April 20, 2022

US Department of Labor emphasis program seeks to identify, reduce silica dust hazards in Denver’s cut stone, stone products industry

DENVER – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration developed a new Regional Emphasis Program to identify and reduce hazards in the cut stone and stone products industry. Enforcement will begin on May 17, 2022. In the past 10 years, the cut stone and stone products manufacturing industry has had the highest documented overexposures to respirable crystalline silica in the region. 

April 20, 2022

Department of Labor announces streamlined claims process for federal firefighters with certain occupational illnesses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor issued a policy bulletin announcing changes by its Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs to assist federal firefighters with certain occupational illnesses by making it easier for claimants to file certain claims and improving transparency in how claims are processed.

April 20, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $348,000 en sobretiempo para trabajadores en 7 restaurantes Fuzzy’s Taco de Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY - El operador de siete franquicias de restaurantes del área de Oklahoma City afirmó que los trabajadores eligieron salarios por hora más altos en lugar de ser pagados horas extras por más de 40 horas en una semana

April 20, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $348K in overtime for workers at 7 Oklahoma City Fuzzy’s Taco Shops

OKLAHOMA CITY The operator of seven Oklahoma City-area taco shop franchises claimed that workers requested higher hourly wages rather than being paid overtime for hours over 40 in a workweek – an illegal agreement whether the workers consented or not – and as a recent U.S. Department of Labor investigation shows, is a costly error by the employer.

April 20, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $25K in back wages for six workers after Fayetteville restaurant violated minimum wage, overtime laws

Employer:                              Fayetteville Miyabi Inc., operating as Miyabi Japanese Steak Restaurant

Investigation site:                 1990 Skibo Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314

April 19, 2022

Federal court orders Delaware landscaper to pay $50K in liquidated damages after US Labor Department investigation, litigation

LEWES, DE – Following litigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor, a federal court ordered a Delaware landscaping company and its owner to pay $50,622 in liquidated damages to 10 temporary workers.

April 19, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $11K for 45 workers after investigation finds Tunica seafood processor violated federal wage laws

Employer: Magnolia Processing Inc.

Investigation site: 5255 Hwy 4, Tunica, MS 38676

April 19, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Illinois contractor exposed roofing workers to deadly fall hazards twice in 10 days at separate job sites

WAUKEGAN, IL – A Waukegan contractor – with a history of violating federal safety standards and ignoring safety citations – was cited again by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to deadly fall hazards at two separate job sites in October 2021. Joshua Herion – who does business as ECS Roofing Professionals Inc. – faces proposed penalties of $360,531.

April 19, 2022

Investigation recovers $18K for 58 workers illegally denied full overtime wages by North Miami Beach restaurants’ operator

ESTERO, FL – A federal investigation of three North Miami Beach restaurants that found the operator denied 58 workers their full overtime wages, has recovered $18,705 in back wages and liquidated damages for the affected employees.

April 18, 2022

US Department of Labor, Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association renew alliance to promote worker safety

SEATTLE The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association in Seattle have renewed an alliance to continue a collaborative relationship that provides shipyard workers and companies with information about hazards and resources to promote safe, healthful workplaces and workers’ rights.

April 18, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Clearwater construction contractor after fatal incident on the Pinellas Gateway Express project

CLEARWATER, FL – A federal investigation into how a 47-year-old carpenter was fatally injured on Oct. 6, 2021, at the Pinellas Gateway Express project in Clearwater found his employer violated safety standards by allowing workers to remain in a crane load’s danger zone.

April 18, 2022

Courts orders Lancaster healthcare agency to pay more than $1.15M in back wages, damages after US Department of Labor investigation

LANCASTER, PA – A federal court entered a consent judgment against a Pennsylvania home healthcare agency and its owner after investigators found they denied 193 direct care workers overtime pay.

April 18, 2022

Department of Labor seeks nominations to advisory board on compensation, benefits for current, former nuclear weapons industry workers

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking nominations for membership on the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

April 15, 2022

US Department of Labor, AGC of South Dakota sign alliance to educate workers, employers on construction’s deadly hazards

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Each year, hundreds of workers are injured – some fatally – on construction sites. So, as the spring construction season gets into full swing, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and more than 500 voluntary employee members of the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota are teaming up to protect workers from common construction industry hazards.

April 15, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $578K in wages, health and welfare benefits for 87 workers of New Jersey medical transport services contractor

EAST ORANGE, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor and an East Orange medical transport services contractor has reached a settlement agreement after a federal investigation found violations of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.

April 15, 2022

US Department of Labor announces leadership, new members to advisory council on employee welfare, pension benefit plans for 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the appointment of seven members and leadership for the 2022 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council.

The 15-member council provides advice on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

April 14, 2022

Ocean County landscaping company ordered to pay $220K in back wages, civil penalties after federal investigation, administrative law judge decision, order

BAYVILLE, NJ - Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, an administrative law judge ordered a commercial landscaping company based in Bayville to pay 47 temporary landscaping workers $181,670.19 in back wages. The employer will also pay $38,329.81 in civil money penalties.