May 12, 2021

South Florida H-2A employer pays $21K after US Department of Labor uncovers guest worker visa program violations

LEHIGH ACRES, FL – Eighty-one workers harvesting squash and zucchini at a Homestead farm discovered the contractor who hired them was not going to provide meals or kitchen facilities. Workers were forced to spend more on meals than $12.46 per day, the amount promised by the contractor, a violation of the federal H-2A guest worker visa program.

May 12, 2021

US Department of Labor secures court order requiring Tennessee disaster relief company and officer to pay $87K in back wages and damages to employees who worked in US Virgin Islands

ST. CROIX, VI – The District Court of the Virgin Islands has ordered a Gallatin, Tennessee, construction management and disaster relief company and its then officer and current CEO to pay $87,000 to 26 employees to resolve violations of the minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 11, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation finds Orange County assisted-living facilities operator shorted workers’ pay

LAGUNA HILLS, CA – Serving the needs of the elderly and others in residential care demands skill and commitment. More than a job, it is a vocation and a source of pride for many. Yet, regardless of the job’s essential nature, some of these workers fall victim to employers who show little concern for their employees’ well-being or for paying them all the wages they have legally earned.

May 11, 2021

Los Angeles garment contractor to pay back wages, penalties after US Department of Labor finds overtime violations

WEST COVINA, CA – Garment industry workers have too often fallen victim to employers who fail to pay these vulnerable workers all of the wages they have legally earned. A recent U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found a Los Angeles garment contractor continuing this trend and held them accountable.

May 11, 2021

NEWS: US Department of Labor recovers more than $33K in back wages for 22 workers at Florida home healthcare service

CRYSTAL RIVER, FL Few would argue with the fact that home healthcare nurses – who serve the needs of our communities and their most vulnerable – deserve all the wages they legally earn. When employers fail to pay workers like these correctly, the U.S. Department of Labor responds.

May 10, 2021

OSHA cites 6 contractors for exposing workers to falls, other safety hazards at Medford luxury home site; proposes nearly $250K in penalties

MARLTON, NJ – Six contractors constructing luxury single-family homes at the future site of Hawthorne Estates in Medford put workers at risk of serious or fatal injuries by failing to comply with federal requirements to prevent falls, the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

May 10, 2021

Minnesota company debarred from federal guest worker program after investigation finds temporary foreign workers exploited

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota lawn care and snow removal company took advantage of more than 70 temporary foreign workers – charging them higher rent than allowed, requiring them to pay for their international transportation and demanding payment to keep their jobs – all in violation of the federal H-2B Visa program. The program helps supply employers with temporary foreign workers when sufficient numbers of U.S.

May 7, 2021

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

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

May 7, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $36K in back wages for Fort Myers’ grocery store workers after investigation finds overtime violations

FORT MYERS, FL – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has recovered more than $36,000 in back wages for workers at a grocery store that denied them overtime pay required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 6, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $558K in fines for Texas bath, shower manufacturer for willful, repeat safety violations at Waco facility

WACO, TX – Moving machine parts have the potential to cause serious or fatal injuries when safety protections and procedures are ignored, and yet a Waco bath and shower manufacturer once again failed to provide its employees a safe and healthful workplace.

May 6, 2021

US Department of Labor asks Kansas heavy construction industries to submit data to help establish accurate prevailing wage rates

WICHITA, KS- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division asks businesses in Kansas’ heavy construction industries to complete surveys to help the agency establish accurate prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

May 6, 2021

US Department of Labor announces proposed rulemaking for range herding, livestock production applications under the H-2A program

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the adjudication of temporary need for employers seeking to hire for herding or production of livestock on the range jobs under the H-2A program.

May 6, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 498,000, a decrease of 92,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 37,000 from 553,000 to 590,000. The 4-week moving average was 560,000, a decrease of 61,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 9,250 from 611,750 to 621,000.

May 5, 2021

US Department of Labor issues guidance to states to permit greater flexibility for waiving the recovery of certain unemployment insurance overpayments

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today issued an Unemployment Insurance Program Letter that provides states with guidance on addressing unemployment insurance benefit overpayments established by states for programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

May 5, 2021

US Department of Labor to withdraw Independent Contractor Rule

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the withdrawal – effective May 6 – of the “Independent Contractor Rule,” to maintain workers’ rights to the minimum wage and overtime compensation protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 4, 2021

Federal judge finds Bradenton behavioral healthcare center exposed workers to more than 50 attacks by residents, allowed destruction of video evidence

BRADENTON, FL – A federal administrative law judge has determined that a Bradenton behavioral healthcare center and its management company exposed workers to more than 50 attacks in a two-and-a-half-year period when residents kicked, punched, bit, scratched, pulled and used desk scissors as a weapon, and that both entities deserve to be sanctioned for destroying surveillance videos showing this workplace violence.

May 4, 2021

US Department of Labor welcomes nominations for members of the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it is seeking nominations for members to serve on the newly reinstated National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships.

May 4, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $39K for 31 employees of Franklin area lawn care company

FRANKLIN, TN – A Franklin lawn care company has paid $39,373 in back wages to 31 workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor that found the employer violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  

May 3, 2021

US Department of Labor offers webinars for Kansas City area on coronavirus-related employee protections during the pandemic

KANSAS CITY, KS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, its Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Employee Benefits Security Administration will host representatives of the IRS, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to present a series of webinars for Kansas City-area employers and human resources professionals on each agency’s continued response during the coronavirus pandemic.