April 22, 2022

US Department of Labor, United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalities to sign alliance to raise awareness of workplace safety

LINCOLN, NE – Each day, 13 people die in work-related incidents in the U.S., on average. In 2020, about 5,000 workers died in the U.S. in work-related fatalities. Tens of thousands more die of work-related diseases.

April 22, 2022

US Department of Labor initiative seeks to protect Wisconsin workers from machine hazards in food processing plants

CHICAGO ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration established a Local Emphasis Program to reduce workplace dangers and better protect workers from machine and amputation hazards in Wisconsin food manufacturing facilities.

April 21, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $867K in wages for 910 restaurant workers denied their full tips, overtime wages by employer’s illegal pay practices

Employer name:                    Roanoke Hard Eight LLC

Investigation site:                  Roanoke, Texas

April 21, 2022

US Department of Labor workplace fatality investigation finds contractor sent two workers back into Austin trench after partial collapse

AUSTIN, TX – After escaping from a partial trench collapse hours earlier, two workers employed by an Austin contractor to install a residential wastewater line were not as fortunate later on Oct. 23, 2021.

Both were told to return to the unprotected 13-foot-deep trench to finish the job, and soon after, the trench collapsed again. This time, the collapse buried one worker causing fatal injuries and partially buried the second, who suffered serious injuries.

April 21, 2022

US Department of Labor obtains court order to stop New Jersey employer’s retaliation against workers who assert their wage rights

LYNDHURST, NJ – Week after week, a worker at Advantix Logistics Corp. kept finding paychecks short of their expectations. After several complaints to a supervisor, the company responded by firing the worker. When the worker raised concerns that the final paycheck did not include all wages earned, the company threatened continued retaliation.

April 21, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $107K in back wages, damages for 29 Fort Myers security company workers that denied them overtime wages

FORT MYERS, FL – Federal laws exist to ensure employees get all their legally earned wages and when a Fort Myers security group’s pay practices shortchanged the overtime wages of 29 workers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division helped to recover $107,936 in back wages and liquidated damages owed.

April 21, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 184,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 185,000 to 186,000. The 4-week moving average was 177,250, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 172,250 to 172,750.

April 21, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers more than $142K for workers after investigation finds employer’s pay practices denied employees overtime wages

Employer: Señor Frog’s Orlando LLC

Investigation site: 8747 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

April 20, 2022

US Department of Labor emphasis program seeks to identify, reduce silica dust hazards in Denver’s cut stone, stone products industry

DENVER – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration developed a new Regional Emphasis Program to identify and reduce hazards in the cut stone and stone products industry. Enforcement will begin on May 17, 2022. In the past 10 years, the cut stone and stone products manufacturing industry has had the highest documented overexposures to respirable crystalline silica in the region. 

April 20, 2022

Department of Labor announces streamlined claims process for federal firefighters with certain occupational illnesses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor issued a policy bulletin announcing changes by its Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs to assist federal firefighters with certain occupational illnesses by making it easier for claimants to file certain claims and improving transparency in how claims are processed.

April 20, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $348,000 en sobretiempo para trabajadores en 7 restaurantes Fuzzy’s Taco de Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY - El operador de siete franquicias de restaurantes del área de Oklahoma City afirmó que los trabajadores eligieron salarios por hora más altos en lugar de ser pagados horas extras por más de 40 horas en una semana

April 20, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $348K in overtime for workers at 7 Oklahoma City Fuzzy’s Taco Shops

OKLAHOMA CITY The operator of seven Oklahoma City-area taco shop franchises claimed that workers requested higher hourly wages rather than being paid overtime for hours over 40 in a workweek – an illegal agreement whether the workers consented or not – and as a recent U.S. Department of Labor investigation shows, is a costly error by the employer.

April 20, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $25K in back wages for six workers after Fayetteville restaurant violated minimum wage, overtime laws

Employer:                              Fayetteville Miyabi Inc., operating as Miyabi Japanese Steak Restaurant

Investigation site:                 1990 Skibo Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314

April 19, 2022

Federal court orders Delaware landscaper to pay $50K in liquidated damages after US Labor Department investigation, litigation

LEWES, DE – Following litigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor, a federal court ordered a Delaware landscaping company and its owner to pay $50,622 in liquidated damages to 10 temporary workers.

April 19, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $11K for 45 workers after investigation finds Tunica seafood processor violated federal wage laws

Employer: Magnolia Processing Inc.

Investigation site: 5255 Hwy 4, Tunica, MS 38676

April 19, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Illinois contractor exposed roofing workers to deadly fall hazards twice in 10 days at separate job sites

WAUKEGAN, IL – A Waukegan contractor – with a history of violating federal safety standards and ignoring safety citations – was cited again by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to deadly fall hazards at two separate job sites in October 2021. Joshua Herion – who does business as ECS Roofing Professionals Inc. – faces proposed penalties of $360,531.

April 19, 2022

Investigation recovers $18K for 58 workers illegally denied full overtime wages by North Miami Beach restaurants’ operator

ESTERO, FL – A federal investigation of three North Miami Beach restaurants that found the operator denied 58 workers their full overtime wages, has recovered $18,705 in back wages and liquidated damages for the affected employees.