May 9, 2022

US Department of Labor cites oil company after 3 workers suffer severe injuries in North Dakota well explosion

GRASSY BUTTE, ND – Federal workplace safety investigators determined that an oil company’s failure to take adequate safety precautions contributed to a drilling site explosion near Grassy Butte on Nov. 4, 2021, that permanently disabled one worker and left two others with serious injuries.

May 9, 2022

Federal judge upholds $1.9M in penalties for child labor abuses by Paragon Contractors Corp., owner Brian Jessop, others after lengthy litigation

SALT LAKE CITY – A federal judge has upheld an assessment by the U.S. Department of Labor of $1,964,450 in civil money penalties against Paragon Contractors Corp. and its owner Brian Jessop.

May 9, 2022

Federal court orders Maryland eldercare providers, owners to pay $364K in back wages, damages to 132 underpaid workers

BALTIMORE – A federal judge has ordered four interrelated Upper Marlboro providers of assisted living, adult day care and transportation services to pay $364,604 – $182,302 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – to 132 workers after the U.S. Department of Labor found numerous pay practice infractions in a Wage and Hour Division investigation.

May 9, 2022

Department of Labor investigation underscores role of manufacturers, retailers in perpetuating exploitative working conditions

SAN DIEGO – Official merchandise for artists including the Rolling Stones, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson or Ariana Grande may have been made by workers at a San Diego silk-screening contractor who denied them the wages they earned for their work.

May 9, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. recupera $624,000 en concepto de salarios atrasados para 92 trabajadores de restaurantes de Charleston tras descubrir violaciones de salarios mínimos y pagos de horas extras.

CHARLESTON, SC - Un restaurante de Charleston pagaba de menos a 92 trabajadores al obligarlos a participar en propinas compartidas ilegales, que incluían a los encargados y a otros empleados que no suelen recibir propinas, lo que dio como resultado violaciones del salario mínimo federal y de las horas extras, según reveló una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU.

May 9, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $624K in back wages for 92 Charleston restaurant workers after finding minimum wage, overtime pay violations

CHARLESTON, SC – A Charleston restaurant shortchanged 92 workers by forcing them to participate in an illegal tip pool that included management and other typically non-tipped employees, which led to federal minimum wage and overtime violations, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has revealed.

May 9, 2022

Florida pediatric special needs caregiver to pay $303K in back wages to 160 workers after US Department of Labor investigation finds overtime violations

Employer: Angels on Earth PPEC Inc.

Investigation sites:  

12200 Menta St., Orlando 32837

110 Patterson Road, Haines City 33844

335 Pineda Court, Melbourne 32940

7405 U.S. Highway 98 North, Lakeland 33809

May 6, 2022

US Department of Labor to hold listening session for Northeast employers, industry stakeholders on possible revisions to overtime regulations

PHILADELPHIA The U.S. Department of Labor will hold an online listening session with employees, employers and other stakeholders in the Northeast on May 13, 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 6, 2022

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on April Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the April 2022 Employment Situation Report:

May 6, 2022

US Department of Labor, stakeholders sign partnership to train, protect workers from construction hazards at Wisconsin Center Expansion project

MILWAUKEE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Wisconsin On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program, Gilbane Building Co., C.D. Smith Construction and labor unions are partnering to protect worker safety and health at the Wisconsin Center Expansion project in Milwaukee.

May 6, 2022

Federal court orders four Rhode Island medical practices, owners to pay $175K in wages, damages to 103 underpaid employees

PROVIDENCE, RI – Four Ocean State medical facilities in Providence and West Greenwich, and their owner and operator, will pay $175,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 103 employees to resolve violations of federal overtime requirements, after an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The employer will also pay $50,000 in civil money penalties.

May 5, 2022

US Department of Labor cites 2 Georgia construction contractors after Yellow River bridge collapse takes worker’s life

COVINGTON, GA – A federal workplace safety investigation has determined that two companies failed to follow required safety standards that could have prevented a bridge collapse and spared the life of a 33-year-old worker on a demolition project in Covington on Oct. 19, 2021.

May 5, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks temporary restraining order against Huntley restaurant, owners for intimidating workers during federal wage investigation

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint and has asked a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order against a Huntley restaurant and its owners for retaliating and intimidating workers illegally during an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division.

May 5, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 200,000, an increase of 19,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 180,000 to 181,000. The 4-week moving average was 188,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 179,750 to 180,000.

May 4, 2022

US Department of Labor renews ‘Star Level’ designation of Acushnet Company, Custom Operations for workplace safety, health achievements

Participant:   Acushnet Company, Custom Operations. New Bedford, Massachusetts

May 4, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation finds Arizona landscaping company denied full wages, retaliated against workers

PHOENIX – Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found a Phoenix-area landscaping company and its owner used illegal pay practices, lied to investigators and intimidated workers, a consent judgment has been entered in federal court to recover back wages and damages for employees and hold the employer accountable.

May 4, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $143K in wages for 90 workers in New Orleans whose employer denied them overtime

Employer name:                    United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans Inc.

Investigation site:                  New Orleans, Louisiana

May 4, 2022

US Department of Labor issues willful citations to Edmond asphalt, concrete paving contractor after investigation into 18-year-old worker’s fatal injury

OKLAHOMA CITY – Federal workplace safety investigators found that a construction company’s failure to prevent sudden start-up of a conveyor system contributed to an 18-year-old worker’s fatal injuries after he was pulled into a hot asphalt silo as he tried to remove debris from the conveyor in Oklahoma City on Nov. 2, 2021.