March 4, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $119K in unpaid wages, damages for 43 workers denied overtime by Hawaii construction employer

Employer:      H.K. Construction Corp. 

                        2046 South King St.

March 1, 2024

US Department of Labor finds Wisconsin wood flooring manufacturer continues to expose workers to multiple hazards at plant

LAONA, WI ‒ A Wisconsin hardwood flooring manufacturer continues to ignore federal safety and health regulations and expose workers to multiple hazards at its Laona mill, federal inspectors found. 

February 29, 2024

US Department of Labor seeks injunction to stop Indiana liquor store owner from intimidating workers, denying them back pay

SOUTH BEND, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor asked a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order and injunction against Vishav Inc. – operating as Mega Liquor & Smoke – and its owner, Bhola Singh, to stop the Granger, Indiana-based company from retaliating against and intimidating employees owed back wages and liquidated damages. Singh owns and operates 61 Mega Liquor & Smoke stores in Indiana and Michigan. 

February 29, 2024

US Labor Department cites Macon plumbing contractor, proposes $308K in penalties for safety violations after worker suffered fatal injuries

MACON, GA – Federal safety investigators found a Macon plumbing contractor could have prevented a fatal trench collapse -- that claimed the life of a 20-year-old worker and hospitalized another worker -- by following required safety procedures. 

February 29, 2024

US Department of Labor seeks input from South Dakota building, heavy construction industry for wage survey to establish prevailing wage rates

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is surveying the building and heavy construction industry of South Dakota to set prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, for the payment of construction workers on federally funded and federally assisted construction projects.

February 29, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $438K for 2 workers illegally terminated by Alabama car manufacturer after they took protected leave

VANCE, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $438,625 in back wages, unpaid bonuses, equitable remedy and liquidated damages for two former Mercedes-Benz workers in Alabama after the employer violated their rights to protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

February 29, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 201,000 to 202,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,500, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 215,250 to 215,500.

February 28, 2024

Judge orders former Elmhurst pre-school to reimburse employee retirement, health plans $43K

Date of Action         Feb. 28, 2024

Type of Action:         Employee Retirement Income Security Act default judgment

Company/Owners:    Elmhurst Academy of Early Learning Inc.

February 28, 2024

Readout: Department of Labor joins Restaurant Opportunities Centers United for listening session on impacts of indoor heat in the restaurant industry

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration joined Restaurant Opportunities Centers United for a listening session with restaurant workers on the importance of protecting workers from extreme indoor heat in the workplace on Feb. 21, 2024.

February 28, 2024

US Department of Labor cites Alabama electrical contractor after 22-year-old worker suffers severe burns at Auburn worksite

AUBURN, AL – A Camp Hill electrical contractor could have prevented a 22-year-old electrician from incurring life-threatening arc flash burns by following safety procedures they knew were standard in the industry, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found.

February 28, 2024

Department of Labor allocates $6.95M to support ILO research on child, forced labor to inform policies, protect vulnerable workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an allocation of $6.95 million to support a research project by the International Labor Organization to better inform policymakers in their efforts to end child and forced labor.

February 28, 2024

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $180K para 22 trabajadores a los que empleador de restaurante en Sacramento denegó pago de horas extras

Empleador:  Taquería Los Inmortales 

                        3131 Fruitridge Road

February 28, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $180K in wages, damages for 22 workers denied overtime pay by Sacramento restaurant employer

Employer:      Taqueria Los Inmortales 

                        3131 Fruitridge Road

February 28, 2024

ICYMI: Acting Secretary Su visits diverse communities, spotlights Biden-Harris administration investments in good jobs, support for unions

WASHINGTON – As part of the most pro-worker, pro-union administration in history, Acting Secretary Su is traveling the country to engage with workers, visiting Oregon and Mississippi over the past two weeks. During the visits, she spoke with a diverse group of workers and community leaders about the Biden-Harris administration’s ongoing commitment to creating opportunities for all workers and building an economy from the middle out and the bottom up.

February 27, 2024

Readout: Acting Secretary Su, Spain’s Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz Pérez sign joint statement protecting workers from algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su and Spain’s Second Vice President and Minister of Labor and Social Economy Yolanda Díaz Pérez met in Washington on Feb. 26, 2024. They signed a joint statement highlighting their shared concerns about algorithmic bias in automated systems and artificial intelligence that can lead to workplace discrimination of historically underserved and vulnerable groups. 

February 27, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation finds Fort Worth 7-Eleven store operator failed to pay workers for all hours worked

Employer name:        Gaston Group LLC operating as 7-Eleven

Investigation site:      1401 West 7th St.

                                              Fort Worth, TX 76102

February 27, 2024

Judgment removes president of defunct Cherry Hill manufacturer as 401(k) plan fiduciary, appoints independent fiduciary to distribute $47K in assets

Date of action:           Feb. 7, 2024

Type of action:          Motion for default judgment granted  by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The action follows a complaint and motion filed by the U.S. Department of Labor on June 15, 2023.

February 27, 2024

US Labor Department cites Selma brick manufacturer for exposing workers to respiratory hazards that can lead to incurable lung disease

SELMA, AL – U.S. Department of Labor safety investigators found a Selma brick manufacturer exposed workers to silica crystalline respiratory hazards that have the potential to lead to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease. 

February 26, 2024

Department of Labor completed impact inspections at 15 mines with histories of repeated health, safety violations in January 2024

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 10 states in January 2024, issuing 188 violations.

The agency began conducting impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners.