February 28, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Mississippi medical center illegally deducted hours worked, failed to pay required overtime; recovers $201K in back wages

Employer:                                   North Sunflower Medical Center

Investigation site:                  840 N. Oak Ave.

                                                          Ruleville, MS 38771

February 28, 2023

US Department of Labor finds El Paso metal-plating company continues to willfully expose employees working with corrosive acids to eye injuries

EL PASO, TX  A federal workplace safety investigation of an El Paso jewelry metal-plating finisher found the company again exposing workers to serious hazards, including willfully failing to protect people working with dangerous acids and other chemicals from potentially permanent eye injuries. 

February 28, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $330K in back wages for 20 workers denied overtime pay by North Carolina contractor

Employer:                               ELJ Inc.

Investigation site:                  133 Batting Cage Trail

                                                 Jacksonville, NC 28540

February 28, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. organizará un seminario educativo en línea de un día para los empleadores, trabajadores y otras partes interesadas de la industria agrícola

Quién:            Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos

Qué:                Seminario Agrícola Virtual 2023

Cuándo:         7 de marzo de 2023, de 9 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. CST

Dónde:            Evento en línea. Inscribirse para asistir.

February 28, 2023

US Department of Labor to host one-day online educational seminar for agriculture industry employers, workers, other stakeholders

Who:               U.S. Department of Labor

What:             2023 Virtual Agricultural Seminar

When:             March 7, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

Where:           Online event. Register to attend.

February 28, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Pepsi Guam Bottling exposed workers to severe injuries by willfully violating safety standards

TAMUNING, GUAM ‒ Federal safety inspectors found Pepsi Guam Bottling jeopardized the safety of their employees by disabling safety devices to allow workers to reach into a bottle-labeling machine as often as 15 times an hour to grab and fix labels and adjust tipping bottles to avoid slowing or stopping production.

February 28, 2023

US Department of Labor effort to improve compliance, awareness in Southeast agricultural industry, protect vulnerable farmworkers continues

ATLANTA – With a nearly $1 million annual increase in back wages recovered in the Southeast for agricultural industry workers in calendar year 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is continuing its multi-year initiative to educate industry employers about compliance, and workers about their legal protections under federal law.

February 28, 2023

US Department of Labor, McCarthy Building Companies partner to target workplace hazards at St. Louis’ BJC Campus renewal project


Who:               U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

                        McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

What:              Strategic partnership


February 28, 2023

US Department of Labor rule rescission returns to longstanding policy, practice on religious exemptions for federal contractors, subcontractors

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the rescission of the rule “Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption,” in effect since Jan. 8, 2021. The rescission ensures a return to the department’s prior policy and practice in place during the presidencies of George W.

February 27, 2023

Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services announce new efforts to combat exploitative child labor

WASHINGTON – Since 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor has seen a 69 percent increase in children being employed illegally by companies. In the last fiscal year, the department found 835 companies it investigated had employed more than 3,800 children in violation of labor laws. The maximum civil monetary penalty under current law for a child labor violation is $15,138 per child. That’s not high enough to be a deterrent for major profitable companies.

February 27, 2023

New Hampshire roofing contractor faces $234K in penalties for exposing workers to fall hazards again, this time at two Granite State worksites

CONCORD, NH – Federal workplace safety inspectors have again cited a Derry contractor for not protecting their employees against potentially lethal falls, this time at worksites in Merrimack and Salem.

February 27, 2023

US Department of Labor announces final rule to modify how it sets adverse effect wage rates in the H-2A program

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it will publish a final rule to amend how the Adverse Effect Wage Rates for the H-2A program are set to improve the rates’ consistency and accuracy based on the work actually performed by these workers and to better prevent H-2A workers’ employment negatively affecting the wages of U.S. workers in similar positions.

February 24, 2023

Federal panel upholds $10K US Department of Labor citation litigated by Walmart for years over hazardous shelving

WASHINGTON – A federal panel has affirmed that Walmart Inc. violated federal workplace safety standards at its warehouse in Johnstown, New York, when it failed to prevent stored merchandise from falling onto – and seriously injuring – an employee in 2017.

February 23, 2023

Corte ordena a contratista de Salinas pagar $460K a 542 trabajadores agrícolas tras investigación y litigio del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.

SAN FRANCISCO – Tras una investigación y litigio en los tribunales, el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ha logrado un fallo judicial que ordena a un contratista laboral de Salinas pagar más de $460,000 en compensación por daños y multas luego de descubrirse que el contratista retuvo los cheques finales de pago y de gastos de transporte de cientos de trabajadores agrícolas.

February 23, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $40K for 56 employees at two Catskill Mountains’ resorts in New York

ALBANY, NY – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation into two commonly owned Callicoon resorts’ pay and child labor practices was no vacation for the employers after investigators uncovered violations of federal regulations.

February 23, 2023

Business as usual: Mount Pleasant, Texas, Dollar Tree inspection finds storeroom exits blocked, boxes stacked dangerously

DALLAS – Soon after federal workplace safety inspectors arrived at a Dollar Tree store in Mount Pleasant, Texas, they found the national discount retailer again shortchanging employee safety – continuing a pattern of disregard dating back to 2017 – by allowing storeroom merchandise to block exits and walkways and stacking boxes high enough to fall on workers.

February 23, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 192,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 194,000 to 195,000. The 4-week moving average was 191,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 189,500 to 189,750.