June 6, 2023

Federal workplace safety inspectors find Illinois contractor continues to expose roofing workers to deadly fall hazards, despite 2019, 2022 violations

GREENVILLE, IL Federal workplace safety inspectors found a Fairmont City roofing contractor continuing to endanger employees to deadly fall hazards by not providing them fall protection, as required by federal law.

June 5, 2023

New Jersey security company pays $132K in back wages , damages to 61 employees after federal investigation finds workers misclassified, denied overtime pay

Employer name:       

Hinton Investigations Inc.

516 Main St.

East Orange, New Jersey 07018

June 5, 2023

Illinois contractor ignored city’s safety warnings about deadly trench hazards, federal inspectors cite five willful, serious violations, propose $77K in penalties

WATERLOO, IL ‒ A Breese contractor who ignored a city engineer’s repeated verbal and written instructions to use trench cave-in protection faces penalties after federal workplace safety inspectors found the employer failed to protect workers installing storm sewer lines from potentially deadly trench cave-ins on a least five occasions.

June 2, 2023

US Department of Labor will provide worker safety, health experts in areas hardest hit in Guam by Typhoon Mawar to protect recovery workers

DEDEDO, GUAM – The U.S. Department of Labor will send experts from its Occupational Safety and Health Administration to areas of Guam hardest hit by Typhoon Mawar to protect the safety and health of recovery workers as part of the federal response and recovery effort after the storm struck the island in late May.

June 2, 2023

Court orders Philadelphia home care provider to pay more than $7M in back wages, damages after denying overtime to 1,230 current, former employees

PHILADELPHIA – A federal court has ordered a Philadelphia home care agency and its owner to pay more than $7 million in back wages and liquidated damages to 1,230 current and former employees after two years of litigation affirmed the U.S. Department of Labor’s finding that the employers willfully failed to pay overtime wages, in most cases by not including employees’ time for work-related travel when calculating wages.

June 2, 2023

US Department of Labor finds upstate South Carolina restaurant chain denied overtime pay, recovers $567K in back wages, damages for 215 employees

Employer:                              Tipsy Holding II LLC, operating as Tipsy Taco

Investigation sites:               215 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615 – Headquarters

                                                15 Conostee Ave., Greenville, SC 29605

                                                728 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29609

June 2, 2023

Statement by Assistant Secretary Julie McClain Downey on May Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs Julie McClain Downey issued the following statement on the May 2023 Employment Situation Report:

June 2, 2023

Department of Labor finds Dollar General continues to discount safety after inspections in Alabama, Florida yield 8 repeat violations, $1M penalties

ATLANTA – Workplace safety inspections by the U.S. Department of Labor in Alabama and Florida have found three Dollar General locations exposing employees to fire hazards and other unsafe conditions.

June 1, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $100K in back wages from truck stop operator who denied overtime pay to 15 Jersey City gas station attendants

Employer name:       Petroline Inc., operator of Putnam Truck Stop                                                                                                                                                                           565 Tonnele Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey 07307

June 1, 2023

CORRECTED: US Department of Labor investigations of labor contractors, vineyard yield $231K in penalties, recover $129K in back wages for 353 agricultural workers

SAN FRANCISCO – Home to thousands of winemakers who produce 80 percent of the wine in the U.S., California vineyards also yield their share of unscrupulous employers who profit by taking advantage of migrant and seasonal farmworkers as the harvest season approaches.

To combat violations that deny workers their hard-earned wages or jeopardize their safety, the U.S. Department of Labor has stepped up its outreach and enforcement efforts in the Golden State.

June 1, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 232,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 229,000 to 230,000. The 4-week moving average was 229,500, a decrease of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 231,750 to 232,000.

June 1, 2023

Federal court orders Kansas operators of 17 Sonic locations to stop child labor violations after federal investigators find repeated abuses

NEWTON, KS – After federal investigators found, for the second time in a year, that the owners and operators of 17 Sonic Drive-In locations in Kansas illegally allowed children to work longer and at times not permitted by law, the U.S. District Court of Kansas has ordered the franchisees to stop violating child labor regulations.

May 31, 2023

US Department of Labor, Safety Council of Greater St. Louis sign alliance to train employers, workers on common hazards

Who:             U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

                       The Safety Council of Greater St. Louis                  

What:             Workplace safety and health alliance

May 31, 2023

US Department of Labor impact inspections at 20 mines in 15 states find 335 violations in April 2023, miners exposed to 92 serious hazards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 20 mines in 15 states in April 2023 and found 335 violations.

May 31, 2023

Costly retaliation: Vermont employer pays $28K in back pay, damages to illegally fired employee who sought unpaid wages

MANCHESTER, NH – When a Vermont employer fired an employee who said they would contact the “labor board” if they did not get paid for job-related travel time, the company violated federal protections against retaliation and found themselves facing costly consequences after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

May 31, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $121K in back wages, damages for 25 workers denied overtime pay by Minneapolis home healthcare provider

MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment in federal court requiring the operator of a home healthcare provider franchise in Golden Valley to pay $121,000 in back overtime wages and liquidated damages to 25 certified nursing and patient care assistants after a federal investigation found the employer denied them overtime pay.

May 30, 2023

Department of Labor identifies more than 170 child labor violations by operators of 6 Reno-area Sonic Drive-In franchise locations

RENO, NV – Federal investigators have found the operator of six Nevada Sonic Drive-In locations illegally allowed 14- and 15-year-old teenagers to work more hours and at times not permitted by federal child labor regulations and assigned them to operate manual deep fryers, a task considered a hazardous occupation.

May 30, 2023

US Department of Labor finds fire, electrical, other hazards in inspections at two southeast Oklahoma Dollar General stores putting workers at risk

HARTSHORNE, OK – When federal workplace safety investigators opened inspections in December 2022 at two Dollar General stores in southeast Oklahoma, they found blocked exit routes and walkways exposing employees to fire hazards, the same types of violations investigators discovered in stores across the nation operated by the national discount retailer.