March 31, 2022

US Department of Labor assesses $37K penalty to Avon Park farm labor contractor who failed to reimburse fees to blueberry farmworkers in Venus

AVON PARK, FL – A labor contractor who provided farm workers to harvest blueberries for OzBlu in Venus failed to reimburse workers for the cost their visa fees in violation of federal law, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.

March 31, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 202,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 187,000 to 188,000. The 4-week moving average was 208,500, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 211,750 to 212,000.

March 30, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $106K in wages, damages for 37 underpaid employees of Erie, Niagara County restaurants

BUFFALO, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered $106,623 in back wages and liquidated damages for 37 cashiers and cooks employed at three Pita Gourmet locations in Erie and Niagara counties after its investigation found the operator paid some employees cash off the books, paid straight time for overtime for hours worked over 40 in a workweek and failed to combine hours worked by employees at multiple locations.

March 29, 2022

US Department of Labor announces public education campaign to promote mental health-friendly workplaces; seeks to help employers, workers

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today unveiled a public education campaign on the importance of mental health-friendly workplaces at the Society for Human Resource Management’s Workplace Policy Conference in Washington.

March 29, 2022

US Department of Labor recognizes Seattle construction management company for excellence as a workplace safety ‘Star’

SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certified the Walsh Group, a commercial construction management company in Seattle, as a “Star” employer in the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs.

Now in its 40th year, the VPP is the highest level of OSHA recognition for workplace safety and health excellence.

March 29, 2022

Readout: Secretary Walsh joins Gov. Tom Wolf, trucking leaders, workers to open drivers’ training facility, discuss Registered Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today joined Gov. Tom Wolf, leaders of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Yellow Corp., and union members to announce the expansion of the trucking company’s 17th Commercial Driver’s License Driving Academy in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

March 29, 2022

As demand for summer workers grows, US Department of Labor reminds Salt Lake City-area employers to comply with child labor laws

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Department of Labor is stepping up its efforts to identify child labor violations in the Salt Lake City area as school closings for the summer nears, and its Wage and Hour Division offers the findings of three recent investigations to remind employers about the regulations and limitations related to the employment youth.

March 28, 2022

US Department of Labor announces proposed rule to amend federal occupational injury, illness recordkeeping regulation

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41. The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that they are required to keep – to OSHA.

March 28, 2022

US Department of Labor proposes $198K in penalties to Grand Junction foundation repair company for willful, serious trenching safety violations

Employer name:       Groundworks Colorado LLC

                                          2575 U.S. 6 & 50, Unit A

                                          Grand Junction, CO 81501                    

March 28, 2022

Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh addresses President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request

WASHINGTON The Biden-Harris administration today released the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget and Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The President’s Budget details his vision to expand on the historic progress our country has made over the last year and deliver the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address: to build a better America, reduce the deficit, reduce costs for families and grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out. 

March 28, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos celebra la Semana Nacional de los Trabajadores Agrícolas con un seminario de la industria a nivel nacional, alcance local, aplicación de la ley

WASHINGTON A pesar de su papel crítico en la economía, los trabajadores agrícolas con demasiada frecuencia enfrentan salarios no pagados, transporte inseguro hacia y desde los lugares de trabajo y condiciones de vivienda deficientes.

March 28, 2022

US Department of Labor marks National Farmworkers Week with nationwide industry seminar, local outreach, enforcement

WASHINGTON – Despite their critical role in the economy, farmworkers too often face unpaid wages, unsafe transportation to and from worksites, and substandard housing conditions.

March 28, 2022

Investigation recovers $60K for workers from Shell station operator in Memphis who paid bonuses illegally to avoid paying overtime wages

MEMPHIS, TN – The operator of a Memphis Shell gas station and convenience store paid workers cash bonuses in place of overtime pay and persuaded them to sign altered time records to avoid paying full overtime wages due, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.   

March 25, 2022

US Department of Labor, Doña Ana Community College invite agricultural industry employers, stakeholders to attend labor law seminar

WHO:             U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division

                        Doña Anna Community College

WHAT:           2022 Agricultural Employer Seminar

WHEN:          March 31, 2022

                       8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March 24, 2022

US Department of Labor urges workers, employers, public to recognize hazards, ensure safety after recent storms in Texas, Louisiana

DALLAS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging response crews and residents in areas affected by recent storms that spawned tornadoes in north Texas and New Orleans to recognize and protect themselves from hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris.

March 24, 2022

US Department of Labor issues $139K in penalties to address workplace safety deficiencies after six workers injured in flash fire

Employers:                Westlake Chemical Lake Charles South, Westlake, Louisiana

                                    Wastewater Specialties LLC, Sulphur, Louisiana

March 24, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Pensacola custom cabinetmaker again after inspectors find workers exposed to fire risks

PENSACOLA, FL – Despite the findings of a January 2021 federal workplace safety investigation, a Pensacola custom cabinet manufacturer continued to expose workers to fire risks, inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found in a follow-up visit.