April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $265,001 in Back Wages For Roofing Contractor’s Employees After Overtime Violations Found

THONOTOSASSA, FL – Orion Builders Service Inc. – based in Thonotosassa, Florida – has paid $265,001 in back wages to 67 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $17,753 in civil money penalties for repeat violations.

April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Mississippi Sheriff’s Department Paying $51,389 in Back Wages for Overtime Violations

MENDENHALL, MS – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Simpson County Sheriff's Department – based in Mendenhall, Mississippi – has paid $51,389 in back wages to 43 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts Event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee For Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

OAK RIDGE, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an event on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to discuss the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Representatives from the Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will present information on their roles in the program.

April 17, 2019

Florida Contractor Pays $123,650 In Back Wages, Benefits After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Fine Tune Enterprises Inc. - a cleaning service company based in Orlando, Florida - has paid $123,650 in back wages and fringe benefits to 44 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated labor requirements of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Partners with Contractors to Promote Safety During Construction of Florida Development Project

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with the University of South Florida, SafetyFlorida Consultation Program, H.J. High Construction, and the Haskell Co. to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the City of Boynton Beach’s Town Square development project in Boynton Beach, Florida.

April 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Funding to Florida To Continue Disaster Relief Efforts After Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded additional National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to provide career and training services to individuals forced to relocate in the storm's aftermath and to continue disaster-relief efforts in response to Hurricane Michael.

April 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of up to $400,000 In Brookwood-Sago Grants for Mine Safety Education and Training

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the availability of up to $400,000 in funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation's mines.

April 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding for Cooperative Agreements to Assist Veterans and Transitioning Servicemembers Attain Occupational Licenses

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of up to $2.5 million for cooperative agreements with partnerships that will work to increase and expedite attainment of state occupational licenses by veterans and transitioning servicemembers. Through this funding opportunity, the Department expects to award one to three cooperative agreements for between $750,000 and $2,500,000; and the projects will have a three-year period of performance. 

April 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership to Promote Safety During Bridge Construction Project in Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Walsh Construction Company II LLC have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health during the demolition, remodeling, and construction of the I-480 Valley View Bridge Project in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

April 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Company Paying Back Wages, Penalties for H-2B Visa Violations

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – Green Meadows Lawnscape Inc. – operating as Green Meadows Turf & Tree Inc. and based in Rochester Hills, Michigan – has paid $130,325 in back wages to 50 employees to resolve alleged violations of the federal H-2B Visa program for non-immigrant temporary employees and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid civil money penalties of $9,675.

April 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Provides National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to Combat Opioid Crisis in Florida

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for up to $2,500,000, with $833,333 released initially. This grant funding will address the workforce impacts of the opioid crisis by providing employment services to eligible individuals affected by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.  

April 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Effort to Reduce Unemployment Insurance Improper Payments

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a series of new initiatives aimed at reducing improper payments in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.

April 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Signs Alliance with Colorado Construction Workers Involved in Bridge and Highway Projects

DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) have signed an alliance to provide the Colorado construction infrastructure industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources.

April 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Illinois Funeral Directors Association Sign Alliance to Improve Workplace Safety

PEORIA, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed an alliance with the Illinois On-Site Consultation Program, and Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) to address safety and health hazards faced by industry employees.

April 11, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 196,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since October 4, 1969 when it was 193,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 202,000 to 204,000. The 4-week moving average was 207,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since December 6, 1969 when it was 204,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 213,500 to 214,000.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Southern New Jersey Contractor For Disregarding Fall Protection Requirements

SOUDERTON, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Brutus Construction Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other safety hazards at a worksite in Souderton, Pennsylvania. The company faces $181,699 in penalties.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Middle Island, New York

MIDDLE ISLAND, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an event on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Middle Island, New York, to discuss the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will present information on their roles in the program.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $87.5 Million in Grants to Improve Employment Opportunities for Americans Exiting the Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor recently made available $82.5 million in Reentry Employment Opportunity grants and $5 million in Fidelity Bonding Demonstration grants to improve employment opportunities for young adults and adults exiting the criminal justice system.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Efforts to Enhance Wage Compliance in Northeast’s Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service Industry

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has begun an education and enforcement initiative to address common Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations and to enhance compliance with federal wage laws in the dry cleaning and laundry services industry in the Northeast Region of the United States.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Plastics Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Amputations after Worker Injury

PICAYUNE, MS – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Heritage Plastics Inc. for exposing employees to amputations at the company's facility in Picayune, Mississippi. The plastics manufacturer faces $159,118 in penalties, including a willful violation that carries the maximum penalty allowed.