 2022

Part-owner of Pittsburgh assisted living provider that denied wages, intimidated workers pays $1M in back wages, damages after federal investigation, litigation

PITTSBURGH – The part-owner and operator of a Pittsburgh-area assisted living provider has paid more than $1 million in back wages and liquidated damages to 47 workers after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found their pay practices denied the workers their rightfully earned wages.

October 27, 2022

Federal appeals court finds Pennsylvania poultry processing facility in contempt for failing to pay $162K in penalties, address safety violations

WASHINGTON – A federal court has found Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. in contempt for failing to pay $162,359 in penalties after an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found numerous safety hazards, including willful, serious and repeat violations.

October 27, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 217,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 214,000. The 4-week moving average was 219,000, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 212,250.

October 25, 2022

Federal court orders Illinois home healthcare company, president, owner, to restore more than $85K to employee retirement plan

Date of Action:                      Oct. 20, 2022

Type of Action:                     Employee Retirement Income Security Act judgment

Company/Officers:               David Rine and Julieta Mitra

October 24, 2022

The high cost of wage theft: Southern California car wash operator pays $202K in back wages, damages to 13 workers after federal investigation

WEST COVINA, CA – A federal investigation has recovered $202,192 in back wages and liquidated damages for 13 workers at a Southern California car wash, whose employer shortchanged them, tried to conceal their wrongdoing, and committed other violations of federal law.

October 24, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $86K in back wages, damages for 74 healthcare workers at New Hampshire rehabilitation living facility

Employer:    Bedford Nursing & Rehab Services LLC, operating as Bedford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Site:               480 Donald St. Bedford, New Hampshire 03110

October 21, 2022

US Department of Labor urges West Virginia highway construction industry to join survey to set accurate prevailing wage rates

CHARLESTON, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor is asking the West Virginia highway construction industry to participate in a survey to help the department’s Wage and Hour Division establish prevailing wage rates, as required by federal law.

October 20, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 from 228,000 to 226,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,250, an increase of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 500 from 211,500 to 211,000.

October 19, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Kauai restaurant assigned underaged workers hazardous kitchen duties, denied 18 workers overtime pay

HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Labor has found a Kauai restaurant allowed eight minors, some as young as 15-years-old, to cook and bake in violation of federal laws that prohibit employers from assigning hazardous occupations to underage employees, and denied overtime wages to 18 employees.

October 19, 2022

US Department of Labor initiative seeks to protect North Carolina’s sweet potato farmworkers from wage theft, other violations

Who: U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division

What: The division will begin an outreach assistance and enforcement initiative to reach employers in North Carolina’s sweet potato industry. Historically, federal investigators have found a high percentage of violations among industry employers, and the initiative seeks to improve compliance.                                      

October 18, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo y el Consulado de México en Nueva Orleans renuevan el acuerdo para promover el entendimiento de los derechos de los trabajadores

Descripción del acuerdo: La División de Horas y Salarios del departamento ha renovado su acuerdo con el Consulado de México para proporcionar a los trabajadores hispanohablantes en Luisiana y Mississippi información y guía sobre sus derechos como trabajadores, y acceso a la capacitación.

October 18, 2022

US Department of Labor cites developer, subcontractors for exposing workers to dangerously energized power lines

PATERSON, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor has issued citations to three New Jersey contractors who willfully exposed employees to potentially lethal dangers by allowing them to work near energized power lines at a Paterson worksite.