April 8, 2022

Working for $2.50 per hour: US Department of Labor’s crackdown on grossly exploitive, abusive pay practices in San Diego continues

SAN DIEGO – While dozens of companies along the U.S. border in California hire workers from Mexico to labor as warehouse and logistics’ workers in scores of non-descript buildings, U.S. Department of Labor investigators and attorneys are also working hard – to prevent exploitation of these workers and hold employers accountable.

April 8, 2022

US Department of Labor awards more than $189M to support workforce agencies’ efforts to help unemployed workers find good jobs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $189 million to workforce agencies in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia to operate their Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments programs. This award is a $40 million increase over the previous year.

April 8, 2022

US Department of Labor’s OSHA, industry partners to promote workplace safety during national work zone awareness week in Georgia

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is partnering with several construction organizations to promote worker safety through a safety stand down taking place at Georgia construction sites and traffic work zones, April 11-15.

April 7, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation found Virginia Beach franchisee violated child labor laws, failed to pay employees overtime

Employer name: 1802 Atlantic Co., operating as Cinnabon & Auntie Anne’s

Employer address: 1802 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

April 7, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks input from Nevada highway construction employers to establish accurate prevailing wage rates

LAS VEGAS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is asking businesses in Nevada’s highway construction industries to complete a survey to help the division establish prevailing wage rates, as required by the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

April 7, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 166,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 31,000 from 202,000 to 171,000. The 4-week moving average was 170,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 30,500 from 208,500 to 178,000.

April 6, 2022

US Department of Labor proposes $796K in fines for Missouri contractor who continued to expose workers to cave-in hazards in unprotected trench

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – Nearly five years after an employee died in a trench collapse, a Missouri contractor exposed two workers to the life-threatening risk of being buried by thousands of pounds of soil as they worked in an unprotected trench weakened by water pooling in an excavation site.

April 6, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation finds Virginia restaurants operator denied 55 workers at 6 locations $196K in overtime back wages


El Charro 4 Inc., operating as El Charro Mexican Restaurant, 1580 South Main St., Harrisonburg  

El Charro Mexican Restaurant, operating as El Charro Inc.,1570 East Market St. Harrisonburg   

El Charro 7 Mexican Restaurant LLC, operating as El Charro 7 Mexican Restaurant, 300 N. Main St., Bridgewater

April 6, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers more than $1.9M in back wages for 139 workers of Tampa employer that missed several payrolls

Employer: Romark Laboratories LC

Investigation sites: 3000 Bayport Drive, Tampa FL  and  Carr 686 Km 1.5 Coto Norte, Manati, Puerto Rico

April 6, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation recovers $112K in overtime back wages, damages for 36 Detroit law firm workers

DETROIT – A Detroit law firm paid its administrative and support staff workers a salary for all hours worked but failed to pay at least 36 workers the overtime wages they earned. Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined that, while the employees of McKeen & Associates P.C.

April 4, 2022

CORREGIDO: La subsecretaria de Trabajo de EE. UU. visita México para hablar sobre los derechos de los trabajadores y poner fin al trabajo infantil forzado; anuncia $28M en inversiones para apoyar proyectos

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO– Durante una visita oficial a México, la subsecretaria del Trabajo de los Estados Unidos, Julie Su, anunció hoy nuevas inversiones del departamento para apoyar el fortalecimiento de los derechos de los trabajadores, la promoción de la libertad de asociación, el derecho a la negociación colectiva y la eliminación del trabajo infantil y forzado.

April 4, 2022

CORRECTED: US Deputy Secretary of Labor visits Mexico to discuss worker rights, ending child, forced labor; announces $28M in investments to support projects

MEXICO CITYDuring an official visit to Mexico, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su today announced new investments by the department to support strengthening workers’ rights, promoting freedom of association, the right to bargain collectively, and the elimination of child and forced labor.

April 4, 2022

US Department of Labor orders San Jose trucking company to pay damages, back wages after investigation finds retaliation for reporting safety concerns

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a San Jose trucking company to pay more than $145,000 in back wages and damages after a federal whistleblower investigation found the company retaliated against two workers who refused to drive commercial motor vehicles when they felt too sick or fatigued to drive safely.

April 4, 2022

Investigation recovers $64K in back wages, damages from West Columbia used auto dealer who denied overtime to workers

WEST COLUMBIA, SC When federal investigators inspected a West Columbia used auto dealer, they found the employer’s pay practices violated wage laws, leading to the recovery of more than $64,566 in back wages and liquidated damages for 24 workers.

April 4, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $538K in back wages, damages for 129 aviation maintenance, repair workers after finding overtime violations

MOBILE, AL – The illegal pay practices of a Louisville, Kentucky, staffing agency that provides aviation maintenance and repair workers to airlines nationwide shortchanged workers in Mobile, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.

April 1, 2022

US Department of Labor, industry leaders focus on weather safety, struck-by hazards during 2022 Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week, April 4-8

WASHINGTON ‒ Grain flowing inside a bin can trap and engulf a worker in seconds, and makes for a sobering fact: nearly six of every 10 workers trapped in a grain bin don’t survive.

April 1, 2022

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on March Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the March 2022 Employment Situation Report:

March 31, 2022

US Department of Labor levies $161K civil penalty to operators of seven middle-Tennessee Little Caesars’ franchises for child labor violations

Employers:                            JJ Pizza Service LLC and S&S Pizza LLC – both operating as Little Caesars

Investigation sites:               

                                                5305 Mt. View Road, Antioch 37013

                                                1202 S. James Campbell Blvd., Columbia 38401