July 1, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 364,000, a decrease of 51,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 4,000 from 411,000 to 415,000. The 4-week moving average was 392,750, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 397,750 to 398,750.

June 30, 2021

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $98,000 para 39 trabajadores de la construcción a los que empleador de Jamul negó pago de sobretiempo

SAN DIEGO – Aunque una empresa de construcción del Sur de California pagó a sus empleados las primeras 40 horas trabajadas cada semana de acuerdo con la Ley de Normas Razonables de Trabajo,  una investigación federal encontró que las prácticas del empleador respecto al

June 30, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $98K for 39 construction workers denied overtime wages by Jamul employer

SAN DIEGO – While the way a Southern California construction company paid employees the first 40 hours each week complied with the Fair Labor Standards Act, federal investigators found the employer’s overtime pay practices did not.

June 30, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Oaks Integrated Care failed to protect workers from coronavirus exposure at two New Jersey facilities

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ – Following a coronavirus outbreak in March that led to the deaths of two workers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a Mount Holly-based healthcare provider failed to implement a required coronavirus prevention program at two of its locations.

June 30, 2021

St. Louis metal finishing company pays $45K in back wages, benefits to employee terminated illegally while on protected leave

ST. LOUIS, MO – The federal Family and Medical Leave Act entitles workers to take unpaid, job-protected leave to care for their own or a family member’s serious health condition, so when a St. Louis metal finishing company terminated an employee on protected FMLA leave without notice, the U.S. Department of Labor intervened.

June 29, 2021

US Department of Labor, Office of the US Trade Representative convene inaugural meeting of US-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Labor Council

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative met with their counterparts in the Mexican and Canadian governments June 29 for the first meeting of the Labor Council as established under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

June 29, 2021

Court orders two Minnesota restaurants to pay $435k in back wages following US Department of Labor investigation

MINNEAPOLIS – Imagine being on your feet 60 hours a week serving customers but getting paid for just 30, or working more than 10 hours a day as a cook or dishwasher for a flat salary and being denied minimum wage and overtime protections because your employer wrongly classified you as an independent contractor and not as an employee.

June 29, 2021

US Department of Labor cites grain facility for workplace safety failures following dust explosion that severely injured worker

ADRIAN, MO – Had MFA Enterprises Inc. – operating as West Central Agri Services – addressed potential dust ignition sources, an explosion that seriously injured an employee and caused the destruction of the main elevator at an Adrian grain loading facility might not have happened. OSHA cited the grain-handling facility for one willful and six serious safety violations, and proposed penalties of $215,525.

June 29, 2021

US Department of Labor, Worley Group reach agreement to resolve alleged gender-based pay discrimination in Houston

HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Worley Group, to resolve alleged pay discrimination affecting 42 female, Black and Hispanic employees at its Houston location, formerly operated by Jacobs Engineering. The company’s parent, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is a federal defense contractor. In April 2019, Worley Group assumed control of Jacobs Engineering’s Houston operations.

June 29, 2021

US Department of Labor announces availability of $43M in funds to support reemployment of workers displaced by the pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the funding availability of approximately $43 million in grants to help reemploy dislocated workers most affected by the economic and employment fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

June 28, 2021

US Department of Labor orders Lansing chemical manufacturer to reinstate whistleblower who questioned accounting practices

LANSING, MI – After an account manager continually expressed concerns and objections about a proposed accounting practice they believed to be illegal, Equistar Chemicals L.P. in Lansing placed the account manager on a performance improvement program and, ultimately, fired them.

June 28, 2021

US Department of Labor sues Pennsylvania manufacturing company, owner for firing employee in retaliation for reporting safety concerns

PLAINS TOWNSHIP, PA The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against a Luzerne County paper products manufacturing company and its owner after they fired a worker for raising safety concerns and asking several times for safety gloves to operate a shredder and baler. Prior to the employee suffering injury while operating the machine, their supervisor denied multiple requests for protective equipment.

June 28, 2021

US Foods will pay nearly $160K to resolve alleged hiring discrimination identified in US Department of Labor audit of Illinois distribution center

ROSEMONT, IL – US Foods will pay $159,550 in back pay and interest to 114 female and Black job applicants as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to resolve alleged hiring discrimination found at its Bensenville distribution facility. The company will also offer jobs to 16 applicants.

June 25, 2021

CORRECTED: US Department of Labor, Bechtel subsidiary reach agreement to resolve alleged gender-based pay discrimination in Houston

HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals Inc., to resolve alleged pay discrimination affecting 22 female employees at its Houston location.

June 24, 2021

US Department of Labor announces availability of more than $21M in grants for training on workplace hazards, infectious diseases

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profit organizations.

June 24, 2021

US Department of Labor to host webinar for Southeastern construction contractors seeking, working on federal contracts

RALEIGH, NC – The U.S. Department of Labor encourages construction companies and contractors in the Southeast that hold federal contracts or have an interest in obtaining one to take advantage of an upcoming educational webinar on Tuesday, June 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EDT.

June 24, 2021

US Department of Labor adds polysilicon from China to ‘List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor’

WASHINGTON, DC – Every two years, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs publishes its “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” that the bureau has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards, as directed by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 and subsequent reauthorizations.

June 24, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 411,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 6,000 from 412,000 to 418,000. The 4-week moving average was 397,750, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 395,000 to 396,250.

June 23, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $11.6M in grants to improve delivery of workforce services, measure effectiveness in five states

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of five grants totaling $11.6 million to improve the delivery of training and employment services, and measure their effectiveness in Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi and New Mexico.

June 23, 2021

US Department of Labor reopens comment period for amendments to six class exemptions originally proposed in 2013

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the reopening of the comment period on proposed amendments to six class exemptions from prohibited transaction rules set forth in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code.