May 17, 2022

As the Northwest’s summer season approaches, recent federal investigations should remind employers to make youth employment beneficial for all

PORTLAND, OR – As the summer hiring season looms, employers are offering more opportunities for youth-aged workers to earn money and gain work experience than in recent years. In preparation for their early ventures into the working world, young workers should familiarize themselves – and employers should review practices and ensure compliance –with federal labor laws designed to ensure that the experience is rewarding and safe.

May 17, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Breckenridge contractor willfully exposed workers to trench hazards after fatal cave-in

BRECKENRIDGE, CO – One worker suffered fatal injuries and two co-workers barely escaped similar fates when they were rescued from a trench that collapsed as they installed sewer pipes in a Breckenridge neighborhood on Nov. 16, 2021.

May 17, 2022

US Department of Labor to offer prevailing wage compliance seminars online for federal contractors, contracting agencies, unions, workers

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor will offer online compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other stakeholders to provide information on the requirements governing payment of prevailing wages on federally funded construction and service contracts.

May 17, 2022

US Department of Labor debars Geismar plumbing contractor from work on federal contracts for egregious violations of wage, benefits laws

Employer name:                     Morales Plumbing LLC

Investigation site:                  Meadows at Nicholson Family Apartments

                                                         11777 Nicholson Drive

May 17, 2022

Kroger supermarket allowed minors to engage in hazardous work, exceed hours standards, US Department of Labor investigation in Mississippi finds

Employer:                                 The Kroger Co. Inc.

Investigation site:                3095 Goodman Road

                                                       Southaven, MS 38672

May 17, 2022

US Department of Labor urges caution to avoid fall, electrical, other hazards during spring storm cleanup throughout South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, SD - After severe weather, such as the windstorm that roared across South Dakota on May 12, workers and others involved in storm cleanup may face hazards related to falls, downed power lines and sharp debris as they conduct recovery and cleanup operations.

Employers and workers should also be aware of heat illness and hazards from equipment used during response/recovery operations, such as chain saws.

May 16, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $198K for 19 workers denied overtime pay by Lynchburg, Virginia, restaurant

US Department of Labor recovers $198K for 19 workers denied overtime pay by Lynchburg, Virginia, restaurant

Employer name:                   

Jalisco Inc., doing business as La Carreta Mexican Restaurant

8210 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502

Investigation findings:         

May 16, 2022

Grand jury indicts Didion Milling Inc., six managers on nine counts related to five deaths, numerous serious injuries in 2017 Cambria corn mill explosion

CAMBRIA, WI – A federal grand jury has indicted the operator and six management officials of a Cambria corn mill – where a May 31, 2017, explosion killed five workers and injured 15 others – on nine criminal counts, including two counts related to willful violations of federal workplace safety standards for grain handling.

May 16, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $225K in back wages for agricultural workers in California, assesses five farms $54K in penalties

SAN FRANCISCO Migrant workers in the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program provide critical seasonal labor on farms across California, spending weeks away from home doing the grueling work needed to support the state’s $49 billion agricultural industry.

May 13, 2022

READOUT: Secretary Walsh discusses strengthening economy; ensuring ‘Good Jobs’ through investments in job quality at panel discussion today

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joined business leaders for panel discussion today on how private-sector employers can recruit, retain and strengthen their workforce through investments in job quality.

May 13, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Continental Tire plant for multiple safety violations after 3 workers suffer severe injuries on consecutive days

MOUNT VERNON, IL In two separate incidents on consecutive days in November 2021, three workers at a southern Illinois tire plant suffered severe injuries in incidents associated with a mixer containing a combustible dust and a flammable gas, guarding moving equipment and the failure to implement and enforce procedures to control the unintentional energization of equipment during servicing.

May 13, 2022

Federal appeals court unanimously rules Kentucky mine operator illegally gave advance notice of inspection to miners underground

WASHINGTON A federal appeals court has ruled unanimously that the operator of a Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, coal mine violated the federal Mine Safety and Health Act more than a decade ago by giving underground miners advance notice that mine inspectors were conducting an inspection.

May 13, 2022

US Department of Labor to hold listening session for Midwest employers, industry stakeholders on possible revisions to overtime regulations

CHICAGO The U.S. Department of Labor will hold an online listening session for Midwest workers, employers and other stakeholders on May 20, 2022, on possible revisions to the regulations that enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees.

May 13, 2022

US Department of Labor issues guidance on allotments, application process for new program year’s workforce investment programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that its Employment and Training Administration has issued guidance to inform states and outlying areas about their formula allotments and the process to apply for certain programs for the start of the program year on July 1, 2022.

May 12, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $799K in back wages after investigation finds North Jersey contractor paid electricians incorrect wages, fringe benefits

JERSEY CITY, NJ – A federal investigation of a Jersey City electrical subcontractor on a federally funded residential townhome and apartments project in Paterson found the employer paid 11 electricians wages and fringe benefits at the lower rate paid to laborers, a violation of the law.

May 12, 2022

READOUT: Labor Department’s Deputy Undersecretary Lee, Vietnamese Minister Dung confirm future labor dialogue

WASHINGTON On May 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Thea Lee met with Vietnam’s Minister for Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Đào Ngọc Dung to discuss labor issues of mutual interest.

May 12, 2022

Technological services company pays $319K in overtime back wages to 57 employees at Rochester, New York, location

Employer name:                   Pictometry International Corp., doing business as EagleView Technologies Inc., 25 Methodist Hill Drive, Rochester, N.Y. 14623

May 12, 2022

US Department of Labor reminds Northeast employers that workers need protection from dangers of heat illness

BOSTON – As temperatures rise in New England, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers and workers not to ignore the dangers of working in hot weather – indoors and out – and remember that “Water. Rest. Shade.” can be the difference between ending the workday safely or suffering serious injuries or worse.

May 12, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 203,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 200,000 to 202,000. The 4-week moving average was 192,750, an increase of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 188,000 to 188,500.