January 30, 2023

Federal court requires Las Vegas paint, specialty coatings contractor who intimidated workers to pay $3.6M to 593 employees in four states

LAS VEGAS – After a 2013 investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor that recovered $47,393 from a Nevada paint and specialty coatings contractor and its owner whose illegal pay practices denied 21 Utah workers overtime wages, a reasonable employer might try to avoid repeating a bad and costly decision.

Cory Summerhays, owner of Unforgettable Coatings Inc. – a Las Vegas company operating in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah – chose instead to double down, and then some. 

January 30, 2023

US Department of Labor, Trade Representative again request Mexico review alleged labor rights denial at Piedras Negras auto parts plant

WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement today requested that the government of Mexico conduct another review at the VU Manufacturing parts facility in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, in response to an allegation the facility continues to deny workers’ rights.

January 30, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $399K in overtime back pay, damages for 49 workers at Aurora’s Supermercado Carrera specialty grocery store

AURORA, IL – While workers at a local supermarket stocked shelves, operated cash registers and served customers Mexican hot foods and baked goods, their Aurora employer was denying them their hard-earned overtime pay for two years, the U.S. Department of Labor recently found.

After its investigation, the department’s Wage and Hour Division has recovered a total of $399,851 in back wages and liquidated damages for 49 workers at Supermercado Carrera, a family-owned supermarket.

January 27, 2023

Departamento de Trabajo recupera $399K en horas extra y compensación por daños para 49 trabajadores de Supermercado Carrera en Aurora

AURORA, IL – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubrió recientemente que mientras que los trabajadores de un supermercado local de Aurora suplían estanterías, operaban cajas registradoras y servían a los clientes comidas y productos mexicanos, su empleador les negó durante dos años sus pagos por horas extra.

January 27, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Joliet restaurant employed 25 minors in violation of child labor limits, assesses $18K in penalties

JOLIET, IL – Federal investigators have found a Joliet restaurant and catering company illegally employed 25 minor-aged workers as bussers, runners and dishwashers after 7 p.m. on school nights and 9 p.m. on weekends, and some more than 18 hours a week, and denied seven other workers overtime for hours over 40 in workweek.

January 26, 2023

Federal investigators find employee suffered fatal injuries while duct tape held machine safety guards open at Kingsman plastics plant

KINGMAN, KS ‒ A Kingman plastics manufacturer’s failure to make sure required safety procedures were followed contributed to the death of a worker who suffered fatal injuries when he became entangled in a rotating part inside a bagging machine while trying to clear a jam, a federal workplace safety investigation found.

January 26, 2023

Gainesville psychiatric hospital implements safety measures after federal investigation into series of staff injuries after violent incidents with patients

GAINESVILLE, FL – A Gainesville psychiatric and substance abuse hospital has implemented a series of changes to their safety protocols after the U.S. Department of Labor cited the facility for failing to protect employees from workplace violence after a series of incidents left employees with serious injuries.

January 26, 2023

CORRECTED: Facing manslaughter charge in worker’s 2021 trench collapse death, Colorado contractor who willfully ignored law surrenders to police

BRECKENRIDGE, CO – The owner of a Vail construction company facing a felony manslaughter charge has surrendered to local law enforcement after the Summit County Judge Edward J. Casias issued an arrest warrant on Jan. 23, 2023, related to the findings of a federal safety investigation into a deadly trench collapse in November 2021.

January 26, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $106K in back wages, damages after benefits advisors misclassify 68 workers as independent contractors

Employer:                  Senior Healthcare Advisors LLC

Investigation site:      816 S Military Trail

                                    Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

January 26, 2023

Penalties mount: Fined more than $15M since 2017, familiar Dollar General safety failures in 3 inspections in Florida, Alabama, add $387K more

ATLANTA – Just weeks after being cited with federal safety violations, Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC have once again exposed workers to unsafe conditions, this time at two store locations in Florida and another in Alabama.

January 26, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 186,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 190,000 to 192,000. The 4-week moving average was 197,500, a decrease of 9,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 206,000 to 206,750.

January 25, 2023

US Department of Labor, Drywall and Acoustical Tile Contractors Association renew alliance to promote workplace safety

Participants:      U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational

                                  Safety and Health Administration

                                  Drywall and Acoustical Tile Contractors  


January 25, 2023

Mezcla mortal: Investigaciones de seguridad laboral revelan graves heridas, muerte por explosiones de vapor en dos empresas de Ohio

WATERFORD, OH – Con entrenamiento adecuado, personas que trabajan en instalaciones de fundición de metales saben que mezclar agua y material fundido puede ser un grave error, cuando no mortal, como pudo comprobarse en trágicos incidentes ocurridos en dos empresas de Ohio en 2022.

January 25, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $300K in back wages, damages for 492 workers at Louisville coffee shop that diverted tips to management

Employer:                              Heine Brothers Inc.

Investigation site:                  1301 W. Main St.

                                                Louisville, KY 40203

January 25, 2023

New Hampshire chimney services contractor pays $26K to settle allegations of retaliation, interference with federal investigation of pay practices

MANCHESTER, NH – A Manchester chimney services contractor has paid a total of $26,163 to three workers to resolve allegations that the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s anti-retaliation provisions enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

January 25, 2023

Deadly mix: Federal workplace safety investigations find severe injuries, fatality caused by steam explosions at 2 Ohio companies

WATERFORD, OH ‒ With proper training, people working in metal casting facilities know that mixing water and molten material can be a serious, if not deadly mistake, as tragic incidents at two Ohio companies in 2022 showed.

January 25, 2023

Department of Labor cites US Postal Service with 16 violations for endangering workers at 3 Tennessee facilities, proposes $350K in penalties

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor has found the U.S. Postal Service exposed workers to struck-by, electrical, crushing, fire and other health hazards at facilities in Columbia, Knoxville and Nashville.

January 24, 2023

Fabricante de plásticos se declara culpable de violación deliberada de requisitos de seguridad de OSHA tras la muerte de una trabajadora en 2017

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Una empresa fabricante de plásticos se declaró culpable en una corte federal de Alabama de haber violado deliberadamente requisitos de seguridad ocupacional en el caso de la muerte de una trabajadora de 45 años en Helena en agosto del 2017 que investigó el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.

La Sección de Crímenes Ambientales del Departamento de Justicia de EE.UU. y la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito Norte de Alabama procesaron el caso.