February 17, 2023

More than 100 children illegally employed in hazardous jobs, federal investigation finds; food sanitation contractor pays $1.5M in penalties

KIELER, WI – One of the nation’s largest food safety sanitation services providers has paid $1.5 million in civil money penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the company employed at least 102 children – from 13 to 17 years of age – in hazardous occupations and had them working overnight shifts at 13 meat processing facilities in eight states.

February 17, 2023

US Labor Department recovers $305K for 80 workers after employer failed to pay correct wage rates on federal contract at Kingsport Army site

Employer:                                          BAE Systems Inc., operating as Ordnance Systems Inc.

                                                                2941 Fairview Park Drive

                                                                Falls Church, VA 22042

Investigation site:                         4509 W Stone Drive

February 17, 2023

Court orders Aliquippa home care provider to pay $285K in back wages, damages to 23 workers after Department of Labor investigation, litigation

ALIQUIPPA, PA As the nation today recognizes the selfless and dedicated work of professional caregivers on National Caregivers Day, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that a federal court has entered a default judgment against an Aliquippa home health provider and its owner, after an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found the employer denied 23 home health aides overtime wages.

February 16, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $139K in back wages for 28 drivers after Florida motor carrier misapplied exemption, denied overtime

Employer:   Juarez M&M Construction Inc., operating as Juarez Construction

Investigation site:  1859 Constitution Drive, Navarre, FL 32566

February 16, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers more than $159K in back wages for 147 employees after Florida produce packer denies overtime

Employer:     Ark Foods Group Inc., operating as Ark Foods

Investigation sites:  855 County Road, Immokalee, FL 34142

                                  1050 Canaan Road, Roebuck, SC 29376

February 16, 2023

Federal investigation finds Barberton toolmaker failed to properly protect drill press operators; three workers suffered preventable injuries

BARBERTON, OH ‒ In less than two years, three workers at a leading tool manufacturer in Barberton suffered injuries from unguarded machinery.

The latest injury occurred on Oct. 26, 2022, when a worker suffered a left thumb amputation while hand-feeding parts into a drill press using air-activated clamps. The worker had been on the job for just three months. In December 2020 and June 2022, two other workers performing similar tasks suffered laceration injuries.

February 16, 2023

US Department of Labor seeking public comments on modernizing program that recognizes employers committed to best safety, health practices

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration is inviting the public and workplace safety stakeholders to share their comments on how the agency can best honor companies who make exceptional commitments to workplace safety and health, and encourage others to follow.

February 16, 2023

Judge affirms Department of Labor findings that Georgia nursery favored 29 foreign workers over US workers; provided unsafe housing

ATLANTA – An administrative law judge has entered a consent order following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that determined a wholesale plant nursery in Miami gave foreign visa workers preferential treatment over U.S. workers, and housed workers in unsafe and unhealthy conditions in Greensboro, Georgia.

February 16, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 194,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 196,000 to 195,000. The 4-week moving average was 189,500, an increase of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 189,250 to 189,000.

February 16, 2023

Department of Labor recovers more than $98K in back wages, damages for 137 employees of Florida electrical contractor who denied proper overtime

Employer:                               Tri-City Electrical Contractors Inc.

Investigation sites:                430 West Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL, 32714 (Headquarters)

                                                13891 Jetport Loop Road, Fort Myers, FL 33913

                                                5911 Breckenridge Parkway, Tampa, FL 33610

February 15, 2023

Federal judge orders Blackhawk Mining, subsidiaries to pay $349K in penalties to resolve more than 530 violations

WASHINGTON – A federal administrative law judge has ordered the operator of mining complexes in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky to pay civil penalties totaling $349,444 to resolve 533 citations for mine safety and health violations U.S. Department of Labor inspectors identified at 14 mines.

February 15, 2023

Slim Chickens’ franchisee failed to correct illegal child labor practices in Avon, months after knowing of same violations at Streetsboro location

AVON, OH – Despite being warned in September 2021 that the hours worked by 14- and 15-year-old employees at its Slim Chickens’ franchise in Streetsboro violated federal law, the owner continued the illegal practices for several months at a second location in Avon, the U.S. Department of Labor has found.

February 15, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $380K in back wages, damages for 126 workers after 2 North Carolina home care employers fail to pay proper overtime

Employers:                            Gentle Shepherd Care LLC

                                                8604 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 144

                                                Charlotte, NC 28269


                                              At Home Personal Care Services Inc.

February 14, 2023

Una planta procesadora de carne de Lancaster puso en peligro a los menores al permitirles realizar tareas peligrosas, trabajar más de lo que permite la ley

LANCASTER, KY Una planta procesadora de carne de Lancaster permitió a ocho empleados menores de edad trabajar fuera de las horas permitidas por el gobierno federal y realizar trabajos peligrosos, según descubrió una investigación federal.

February 14, 2023

Lancaster meat processing plant endangered minors by allowing them to perform hazardous tasks, work more than the law permits

LANCASTER, KY A Lancaster meat processing plant allowed eight minor-aged employees to work outside of federally allowed hours and engage in hazardous work, a federal investigation has found.

February 14, 2023

Ohio restaurant owner forced servers to return wages, keep only tips plus $10 per week, US Department of Labor investigation finds

WAUSEON, OH – The operator of Wauseon restaurant forced servers – who worked an average of 60 hours a week – to cash paychecks and then pay their wages back to him in cash, allowing the workers to keep just the tips they earned plus $20 in each two-week pay period, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.

February 14, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $2.5M grant to promote human, labor rights in the international cut flower supply chains

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an award of $2.5 million to support an initiative to assess and expand the successful Fair Food Program model with a pilot project to promote human and labor rights focused on cut flower farms in Chile, Mexico and South Africa.