March 11, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary Su on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration today released the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2025. Following historic progress made since the President took office — with nearly 15 million jobs created and inflation down two-thirds — the budget protects and builds on this progress by lowering costs for working families, protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, investing in America and the American people, and reducing the deficit by cracking down on fraud, cutting wasteful spending, and making the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share.

March 11, 2024

Vice President Harris, Acting Secretary Su traveled to Wisconsin to announce Executive Order to expand Registered Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris and Acting Secretary Julie Su traveled to Madison, Wisconsin on March 6, 2024, to announce the Biden-Harris administration’s Executive Order to Expand Registered Apprenticeships to help create more Registered Apprenticeship programs in the federal workforce, encourage agencies to support pro

March 11, 2024

Employer might have prevented fatal forklift incident at Logan International Airport by ensuring proper safeguards, Department of Labor finds

 

BRAINTREE, MA  The Aug. 29, 2023, fatal injury of a forklift operator at Boston’s Logan International Airport may have been prevented if his employer, a Rochester, New York-based maintenance firm, had ensured proper safeguards for operating and maintaining forklifts, a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection has found.

March 8, 2024

US Labor Department cites Atlanta chemical manufacturer for endangering workers; proposes $289K in penalties for 67 violations

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor has cited an Atlanta chemical manufacturer with a staggering 67 serious violations and a proposed penalty of $289,439 for exposing workers to a series of workplace dangers associated with chemicals and struck-by hazards.

March 8, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su on February jobs report

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su issued the following statement on the February 2024 Employment Situation report: 

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 275,000 jobs in February. Our economy has added 14.9 million jobs since President Biden took office. The unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in February, continuing a trend of two straight years of a jobless rate below 4 percent. 

March 7, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation cites Red Barn Truck Wash after three workers injured, one fatally, from exposure to harmful gases

LIBERAL, KS – Federal investigators determined a Liberal truck washing company failed to protect workers from hydrogen sulfide gas as they entered over-the-road tanker trailers to clean them out, causing one worker’s fatal injuries and hospitalizing two co-workers. 

March 7, 2024

US Department of Labor announces availability of $312M in grants to support Senior Community Service Employment Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately $312 million is available in grant funding for organizations to provide community service and offer work-based learning to older workers through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. 

March 7, 2024

Massachusetts, New Hampshire frozen yogurt business pays $10K in punitive damages, $1,978 in back pay to employee who asserted their rights to tips

BOSTON – When the owner of three Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt shops in Massachusetts and New Hampshire terminated an employee who asserted their rights to the tips they had earned, the company violated anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and found themselves facing costly consequences after a U.S.

March 7, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $129K in wages, damages for 26 home healthcare workers denied overtime by employer

Employer:      Family Hands Adult Care Facility LLC 

                        10016 LaSalle Ave.

March 7, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 217,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 215,000 to 217,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,250, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 212,500 to 213,000

March 6, 2024

Department of Labor settlement agreement affirms citations, $299K penalty against Pennsylvania company for hazards at South Jersey site

MILLVILLE, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement to resolve litigation against a Pennsylvania manufacturer that followed a safety and health investigation. The investigation resulted in 17 affirmed violations of federal workplace safety standards at the Regal Industrial Corp. in Millville in 2022.

March 6, 2024

US Department of Labor again cites Robbinsville frozen food manufacturer after worker suffers amputation, proposes $551K penalty

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – A Robbinsville frozen food manufacturer with an extensive history of violating federal safety and health standards was cited again by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, after a worker suffered an amputation in August 2023.

The agency determined the company exposed workers to lockout/tagout hazards – where energy may be inadvertently released – and cited it for four willful, one repeat and three serious violations, amounting to a $551,719 penalty.

March 6, 2024

US Department of Labor seeks restraining order to stop Evansville restaurant owner from intimidating workers, denying them back pay

EVANSVILLE, IN – After learning an Evansville employer has engaged in an ongoing attempt to deprive current and former employees of the money found due to them following a federal wage investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor asked a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order and injunction against Friendship Diner LLC and its owner, Bardhyl Shabani, and award punitive damages to employees. 

March 6, 2024

US Department of Labor, Southeast Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council establish partnership to improve industry compliance

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Wage and Hour Division’s New Orleans district office has signed a collaborative agreement with the Southeast Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council to protect workers and promote compliance with federal labor laws. 

March 6, 2024

Owner of 20 Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries restaurants enters compliance agreement, pays $11K in penalties for child labor violations

CROSSVILLE, TN – The owner of 20 Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries locations has entered an enhanced compliance agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that aims to improve working conditions for minor-aged employees and compliance with federal labor regulations at their 20 locations in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

March 6, 2024

US Department of Labor appoints 30 leaders to serve on Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, share expertise

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the appointments of 30 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship to advise the Secretary of Labor on issues related to the national apprenticeship system. Through their work on the committee, members will leverage their knowledge and experience to provide advice and recommendations on ways to use the apprenticeship training model to improve equitable access to career pathways for America’s workers and jobseekers.

March 6, 2024

US Department of Labor launches tool to help miners, mining communities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’ today announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration has unveiled an online platform to help miners and their families navigate the process of finding healthcare providers, facilities and related resources.