August 12, 2021

United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare Insurance Co. plans to pay $15.6M, take corrective actions after federal, state investigations

NEW YORK – United Behavioral Health and United Healthcare Insurance Co. will pay $13.6 million to affected participants and beneficiaries; pay $2,084,249 in penalties; and take other corrective actions following investigations and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor and the New York State Attorney General.

August 11, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Safeway Inc. after employee suffers amputations at milk packaging plant

DENVER – A worker at a Denver milk packaging plant operated by Safeway Inc. lost four fingers while operating a molding machine that lacked required safeguards.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the Feb. 12 incident and cited the U.S. supermarket chain for two willful and five serious violations and one other than serious violation for:

August 11, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $5M funding opportunity to strengthen decent work, address labor violations in South American fishing industries

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $5 million in grant funding aimed at strengthening decent work for laborers in South America’s fishing industries.

August 11, 2021

US Department of Labor announces funding to states to modernize unemployment insurance system, combat fraud, address equity

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a series of actions to modernize and reform a cornerstone of our economic infrastructure, the unemployment insurance system. Over the last year alone, the unemployment insurance system has helped nearly 53 million workers stay afloat during a pandemic and economic crisis and put nearly $800 billion into the economy – staving off an even deeper recession.

August 10, 2021

Un restaurante de Bowling Green paga más de $52,000 en salarios atrasados a 33 trabajadores después de que el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubriera violaciones en relación con el salario mínimo y las horas extras

BOWLING GREEN, KY - Treinta y tres trabajadores de un restaurante de Bowling Green han recibido todos los salarios que les correspondían legalmente después de que una investigación federal recuperara $52,805 en salarios atrasados que les fueron denegados por prácticas salariales ilegales de su empleador.

August 10, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $10M funding availability to improve gender equity among workers in Mexico

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its intent to award up to $10 million in grant funding to improve gender equity in the Mexican workplace.

August 10, 2021

Bowling Green restaurant pays more than $52K in back wages to 33 workers after US Department of Labor finds minimum wage, overtime violations

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Thirty three workers at a Bowling Green restaurant have received all of the wages they earned legally after a federal investigation recovered $52,805 in back wages denied to them by their employer’s illegal pay practices.

August 10, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de Estados Unidos detectó que restaurantes en Mount Dora y Orange City utilizaron propinas de los camareros para pagar a los trabajadores del personal de cocina de forma ilegal

MOUNT DORA, FL - Los comensales de los locales de Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill en Mount Dora y Orange City nunca supieron que el gestor de los restaurantes estaba compartiendo las propinas destinadas a los camareros con los cocineros, infringiendo las leyes federales que regulan el uso del dinero de las propinas.

August 10, 2021

Pensacola home healthcare provider pays more than $93K in back wages to seven workers after US Department of Labor investigation reveals violations

PENSACOLA, FL – Among some of the nation’s lowest-paid workers, home healthcare aides remain especially dependent on their employers to pay them all of their legally earned wages. When an employer shortchanges these workers, the impact hits employees and their families hard as it did those employed by a Pensacola-based home healthcare provider.

August 9, 2021

US Department of Labor, Minnesota departments of Labor, Health present webinars about required breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace

MINNEAPOLIS –As more working mothers return to the workplace, federal and state agencies are coming together in August to underscore how accommodations for breastfeeding mothers can aid them in that return, in pursing their careers, and in bolstering the workforce.

August 9, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Central Illinois grain cooperative for safety failures following worker engulfment in soybean silo

PIERSON STATION,  IL – A central Illinois grain-handling cooperative exposed workers to serious engulfment hazards when soybeans collapsed inside a Pierson Station bin and engulfed an employee up to their waist.

August 9, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $1M in funding to assist West Virginia’s severe storm recovery efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding of $1,016,923 to support disaster-relief employment for eligible individuals to assist with cleanup after severe storms in February and March caused flooding and extensive waterway damage in southwestern areas of West Virginia.

August 9, 2021

O tribunal ordena que empreiteiros de Massachusetts paguem US$ 100.000 em danos a funcionário após investigação do Departamento do Trabalho dos EUA descobrir retaliação ilegal

BOSTON – Um funcionário que trabalhava para duas empreiteiras de construção em Massachusetts estava dentro de seus direitos quando reclamou com seu supervisor sobre o não recebimento de horas extras e solicitou ser pago como devido. As duas empresas responderam com uma campanha de retaliação, pressionando o trabalhador a retirar a reclamação de horas extras.

August 9, 2021

Tribunal dictamina que contratistas de Massachusetts paguen $100,000 por daños a empleado tras investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. que detectó represalias ilegales

BOSTON – Un empleado que trabajaba para dos contratistas de construcción de Massachusetts estaba ejerciendo sus derechos cuando se quejó ante su supervisor por no recibir el pago de horas extra y solicitó el salario que le correspondía. Las dos compañías respondieron con una campaña de represalias, presionando al trabajador a retirar su reclamación por el pago de las horas extra.

August 9, 2021

Court orders Massachusetts contractors to pay $100K in damages to employee after US Department of Labor investigation finds illegal retaliation

BOSTON – An employee who worked for two Massachusetts construction contractors was within his rights when he complained to his supervisor about not receiving overtime pay and requested the wages he was due. The two companies responded with a campaign of retaliation, pressuring the worker to withdraw his overtime complaint. They convinced other individuals to follow and threaten the worker’s family, and told other employees they might lose their jobs because the worker requested overtime pay that was legally due.

August 6, 2021

Court enters consent order that Canton, Massachusetts companies pay $310K in back wages, damages to 19 employees denied overtime

BOSTON – The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has entered a consent order that three Canton construction businesses and their president, Charles L. Capone, pay a total of $310,000 – $155,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – to 19 employees following an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

August 6, 2021

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on the July Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the July 2021 Employment Situation Report:

August 5, 2021

Court orders Minnesota provider to pay $483K in back wages, damages to 87 home healthcare employees denied overtime pay

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN Low-wage workers often do much of the essential work in our communities, and women, immigrants and people of color often hold those jobs. The healthcare industry employs many of the nation’s low-wage workers, which underscores the importance of a federal court action and a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation related to a Golden Valley home healthcare provider.

August 5, 2021

US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today issued a statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

“American workers have lost one of their greatest champions in AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. President Trumka was a role model for me as a labor leader and a partner to me as a public servant, as we worked to drive positive change for workers and communities across America. Most important, Rich was a dear friend and I will miss him.