October 14, 2020

Statement from U.S. Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released the following statement:

October 13, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development In Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he visited the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors to meet with apprentices. Earlier in the day, Secretary Scalia joined Congressmen John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (PA-15) at JWF Industries in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to highlight workforce development and economic recovery.

October 13, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he joined Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) and Congressman Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (PA-15) to highlight workforce development through apprenticeships. Secretary Scalia and the congressmen toured JWF Industries and met with company leadership and apprentices.

October 12, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Delivers Columbus Day and Our American Heritage Speech at Franciscan University of Steubenville

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Steubenville, Ohio, where he delivered remarks at Franciscan University of Steubenville to commemorate Columbus Day as well as America’s national heritage.

The speech included the following excerpts:

October 11, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers And Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

October 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Orders CSX Transportation Inc. to Reinstate, Pay Back Wages and Damages to Employee Who Reported Hazard, Injury

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered CSX Transportation Inc. – headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida – to reinstate and pay more than $95,000 in back wages to an employee terminated by the company for reporting an unsafe customer gate and an on-the-job injury. OSHA also ordered the rail-based freight transportation company to pay the employee $75,000 in punitive damages, $27,000 in compensatory damages, and attorney’s fees.

October 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $913,133 In Coronavirus Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Oct. 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 62 establishments for violations, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $913,133.

OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:

October 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Urges Workers, Employers and Public To Be Aware of Hazards After Hurricane Delta

DALLAS, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urges response crews and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Delta to be aware of hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris.

October 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Urges Workers, Employers and Public To Be Aware of Hazards After Hurricane Delta

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urges response crews and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Delta to be aware of hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees, and storm debris.

October 9, 2020

Don Pancho Restaurant Chain to Pay $563,350 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage, Child Labor Violations

CLARKSVILLE, TN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Don Pancho Mexican Restaurant will pay $563,350 in back wages to 120 employees after an investigation found minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at three Tennessee locations in Mount Juliet, Ashland City and Jackson.

October 8, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development And Economic Recovery During Visit to Miami, Florida

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Miami, Florida, where he visited Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus and participated in a roundtable conversation with college leadership and Miami business leaders to discuss the Administration’s efforts to train American workers for valuable careers in healthcare. Following the roundtable, Secretary Scalia toured the campus, observed some of the educational programs and spoke with students. 

October 8, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds New Hampshire Restaurants Violated Federal Wage and Child Labor Law

MANCHESTER, NH – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Mammoth Restaurant Group has paid $75,012 in back wages to 63 employees to resolve violations of the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at two restaurants in Manchester, New Hampshire. The employer also paid $5,377 in civil money penalties for child labor violations.

October 8, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 840,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 12,000 from 837,000 to 849,000. The 4-week moving average was 857,000, a decrease of 13,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 3,000 from 867,250 to 870,250.

October 7, 2020

Federal Contractor to Pay $503,000, Make Other Remedies to Resolve Discrimination Allegations in Federal Compliance Review

WASHINGTON, DC - Federal subcontractor Potomac Abatement Inc. – a construction company based in Jessup, Maryland – has entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to pay $503,000 in back wages and interest, and extend job offers to 16 class members to remedy allegations of racial bias against 179 employees. 

October 7, 2020

Guam Janitorial and Ground Maintenance Services Company to Pay Back Wages, Benefits and Penalties after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

DEDEDO, GUAM – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a janitorial and ground maintenance services company and federal contractor in Guam will pay $22,648 to workers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

October 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Alsco Inc. Enter Agreement To Resolve Alleged Hiring Discrimination in Lanham, Maryland

LANHAM, MDThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Alsco Inc. have entered into an Early Resolution Conciliation Agreement to resolve allegations of systematic hiring discrimination at its Lanham, Maryland, facility. Alsco Inc.

October 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor to Mark Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week, November 8-14, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week will occur from November 8 through 14, 2020.

October 7, 2020

Alabama Janitorial Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Family Leave to Care for Children Learning Virtually During Pandemic

BESSEMER, AL – Eagle Cleaning Services Inc. – a janitorial services company based in Bessemer, Alabama – has paid $2,066 in back wages after the employer wrongly denied paid leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) to an employee who missed work to care for children engaged in distance learning. The children’s school was closed for in-person learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

October 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and the University of Delaware Enter Agreement to Resolve Alleged Hiring Discrimination

NEWARK, DE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has entered into an early resolution conciliation agreement with the University of Delaware in Newark, to resolve allegations of systemic hiring discrimination. The university has agreed to pay $100,000 in back pay, interest and benefits to the affected male class members who applied and were not hired for custodial technician positions.

October 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Interim Final Rule to Protect Wages of American Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that will help protect the wages and job opportunities of American workers by reforming the prevailing wage methodology used by the Department in several foreign worker programs.