December 6, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $86K in back wages, damages for 127 employees of Indianapolis healthcare staffing company

Employers:    Network Connect Healthcare Staffing

                        7930 Castleway Drive

                        Indianapolis, IN 46250

December 6, 2023

Federal marshals arrest Long Island grocer who ignored court orders, demands for records in US Department of Labor investigation

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY – The owner of a Lynbrook grocery store believed they could ignore requests from the U.S. Department of Labor and a federal court in New York to cooperate with an investigation of their company’s pay practices. 

When the U.S. Marshals Service arrested and took Joseph Rossi into custody on Dec. 5, 2023, for repeatedly failing to provide information to the department’s Wage and Hour Division as part of a compliance investigation, the owner of Cross Island Fruits found out how wrong this belief was.

December 5, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $266K in tips, damages for 34 employees of New Hampshire restaurant that kept workers’ tips

Employer name:                               Chief’s Place Pizza Restaurant Inc. doing business as Chief’s Place

Investigation site:                             348 Village St., Concord, NH 03303

December 5, 2023

Minnesota construction contractor faces $1.8M in federal penalties for exposing workers to trenching hazards for the 4th time since 2019

MINOT, ND – Despite signing a 2021 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that included a promise to protect its employees from potentially deadly trenching and excavation hazards, a Minnesota construction contractor was again found endangering employees in June 2023 as they replaced a residential water main and 20 separate curb stop valves for house connections in Minot. 

December 4, 2023

US Department of Labor awards up to $4M to reduce the risks for child, forced labor in Nepal by addressing climate change impact

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of up to $4 million to support a project to build the capacity of local communities in Nepal to address child labor and forced labor, with a specific focus on confronting new challenges arising from climate change.

December 4, 2023

Department of Labor finds poultry processor illegally endangered children in dangerous jobs, robbed workers of wages, retaliated by firing workers

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Office of the Solicitor continue to find serious illegal employment practices in the meat and poultry processing industries, a California poultry processor and supplier to supermarkets and food distributors — including Ralphs, ALDI, Grocery Outlet and SYSCO Corp.

December 1, 2023

US Department of Labor cites Cartersville chemical manufacturer after 52-year-old employee suffers fatal burns

ATLANTA – A federal investigation has determined a Cartersville chemical manufacturer could have prevented a 52-year-old leach tank operator from suffering fatal chemical and thermal burns over most of his body in June 2023 by following required safety regulations.

December 1, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $98K in back wages, damages for 32 security guards Muskegon Heights’ city government misclassified

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – A federal investigation has recovered $98,316 in back wages and liquidated damages for 32 security guards who the Muskegon Heights Housing Commission failed to pay overtime wages because the Michigan employer misclassified them as independent contractors.

December 1, 2023

US Department of Labor cites Massachusetts concrete contractor for crushing, fall, energy hazard violations after employee fatality

BRAINTREE, MA – A federal investigation has found that an East Freetown concrete contractor could have prevented an employee maintaining a soil screener from suffering fatal injuries on Sept. 6, 2023, by following required safety regulations.

November 30, 2023

READOUT: Acting Secretary Su convened business leaders, investors, workers for ‘New Frontiers for Empowering Workers and Business’

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su welcomed business and finance leaders, workers and worker advocates to the department’s Washington headquarters on Nov. 28, 2023, to discuss the case for businesses, investors and related entities to expand their practical understanding of the benefits of worker voice.

Participants included leadership from Microsoft, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, the AFL-CIO, a Communications Workers of America worker-leader and organizer, and other business and labor leaders and worker advocates.

November 30, 2023

US Department of Labor investigation into inmate’s violent attack on nurse finds South Bay facility failed to institute safety procedures

SOUTH BAY, FL A federal workplace safety investigation found a South Bay correctional and rehabilitation facility failed to follow recognized safety practices, leaving employees vulnerable to violent attacks and injuries, including one worker who a patient reportedly struck in the face with a rock.

November 30, 2023

US Department of Labor urges employers to follow federal safety guidelines to protect workers from falls; delivery, warehouse hazards this holiday season

CHICAGO – To make sure the holiday season is truly joyful, the U.S. Department of Labor reminds employers and workers not to overlook workplace safety and health. 

For a sad reminder of how an on-the-job tragedy can leave families, friends and co-workers grief-stricken, look no further than Akron, Ohio, where a 25-year-old worker — hanging holiday lights on a backyard tree — suffered severe electrical shock injuries and later died after the fiberglass extension pole he used on Nov. 7, 2023, made contact with a high-voltage power line.

November 30, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 209,000 to 211,000. The 4-week moving average was 220,000, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 220,000 to 220,500.

November 29, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Ohio meat processor lacked safety requirements after worker falls into machine, suffers chemical burns

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, OH – A federal investigation into how a 35-year-old worker suffered severe leg burns, degloving of their foot and other injuries after falling into corrosive chemicals in May 2023 has found that an Ohio meat processing plant’s safety failures exposed employees to hazardous conditions.

November 28, 2023

US Department of Labor, MEJA Construction Inc. to promote safety during construction of Clayton County’s Forest Park Middle School


U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

MEJA Construction Inc.

Georgia Institute of Technology On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program

What:  Strategic safety partnership

November 28, 2023

US Department of Labor renews regional program on high-level workplace noise to protect mid-Atlantic workers from permanent hearing loss

PHILADELPHIA ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has renewed a Regional Emphasis Program to focus inspections in three mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia on industries with high levels of workplace noise, which can contribute to worker hearing loss.

November 28, 2023

Federal court orders Detroit business owner imprisoned until she complies with US Department of Labor subpoena to provide documents

DETROIT, MI – A federal court has ordered the owner of a Michigan senior home care services company be imprisoned if she continues to ignore a March 2023 federal court order to provide U.S. Department of Labor investigators with time and pay records, despite being in contempt of court since Sept. 27, 2023, and assessed $250 for each day she refused to comply. 

November 27, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers more than $1.2M for 142 workers on Pabst Farm housing construction project in Oconomowoc

OCONOMOWOC, WI – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found 21 construction companies working on a federally assisted construction project violated federal laws, leading to the recovery of more than $1.2 million in prevailing and overtime wages for 142 construction workers who built a 302-unit housing development in Oconomowoc.

November 27, 2023

Department of Labor announces findings of October 2023 impact inspections at 13 mines, many with histories of repeated safety, health issues

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 13 mines in 10 states in October 2023, issuing 215 violations.

MSHA began impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners.