May 6, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $558K in fines for Texas bath, shower manufacturer for willful, repeat safety violations at Waco facility

WACO, TX – Moving machine parts have the potential to cause serious or fatal injuries when safety protections and procedures are ignored, and yet a Waco bath and shower manufacturer once again failed to provide its employees a safe and healthful workplace.

May 6, 2021

US Department of Labor asks Kansas heavy construction industries to submit data to help establish accurate prevailing wage rates

WICHITA, KS- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division asks businesses in Kansas’ heavy construction industries to complete surveys to help the agency establish accurate prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

May 6, 2021

US Department of Labor announces proposed rulemaking for range herding, livestock production applications under the H-2A program

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the adjudication of temporary need for employers seeking to hire for herding or production of livestock on the range jobs under the H-2A program.

May 6, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 498,000, a decrease of 92,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 37,000 from 553,000 to 590,000. The 4-week moving average was 560,000, a decrease of 61,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 9,250 from 611,750 to 621,000.

May 5, 2021

US Department of Labor issues guidance to states to permit greater flexibility for waiving the recovery of certain unemployment insurance overpayments

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today issued an Unemployment Insurance Program Letter that provides states with guidance on addressing unemployment insurance benefit overpayments established by states for programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

May 5, 2021

US Department of Labor to withdraw Independent Contractor Rule

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the withdrawal – effective May 6 – of the “Independent Contractor Rule,” to maintain workers’ rights to the minimum wage and overtime compensation protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 4, 2021

Federal judge finds Bradenton behavioral healthcare center exposed workers to more than 50 attacks by residents, allowed destruction of video evidence

BRADENTON, FL – A federal administrative law judge has determined that a Bradenton behavioral healthcare center and its management company exposed workers to more than 50 attacks in a two-and-a-half-year period when residents kicked, punched, bit, scratched, pulled and used desk scissors as a weapon, and that both entities deserve to be sanctioned for destroying surveillance videos showing this workplace violence.

May 4, 2021

US Department of Labor welcomes nominations for members of the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it is seeking nominations for members to serve on the newly reinstated National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships.

May 4, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $39K for 31 employees of Franklin area lawn care company

FRANKLIN, TN – A Franklin lawn care company has paid $39,373 in back wages to 31 workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor that found the employer violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  

May 3, 2021

US Department of Labor offers webinars for Kansas City area on coronavirus-related employee protections during the pandemic

KANSAS CITY, KS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, its Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Employee Benefits Security Administration will host representatives of the IRS, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to present a series of webinars for Kansas City-area employers and human resources professionals on each agency’s continued response during the coronavirus pandemic.

May 3, 2021

OSHA reminds storm recovery workers, volunteers to take safety precautions as rain, danger of flash floods continue in Southwestern Missouri

KANSAS CITY, MO – Amid heavy rain and widespread flooding in southwestern Missouri, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges workers and the public at large to avoid hazards they may encounter and learn how to protect themselves as they begin clean-up activities.

May 3, 2021

US Department of Labor offers series of webinars for Southeastern employees, employers on workplace protections during the pandemic

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has teamed up with the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to offer a series of “Essential Workers – Essential Protections” webinars to educate employees and employers on critical workplace protections afforded to them under federal law. The webinars detail the workplace rights of people who have been keeping the country moving throughout the pandemic.

April 30, 2021

Lorain landscape company to pay $40K in penalties, $36K in back wages following violations of temporary foreign workers visa program

LORAIN, OH Employers that hire temporary foreign workers must pay their international transportation and meal expenses while they travel from their home country, a federal requirement that a Lorain landscaping company violated when it left the workers it hired to pay their own way to the U.S.

April 29, 2021

OSHA cites Beverly Hills’ Dollar Tree for exposing workers to safety hazards

BEVERLY HILLS, FL – Dollar Tree store workers across the country continue to face the same hazardous working conditions at the national discount chain as they have for many years. Since 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has inspected company locations more than 300 times.

April 29, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 553,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 19,000 from 547,000 to 566,000. The 4-week moving average was 611,750, a decrease of 44,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 4,750 from 651,000 to 655,750.

April 28, 2021

Workers Memorial Day remembers lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety, health

NEW MEXICO‒ Every 99 minutes, about one worker suffers fatal injuries and fails to return home safely at the end of their workday. That’s 15 workers a day, 100 a week, more than 5,200 a year – a frightening reality, but one that the nation’s employers can change by following workplace safety and health standards and regulations.

April 28, 2021

Workers Memorial Day remembers lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety, health

BOISE, ID ‒ Every 99 minutes, about one worker suffers fatal injuries and fails to return home safely at their work day’s end. That’s 15 workers a day, 100 a week, more than 5,200 a year – a frightening reality, but one that the nation’s employers can change by following workplace safety and health standards and regulations.

April 28, 2021

Workers Memorial Day remembers lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety, health

DALLAS ‒ Every 99 minutes, about one worker suffers fatal injuries and fails to return home safely at the end of their workday. That’s 15 workers a day, 100 a week, more than 5,200 a year – a frightening reality, but one that the nation’s employers can change by following workplace safety and health standards and regulations.

April 28, 2021

Workers Memorial Day remembers lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety, health

HONOLULU ‒ Every 99 minutes, about one worker suffers fatal injuries and fails to return home safely at their work day’s end. That’s 15 workers a day, 100 a week, more than 5,200 a year – a frightening reality, but one that the nation’s employers can change by following workplace safety and health standards and regulations.

April 28, 2021

Workers Memorial Day remembers lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety, health

TALLAHASSEE, FL ‒ Every 99 minutes, about one worker suffers fatal injuries and fails to return home safely at their work day’s end. That’s 15 workers a day, 100 a week, more than 5,200 a year – a frightening reality, but one that the nation’s employers can change by following workplace safety and health standards and regulations.