March 18, 2021

Michigan commercial cleaning company to pay $56K in back wages, $51K in penalties for violations of guest worker visa requirements

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The H-2B Visa program exists to help supply employers with temporary foreign workers they need while protecting U.S. workers’ access to the same jobs. The program does not permit employers to misuse the program and not pay foreign and U.S. workers the same legally required wages.

March 18, 2021

US Department of Labor announces availability of $87.5M in funding to states to expand, diversify Registered Apprenticeship Programs

WASHINGTON, DCThe U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $87.5 million for grants to expand Registered Apprenticeships across the nation, with up to $40 million of those funds in grants awarded to states that implement required diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and demonstrate their commitment to adopt, expand and promote these efforts.

March 18, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 770,000, an increase of 45,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 13,000 from 712,000 to 725,000. The 4-week moving average was 746,250, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 3,250 from 759,000 to 762,250.

March 17, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $25M in funding to support education, employment training for workforce entry by justice-involved young adults

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $25 million to fund grants to approximately six organizations to provide education and employment training to young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who left high school before graduation, or are currently or have been involved previously with the juvenile or adult criminal justice system.

March 17, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $3.6M in incremental funding for grant providing employment, training services to respond to opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced incremental funding of $3,666,666, to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to continue providing services to communities statewide significantly affected by the health and economic impacts of widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

March 17, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $1.5M grant to support veterans transitioning to workforce in Texas communities struck hard by pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding of $1,561,667 for a National Dislocated Worker Grant for Adaptive Construction Solutions Inc. to support employment and training services to eligible transitioning military service members in Texas communities harmed significantly by the pandemic.

March 16, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $327K in back wages for 223 employees of Ohio-based health care services provider

DELAWARE, OH – Creative Foundations Inc. has paid $327,848 in back wages to 223 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the Delaware-based employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime and child labor requirements. The department assessed $671 in civil money penalties for the employer’s child labor violations.

March 16, 2021

​​​​​​​US Department of Labor, El Paso Association of Contractors renew alliance to protect safety, health of construction workers

EL PASO, TX – Construction is a high hazard industry that comprises various activities that can expose workers to serious injuries. Depending on the job, construction workers may face falls, trench and scaffold collapses, slips, trips and other dangers.

March 16, 2021

U.S. Department of Labor issues new guidance to states on implementing American Rescue Plan Act Unemployment Insurance provisions

WASHINGTON, DC – The signing of the American Rescue Plan Act significantly expanded the number of weeks that many workers will be able to collect pandemic-related unemployment insurance benefits. Now, the U.S.

March 16, 2021

OSHA, grain industry leaders say small changes have big impacts

WASHINGTON, DC ‒ Today, six of every 10 workers trapped in a grain bin don’t make it out alive. This is a frightening reality, but one that the nation’s 8,378 off-farm grain storage facilities’ operators can change by following common sense approaches that truly may be the difference between life and death.

March 16, 2021

US Department of Labor announces funding available for researchers to study equity for underserved communities

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Summer Data Challenge competition for emerging and established scholars to analyze how federal labor policies, protections and programs reach traditionally underserved communities.

March 16, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation results in judge debarring North Carolina farm labor contractor for numerous guest worker visa program violations

SMITHFIELD, NC – Temporary foreign workers are essential contributors to America’s agricultural workforce, and laws enforced by several federal departments, including the U.S. Department of Labor, govern their hiring, wages and working conditions.

March 15, 2021

OSHA cites New Jersey frozen dessert manufacturer after second amputation injury on same machine

LAKEWOOD, NJ – Despite two severe amputation injuries in 2018 and 2020 on the same machine at a Lakewood ice cream manufacturing plant, a recent federal safety and health inspection found the company continues to ignore protocols designed to prevent other workers from suffering similar injuries.

March 12, 2021

OSHA launches program to protect high-risk workers from coronavirus, focuses on employers that retaliate against workers with safety concerns

WASHINGTON, DC In response to President Biden’s executive order on protecting worker health and safety, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a national emphasis program focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus.

March 11, 2021

OSHA cites Chicago container shipping company after employee suffers leg amputation, crushed pelvis when run over by powered industrial vehicle

CHICAGO – Working at a Chicago shipping facility, an employee suffered a leg amputation and crushed pelvis after he fell off and was then run over by a powered heavy-lift vehicle used to move and stack steel containers. The 30-year-old recent hire suffered injuries after being allowed to ride unsecured on the vehicle.

March 11, 2021

US Department of Labor announces proposals to rescind two rules that undermine worker protections against unfair pay practices

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced proposals to rescind two final rules that would significantly weaken protections afforded to American workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

March 11, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 712,000, a decrease of 42,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 9,000 from 745,000 to 754,000. The 4-week moving average was 759,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,250 from 790,750 to 793,000.

March 10, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $102K in back wages for 11 Tampa restaurant workers after investigation uncovers overtime violations

TAMPA, FL A Tampa restaurant enterprise has paid $102,894 in back wages to 11 workers after a federal investigation found the employer illegally denied them overtime pay.

March 10, 2021

US Department of Labor orders one of the nation’s largest railway companies to pay more than $290K in damages, reinstate whistleblower

FORT WORTH, TX – An employee of one of the nation’s largest North American freight railroad networks will receive more than $290,000 in back pay, damages and fees, and be reinstated to their job after the U.S. Department of Labor found the worker’s rights were violated under the Federal Railroad Safety Act.

March 10, 2021

US Department of Labor issues stronger mine safety guidance on coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor issued today stronger worker safety guidance to help mine operators and mine workers implement a coronavirus protection program and better identify risks that could lead to exposure.