August 28, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $540K for 268 guest workers after father, son farm labor contractors denied them full wages, provide unsafe housing

RALEIGH, NC – Two federal investigations have recovered $540,221 in wages for 268 H-2A workers from a father and son, then operating as North Carolina farm labor contractors, and whose violations of federal laws included failing to pay some workers their full wages, to provide safe and adequate housing and to reimburse workers’ transportation costs.

August 28, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo recupera $71,000 en salarios atrasados para 25 trabajadores después de encontrar que un proveedor de productos agrícolas de Florida negó el salario mínimo y las horas extras

Empleador:                            Patel Shippers LLC

                                                19925 SW 270th St.

                                                Homestead, FL 33031

August 28, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $71K in back wages for 25 workers after finding Florida produce provider denies minimum wage, overtime

Employer:                              Patel Shippers LLC

                                                19925 SW 270th St.

                                                Homestead, FL 33031

August 28, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $10.5M in initial funding to support disaster-related jobs in Hawaii after severe wildfires on Maui

WASHINGTON – After severe wildfires swept across the Hawaiian island of Maui on Aug. 8, 2023, the state’s disaster declaration was approved, which cleared the way for federal aid to assist in recovery efforts. To support disaster-relief jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the initial award of $10.5 million to Hawaii.

August 25, 2023

Un tribunal ordena al entrenador de caballos Steve Asmussen Stables a pagar $205,000 en multas y reembolsos tras una investigación y litigio del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.

NUEVA YORK– KDE Equine LLC – que opera bajo el nombre de Steve Asmussen Stables – ha llegado a un acuerdo con el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. para reembolsar $129,776 a sus mozos de cuadra y paseadores de caballo para resolver violaciones del programa federal de trabajadores H-2B, que permite a los negocios emplear trabajadores con visa temporal.

August 24, 2023

Federal investigators find Texas contractor exposed employees to struck-by hazards that led to crane collapse, employee’s death

AUBREY, TX – A federal workplace safety investigation has found that a Farmersville construction contractor could have prevented the loss of a 23-year-old employee by following required safety procedures for operating a mobile crane at an Aubrey work site.

August 24, 2023

Risks Ignored: NOX US faces $545K in new penalties after 14th worker in 6 years suffers injuries at Fostoria vinyl manufacturing plant

FOSTORIA, OH – An Ohio-based vinyl tile manufacturer with a history of failing to protect workers from hazards at its Fostoria plant dating back to 2017, now faces an additional $545,853 in federal penalties after investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor.

August 24, 2023

Department of Labor orders Vermont agricultural equipment company to reinstate employee fired for raising environmental concerns

BOSTON – In early June 2022, an employee of a Vermont company that sells and services agricultural equipment observed their employer pumping wastewater from the facility’s service bays onto the ground bordering the Winooski River in Berlin. The employee reported their concerns about the potential harm to the river, first to supervisors and then to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

August 24, 2023

US Department of Labor sues Waukegan contractor who refuses to pay more than $360K in penalties for repeatedly endangering roofing employees

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit in federal court to force a Waukegan roofing contractor to pay $360,531 in penalties for repeatedly exposing employees to falls from elevations, the leading cause of fatal injuries in the construction industry.

August 23, 2023

US Department of Labor orders North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality to remove reprimand from employee’s personnel file

BISMARCK, ND A federal whistleblower investigation has found the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality illegally retaliated against an environmental scientist after they reported safety concerns about the public water system to management and later contacted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

August 23, 2023

Department of Labor files lawsuit to require DISH Network to provide employment data to complete compliance review at New Jersey location

NEW YORK– The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against DISH Network Corp. seeking an order to compel the company to provide documents and information needed to complete a review of the federal contractor’s equal employment opportunity practices at its Roseland, New Jersey, location.

August 23, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $174K in back wages for 50 caregivers employed by Fayetteville independent living service that failed to pay overtime

Employer:                              CAH Inc., operating as Community Alternative Housing

Investigation site:                  2905 Breezewood Ave.

                                                Suite 104 

                                                Fayetteville, NC 28303

August 23, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $1.3M grant to State of Illinois to accelerate gender equity, inclusion in infrastructure workforce

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $1.3 million grant to the State of Illinois and Chicago Women in Trades to support the creation of equity plans and their adoption and increase women’s inclusion and equity in construction industry jobs. Funds will also allow Illinois to evaluate state and local workforce development programs for diversifying the clean energy and construction workforce.

August 23, 2023

Department of Labor announces corporate-wide settlement agreement with Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to address hazards at thousands of US stores

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with the operators of one of the nation’s largest discount retail chains to improve workplace safety significantly in stores nationwide. A key pillar of President Biden’s plan — Bidenomics — is empowering to grow the middle class.

August 22, 2023

Department of Labor obtains order requiring Illinois care provider to pay $324K in back wages, damages to 159 workers denied overtime

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent order from a federal judge that orders the owner and administrator of an Illinois home care and home healthcare provider to pay $324,049 in back wages and liquidated damages as part of the department’s effort to recover overtime denied to 159 healthcare workers.

August 22, 2023

Alabama manufacturing facility exposed employees to safety hazards by using unguarded saws, Department of Labor investigation finds

ECLECTIC, AL ‒ The Texas-based operator of an Eclectic manufacturing facility could have prevented a 20-year-old worker from suffering an amputation if the employer had followed required federal safety standards, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation determined.