September 13, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Albuquerque home healthcare provider denied 64 workers more than $130K in overtime wages, damages

Employer name:                   Advantage Communications Systems Inc.

Investigation site:                 4219 Montgomery Blvd. NE

                                                         Albuquerque, NM 87109

September 13, 2022

US Department of Labor recognizes Owens Corning manufacturer site for workplace safety, health excellence with ‘Star’ designation

Participant:           Owens Corning

                                    5201 Bannock St.

                                    Denver, Colorado

September 13, 2022

US Department of Labor secures $1.8M for 478 Massachusetts construction workers through contempt litigation in federal court

BOSTON – As a result of lengthy civil contempt litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor against two Massachusetts construction companies and their officers, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has approved the distribution of $1.8 million from court-ordered real estate sales and additional funds to 478 workers who were employed by Force Corp., AB Construction Group Inc., Juliano Fernandes and Anderson dos Santos.

September 12, 2022

OSHA, North Texas National Utility Contractors Assoc. to co-host event on trench, excavation safety amid alarming rise in workplace fatalities

WHO:             Occupational Safety and Health Administration

                        North Texas National Utility Contractors Assoc.

WHAT:          Trench training event

WHEN:          Sept. 16, 2022

                        7 a.m. to noon CDT

WHERE:       Bob Jones Park

September 12, 2022

Recent US Department of Labor case findings in New Hampshire, Vermont mirror national increases in child labor violations, young workers’ injuries

MANCHESTER, NH Each year, employers hire millions of young people in the food services, retail, recreation and construction industries to add staff to meet their labor needs during peak periods. At the same time, and in response to increases in violations of federal child labor laws, the U.S. Department of Labor has increased its employer outreach and enforcement actions to help employers prevent young workers’ jobs from jeopardizing their safety and well-being.

September 12, 2022

Federal court forces Chicago restaurant owner to comply with subpoena requesting documents for US Department of Labor wage investigation

CHICAGO – After more than two years, a Chicago restaurant owner has finally complied with an administrative subpoena to provide documentation for a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation. The compliance comes after a federal judge held Wilson Torres, owner of La Bomba Food Restaurant Inc., in contempt and confined him to one night in jail and ordered him to pay $40,500 in fines.

September 12, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $131.8M for Wells Fargo 401(k) participants after investigation finds plan overpaid for company stock

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a settlement with Wells Fargo and Company and Wells Fargo Bank and GreatBanc Trust Company – a plan trustee – that recovers more than $131.8 million for the retirement plan’s participants after a department investigation found that, from 2013 through 2018, the fund overpaid for company stock purchased for the plan.

September 9, 2022

US Department of Labor asks federal judge to compel contractor to provide employment data to complete required federal compliance review

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor has asked the Office of Administrative Law Judges to compel federal contractor Rosemount Inc.

September 9, 2022

Federal judge approves order for owner of Chicago-area real estate company to restore losses after Department of Labor investigation finds funds misappropriated

CHICAGO – Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, a federal court has approved an order requiring the president and owner of a Chicago-area real estate company to restore financial losses to participants after he misappropriated funds from the company’s cash balance pension and profit-sharing plans.

September 9, 2022

US Department of Labor proposes $303K in penalties for Middletown foundry for willfully exposing employees to workplace hazards

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a Middletown foundry willfully exposed workers to numerous safety and health hazards, citing the company for 14 violations with proposed penalties of $303,106.

OSHA opened an inspection on March 9, 2022, at the Engineered Precision Casting Co. – a steel and aluminum foundry – in response to a complaint.

September 8, 2022

READOUT: Secretary Marty Walsh, mental health advocates meet to discuss access to health services, treatment, supportive workplaces

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh met with leading mental health advocacy groups, health care professional associations and other stakeholders today in Washington to discuss workers’ access to mental health services, treatment and supportive workplaces.

September 8, 2022

Illinois trucking repair company cited for exposing workers to confined space hazards after worker fatally injured inspecting trailer

LEMONT, IL – AB & R Repair of Lemont faces $326K in OSHA penalties 48-year-old worker entered a tanker-trailer in Lemont to inspect it as part of an annual U.S. Department of Transportation requirement and was overcome from exposure to bleach and chlorine gas. The worker was found unconscious in the tanker-trailer, he later died of his injuries.

September 8, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $1.9M to 14 organizations nationwide to provide workplace safety, health training; recognize infectious diseases

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Labor today awarded approximately $1.9 million in grants to 14 nonprofits nationwide to fund education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize infectious disease hazards – including coronavirus – and identify preventive measures for a safe workplace.

September 8, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera más de $90,000 en salarios atrasados para 14 trabajadores de una pizzería en la zona de Austin y descubre violaciones de trabajo de menores de edad

Nombre del empleador:        Yaghi Enterprises, Inc. que funciona como Yaghi’s New York Pizzeria                                       

Lugares de investigación:    12400 Hwy. 71 West, Suite 510, Austin

                                                            4220 W. William Cannon Drive, Suite 120, Austin

September 8, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 4,000 from 232,000 to 228,000. The 4-week moving average was 233,000, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,000 from 241,500 to 240,500.

September 7, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Meridian tree services company shortchanged workers of overtime wages, allowed minors to operate hazardous machinery

Employer:                                          Done-Rite Tree Company Inc.

Investigation sites:                            8184 Stewart Road, Meridian, ID 83642

September 7, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $84K in back wages, damages for 44 underpaid workers of Honolulu employer

Employer name:        Raymond’s Painting Co.

Investigation Site:     904 Hikina Lane

                                             Honolulu, HI 96817