April 27, 2021

Workers Memorial Day remembers lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety, health

SIOUX FALLS, SD ‒ Every 99 minutes, about one worker suffers fatal injuries and fails to return home safely at their work day’s end. That’s 15 workers a day, 100 a week, more than 5,200 a year – a frightening reality, but one that the nation’s employers can change by following workplace safety and health standards and regulations.

April 27, 2021

Workers Memorial Day remembers lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety, health

BISMARCK, ND ‒ Every 99 minutes, about one worker suffers fatal injuries and fails to return home safely at their work day’s end. That’s 15 workers a day, 100 a week, more than 5,200 a year – a frightening reality, but one that the nation’s employers can change by following workplace safety and health standards and regulations.

April 27, 2021

OSHA cites Midwest Warehouse and Distribution System Inc. after one employee dies, 22 sickened by coronavirus

NAPERVILLE, IL – A few days after employees at Midwest Warehouse and Distribution System Inc. gathered in its Naperville facility breakroom for a luncheon, some workers experienced symptoms consistent with coronavirus exposure. Employees began reporting to the company that they had tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 27, 2020. A U.S.

April 27, 2021

US Department of Labor offers webinars for Indiana employers on coronavirus-related employee protections during the pandemic

INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and its Occupational Safety and Health 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 Indiana-area employers and human resources professionals on each agency’s continued response during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 26, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $500K in back wages for 68 workers after builder’s failure to ensure subcontractors’ compliance leads to violations

SPOKANE, WA – Among its many responsibilities, a general contractor has a duty to make sure all of its subcontractors pay workers on federally funded projects all of the wages they have legally earned.

April 26, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $3.5M funding opportunity to place more women in Registered Apprenticeships, nontraditional occupations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a funding opportunity of $3.5 million for up to 10 grants to increase and retain the number of women in quality Registered Apprenticeship Programs and nontraditional occupations such as those in the manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity and healthcare industries.

April 26, 2021

Federal investigation finds Oregon labor contractor violated multiple federal laws related to van crash that killed three migrant farmworkers

SALEM, OR – After a hard day spent loading Christmas trees into delivery trucks bound for homes and offices nationwide, 16 migrant workers packed into a van. As they headed home, a pick-up truck suddenly and violently slammed into the van’s side at a Salem intersection. The collision killed three farmworkers and hospitalized several others with severe injuries.

April 26, 2021

NEWS: US Department of Labor recovers $74K in back wages for 31 workers after investigation finds overtime violations at local restaurant

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL Following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Joey’s New York Pizza LLC – operating as Joey’s New York Pizza & Italian Restaurant – has paid $74,955 in back wages to 31 workers to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

April 23, 2021

US Department of Labor announces virtual Job Corps’ enrollment, 60-day ‘Career Preparation Period’ to serve needs of nation’s at-risk youth

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of virtual enrollment to support the expansion of student participation in Job Corps’ education and technical skills training program.

Now, small cohorts of new students may participate in the program by enrolling virtually and completing their 60-day “Career Preparation Period” of training online, instead of reporting directly to Job Corps’ campuses.

April 23, 2021

Global spice importer exposed workers to amputation, struck-by, crushed-by hazards at Jackson facility, federal safety inspection finds

JACKSON, AL – When employers disregard safety measures and fail to properly supervise employees, the risks of serious injuries or illnesses increases – this is exactly the scenario that OSHA inspectors discovered during an investigation at iSpice LLC, a global spice importer, processor and supplier based in Jackson, Alabama. OSHA found workers exposed to amputation, struck-by, crushed-by and electrical hazards. The company faces $121,511 in penalties.

April 22, 2021

US Department of Labor announces funding opportunity to support workforce training in Appalachian, Lower Mississippi Delta communities

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority, today announced the availability of approximately $29.2 million in a third round of grant funding for the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities Initiative. Grant awards will range from $150,000 up to $1.5 million.

April 22, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 547,000, a decrease of 39,000 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 10,000 from 576,000 to 586,000. The 4-week moving average was 651,000, a decrease of 27,750 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 down by 4,250 from 683,000 to 678,750.

April 21, 2021

Cincinnati pastor sentenced after collecting his deceased father’s pension, Social Security payments fraudulently for more than four years

CINCINNATI, OH – A Cincinnati pastor who collected $121,344 in pension funds and Social Security benefits under his deceased father’s name for more than four years will serve 180 days home confinement, and 3 years’ probation after pleading guilty in federal court in Ohio on Sept. 30, 2020.

April 21, 2021

Excavation company agrees to increase employee training on dangerous trenching hazards prior to 2021 construction season

BISMARCK, ND Before they fill the first bucket of dirt this construction season, Wagner Construction Inc. will train employees on trenching and excavation hazards, develop detailed site-specific safety plans and has employed a full-time safety manager to protect workers from deadly excavation hazards.

April 21, 2021

US Department of Labor awards more than $146M to support workforce agencies’ efforts to return unemployed to workforce more quickly

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $146 million to workforce agencies in 48 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia to operate their Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments programs. 

April 20, 2021

Statement by Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh regarding the verdict in the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin

WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement regarding the verdict in the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin:

“This verdict affirms that the murder of George Floyd was a profound injustice, as well as a devastating blow to a family and a community. Today we remember George Floyd’s life, pray for his family and all who loved him, and honor his memory by rededicating ourselves to the work of achieving racial justice and economic equity for all.”

April 20, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers more than $358K in back wages for 50 workers at Tennessee home healthcare service

OLIVER SPRINGS, TN – Fifty workers misclassified as independent contractors by an Oliver Springs home health care service provider received a total of $358,675 in back wages to resolve overtime violations found in a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

April 20, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $129K in back wages for 154 workers at Ziegler Tire locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – For more than a century, The Ziegler Tire and Supply Company has changed tires and wheels, and made repairs on all types of vehicles at locations in Ohio and surrounding states, but the company fell flat when it came to paying workers in three states for all the wages they legally earned.

Following a federal investigation that found overtime and recordkeeping violations, the U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $129,612 in back wages for 154 workers in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio.  

April 20, 2021

US Department of Labor opens national dialogue to improve outreach to teens on workplace issues of safety, wages, job training, discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor is extending an invitation to teens, parents, educators, employers and other interested stakeholders to join a national online dialogue through April 30 to gather ideas on how the department can connect with teens better.

April 20, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation reveals Boynton Beach residential construction contractor skirted federal overtime laws

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division works hard to help employers understand that violating federal labor laws can be costly, a lesson a Boynton Beach-based residential construction contractor has learned.