September 23, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 351,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 332,000 to 335,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,750, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 335,750 to 336,500.

September 22, 2021

US Department of Labor files restraining order to stop Rosedale farm operator from retaliating against H-2A workers, obstructing investigation

ROSEDALE, LA – At a sugarcane and soybean farm outside Baton Rouge, agricultural workers faced more than Louisiana’s heat and humidity. They dealt with a farm owner and operator, Glynn Rivet, who allegedly denied them adequate food and water, and after the workers asked the owner’s son to help them get food and water, the owner yelled obscenities at the workers, threatened them with guns and fired near them.

September 22, 2021

Statement of Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh applaud successful first course of remediation under USMCA’s Rapid Response Mechanism

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today marked the successful conclusion of the first a course of remediation under the USMCA’s Rapid Response Labor Mechanism. Workers at a General Motors facility in Silao, Mexico voted on whether to approve their existing collective bargaining agreement in free and democratic conditions after the United States requested a review on May 12, 2021. 

September 22, 2021

Lavadero de autos en California intencionalmente no pagó horas extra y deberá pagar $62,000 en salarios y compensación por violaciones federales

WEST COVINA, CA – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ha ordenado a un operador de lavado de autos en Colton que pague a 15 trabajadores más de $62,000 en salarios atrasados y compensación por daños luego que investigadores federales encontraron que el empleador intencionalmente no les pagó las horas extra, como requiere la Ley de Normas Justas de Trabajo.

September 22, 2021

California car wash operator intentionally failed to pay overtime, must pay $62K in back wages, damages to remedy federal violations

WEST COVINA, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a Colton car wash to pay 15 workers more than $62,000 in back wages and liquidated damages after federal investigators found their employer intentionally failed to pay them overtime, as the Fair Labor Standards Act requires.

September 22, 2021

US Department of Labor announces new partners to support initiative to deliver employment services to transitioning service members, spouses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its Veterans’ Employment and Training Service has signed a memorandum of understanding with nine organizations that have agreed to serve as partners to support VETS’ Employment Navigator and Partnership Pilot.

September 22, 2021

US Department of Labor finds overtime violations at a Florida air conditioning company, recovers $34K in back wages for 43 workers

ORLANDO, FL – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found an Orlando air conditioning and heating service company failed to pay workers the overtime wages they legally earned, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

September 22, 2021

US Department of Labor investigations find three South Carolina marinas violated federal child labor provisions

COLUMBIA, SC The operators of three South Carolina marinas found themselves afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act recently after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations uncovered child labor and overtime violations.

September 21, 2021

US Department of Labor reaches voluntary conciliation agreement with Hawaii to improve language access to unemployment insurance

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations have entered into a voluntary conciliation agreement to ensure those with limited English proficiency and eligible non-U.S. citizens seeking to file claims for unemployment insurance benefits have better access to services.

September 21, 2021

US Department of Labor again cites Fort Worth masonry company for exposing workers to falls, proposes $216K in penalties

DENTON, TX – A Fort Worth masonry company continues to put its workers at risk for falls – the leading cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry – by ignoring workplace safety regulations, a recent federal inspection at a Denton work site found.

September 21, 2021

Tribunal federal ordena a almacén fronterizo pagar $235,000 en salarios atrasados, multas tras investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.

SAN DIEGO - Un tribunal federal ha dictado una sentencia acordada por las partes por la que se ordena a una empresa de almacenes aduaneros de San Diego el pago de $235,000 en concepto de salarios atrasados y sanciones después de que una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.

September 21, 2021

Federal court orders border warehouse to pay $235K in back wages, penalties after US Department of Labor investigation

SAN DIEGO – A federal court has approved a consent judgment ordering a San Diego customs warehouse company to pay $235,000 in back wages and penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the employer illegally paid warehouse workers as little as $3.38 per hour and paid no overtime when the workers averaged 45 to 51 hours a week.

September 21, 2021

OSHA finds Ohio contractor continues to defy federal safety requirements to ensure workers use fall protection, placing himself, employees at risk

STREETSBORO, OH – An Orwell roofing contractor continues to put himself and his workers at risk of injury or worse by defying federal requirements to use fall protection and have protective equipment readily available on job sites, a recent workplace inspection found.

September 21, 2021

Un contratista de remodelación de Carolina del Norte paga $100,000 en salarios atrasados después de que una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. encontrara violaciones en relación con las horas extra

HIGHLANDS, NC - Una investigación federal sobre las prácticas de pago de un contratista de remodelación de granito y gabinetes en Highlands, encontró que el empleador clasificó erróneamente a los trabajadores como contratistas independientes y no pagó las horas extra cuando trabajaron más de 40 horas en una semana de trabajo.

September 21, 2021

North Carolina remodeling contractor pays $100K in back wages after US Department of Labor investigation finds overtime violations

HIGHLANDS, NC – A federal investigation of a Highlands granite and cabinet remodeling contractor’s pay practices found the employer misclassified workers as independent contractors and failed to pay overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek.

September 20, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $2M in grants to support awareness, use of employment rights, benefits by low-income, marginalized women

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2 million in grant funding to organizations to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits to conduct outreach to low-income and marginalized women workers to help them understand and exercise their rights and benefits in the workplace.

September 20, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupero $58,000 en salarios debidos a 30 trabajadores de ocho farmacias en San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Desde el comienzo de la pandemia, los trabajadores de las farmacias de nuestras comunidades han atendido las múltiples necesidades de sus clientes – rellenando recetas, programando vacunas y utilizando servicios sin contacto en los mostradores y ventanillas de atención al público – y, a cambio, esperaban que se les pagaran los salarios legalmente ganados.

September 20, 2021

US Department of Labor investigations recover $58K in back wages owed to 28 workers at eight San Antonio-area pharmacies

SAN ANTONIO – Since the pandemic’s start, pharmacy workers in our communities have served their customers’ many needs – filling prescriptions, scheduling vaccinations and using contact-free services at counters and drive-through windows – and, in return, they expected to be paid their legally earned wages.

September 20, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Arkansas waste management company illegally fired worker on federally protected medical leave

LITTLE ROCK, AR – A Little Rock waste management company that terminated an employee who used qualified medical leave to address a serious health issue – just days before Christmas 2019 – was ordered to pay the worker $36,007 in back wages as the result of a federal investigation.

September 20, 2021

US Department of Labor appoints 29 members to newly reinstated Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the appointments of 29 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, and provide advice and recommendations on issues related to Registered Apprenticeship.