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. 

February 14, 2023

US Department of Labor sues Michigan healthcare facility over alleged retaliation against workers amid wage investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The opening of a federal investigation into the pay practices of a Haslett assisted living facility in the fall of 2021 prompted its owner to threaten employees with termination if they spoke with investigators and trick them into admitting whether or not they had cooperated with the investigation, a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit filed on Feb. 3, 2023, alleges.   

February 14, 2023

Marble Slab Creamery franchisee in Panama City Beach kept workers’ tips illegally, investigation recovers $169K in back wages, damages for 144 workers

Employer:       Marble Slab Creamery of Pier Park Inc., operating as Marble Slab Creamery

Investigation site:    600 Pier Park, Suite 120, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

February 14, 2023

US Department of Labor announces plan to withdraw proposal to reconsider, revoke Arizona State OSHA Plan’s final approval

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration will withdraw its proposal to reconsider and revoke final approval of Arizona’s State Plan for occupational safety and health, and by doing so, will leave the state’s plan in place.

February 13, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. multa a compañía jardinera por permitir que un empleado menor de edad trabajara en ocupaciones peligrosas, lo que provocó lesiones graves

AUSTIN, TX – Una investigación federal descubrió que una compañía de suministros de jardinería de Austin, donde un empleado de 17 años sufrió lesiones graves en un incidente de montacargas en junio de 2021, le permitió trabajar en ocupaciones peligrosas y prohibidas en violación de la ley federal de trabajo de menores de edad.

February 13, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Austin landscape supplier allowed minor-aged employee to do prohibited work, leading to serious injury

AUSTIN, TX – A federal investigation has found an Austin landscape supply company, where a 17-year-old employee suffered serious injuries in a forklift incident in June 2021, allowed them to work in hazardous and prohibited occupations in violation of federal child labor law.

February 13, 2023

US Department of Labor announces $4.25M award to advance global action against forced labor by supporting International Labor Organization

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an award of $4.25 million to continue its efforts to end forced labor by supporting a global technical assistance project by the International Labor Organization, a United Nations’ agency seeking to advance social and economic justice by setting international labor standards and promoting rights at work.

February 13, 2023

READOUT: US Department of Labor expands OSHA’s ability to protect all workers by certifying special visa applications to ensure effective enforcement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joined Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker today to sign a memorandum that gives the Occupational Safety and Health Administration the authority to issue certifications in support of applications for U Nonimmigrant Status and T Nonimmigrant Status visas.