December 20, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $5M grant to help agricultural supply chain workers in Honduras, Guatemala; garment workers in El Salvador

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $5 million cooperative agreement to the American Center for International Labor Solidarity to improve workers’ rights in agricultural supply chains in Honduras and Guatemala, and the garment sector in El Salvador.

December 20, 2021

O tribunal federal condena empresa de Massachusetts com histórico de violações do Ato de Padrões Justos do Trabalho (FLSA) a pagar $438,000 em horas extras não pagas a 250 trabalhadores

BOSTON – O Tribunal Distrital dos EUA para o Distrito de Massachusetts condenou uma empresa de Massachusetts a pagar $438.000 em salários atrasados a 250 trabalhadores por violação do Ato dos Padrões Justos de Trabalho , depois de o tribunal ter previamente ordenado o contratante a pagar indenização por danos punitivos por retaliação ilegal sob a FLSA.

December 20, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Leawood contractor continues to expose workers to asbestos, other hazards at historic Kansas City site

KANSAS CITY, MO – A Leawood contractor rehabbing the Firestone, Shankman and Michaelson buildings in Kansas City’s historic Troost commercial district continues to expose its workers to asbestos and other workplace hazards, a June 29, 2021, federal safety and health investigation has found.

December 20, 2021

Federal court orders Massachusetts contractor with history of FLSA violations to pay $438K in unpaid overtime to 250 employees

BOSTON – The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has ordered a Massachusetts contractor to pay $438,000 in back wages to 250 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act after the court had previously ordered the contractor to pay punitive damages for unlawful retaliation under the FLSA. Woburn-based JKA Construction Inc. and owners Clesio Da Silva, Fabio Da Costa, Rafael De Paula and Josias De Paula must also pay $64,750 in civil money penalties to the U.S.

December 18, 2021

Statement from the US Department of Labor on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals dissolving the stay of OSHA emergency temporary standard on vaccination and testing

“OSHA is gratified the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dissolved the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard. OSHA can now once again implement this vital workplace health standard, which will protect the health of workers by mitigating the spread of the unprecedented virus in the workplace.

December 17, 2021

US Department of Labor offers virtual seminar to help employers comply with the $15 per hour federal contractor worker minimum wage

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Wage and Hour Division will present virtual compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other stakeholders to provide information on Executive Order 14026, “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors.” The Federal Contract Minimum Wage Executive Order applies across the country and its territories and does the following:

December 17, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $8M to Industry Intermediaries to expand Registered Apprenticeship models in care economy, supply chain sectors

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $8 million in contract investments to four national Industry Intermediaries to expand the use of Registered Apprenticeship in sectors affected by the pandemic. The department is seeking to develop apprenticeship opportunities for all U.S. workers, in particular those from under-represented and underserved populations. 

December 17, 2021

US Department of Labor announces first Johnson & Johnson Vision training program graduates at Jacksonville Job Corps Center

JACKSONVILLE, FL – In early November, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Jacksonville Job Corps Center signed a memorandum of understanding with Johnson & Johnson Vision to make its advanced manufacturing production technology training program available to Job Corps students.

On Dec. 17, the joint agreement moved three of the Florida center’s students one step closer to beginning their careers in robotics as the program produced its first class of graduates.

December 17, 2021

US Department of Labor to hold public hearing on proposed rule to improve safe use of mobile, powered-haulage mining equipment

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor will reopen the rulemaking record and hold a virtual public hearing on Jan. 11, 2022, on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s proposed rule for Safety Program for Surface Mobile Equipment to improve safe usage of mobile, powered-haulage equipment.

December 16, 2021

Federal investigation, consent judgment leads to recovery of $170K in back wages, damages for 17 workers at two Austin-area restaurants

AUSTIN, TX – A federal investigation and consent judgment has recovered $170,000 in back wages and liquidated damages from the operator of two Austin-area restaurants who denied overtime to 17 kitchen workers who labored 60 hours a week. The probe found the restaurants’ operator later submitted falsified documents to investigators to make it appear they had paid overtime pay to resolve Fair Labor Standards Act violations found by the U.S.

December 16, 2021

New Hampshire wineries, restaurants, event venues operator pays $22,803 in civil penalties for child labor violations

MANCHESTER, NH – The owners of two southern New Hampshire wineries, restaurants, event venues and retail operations in Amherst and Derry violated the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act when they allowed 33 employees younger than 16 years of age to work more hours than allowed under the law.

December 16, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $204K in fines after worker suffers amputation at Arkansas wood flooring plant

MONTICELLO, AR – A knot saw operator suffered a partial amputation of an index finger in June 2021 when his hand came in contact with a rotating blade that lacked adequate machine guarding. A few weeks earlier, a similar saw at the Maxwell Hardwood Flooring plant in Monticello lacerated a co-worker’s palm severely, leaving them with nerve damage.

December 16, 2021

US Department of Labor offers webinar for auto care workers, employers on workplace wage protections

PHILADELPHIA – By one industry study’s account, more than 290 million cars, trucks, SUVs and vans will be roaming America’s roads in 2022, making the people who maintain and repair these vehicles essential to the nation’s economic stability and growth. Yet, after hundreds of investigations in the auto repair industry in fiscal year 2021, the U.S.

December 16, 2021

US Department of Labor amends regulations on the adjudication of temporary, seasonal need for range occupations under the H-2A program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today published a final rule amending its regulations regarding the adjudication of temporary and seasonal need for employers seeking herding or production of livestock on the range job opportunities. The rule appears in today’s Federal Register.

December 16, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 206,000, an increase of 18,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 4,000 from 184,000 to 188,000. The 4-week moving average was 203,750, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 15, 1969 when it was 202,750. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 218,750 to 219,750.

December 15, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Garland home healthcare agencies failed to pay $1.2M in minimum wage & overtime wages

DALLAS – Many home healthcare workers performed their jobs heroically in the face of challenges and risks presented by the global pandemic. Yet, their efforts were undercut by industry employers who failed to pay them for the essential, sometimes life-saving work performed. A recent federal investigation found the operators of two related Garland home care agencies underpaid workers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

December 15, 2021

Cincinnati businessman ordered to prison for defrauding workers of retirement benefits, earning contract with falsified documents

CINCINNATI – A federal judge in Cincinnati sentenced Ron Craig Estes to 18 months in prison on Dec. 14 after the Cincinnati businessman pleaded guilty to one count of theft or embezzlement from an employee benefit plan and one count of mail fraud.

December 15, 2021

US Department of Labor cites global spice importer after worker suffers partial finger amputation at Jackson facility, levies $146K in penalties

JACKSON, AL – On Aug. 8, a 61-year-old maintenance employee of iSpice LLC in Jackson had part of his finger amputated while adding wrapping material to a machine that started and trapped his hand. His employer failed to ensure proper guarding was installed. The incident occurred less than six months after the U.S.

December 14, 2021

US Department of Labor, Langlas & Associates align to promote worker safety during construction of Rocky Vista University medical school

BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Langlas & Associates Inc. have signed a strategic partnership to prevent serious hazards, and enhance workplace safety and health practices for workers on the Rocky Vista University construction project in Billings.

December 14, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $3M grant to support progress on labor standards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $3 million cooperative agreement to the International Labour Organization to improve compliance with international labor standards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project will seek to strengthen the ability of governments, employers and workers to improve work conditions related to wages and hours and workplace safety.