September 9, 2022

US Department of Labor proposes $303K in penalties for Middletown foundry for willfully exposing employees to workplace hazards

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a Middletown foundry willfully exposed workers to numerous safety and health hazards, citing the company for 14 violations with proposed penalties of $303,106.

OSHA opened an inspection on March 9, 2022, at the Engineered Precision Casting Co. – a steel and aluminum foundry – in response to a complaint.

September 8, 2022

READOUT: Secretary Marty Walsh, mental health advocates meet to discuss access to health services, treatment, supportive workplaces

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh met with leading mental health advocacy groups, health care professional associations and other stakeholders today in Washington to discuss workers’ access to mental health services, treatment and supportive workplaces.

September 8, 2022

Illinois trucking repair company cited for exposing workers to confined space hazards after worker fatally injured inspecting trailer

LEMONT, IL – AB & R Repair of Lemont faces $326K in OSHA penalties 48-year-old worker entered a tanker-trailer in Lemont to inspect it as part of an annual U.S. Department of Transportation requirement and was overcome from exposure to bleach and chlorine gas. The worker was found unconscious in the tanker-trailer, he later died of his injuries.

September 8, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $1.9M to 14 organizations nationwide to provide workplace safety, health training; recognize infectious diseases

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Labor today awarded approximately $1.9 million in grants to 14 nonprofits nationwide to fund education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize infectious disease hazards – including coronavirus – and identify preventive measures for a safe workplace.

September 8, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera más de $90,000 en salarios atrasados para 14 trabajadores de una pizzería en la zona de Austin y descubre violaciones de trabajo de menores de edad

Nombre del empleador:        Yaghi Enterprises, Inc. que funciona como Yaghi’s New York Pizzeria                                       

Lugares de investigación:    12400 Hwy. 71 West, Suite 510, Austin

                                                            4220 W. William Cannon Drive, Suite 120, Austin

September 8, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 4,000 from 232,000 to 228,000. The 4-week moving average was 233,000, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,000 from 241,500 to 240,500.

September 7, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Meridian tree services company shortchanged workers of overtime wages, allowed minors to operate hazardous machinery

Employer:                                          Done-Rite Tree Company Inc.

Investigation sites:                            8184 Stewart Road, Meridian, ID 83642

September 7, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $84K in back wages, damages for 44 underpaid workers of Honolulu employer

Employer name:        Raymond’s Painting Co.

Investigation Site:     904 Hikina Lane

                                             Honolulu, HI 96817

September 7, 2022

Department of Labor joins effort to provide online toolkit to help employers support, protect workers’ rights to unionize

WASHINGTON – In the spirit of this week’s Labor Day celebration, the U.S.

September 7, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $45M to help 13 colleges in 12 states expand access to training for good-paying jobs

WASHINGTON – To provide people too often marginalized and underrepresented in the U.S. with a route to good-paying jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $45 million in grant funding to 13 colleges in 12 states to help expand career and technical education programs.

September 6, 2022

US Department of Labor awards nearly $20M in funding to support training, services, wage subsidies for workers hurt by foreign trade

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $19,796,000 in funding to provide training and employment services in 45 states and Puerto Rico to eligible workers affected adversely by foreign trade.

September 6, 2022

US Department of Labor reminds recovery, clean-up, rebuild employers, workers: worker protections, employer responsibilities cannot be uprooted

ATLANTA – When severe storms, dangerous weather and other natural calamities strike, the U.S. Department of Labor urges workers and employers who clear debris, repair homes or provide other kinds of disaster recovery to use resources provided by the department’s Wage and Hour Division to understand federal worker protections for wages, hours worked and pay practices.

September 6, 2022

US Department of Labor sues former Albany restaurant owner, operator to end retaliation against workers who filed wage lawsuit

ALBANY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against the former owner of an Albany restaurant after he allegedly tried to intimidate three workers and prevent them from participating in a private class action lawsuit, thus depriving them of their full rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

September 6, 2022

US Department of Labor, industry leaders, stakeholders call on employers, workers to combat surge in construction worker suicides


WASHINGTON – Construction workers often face some of their industry’s most serious dangers – such as falls from elevation, being struck or crushed by equipment or other objects, and electrocution – but recent studies suggest another occupational concern is lurking silently at U.S. worksites: worker suicides.

September 6, 2022

US Department of Labor spotlights employer readiness, new resources, rights of workers during Disaster Preparedness Month

BOSTON – With menacing weather and severe storms a danger in late summer and fall, the U.S.

September 6, 2022

To kick off Natural Disaster Preparedness Month the US Department of Labor reminds workers of federal labor law protections, employers about responsibilities amidst the peak of storm season

DALLAS – With hazardous weather and storms a feature of the season, the U.S. Department of Labor urges workers and employers who clear debris, repair homes or perform other types of disaster recovery to become familiar with federal laws governing wages, hours of work and pay practices. The failure to pay wages as due harms employees, and violations of federal labor law can be costly for employers.

September 6, 2022

US Labor Department investigation finds child labor violations at 3 Dunkin’ locations in Pennsylvania, affecting 39 minors

HERSHEY, PA – A federal investigation found that a Dunkin’ franchisee violated child labor laws when it allowed 14-and-15-year-olds to work outside permissible hours at three locations in Dauphin and Lebanon counties.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined that franchisee Akshar Ashish LLC, operating as Dunkin' and headquartered in Hershey, permitted 14-and-15-year-old employees to:

September 6, 2022

US Department of Labor will hold hearing on proposed amendment to the Qualified Professional Asset Manager Exemption

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced that it will hold an online public hearing on the proposed amendment to its Class Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-14, also known as the Qualified Professional Asset Manager Exemption. The department is also extending the public comment period for the proposed amendment for an additional 15 days, through Oct.

September 6, 2022

Ohio auto parts manufacturer cited for 10 federal safety violations after workers battle 13 fires in 2 years in plastic molding plant

CLAYTON, OH – A Clayton company was cited for exposing workers to fires and failing to train them on initial stage fire identification and use of fire extinguishers after federal safety investigators received a referral from a local fire department that responded to 13 fires at the auto parts manufacturer in a two-year period.