May 26, 2021

Two New Hampshire restaurants pay $302K in back wages, penalties for wage violations following US Department of Labor investigation

MANCHESTER, NH – Two Manchester restaurants and their owner and manager have paid $263,743 in back wages to 68 employees to resolve numerous willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act found in a federal investigation. The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire ordered the resolution in a consent judgement.  

May 26, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Jackson security business willfully violated wage laws, recovers $68K in back wages

JACKSON, MS – While some employers’ misunderstanding of federal wage and hour laws may lead to violations, there are others whose actions show they intended to shortchange workers deliberately and, by doing so, gain an unfair advantage over their law-abiding competitors.

May 26, 2021

Tampa home healthcare service pays more than $45K in back wages to 38 workers after US Department of Labor investigation reveals violations

TAMPA, FL – Home healthcare aides are among the nation’s lowest wage earners. Many depend on receiving every dollar they’ve earned, including overtime wages, so when their employer fails to comply with federal labor laws and shorts their pay, it hits their wallets particularly hard.  

May 26, 2021

US Department of Labor announces proposed rulemaking to rescind Final Rule on Form T-1 Trust Annual Report filing

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to rescind the final rule on “Labor Organization Annual Financial Reports for Trusts in which a Labor Organization is Interested, Form T-1.”

May 25, 2021

La investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. determinó que el proveedor de Tennessee violó las leyes laborales de trabajo infantil relacionadas con la caída fatal del trabajador

NASHVILLE, TN – Un niño de 16 años que estaba construyendo un techo en un sitio de construcción en un hotel a más de 11 pisos de altura trepó por encima de una barrera en la línea del techo e intentó saltar hacia un dispositivo de elevación eléctrico que estaba al costado del edificio. El joven no logró aterrizar en la plataforma, se resbaló por un hueco entre el andamio y el edificio, cayó cerca de 160 pies y murió.

May 25, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation finds Tennessee contractor violated child labor laws related to teenage worker’s fatal fall

NASHVILLE, TN – A 16-year-old boy doing roof construction atop a hotel work site more than 11 stories above the ground climbed over a barrier at the roof line and attempted to jump onto a power-driven hoisting device next to the building. The teen missed the platform, slipped through a gap between the scaffolding and the building and fell about 160 feet to his death.

May 25, 2021

OSHA cites two Michigan companies after demolition collapse at Killen Power Plant in Manchester, Ohio, kills two workers

MANCHESTER, OH – When the Killen Power Generation Station’s building collapsed unexpectedly on Dec. 9, 2020, its steel beams fell on and killed two workers employed to demolish the facility – a laborer cutting steel and a truck driver preparing to move the scrap metal off-site.

May 24, 2021

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. logra sentencia para que empresa de logística de California pague $122K en horas extra, compensaciones y multas

WEST COVINA, CA – Un proveedor de servicios logísticos de almacenamiento y distribución para la industria de ropa y moda para el hogar de Ontario dijo a trabajadores que registraran sólo 8 horas de trabajo al día independientemente de la cantidad de horas que realmente trabajaran. El hallazgo del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. fue corroborado recientemente por una corte federal en California.

May 24, 2021

US Department of Labor secures judgment requiring Southern California logistics company to pay $122K in overtime back wages, damages, penalties

WEST COVINA, CA – An Ontario logistics provider of warehousing and distribution services for the home fashion and apparel industry told workers to record only 8 hours of labor each day regardless of how many hours they actually worked – a finding of the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed by a federal court in California recently.

May 24, 2021

US Department of Labor obtains preliminary injunction restraining Massachusetts contractor from retaliating against employees

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts prohibiting a Canton contractor from retaliating against former and current employees who cooperate with the department’s Wage and Hour Division investigation or engage in other activity protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 24, 2021

Detroit contractor pays $82K in back wages, fringe benefits to 19 laborers after US Department of Labor finds federal violations

WARREN, MI – The Davis Bacon and Related Acts require contractors on federally funded projects to pay all laborers on site prevailing wage rates and benefits, and mandates that prime contractors make sure their subcontractors follow the rules.

May 21, 2021

US Departments of Homeland Security, Labor issue joint rule supplementing H-2B visa cap

WASHINGTON, DC – The Departments of Labor and Homeland Security have published a joint temporary final rule making available an additional 22,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural guest worker visas for fiscal year 2021 to employers who are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers.

May 21, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU., grupos de defensa locales, ofrecerán un seminario web en español sobre salarios, protecciones para trabajadores

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU., en colaboración con El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos y NM Comunidades en Acción Y De Fé (café), el Departamento de Soluciones para la Fuerza Laboral de Nuevo México y Somos Un Pueblo Unido presentarán un seminario web en español sobre la iniciativa de Trabajadores Esenciales ‒ Protecciones Esenciales

May 21, 2021

US Department of Labor, local advocacy groups to host Spanish language webinar on wage, leave protections for frontline, other workers

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and NM Comunidades En Acción Y De Féé), the New Mexico Workforce Solutions and Somos Un Pueblo Unido will present a Spanish-language webinar on the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s Essential Workers ‒ Essential Protections initiative on May 26 at 5 p.m. MT.

May 20, 2021

US Department announces OSHA rule proposal to clarify handrail, stair rail system requirements in general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing updates in the handrail and stair rail system requirements for its general industry, Walking-Working Surfaces standard.

May 20, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Columbus chemical company for exposing workers to host of safety hazards at manufacturing facility

COLUMBUS, GA – HPPE LLC must meet exacting standards to manufacture pharmaceutical-related products, but an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found serious hazards that could impact the safety and health of its employees.

May 20, 2021

US Department of Labor to host webinar for teens, parents, employers, educators on how federal, state laws protect Pennsylvania’s teen workers

PHILADELPHIA – As millions of teens enter the summer seasonal workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor has scheduled a webinar for teens, parents, employers and educators to review how federal and state laws protect teen workers. The virtual event will be held Thursday, May 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.

May 20, 2021

OSHA’s strategic partnership with Holder Construction, Georgia Tech results in improved workplace safety conditions and increased involvement from workers with their safety

ATLANTA – Since 1998, the U.S. Department of Labor has maintained the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Strategic Partnership Program. More than 850 partnerships have been formed to date, covering more than 31,300 employers and 2.5 million workers nationwide – with the goal of improving safety during large construction projects.

May 20, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 444,000, a decrease of 34,000 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 5,000 from 473,000 to 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 504,750, a decrease of 30,500 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 1,250 from 534,000 to 535,250.

May 18, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers more than $150K in wages after investigation finds federal contractor failed to pay employees properly

NASHVILLE, TN – A federal contractor that provides transportation and parking valet service for veterans attending medical appointments has paid $158,068 in back wages to 66 workers to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act found in a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.