April 2, 2024

US Department of Labor to award up to $67.1M to help youth, young adults with disabilities overcome obstacles to employment

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $10.5 million to fund the first year of four, five-year cooperative agreements aimed at developing strategies to assist youth and young adults with disabilities — particularly in underserved communities — in successfully transitioning into the workforce.

The awards have been granted to the Connecticut Department of Labor, Kansas Department of Commerce, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the New York Department of Labor.

April 2, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $125K in back wages for 23 workers after finding Lexington pub, restaurant operated invalid tip pool

Employer:                             Krafty Draft Brew Pub LLC

                                                269 Charter Oak Road 

                                                Lexington, SC 29072

April 2, 2024

US Department of Labor announces final amendment to ‘QPAM exemption’

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Employee Benefits Security Administration has released a final amendment to Class Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-14, also known as the Qualified Professional Asset Manager Exemption, which permits various parties related to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts to engage in transactions involving plan and IRA assets.

April 1, 2024

Department of Labor, Office of Trade Representative seek review of alleged labor rights’ denial at Nuevo León, Mexico, industrial parts facility

WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement today requested the Mexican government review an allegation that workers’ rights are being denied at the Servicios Industriales González industrial parts manufacturing facility in Nuevo León, Mexico.

April 1, 2024

US Department of Labor to hold benefits assistance events in Pennsylvania for current, former coal miners disabled by black lung disease, survivors

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Federal Black Lung Program will host four outreach events in Pennsylvania from April 8-11 for current and former coal miners suffering disabilities related to black lung disease, and their families to assist them in filing or refiling claims for benefits. 

March 29, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $25K in back wages, damages after finding Cowpens plumbing company shortchanged 17 workers’ overtime

Employer:                       Williams Plumbing & Associates Inc.

                                                243 Battleground Road

March 29, 2024

US Department of Labor issues final rule to clarify rights to employee representation during OSHA inspections

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the rights of employees to authorize a representative to accompany an Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance officer during an inspection of their workplace will be published in the Federal Register on April 1.

March 28, 2024

Ohio painting company pays $30K in child labor penalties for employing 17-year-old teens to paint houses, work from roofs

Employers:    Neubert Painting Inc., Brook Park, Ohio

                         John Neubert, owner

Action:           U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation

March 28, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 210,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 210,000 to 212,000. The 4-week moving average was 211,000, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 211,250 to 211,750.

March 27, 2024

Department of Labor holds PrimeLending vice president, managers liable after employees fired for reporting consumer fraud concerns

SAN FRANCISCO ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a former senior vice president and two managers employed by PrimeLending to pay $35,000 in emotional damages and the legal fees of two California employees who the company fired illegally after they reported a branch manager pressured them to pass on fees to loan applicants caused by the company’s internal processing delays. 

March 27, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo recupera casi $100K en salarios, daños y perjuicios para 31 trabajadores de construcción en Oklahoma

Nombre de la empresa:                    Future Inc.

Lugares de la investigación:           10216 Oak Dr.

March 27, 2024

Department of Labor recovers nearly $100K in wages, damages for 31 misclassified Oklahoma construction workers

Employer name:                      Future Inc.

Investigation sites:               10216 Oak Dr

                                                        Newalla, OK 74857

March 27, 2024

Court orders Minnesota carnival operators to pay $146K in back wages to temporary foreign workers denied wages, $63K in civil money penalties

Employers:    GoldStar Amusements Inc., owner Michael Featherston, Fairbault, Minnesota

                         Lee’s Concessions Inc., owner Connie Featherston, Fairbault, Minnesota          

Action:           U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge decision

Court:             U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, Cincinnati, Ohio

March 26, 2024

US Department of Labor awards $175K to continue support of temporary employment, assistance in Mississippi after severe storms, tornadoes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the incremental award of $175,000 to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to support continued disaster-relief employment for residents as the state continues to recover after severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes killed 21 people and ravaged towns in March 2023.

March 26, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation of employee’s severe injuries finds Ohio manufacturer failed to correct similar hazards cited in 2022

SHELBY, OH ‒ Despite citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for similar hazards at its Shelby facility in 2022, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products USA LLC — a subsidiary of one of North America’s largest steel suppliers — failed to protect a 60-year-old employee from severe injuries after they became caught in a pinch point created by a bundle of steel tubes and a rotating roller conveyor in December 2023.

March 26, 2024

Federal court forbids Framingham restaurants, owner from threatening workers during US Department of Labor investigation, litigation

BOSTON  The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent preliminary injunction and order in federal court forbidding a Framingham restaurant and its owner from threatening or retaliating against employees and interfering with the department’s ongoing litigation.

March 26, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation finds HBD/Thermoid again exposed employees to unsafe conditions, proposes additional $321K in penalties

BELLEFONTAINE, OH ‒ In October 2023, following the receipt of a complaint, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors opened an inspection at an Ohio industrial hose manufacturer’s Bellefontaine plant. This was OSHA’s eighth investigation into HBD Thermoid Inc. since 2013. 

March 25, 2024

Investigation recovers $560K for workers denied full wages, benefits by District of Columbia behavioral health department’s group homes provider

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $560,000 after its investigation found an operator of group homes deprived 34 workers in the District of Columbia-area of their full wages and fringe benefits.

March 25, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers more than $140K in back wages, damages for 118 home healthcare workers employed by two Louisiana companies 

NEW ORLEANS  Among the nation’s lowest paid workers, home healthcare employees are asked to work long hours routinely to provide help to people in need. Too often, these workers are shortchanged by employers’ unfair pay practices as was the case for 118 employees of two North Louisiana home healthcare providers, Twin City Home Care Services in Monroe and Divine Services LLC in Minden.