May 24, 2021

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. logra sentencia para que empresa de logística de California pague $122K en horas extra, compensaciones y multas

WEST COVINA, CA – Un proveedor de servicios logísticos de almacenamiento y distribución para la industria de ropa y moda para el hogar de Ontario dijo a trabajadores que registraran sólo 8 horas de trabajo al día independientemente de la cantidad de horas que realmente trabajaran. El hallazgo del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. fue corroborado recientemente por una corte federal en California.

May 24, 2021

US Department of Labor secures judgment requiring Southern California logistics company to pay $122K in overtime back wages, damages, penalties

WEST COVINA, CA – An Ontario logistics provider of warehousing and distribution services for the home fashion and apparel industry told workers to record only 8 hours of labor each day regardless of how many hours they actually worked – a finding of the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed by a federal court in California recently.

May 24, 2021

US Department of Labor obtains preliminary injunction restraining Massachusetts contractor from retaliating against employees

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts prohibiting a Canton contractor from retaliating against former and current employees who cooperate with the department’s Wage and Hour Division investigation or engage in other activity protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 24, 2021

Detroit contractor pays $82K in back wages, fringe benefits to 19 laborers after US Department of Labor finds federal violations

WARREN, MI – The Davis Bacon and Related Acts require contractors on federally funded projects to pay all laborers on site prevailing wage rates and benefits, and mandates that prime contractors make sure their subcontractors follow the rules.

May 21, 2021

US Departments of Homeland Security, Labor issue joint rule supplementing H-2B visa cap

WASHINGTON, DC – The Departments of Labor and Homeland Security have published a joint temporary final rule making available an additional 22,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural guest worker visas for fiscal year 2021 to employers who are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers.

May 21, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU., grupos de defensa locales, ofrecerán un seminario web en español sobre salarios, protecciones para trabajadores

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU., en colaboración con El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos y NM Comunidades en Acción Y De Fé (café), el Departamento de Soluciones para la Fuerza Laboral de Nuevo México y Somos Un Pueblo Unido presentarán un seminario web en español sobre la iniciativa de Trabajadores Esenciales ‒ Protecciones Esenciales

May 20, 2021

US Department announces OSHA rule proposal to clarify handrail, stair rail system requirements in general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing updates in the handrail and stair rail system requirements for its general industry, Walking-Working Surfaces standard.

May 20, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Columbus chemical company for exposing workers to host of safety hazards at manufacturing facility

COLUMBUS, GA – HPPE LLC must meet exacting standards to manufacture pharmaceutical-related products, but an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found serious hazards that could impact the safety and health of its employees.

May 20, 2021

US Department of Labor to host webinar for teens, parents, employers, educators on how federal, state laws protect Pennsylvania’s teen workers

PHILADELPHIA – As millions of teens enter the summer seasonal workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor has scheduled a webinar for teens, parents, employers and educators to review how federal and state laws protect teen workers. The virtual event will be held Thursday, May 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.

May 20, 2021

OSHA’s strategic partnership with Holder Construction, Georgia Tech results in improved workplace safety conditions and increased involvement from workers with their safety

ATLANTA – Since 1998, the U.S. Department of Labor has maintained the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Strategic Partnership Program. More than 850 partnerships have been formed to date, covering more than 31,300 employers and 2.5 million workers nationwide – with the goal of improving safety during large construction projects.

May 20, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 444,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 473,000 to 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 504,750, a decrease of 30,500 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 534,000 to 535,250.

May 18, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers more than $150K in wages after investigation finds federal contractor failed to pay employees properly

NASHVILLE, TN – A federal contractor that provides transportation and parking valet service for veterans attending medical appointments has paid $158,068 in back wages to 66 workers to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act found in a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.

May 18, 2021

OSHA finds three California contractors failed to conduct inspections, identify hazards in investigation of fatal incident at Agua Caliente Casino

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA – Just a month after the new Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City opened, a metal gate near the casino’s loading dock collapsed, crushing a 41-year-old construction worker under its 3,000-pound weight.

May 17, 2021

US Department of Labor launches additional employment, career workshops to provide support to transitioning military spouses

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has launched five additional pilot workshops to support military spouses in meeting their employment and career goals.

May 17, 2021

OSHA cites High Springs roofing contractor for workplace safety failures for the 8th time; proposes $183K in penalties

High Springs, FL Despite the unfortunate truth that more than 800 construction workers in the U.S. die each year in job-related incidents – with falls the leading cause – a federal workplace safety inspection has cited a High Springs roofing contractor for the eighth time for failing to protect workers from fatal fall hazards and other dangers.

May 14, 2021

US Department of Labor reaches agreement with Conduent Inc. to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at Oklahoma facility

YUKON, OK – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Conduent Inc. to resolve alleged systemic hiring discrimination against Black, Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander applicants for customer care assistant positions at its Yukon facility.

May 13, 2021

US Department of Labor announces ‘America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion’ is 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the theme for 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” Held each October, the annual commemoration raises awareness about disability employment issues, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

May 13, 2021

OSHA, Maine Brewers’ Guild, Maine Department of Labor’s Workplace Safety and Health Division partner to promote worker safety

AUGUSTA, ME – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Maine Department of Labor Workplace Safety and Health Division (SafetyWorks!) and the Maine Brewers’ Guild have formed an alliance to promote worker safety and health in the Maine brewing industry. 

May 13, 2021

US Department of Labor announces 18-month delay to rule affecting prevailing wage for certain immigrants, non-immigrants

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an 18-month delay in the effective date of the final rule, “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.”

Published in January 2021, the final rule affects employers seeking to employ foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis through certain immigrant visas or through H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 non-immigrant visas.  The final rule will now go into effect on Nov. 14, 2022.