March 2, 2022

US Labor Department orders Calabasas private aviation provider to pay $958K to former worker who suffered retaliation for reporting safety concerns

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a California business aviation provider to pay $958,000 in back wages and associated costs, and correct misinformation about a former employee who the employer retaliated against after they reported flight safety issues.

March 2, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $45M grant funding availability to help close equity gaps, expand access to training needed for good-paying jobs

WASHINGTON – The pandemic worsened disparities in economic outcomes across racial, ethnic and gender lines. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor is announcing a $45 million funding availability to help people in marginalized and underrepresented populations overcome barriers to access career and technical education programs that can help connect them with good-paying jobs.

March 1, 2022

Secretary Walsh, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai issue statements on Tridonex workers’ union selection vote in Matamoros, Mexico

WASHINGTON Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai released statements today following yesterday’s vote at the Tridonex auto parts facility in Matamoros, Mexico, when workers voted to choose which union will have the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement on their behalf. 

March 1, 2022

US Department of Labor announces initial award of more than $20M in grants to promote equitable access to unemployment insurance systems

WASHINGTON – Throughout the pandemic, disparities in access to benefits affected women, communities of color and other marginalized workers at a higher rate and often delayed delivery of much needed financial support and services. These disparities in access to unemployment insurance exposed serious real-world shortcomings in the outdated systems used to deliver state and territories unemployment insurance benefits.

March 1, 2022

Readout: Nation’s largest trucking industry association accepts ‘90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge’

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced a partnership with the American Trucking Associations – the largest national trade association for the trucking industry – to join the Biden-Harris administration’s 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge and launch Registered Apprenticeships as a route toward getting more well-trained dr

March 1, 2022

Federal inspection finds West Virginia brick manufacturer exposed workers to respirable crystalline silica hazards at Martinsburg plant

MARTINSBURG, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Continental Brick Co. after an investigation found the employer exposed workers to respirable crystalline silica at the company’s brick manufacturing facility in Martinsburg.

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $169K in back wages, damages for 118 shortchanged restaurant workers in Oregon after investigation

PORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor enforces laws that protect workers’ rights. It also holds unscrupulous employers who shortchange their workers accountable, as it has done on behalf of 118 workers at three Oregon restaurants after an investigation revealed wage theft and other violations.

February 28, 2022

Traffic control company pays $224K in back wages, damages after investigation finds pay practice violations in Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania

Employer name:                   Area Wide Protection Inc., doing business as Roadtek Traffic Solutions LLC                                                                                                               5874 N. Lee Highway, Suite 100                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fairfield, VA 24435

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor alleges fiduciaries for a Chicago-area employee benefit plan misappropriated more than $2.8M of plan assets

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor has asked a federal court in Illinois to hold fiduciaries of the United Employee Benefit Fund, along with its counsel, liable for more than $2.8 million in losses after an investigation found they allowed the misappropriation of the fund’s assets. A Chicago-based multiple employer welfare arrangement, UEBF provides life insurance benefits to about 63 nationwide employer-sponsored benefit plans.

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor to educate healthcare industry on wage laws to ensure essential workers receive earned wages, worker protections

CHICAGO Careworkers put in long hours tending to the vital needs of people in their homes and at health care facilities, yet they are among the nation’s lowest paid workers. Their jobs are made even more difficult when employers fail to pay them all their rightfully earned wages.

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers wages for Albuquerque supermarket workers repeatedly denied overtime

Employer name:                                Heavenly Victory LLC, doing business as Naranjero Super 1

Investigation site:                              Albuquerque, New Mexico

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor announces mine safety campaign to reinforce operators’ obligation to train miners on the job properly

WASHINGTON – Over the past year, dozens of miners have been injured or killed in mining incidents, many of which could have been prevented with proper training and attention to tasks. This unacceptable trend has prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to initiate a new safety campaign to reach miners and educate mine operators on their responsibility to ensure a safe workplace and prevent deadly accidents.

February 28, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Long Island contractor for 9 willful safety violations following employee’s fatal fall

NEW YORK – A federal investigation into a fatal workplace injury on Aug. 19, 2021, at a Town of Oyster Bay municipal building has found a Setauket roofing contractor failed to provide necessary safeguards to protect employees against falls.

February 25, 2022

US Department of Labor cites contractors for exposing workers to excavation hazards following worker fatality at Philadelphia construction site

Employers: Mayfield Site Contractors Inc. (subcontractor and decedent’s direct employer)
596 Swedeland Road, King of Prussia, PA
Gilbane Building Co. (general contractor)
100 Penn Square East, Suite 1040, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Citations issued

Mayfield Site Contractors Inc.

February 25, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Ohio contractor for exposing roofers to deadly fall hazards for 6th time since 2018

HARTVILLE, OH – A Hartsville contractor has been cited for the sixth time since 2018 for exposing workers to deadly fall hazards on two separate Ohio job sites.

February 25, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $12M funding opportunity to support improved enforcement of Mexico’s labor laws

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $12 million in funding to empower federal and state labor inspectors in Mexico to improve enforcement of the country’s landmark 2019 labor law reform in five states, with a focus on Northern States.

February 25, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $315K in overtime wages for 158 home care workers, after investigation finds Napa employer shortchanged them

AMERICAN CANYON, CA – A federal investigation has recovered $315,536 in back wages for 158 workers of American Canyon home care agency where the owner and CEO unlawfully required hourly employees who earned significant overtime to sign an agreement to be paid straight time for up to 160 hours per pay period.

February 24, 2022

Bimbo Bakeries will pay $131K to resolve alleged hiring discrimination identified in US Department of Labor audit of Nebraska baking plant

BELLEVUE, NE – A company known for baking some of the nation’s leading brands will pay $131,216 in back pay and interest to 134 qualified female applicants as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at a Bellevue, Nebraska baking facility.

February 24, 2022

US Department of Labor announces Pacific Coast Safety Fest, March 14-17

SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Department of Labor and other stakeholders are offering workers, employers, educators, safety and health professionals and others a unique, virtual opportunity to increase their knowledge of workplace safety and health issues during Pacific Coast Safety Fest, March 14-17, 2022.

February 24, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $221K in back wages, damages for nursing staff after re-investigation again finds violations at treatment facility

LAUREL RUN, PA An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor recovered $221,307 in back wages and damages for 32 nursing staff employees of a Luzerne County treatment center found to be intentionally shortchanging workers of their overtime pay repeatedly.