September 29, 2023

US Department of Labor sues 7-Eleven owners association president in Michigan alleging the stores’ pay records were inaccurate

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against the operator and owner of four western Michigan 7-Eleven convenience stores after an investigation found payroll records were inaccurate, paid employees “off the books” and failed to pay them overtime.

September 29, 2023

Department of Labor, International Labor Organization announce effort to observe workplace votes; inform workers, employers about labor rights

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor and International Labor Organization today announced the launch of a joint initiative in Leon, Guanajuato, that will support workplace democratic processes in Mexico through the impartial observation of workplace votes and the capacity-building of workers, employers and other key stakeholders on the issues of freedom of association and collective bargaining.

September 29, 2023

US Department of Labor investigation of 29-year-old worker’s drowning finds Key Largo marine construction company failed to follow federal safety requirements

KEY LARGO, FL – A 29-year-old employee of a Florida marine construction company drowned in five feet of water after being pinned under a fallen crane in March 2023. Federal workplace safety investigators determined the company could have prevented the fatality by following required safety standards.

September 29, 2023

US Department of Labor awards more than $10.5M in grants to support mine safety, health training across the nation

WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded more than $10.5 million in grants to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses by supporting programs such as safety and health courses. 

September 28, 2023

Department of Labor recovers more than $37K in unpaid fringe benefits for 56 contract workers employed by Wendy’s franchisee at Naval Base Guam

Employer:      Quick Service Foods Inc., operating as Wendy’s

                        1779 Army Drive, Suite 104

September 28, 2023

Federal court orders Louisville technology services provider, retirement savings plan to repay $575K to plan participants

Date of action: September 28, 2023

 

Type of action: Employee Retirement Income Security Act consent order and judgment 

 

Names of defendants:           Sypris Solutions Inc. and

                                                Sypris Solutions 401(k) Merged Retirement Savings Plan

 

September 28, 2023

Department of Labor awards $5M to train, expand pathways for women for Registered Apprenticeships, nontraditional occupations

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $5 million to organizations in seven states to increase the numbers of women in Registered Apprenticeship programs and help connect them with good-paying careers in nontraditional occupations where the Biden-Harris administration’s historic infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy investments are creating sharp job increases. 

September 28, 2023

Biden-Harris administration awards $16M to improve job quality, expand access to good jobs in critical sectors, including care, climate resilience, hospitality

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $16 million in grants to support organizations in 12 states as they pilot strategies to improve job quality and increase the availability of good jobs in the care, climate resiliency and hospitality sectors.

While essential to the economy’s growth and vitality, these critical sectors have historically provided lower-paying jobs with few benefits, worker protections and opportunities for advancement. 

September 28, 2023

Corte federal ordena a procesadores de pollos en área de Los Ángeles pagar $1.2M en salarios y compensación por negar pago de horas extra a trabajadores

WEST COVINA, CA – Un tribunal federal emitió sentencias que requieren que los operadores de la planta procesadora de aves de corral en La Puente paguen más de $1 millón después de que el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. encontró que los empleadores negaron deliberadamente salarios por horas extra a 113 trabajadores y trataron de ocultar el robo de salario.

September 28, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $47K in back wages, damages for 10 home care workers after Union City employer once again failed to pay overtime

Employer:      San Jose Care Homes for the Elderly LLC

                        32262 Crest Lane 

Union City, CA 94587

September 28, 2023

Federal investigation, litigation recovers $1.2M in back wages, damages from Los Angeles-area poultry processors for workers denied overtime

WEST COVINA, CA – A federal court has entered default judgments that require the operators of La Puente poultry processing plant to pay more than $1 million after the U.S. Department of Labor found the employers deliberately denied overtime wages earned by 113 workers and tried to hide the wage theft.

September 28, 2023

Departments of Labor, Justice award more than $63M in grants to provide workforce training, support for people returning from jail, prison

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Department of Justice, today announced the award of more than $63 million in funding to enhance the Bureau of Prisons’ existing rehabilitation and reentry efforts by partnering with workforce agencies in 11 additional states.

September 28, 2023

US Department of Labor publishes fact sheet outlining protections against discrimination, bias in federally funded programs, activities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today published a fact sheet that clarifies protections under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that prohibit certain forms of antisemitic, Islamophobic and related forms of discrimination in federally funded programs and activities. The publication marks the first time the department has put this guidance in writing.

September 28, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $47K in back wages, damages for employees of Utah Chick-Fil-A franchisee, fines employer $187K

ST. GEORGE, UT – Federal investigators have assessed $187,467in civil penalties for employing 237 minors in violation of child labor provisions  and recovered nearly $47,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for 101 employees at two St. George Chick-Fil-A franchise restaurants that required workers to clock out for every break under 20 minutes without compensation, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.

September 28, 2023

Department of Labor announces findings of impact inspections at 14 US mines; identifies 246 violations of safety, health standards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 14 mines in 10 states in August, issuing 246 violations.

September 27, 2023

Un franquiciado del restaurante Subway de la ciudad de Nueva York paga $10.000 USD en daños punitivos a empleado despedido por empleador durante investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU.

NUEVA YORK – El operador de una franquicia del restaurante Subway en el Bajo Manhattan que despidió a un empleado durante una investigación de la División de Horas y Salarios del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU ha aprendido que pagar menos a los empleados y tomar represalias contra ellos tiene consecuencias costosas.

September 27, 2023

US Department of Labor assesses California agricultural employer $17K in penalties for H-2A violations, recovers $14K for workers

Employer:      Heritage Farms LLC

                        2309 E 5 US Highway 98

Holtville, CA 92250 

September 27, 2023

New York City Subway restaurant franchisee pays $10K in punitive damages to employee fired by employer during US Department of Labor investigation

NEW YORK – The operator of a Subway restaurant franchise in Manhattan’s Lower East Side who fired an employee during an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has learned that underpaying employees and retaliating against them has expensive consequences.