February 8, 2022

US Department of Labor announces worker initiative to safeguard rights, ensure protections for workers in warehouse, logistics industries

WASHINGTON – The increased demand and the constraints on the global supply chain have combined to place enormous strain on the nation’s warehouse and logistics industries, and has prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to take heightened action to ensure that warehouse and logistics workers’ wages and workplace rights are protected.

February 8, 2022

Federal court orders New Jersey company, co-managers who deliberately denied workers’ overtime wages to pay $711K to 89 workers

UNION, NJ – A federal court in New Jersey ordered an electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning company based in Union, and its two co-managers, to pay 89 electricians, electrician helpers and HVAC technicians after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the defendants deliberately denied overtime.

February 8, 2022

Indiana home healthcare provider ordered to pay $432K in back wages, damages to 171 caregivers following US Department of Labor investigation

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis employer assigned home healthcare workers to shifts at two related companies but failed to combine the hours, denying them earned overtime pay when they worked more than 40 hours per week for the same employer.

February 8, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $800K in funding to provide pandemic-related employment, training services for coastal communities in Maine

WASHINGTON – In 2021, the pandemic forced 17 employers in Maine’s coastal region, including Abbott Labs, B&M Baked Beans and Country Manor Nursing Home, to lay off more than 500 workers, which has prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to award a grant to help prepare these workers for new employment opportunities.  

February 8, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $1.7M incremental award for pandemic-related employment, workforce training, humanitarian support in Guam

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $1.7 million to the Government of Guam to support continued disaster-relief employment and workforce development in response to the effects of the pandemic in the U.S. territory.

February 7, 2022

West Fargo door manufacturer earns ‘star level designation’ for exemplary workplace safety, health programs

Who:               Marvin, West Fargo South, West Fargo, North Dakota

What:             Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program  Star Level Designation

Background: Marvin, a West Fargo door manufacturer, has earned recognition for its proactive safety and health programs leading to designation as a Star Level VPP.

February 7, 2022

Winter Park bakery employed 13-year-old as unpaid ‘volunteer,’ allowed minor to operate dangerous slicer, in violation of federal laws

WINTER PARK, FL – A Winter Park bakery engaged a 13-year-old worker as an unpaid volunteer, and risked the child’s safety by allowing them to operate a power-driven bread slicer, in violation of federal laws governing pay practices and child labor.

February 7, 2022

US Department of Labor provides states with updated guidance to waive recovery of certain unemployment insurance benefits overpayments

WASHINGTON – During the height of the pandemic, records were broken as millions of Americans filed claims for unemployment benefits. As demand soared, the U.S. Department of Labor provided instructions to states to administer payments under several programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

February 7, 2022

US Department of Labor announces release of White House Task Force report on promoting worker organizing, collective bargaining

WASHINGTON – The White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment today released its report which details nearly 70 recommendations – approved by President Biden – that promote worker organizing and collective bargaining for public and private sector employees.  

February 4, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $47K in back wages for 30 workers after investigation finds Miramar Beach restaurant violated law

MIRAMAR BEACH, FL – A federal investigation has recovered $47,088 for 30 employees from the operator of a Miramar Beach restaurant who denied them their rightfully earned overtime wages. 

February 4, 2022

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on January Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the January 2022 Employment Situation Report:

February 4, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation of Bowling Green Home Instead operator reveals systemic wage violations in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee

BOWLING GREEN, KY – What started as an investigation of a single Bowling Green-based caregiving provider became a sweeping review of six other franchise locations across three states when investigators uncovered systemic violations by the employer.

February 3, 2022

Investigation into worker’s fatal fall finds Henderson sawmill, pallet manufacturer exposed workers to willful, serious hazards

HENDERSON, TX A federal investigation into fatal injuries suffered by an 86-year-old worker at a Henderson sawmill and pallet manufacturer found the company exposed workers to hazardous energy sources and lack of machine guarding.

February 3, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 238,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 260,000 to 261,000. The 4-week moving average was 255,000, an increase of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 247,000 to 247,250.

February 2, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation finds methylene chloride, other workplace hazards at Bergen County manufacturing facility

Employer name: Sinclair & Rush Inc.

Employer address: 640 Dell Road, Carlstadt, New Jersey 07072

Citations issued: On Jan. 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 10 serious and one other-than-serious safety and health citations.

February 1, 2022

US Department of Labor obtains judgment after investigation finds Michigan company failed to forward retirement contributions

DETROIT – A federal judge has signed a consent order and judgment against a Madison Heights company and ordered fiduciaries of the company’s retirement plan to restore $50,764 in employee payroll-deducted retirement contributions and lost opportunity costs to the plan, and pay a $10,153 penalty for violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

February 1, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $23K in back wages for 8 workers denied their full wages by Pago Pago employer who violated federal law

PAGO PAGO, AS – A federal investigation recovered $23,358 in back wages for eight employees of a Pago Pago employer who failed to pay eight workers for work performed before and after their scheduled shifts. The employer required the work but failed to record the time and pay for the hours. Additionally, the employer illegally deducted meal breaks and lodging costs from worker’s pay.

February 1, 2022

Investigation recovers $97K in back wages, damages for 330 workers after US Department of Labor finds violations at 11 frozen yogurt franchise locations

SEATTLE – A federal investigation recovered $96,973 in back wages and liquidated damages from the operator of 11 frozen yogurt shops in Washington and Oregon who allowed store managers to take a portion of workers’ tips illegally, and failed to pay some workers overtime wages when they worked over 40 hours in a workweek. The employer also did not keep an accurate record of hours worked.