September 30, 2022

READOUT: At US Department of Labor, Workers’ Voice Summit stresses collaboration in addressing workers’ rights concerns

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Labor officials gathered with workers, union representatives and labor organizers from a range of industries to discuss the value of building relationships and collaborating on ideas to address workers’ concerns at its Workers’ Voice Summit, Sept. 27-29, 2022.

September 30, 2022

US Department of Labor invites Florida’s highway construction industry employers to join survey to set accurate prevailing wage rates

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor is asking Florida highway construction industry employers to participate in a survey to help the department’s Wage and Hour Division establish prevailing wage rates, as required by federal law.

September 30, 2022

Un tribunal dicta una orden acordada que requiere que USPack Logistics pague $575,000 a 62 mensajeros de Massachusetts para resolver denuncias de que los clasificó erróneamente como contratistas independientes

BOSTON – Un servicio de mensajería que supuestamente clasificaba erróneamente a los conductores como contratistas independientes en su sucursal de Shrewsbury y les negaba sus derechos según la Ley de Normas Justas de Trabajo pagará un total de $575,000 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios a los 62 conductores y asegur

September 30, 2022

Court enters consent order requiring USPack Logistics to pay $575K to 62 Massachusetts couriers to resolve allegations of independent contractors' misclassification

BOSTON – A courier service that allegedly misclassified drivers as independent contractors at its Shrewsbury location and denied them their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act will pay a total of $575,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to the 62 drivers, and ensure future FLSA compliance at all its U.S. locations under a consent judgment the U.S. Department of Labor has obtained.

September 30, 2022

Chicago restaurant pays $17K in penalties for not complying with Department of Labor subpoena for wage investigation

Date of action:                     Sept. 20, 2022

Type of action:                    Judgement

Names of defendants:     Reza's Tower Inc., also known as Reza Oak Brook Inc.

                                                     Reza and Ryan Toulabi

Court:                                       U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

September 29, 2022

US Department of Labor urges Midwest employers to emphasize lawn worker safety after lawn mower roll-over deaths in Nebraska, Missouri

KANSAS CITY, MOIn two incidents in September, Midwest workers operating riding mowers suffered fatal injuries when the machines rolled over on top of them, prompting the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to alert employers to train workers of the hazards they face and how to avoid them.

September 29, 2022

US Department of Labor urges first responders, recovery crews, public to be vigilant, protect themselves from hazards in Hurricane Ian recovery

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds first responders, those involved in rescue and recovery efforts, and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Ian to be vigilant and protect themselves from the many hazards that flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris may create.

September 29, 2022

US Department of Labor launches awareness effort for miners with black lung, promote testing to reduce exposures to hazardous levels of coal dust

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an effort to raise awareness of regulations that give coal miners with development of pneumoconiosis, or black lung, the right to work at a section of a mine with lower levels of dust without having their pay reduced or fearing discrimination or termination.

September 29, 2022

US Department of Labor renews ‘Star Level’ designation of Huber Engineered Woods LLC for workplace safety, health achievements

Participant:   Huber Engineered Woods LLC,  Easton, Maine.

Description:  Huber Engineered Woods, which employs about 135 workers in Easton, manufactures oriented strand board for commercial and residential construction.

September 29, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 193,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 4,000 from 213,000 to 209,000. The 4-week moving average was 207,000, a decrease of 8,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,000 from 216,750 to 215,750.

September 28, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $104K for Tulsa-area security workers after investigation finds employer misclassified workers

TULSA, OK – A federal investigation into the pay practices of a Tulsa security company has recovered $103,979, in back wages for 55 current and former employees denied their rights to overtime pay for hours over 40 in a workweek.

September 28, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $173K for 26 workers of Mississippi home companionship provider that denied proper overtime pay

Employer:                                   Heart2Heart Homecare Service Inc.

Investigation site:                  483 John R. Junkin Drive

                                                          Natchez, MS 39120

September 28, 2022

Fargo window manufacturer earns ‘Star’ level designation for exemplary workplace safety, health programs

WHO:                         Marvin

                                  Fargo, North Dakota


WHAT:                      Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program

                                  Star Level Designation

September 28, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Cupertino company allowed minors to work illegally as delivery drivers, misclassified workers as independent contractors

SAN JOSE, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor has assessed $139,398, in penalties to a Silicon Valley delivery company that brings consumers specialty foods from well-known restaurants, bakeries, cafes and other California providers for hiring dozens of minor-aged workers as drivers, a prohibited occupation under federal child labor laws.

September 28, 2022

US Department of Labor, Louisiana Workforce Commission renew partnership to protect workers from misclassification

Participant:   Louisiana Workforce Commission

Address:           Baton Rouge, Louisiana

September 28, 2022

US Department of Labor announces new reports, tools in global effort to end child, forced labor

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor has announced updated and new tools designed to eliminate child and forced labor worldwide by detailing the scope and potential sources of the problems, and providing guidance to those combating them.

September 28, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Chicago-area candymaker again exposes workers to amputation from machine hazards at Bellwood facility

BELLWOOD, IL – A federal workplace safety inspection found a Chicago-area candy manufacturer’s long history of violations for machine safety requirements continues after the company exposed workers to amputation hazards and failed to utilize lockout procedures for the third time in five years at its Bellwood site.

September 27, 2022

US Labor Department recovers $8,149 in back wages, liquidated damages for 2 workers terminated by Tucker Brewing Co. after asking about pay practices

Employer:                                   Tucker Brewing Co. LLC

Investigation site:                  2003 S. Bibb Drive

                                                          Tucker, GA 30084