May 19, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 6,000 from 203,000 to 197,000. The 4-week moving average was 199,500, an increase of 8,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,500 from 192,750 to 191,250.

May 18, 2022

Tribunal federal ordena a instalaciones de vivienda asistida en Maryland pagar $950K en salarios, daños y multas por violaciones deliberadas a la FLSA

FULTON, MD - A pesar de servir las necesidades de adultos mayores en cuatro residencias de vivienda asistida en Maryland con alta calidad y atención compasiva, 27 trabajadores esenciales fueron víctimas de empleadores que no se preocuparon por su bienestar o por pagarles lo que ganaron legalmente.

May 18, 2022

Committee co-chaired by US Labor Department, US Trade Representative requests Mexico review alleged labor rights denial at Reynosa parts plant

WASHINGTON The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement today requested that the Mexican government conduct a review at the Panasonic Automotive Systems electronic parts facility in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, in response to a petition filed under the USMCA alleging that plant workers there have been denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining.

May 18, 2022

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $225K en salarios para trabajadores agrícolas en California, impone $54K en multas a cinco granjas

SAN FRANCISCO – Los trabajadores migrantes del programa H-2A de trabajadores agrícolas temporales brindan mano de obra estacional crítica a granjas de toda California, dedicando semanas fuera de casa en trabajos agotadores pero necesarios para apoyar la industria agrícola de $49 mil millones del estado.

May 18, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $2M funding opportunity to help women workers who earn low wages learn about labor rights, benefits

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a funding opportunity of $2 million for up to eight grants to help women who earn low wages to learn about and access their employment rights and benefits.

May 18, 2022

READOUT: Secretary Walsh visits George Washington University to meet workers, students; discuss strengthening mental health care workforce

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited George Washington University’s Hospital and Behavior Health Department on May 17, 2022, to meet with students, faculty and hospital residents to discuss ways to strengthen professional pathways to mental health care and to hear about workers’ experience with behavioral health service delivery and staff support amid the pandemic. 

May 18, 2022

US Department of Labor to hold listening session for Southwest workers, advocates, union representatives on possible revisions to overtime regulations

DALLAS ─ The U.S. Department of Labor will hold an online listening session for Southwest employees and their stakeholders on May 25, 2022, on possible revisions to the regulations that enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees.

May 17, 2022

As the Northwest’s summer season approaches, recent federal investigations should remind employers to make youth employment beneficial for all

PORTLAND, OR – As the summer hiring season looms, employers are offering more opportunities for youth-aged workers to earn money and gain work experience than in recent years. In preparation for their early ventures into the working world, young workers should familiarize themselves – and employers should review practices and ensure compliance –with federal labor laws designed to ensure that the experience is rewarding and safe.

May 17, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Breckenridge contractor willfully exposed workers to trench hazards after fatal cave-in

BRECKENRIDGE, CO – One worker suffered fatal injuries and two co-workers barely escaped similar fates when they were rescued from a trench that collapsed as they installed sewer pipes in a Breckenridge neighborhood on Nov. 16, 2021.

May 17, 2022

US Department of Labor to offer prevailing wage compliance seminars online for federal contractors, contracting agencies, unions, workers

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor will offer online compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other stakeholders to provide information on the requirements governing payment of prevailing wages on federally funded construction and service contracts.

May 17, 2022

US Department of Labor debars Geismar plumbing contractor from work on federal contracts for egregious violations of wage, benefits laws

Employer name:                     Morales Plumbing LLC

Investigation site:                  Meadows at Nicholson Family Apartments

                                                         11777 Nicholson Drive

May 17, 2022

Kroger supermarket allowed minors to engage in hazardous work, exceed hours standards, US Department of Labor investigation in Mississippi finds

Employer:                                 The Kroger Co. Inc.

Investigation site:                3095 Goodman Road

                                                       Southaven, MS 38672

May 17, 2022

US Department of Labor urges caution to avoid fall, electrical, other hazards during spring storm cleanup throughout South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, SD - After severe weather, such as the windstorm that roared across South Dakota on May 12, workers and others involved in storm cleanup may face hazards related to falls, downed power lines and sharp debris as they conduct recovery and cleanup operations.

Employers and workers should also be aware of heat illness and hazards from equipment used during response/recovery operations, such as chain saws.

May 16, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $198K for 19 workers denied overtime pay by Lynchburg, Virginia, restaurant

US Department of Labor recovers $198K for 19 workers denied overtime pay by Lynchburg, Virginia, restaurant

Employer name:                   

Jalisco Inc., doing business as La Carreta Mexican Restaurant

8210 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502

Investigation findings:         

May 16, 2022

Grand jury indicts Didion Milling Inc., six managers on nine counts related to five deaths, numerous serious injuries in 2017 Cambria corn mill explosion

CAMBRIA, WI – A federal grand jury has indicted the operator and six management officials of a Cambria corn mill – where a May 31, 2017, explosion killed five workers and injured 15 others – on nine criminal counts, including two counts related to willful violations of federal workplace safety standards for grain handling.

May 16, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $225K in back wages for agricultural workers in California, assesses five farms $54K in penalties

SAN FRANCISCO Migrant workers in the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program provide critical seasonal labor on farms across California, spending weeks away from home doing the grueling work needed to support the state’s $49 billion agricultural industry.

May 13, 2022

READOUT: Secretary Walsh discusses strengthening economy; ensuring ‘Good Jobs’ through investments in job quality at panel discussion today

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joined business leaders for panel discussion today on how private-sector employers can recruit, retain and strengthen their workforce through investments in job quality.

May 13, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Continental Tire plant for multiple safety violations after 3 workers suffer severe injuries on consecutive days

MOUNT VERNON, IL In two separate incidents on consecutive days in November 2021, three workers at a southern Illinois tire plant suffered severe injuries in incidents associated with a mixer containing a combustible dust and a flammable gas, guarding moving equipment and the failure to implement and enforce procedures to control the unintentional energization of equipment during servicing.

May 13, 2022

Federal appeals court unanimously rules Kentucky mine operator illegally gave advance notice of inspection to miners underground

WASHINGTON A federal appeals court has ruled unanimously that the operator of a Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, coal mine violated the federal Mine Safety and Health Act more than a decade ago by giving underground miners advance notice that mine inspectors were conducting an inspection.