October 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Alsco Inc. Enter Agreement To Resolve Alleged Hiring Discrimination in Lanham, Maryland

LANHAM, MDThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Alsco Inc. have entered into an Early Resolution Conciliation Agreement to resolve allegations of systematic hiring discrimination at its Lanham, Maryland, facility. Alsco Inc.

October 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor to Mark Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week, November 8-14, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week will occur from November 8 through 14, 2020.

October 7, 2020

Alabama Janitorial Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Family Leave to Care for Children Learning Virtually During Pandemic

BESSEMER, AL – Eagle Cleaning Services Inc. – a janitorial services company based in Bessemer, Alabama – has paid $2,066 in back wages after the employer wrongly denied paid leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) to an employee who missed work to care for children engaged in distance learning. The children’s school was closed for in-person learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

October 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and the University of Delaware Enter Agreement to Resolve Alleged Hiring Discrimination

NEWARK, DE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has entered into an early resolution conciliation agreement with the University of Delaware in Newark, to resolve allegations of systemic hiring discrimination. The university has agreed to pay $100,000 in back pay, interest and benefits to the affected male class members who applied and were not hired for custodial technician positions.

October 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Interim Final Rule to Protect Wages of American Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that will help protect the wages and job opportunities of American workers by reforming the prevailing wage methodology used by the Department in several foreign worker programs.

October 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Princeton University Reach Agreement To Resolve Pay Disparities in Professors’ Positions

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Princeton University entered into an early resolution conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination. Princeton University has agreed to pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future salary adjustments to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination by OFCCP.

October 5, 2020

Healthcare Staffing Company Pays More Than $3 Million in Back Wages After Missing Payroll for Employees Conducting Coronavirus Testing

OVERLAND PARK, KS Favorite Healthcare Staffing Inc. – based in Overland Park, Kansas – has paid $3,068,859 in back wages to 1,677 contract employees hired to conduct coronavirus testing in Orlando, Florida, under terms of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

October 5, 2020

Panama City Landscaping Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

PANAMA CITY, FL – Garden Escapes LLC – a Panama City, Florida-based landscaping company – has paid $1,200 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

October 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Order and Judgment To Restore $6,545,454 to Union Short Term Disability Fund

CLEVELAND, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent order and judgment requiring the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Union and the current trustees of the SMART Group Voluntary Short Term Disability Plan (SMART VSTD Plan) to restore $6,545,454 to the Plan.

October 5, 2020

Tennessee Restaurant Chain To Pay $188,728 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Minimum Wage Violations

KINGSPORT, TN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Cypriana Inc. – operating as Mad Greek International Café – will pay $188,728 in back wages to 65 employees. The investigation found minimum wage and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at two Tennessee locations in Kingsport and Johnson City.

October 5, 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:

October 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $484,069 In Coronavirus Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 37 establishments for violations, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $484,069.

OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:

October 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Using Tight-Fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirators Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued temporary guidance for enforcing initial and annual fit-testing requirements related to tight-fitting powered air-purifying respirators. The action marks the Department’s latest step to ensure the availability of respirators and follows President Donald J.

October 2, 2020

Sleep Product Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Tennessee Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

GALLATIN, TN – Solstice Sleep Products Inc. – a Columbus, Ohio-based sleep product manufacturer – has paid $868 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee at its Gallatin, Tennessee, location who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

October 2, 2020

Yale University Agrees to Pay $87,500 to Settle Pay Discrimination Allegations with U.S. Department of Labor

HARTFORD, CT – Yale University, a private university, will pay $87,500 to resolve alleged pay discrimination at the university’s New Haven, Connecticut, campus.

October 2, 2020

Georgia Home Security Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

COVINGTON, GA – Nicholas Security Commercial LLC – a Covington, Georgia-based home security company – has paid $1,153 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

October 2, 2020

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia on the September Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the September 2020 Employment Situation Report:

October 1, 2020

Presidential Proclamation Marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s 75th Annual Commemoration for ‘Increasing Access and Opportunity’

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald J. Trump has issued a proclamation commemorating October 2020 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and encouraging workplaces and communities across the nation to honor the occasion through a variety of events and activities.

October 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Reaches Conciliation Agreement With Law Firm to Resolve Alleged Pay Discrimination

PROVIDENCE, RI – After a routine compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Locke Lord LLP – a federal contractor formerly known as Edwards Wildman – voluntarily entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of pay discrimination at its Providence, Rhode Island, office.  

October 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces First Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Raytheon Technologies as the first Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP), a major milestone in this Administration’s goal to expand apprenticeships and create more job opportunities for American workers. The National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) serves as the Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) overseeing Raytheon’s program. NIMS was recognized by the Department on Sept.