August 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar for Employers, Employees On Pandemic’s Impacts on Immigrant Employment Regulations

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in New Orleans, Louisiana, will host a webinar on Aug. 13, 2020, to help employers and employees understand provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and other requirements during the current coronavirus pandemic.

August 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar on Paid Sick Leave, Workplace Safety and Other Employer, Employee Concerns Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in New Orleans, Louisiana, will host a webinar on Aug. 6, 2020, to help area employers and employees understand the benefits and protections provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

August 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Partners with Minnesota Department of Labor And Public Health in Webinars Addressing Breast Feeding Accommodations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the Minnesota Department of Health are presenting a series of webinars on workplace provisions for supporting breastfeeding families during National Breastfeeding Month in August.

August 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar in Korean for Employers, Employees About Paid Sick Leave, Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WEST COVINA, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a Korean-language webinar on Aug. 5, 2020, to help employers and employees in Southern California’s Korean communities understand the benefits and protections provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

August 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Online Prevailing Wage Seminars In September for Employers, Workers and Other Stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced today that it is offering online seminars in September to provide compliance assistance on the legal requirements to pay prevailing wages on federal and federally funded contracts for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other stakeholders. The events are part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness among and improve compliance by employers with federal and federally funded contracts.

August 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts Virtual Event to Encourage Recruiting, Retaining Veterans for Contractors and Community-Based Organizations

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will host an online town hall symposium on Aug. 4, 2020, for veterans and their spouses; federal contractors; state, local and federal agencies; and community-based organizations to highlight a locality-based model for recruiting and retaining veterans in Georgia.

August 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Judgment Ordering Arizona Company to Pay $3,000,000 in Back Wages and Damages

PHOENIX, AZ – The U.S. Department of Labor secured a $3,000,000 consent judgment against Stratis Construction Inc. – a residential drywall company based in Phoenix, Arizona – for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Designation of Chairman And Appointment to the Administrative Review Board

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the designation of a new chair and an appointment to the Department’s Administrative Review Board (ARB).

Judge James D. McGinley, who currently serves on the ARB, has been named its new chair, and Randel Keith Johnson has been appointed as a member of the Board for a two-year term.

August 2, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers And Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

July 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Over $102 Million in Grants Through Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the award of nearly $102.5 million in grants to 47 states and Puerto Rico through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program. This annual formula grant provides funding to states for Training and Other Activities, including training services, job search and relocation allowances, and employment and case management services to serve eligible workers affected by foreign trade.

July 31, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Highlights Economic Reopening In Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where he visited The GIANT Company’s GIANT Direct eCommerce facility and store to meet with employees. The Secretary also joined a roundtable with local business and community leaders to discuss the safe reopening of the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary Scalia highlighted how fair and reciprocal trade through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will bolster the economic recovery.

July 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Enter Into a Memorandum of Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, acting through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Under this MOA, the Departments will provide access and share information about immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data contained within the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s labor certification and labor condition application databases.

July 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Dislocated Worker Grant to Washington State in Response to Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant for $863,500 to the Washington State Employment Security Department. The grant will support disaster-relief jobs and provide employment services to eligible individuals in Washington communities affected by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

July 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Default Judgment Requiring Defunct Virginia Company to Restore $21,880 to Employee 401(k) and Benefit Plans

MCLEAN, VA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has approved a default judgment that requires Mahan Consulting Group LLC and its president and owner Shaun Marzett to restore $21,880 to the 401(k), health and welfare benefit plans of the now defunct consulting company in McLean, Virginia.

July 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Will Award $8 Million in Grants To Increase Tracing of Goods Made by Child Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) today announced its intent to award up to $8 million in grant funding for up to two technical assistance projects to improve downstream tracing of goods made by child labor or forced labor. The grant will support the recipient’s development of tested supply-chain methodologies, piloted tools for supply-chain tracing, and disseminating supply-chain tracing tools and methodologies to stakeholders.

July 30, 2020

Administrative Law Judge Upholds U.S. Department of Labor Citations And Penalties to Manufacturer That Falsely Claimed Violations’ Abatement

NEW YORK, NY – An administrative law judge with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld citations and penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against Timberline Hardwood Floors LLC, a custom hardwood-flooring manufacturer that falsely claimed to have corrected previously cited hazards. The judge’s decision also orders the company to pay $166,265 in penalties for all violations.

July 30, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,434,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 6,000 from 1,416,000 to 1,422,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,368,500, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,750 from 1,360,250 to 1,362,000.

July 29, 2020

San Jose, California, Manufacturer to Pay $41,214 in Back Wages After Wrongly Denying Requests for Coronavirus-Related Paid Sick Leave

SAN JOSE, CA After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Rogar Manufacturing – a cable and wire harness manufacturer in San Jose, California – will pay $41,214 in back wages to 17 employees for wrongly denying the employees’ requests for paid sick leave for coronavirus-related reasons. The employer’s action resulted in a violation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  

July 29, 2020

Southern California Claims Management Company Pays Employees $95,120 After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Minimum Wage Violations

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Control Expert Inc. – a vehicle insurance claims management company based in El Segundo, California – has paid $95,120 in back wages to 99 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage requirements.

July 28, 2020

Federal Court Orders Millions Restored to Connecticut Health and Retirement Plans After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation, Litigation

BRIDGEPORT, CT – The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut has approved a consent judgment and order requiring Bridgeport Health Care Center Inc. (BHCC) – the operating entity of two former Bridgeport nursing homes – and former officer Chaim Stern, to pay a total of $3,366,957 to BHCC’s health and retirement plans to resolve violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).