August 31, 2023

READOUT: Department of Labor joins Boston ironworkers for roundtable discussion on importance of mental health in the construction trades

BOSTON – Leaders of the U.S. Department of Labor convened yesterday in Boston for a roundtable discussion on the importance of mental health friendly workplaces, particularly in the building trades. The event was held at the Iron Workers Local 7 Union Hall.

August 31, 2023

Department of Labor finds Houston-area manufacturer failed to correct 2022 hazards; yields 16 repeat, serious violations, $298K in penalties

HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has cited a Stafford engine component manufacturer again for failing to correct safety hazards that caused an employee’s finger amputation in March 2022.

August 31, 2023

Acting Secretary Su to induct sweatshop workers, LGBTQ+ trailblazers into Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor

WASHINGTON – To celebrate and recognize extraordinary individuals whose distinctive contributions to the field of labor elevated working conditions, wages and overall quality of life of America's working families, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced new inductees into its Hall of Honor.

The inductions will begin on Sept. 18 with a ceremony at which Acting Secretary Julie Su will honor the hall’s first 2023 inductees, the El Monte Thai Garment Workers.  

August 31, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 228,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 230,000 to 232,000. The 4-week moving average was 237,500, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 236,750 to 237,250. 

August 30, 2023

Department of Labor obtains federal court judgment to recover $153K in retirement funds for former employees of defunct Bay Area company

SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a default judgment to recover $153,768 for four people whose former employer abandoned its employee retirement plan more than two decades ago, leaving no one to administer the plan and authorize distribution of its funds, a violation of federal law.

August 30, 2023

Department of Labor, Trade Representative seek Mexico’s review of alleged labor rights violations by MasAir cargo airline

WASHINGTON The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement today requested the government of Mexico review an allegation of labor rights’ violations at the MasAir cargo airline in Mexico City. The Department of Labor and Trade Representative co-chair the committee.

August 30, 2023

Colorado contractor awaits sentencing on manslaughter charge after failing to protect employees in 2021 trench collapse that killed 23-year-old worker

BRECKENRIDGE, CO The owner of an Avon construction company whose failure to follow required federal safety standards led to the 2021 trench collapse death of a 23-year-old employee in Breckenridge now awaits a November sentencing date after pleading guilty to manslaughter on Aug. 3, 2023.

August 30, 2023

Department of Labor completed impact inspections at 15 mines in July 2023, identified 288 violations of safety, health standards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 12 states in July 2023, issuing 288 violations and four safeguard notices. MSHA began impact inspections after an explosion killed 29 miners at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010.

August 30, 2023

Department of Labor announces proposal to restore, extend overtime protections for 3.6 million low-paid salaried workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would restore and extend overtime protections to 3.6 million salaried workers. The proposed rule would guarantee overtime pay for most salaried workers earning less than $1,059 per week, about $55,000 per year.

August 29, 2023

Packager/distributor pays $277K to 50 workers after US Department of Labor uncovers H-2B temporary labor program violations in Cortland, New York

ALBANY, NY – A federal investigation has found that a Cortland facility operated by an Illinois global packager and distributor of personal care products violated laws protecting domestic and temporary nonimmigrant workers and recovered more than $277,000 for 50 underpaid workers.

August 29, 2023

US Department of Labor, Mexican Consulate sponsor worker rights event

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with the Consulate of Mexico in San Antonio, hosted an outreach event for low-wage and at-risk workers and their advocates Aug. 29, 2023, at the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio as part of Labor Rights Week, August 28, through September 1.

August 29, 2023

Federal court orders Huntley restaurant to pay $105K in back wages, damages to 8 employees after Department of Labor investigation, litigation

CHICAGO – A federal court has ordered the operators of a Huntley restaurant to pay eight employees more than $105,000 in back wages and damages, despite the employers’ attempt to interfere with a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found they illegally denied the workers their earned overtime wages.

August 29, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers more than $200K in back wages, damages for 36 employees of Southern Maine bar, grill; assesses $35K in penalties

MANCHESTER, NH – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation into the pay practices and use of child labor at a southern Maine bar and grill has found the employers failed to properly pay 36 workers their wages, falsified timecards to avoid paying overtime, and allowed minors to work long hours in excess of the legal limits. The investigation found that one of these underaged employees cleaned a hazardous meat slicer.

August 29, 2023

Department of Labor announces proposed changes to clarify regulations on authorized employee representation during workplace inspections

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise regulations regarding who can be authorized by employees to act as their representative to accompany the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance officers during physical workplace inspections.

August 28, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos se une a la Embajada de México y a otras misiones diplomáticas para dar inicio a la Semana de los Derechos Laborales 2023; lanza TrabajadorMigrante.gov

WASHINGTON – El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos inició hoy una serie de eventos a nivel nacional para conmemorar la Semana de los Derechos Laborales 2023 en la sede del departamento en Washington, uniéndose a funcionarios del gobierno mexicano para destacar la importancia de los derechos de los trabajadores migrantes y de cómo las agencias de cumplimiento del departamento trabajan con los consulados de todo el país para garantizar que se respeten sus derechos y que los violadores sean responsables.

August 28, 2023

Department of Labor joins Mexican Embassy, other diplomatic missions to kick off Labor Rights Week 2023; launches MigrantWorker.gov

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today kicked off a series of nationwide events to mark Labor Rights Week 2023 at the department’s Washington headquarters by joining officials of the Mexican Embassy and other diplomatic missions to highlight the importance of migrant workers’ rights and how the department’s enforcement agencies work with consulates across the nation to ensure these rights are upheld and that violators are held accountable.

August 28, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo recupera $540,000 para 268 trabajadores invitados después de que los contratistas de mano de obra agrícola de padre e hijo les negaran el salario completo, y proporcionaran viviendas inseguras

RALEIGH, NC – Dos investigaciones federales han recuperado $540,221 en salarios para 268 trabajadores H-2A de un padre y un hijo que operaban como contratistas de mano de obra agrícola en Carolina del Norte, y cuyas violaciones de las leyes federales incluyeron no pagar a algunos trabajadores sus salarios completos, proporcionar viviendas seguras y adecuadas y reembolsar los costos de transporte de los trabajadore