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.

January 22, 2024

US Department of Labor announces new communities in initiative to improve workforce opportunities for young people

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the second cohort of its Youth Systems Building Academy, an innovative effort to increase and enhance employment opportunities for youth. The 10 additional communities and their partners will receive individualized training and tailored technical assistance from the department to help develop, test, implement or scale systems that engage and support young people entering the workforce. 

January 19, 2024

US Department of Labor, Office of the Trade Representative find evidence of denial of labor rights at Atento call centers in Hidalgo

WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement, co-chaired by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of the Trade Representative, today requested the government of Mexico conduct a review at Atento call centers in Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo. The committee found evidence that workers’ rights have been denied at these centers.

January 19, 2024

Department of Labor issues joint request to help improve retirement plan benefits information provided to workers, federal government

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the IRS and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

January 19, 2024

US Labor Department investigation finds Ohio food warehouse exposed workers to ergonomic hazards

FAIRFIELD, OH – Federal inspectors examining injury and illness records at a Fairfield food services warehouse found workers suffered severe injuries at nearly four times the average rate for their industry, with a high percentage of these injuries categorized as ergonomic musculoskeletal disorders.

January 18, 2024

Department of Labor releases proposed regulation on retirement plans and automatic portability transactions when employees change jobs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Employee Benefits Security Administration released a proposed regulation on automatic portability transactions under SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022. The goal of automatic portability transactions is to help workers keep track of their retirement savings accounts and improve retirement security by reducing cash-outs when they change jobs.

January 18, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation of worker amputation finds Ohio carpet manufacturer again ignored safety standards

MONROE, OH ‒ Responding to an employer report that a worker sustained a partial finger amputation while conducting cleaning operations at an Ohio automotive carpet manufacturer, federal safety inspectors found workers were exposed to operating machine parts as they cleared excess fiber material off chains, sprockets and other equipment. 

January 18, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation of construction worker’s fatal injuries finds Stoughton contractor failed to follow required safety procedures

BRAINTREE, MA – A federal investigation has found that a Stoughton general contractor could have prevented an employee from suffering fatal injuries in June 2023 if the employer had followed required safety regulations and trained workers on the safe operation of heavy equipment at a Brockton work site.

January 18, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $47K in back wages, damages for 2 workers illegally fired by Tennessee healthcare employer for taking protected leave

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $47,728 in back wages and liquidated damages for two former employees of two separate Tennessee-based healthcare providers that violated their rights to protected leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

January 18, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 187,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since September 24, 2022 when it was 182,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 202,000 to 203,000. The 4-week moving average was 203,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 207,750 to 208,000.

January 17, 2024

US Department of Labor finds electric vehicle battery manufacturer exposed employees to unsafe nickel levels, other mixed metals at Commerce plant

ATLANTA – A global electric vehicle battery manufacturer exposed employees at its Commerce plant to serious and potentially disabling safety and health hazards, a U.S. Department of Labor workplace safety inspection found.

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited SK Battery America Inc. with six serious violations and one other-than-serious violation after finding the company:

January 17, 2024

Proviso Township High School District 209 agrees to pay $111K in back wages, damages to 46 security guards denied overtime

FOREST PARK, IL – For the fourth time since 2007, Proviso Township High School District 209 has been found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, this time for failing to pay public school security guards overtime wages.

January 17, 2024

US Department of Labor issues guidance on new emergency savings accounts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Employee Benefits Security Administration has issued guidance to improve retirement security through pension-linked emergency savings accounts, part of the implementation of the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022.

January 17, 2024

Indianapolis security company found violating federal overtime wage laws for third time since 2018; pays $28K in back wages, damages to 31 workers

INDIANAPOLIS – For the third time in five years, federal investigators found an Indianapolis security company violated federal wage laws by failing to pay guards overtime at time and one-half their regular rate of pay for hours over 40 in a workweek. 

January 17, 2024

US Department of Labor cites Itasca parts manufacturer for multiple machine safety violations, exposing workers to amputation, other injuries

ITASCA, IL An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found an Itasca manufacturer failed to guard industrial equipment, develop a lockout/tagout program and train workers on machine safety procedures, exposing them to multiple injuries and amputation hazards.