January 29, 2024

Madison ice cream plant cited for violating multiple safety standards after federal investigators respond to report of ammonia release

MADISON, WI ‒ Responding to a report of workers being exposed to anhydrous ammonia, federal investigators found a Madison ice cream plant lacked sufficient process safety management procedures to control the release of hazardous chemicals. Exposure to anhydrous ammonia, used in the refrigeration process, can cause respiratory injuries and burns to the skin and eyes. 

January 26, 2024

US Labor Department cites Silver Creek plumbing contractor after 34-year-old employee’s fatal fall, exposure to hydrogen sulfide

ROME, GA – A Silver Creek plumbing contractor could have prevented a 34-year-old employee’s June 2023 fatal fall at a Rome work site by following required safety procedures, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found.

January 25, 2024

US Department of Labor fines Utah creamery $42K for violating federal child labor law

Employer name:           The Sweet Place LLC operating as Cold Stone Creamery

Investigation sites:      175 25th St., Suite 100, Ogden, UT 84401

                                                1917 W. 1800 N., Suite A5, Clinton, UT 84015

                                                936 N. Main St., Suite D, Layton, UT 84041

January 25, 2024

Dueño de restaurante en California acuerda pagar $824,000 a 102 trabajadores tras investigación por violaciones al pago de horas extra

MANTECA, CA - Un restaurante de California deberá pagar $824,405 en salarios atrasados y compensación por daños a 102 trabajadores después de que una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubriera que las prácticas salariales de la empresa negaban a los empleados el pago de tarifas de sobretiempo por las horas trabajadas por encima de 40 semanales como exige la ley.

January 25, 2024

California restaurant owner agrees to pay $824K in back wages, damages to 102 workers after Department of Labor finds employer failed to pay overtime

MANTECA, CA – A restaurant in California will pay $824,405 in back wages and liquidated damages to 102 workers after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found the company’s pay practices denied employees overtime pay for the hours they worked beyond 40 per week, as the law requires.

January 25, 2024

Federal court holds Grand Rapids Subway owner in contempt for failing to comply with US Department of Labor subpoena for wage investigation

 

Employers:    Superior Ventures Unlimited LLC ‒ operating as Subway 

                        Miranda Barajas-Brazil 

                        

Actions:          U.S. Department of Labor enforcement of an administrative subpoena issued for Fair Labor Standards Act investigation

Courts:           U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

January 25, 2024

US Labor Department recovers $33K in back wages for 28 workers after Lake City ambulance services failed to pay overtime at required rates

Employer:                              Excelsior Ambulance Service Inc.

                                                173 SE Baya Drive

                                                Lake City, FL 32025

January 25, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $51K in back wages, damages for employees of Evansville consignment store 

 

Employer: M & M Enterprises Inc. ‒ operating as Worldwide Missions Consignment Store

                   301 N. Congress Ave., 

                   Evansville, IN

January 25, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 187,000 to 189,000. The 4-week moving average was 202,250, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 203,250 to 203,750.

January 25, 2024

Federal court sanctions Wisconsin hospitality group for failing to comply with US Department of Labor subpoenas

Employers:    

Arora Hospitality Group LLC

Banee Corporation

Harjap Hospitality Group LLC 

MKE Oil Corporation

Oshkosh Hospitality Group LLC 

Hardeep Arora                        

Actions:          U.S. Department of Labor enforcement of an administrative subpoena issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an ongoing investigation

January 24, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos recupera $901,000 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios para 75 trabajadores de una tienda de comestibles a los que el empresario negó el pago de horas extraordinarias

MIAMI: El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos ha recuperado $901,625 en concepto de salarios atrasados e indemnización por daños y perjuicios para 75 trabajadores de una tienda de comestibles de Florida tras comprobar que su empleador les exento erróneamente del pago de horas extraordinarias.

January 24, 2024

Federal court holds Nebraska contractor in contempt, orders daily fine until he complies with US Department of Labor subpoena

LINCOLN, NE – A federal court has issued an order holding a Nebraska roofing contractor — who has stalled federal investigators for nearly a year — in contempt of court and imposing a fine of $100 a day if he fails to comply with a subpoena to provide the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration with documents necessary for an investigation of an employee's fall off a residential roof in Lincoln in February 2023.

January 24, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $27K in back wages, damages for Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission workers denied overtime pay

Employer name:  Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission, doing business as Big Bend Golf, doing business as Coonskin Park

Investigation sites: 

375 Henry C Hoppy Shores Drive, Charleston, West Virginia 25302

151 Riverview Drive, Tornado, West Virginia 25202

January 24, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers more than $180K in back wages, damages for 63 Colorado HVAC employees

Employer name:        Comfort Air of Grand Junction LLC

Investigation site:     746 Scarlet St.

                                            Grand Junction, CO 81505

January 24, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation of worker’s finger-tip amputation finds Ohio instrument manufacturer again violated safety standards

EAST LAKE, OH ‒ Responding to the sixth amputation injury reported by an Ohio musical instrument manufacturer in the past eight years, federal investigators found employees at the East Lake facility were injured at four times the industry average rate in the past five years. 

January 24, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $901K in back wages, damages for 75 grocery store workers denied overtime pay by employer

MIAMI – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $901,625 in back wages and liquidated damages for 75 workers of a Florida grocery store enterprise after finding their employer wrongly exempted them from eligibility for overtime pay.

January 23, 2024

Acting US Secretary of Labor Julie Su issues statement on annual union membership data

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics release of its annual Union Membership data:

January 23, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. recupera $168,000 en salarios atrasados para 51 trabajadores de respuesta a tormentas que fueron clasificados erróneamente como contratistas independientes y se les denegó el pago de horas extras

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WILMINGTON, NC: El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. recuperó $168,796 en salarios atrasados para 51 trabajadores de una empresa contratista de respuesta a tormentas de Wilmington que los clasificó erróneamente como contratistas independientes y no les pagó durante varios meses después de terminar el trabajo.

January 23, 2024

US Department of Labor announces amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption filing, processing procedures

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced that it is amending its Procedures Governing the Filing and Processing of Prohibited Transaction Exemption Applications. 

January 23, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $168K in back wages for 51 storm recovery workers misclassified as independent contractors, denied overtime

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WILMINGTON, NC – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $168,796 in back wages for 51 workers at a Wilmington storm response contractor that misclassified them as independent contractors and failed to pay them for several months after work was completed.