October 9, 2007

U.S. Labor Department files suit against Houston-based grocery chain
to recover more than $2 million dollars in overtime back wages

Nearly $269,000 in civil penalties also assessed

HOUSTON The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has filed a lawsuit in Houston against the Hong Kong Group Inc., and Hai Du Duong, Ha Duong and Tommy Vo, for allegedly failing to properly pay 391 employees more than $2 million in back wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Civil money penalties totaling $268,812 also have been assessed.

October 9, 2007

U.S. Labor Department launches interactive web tool to help employers comply with retirement laws

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

October 9, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor to offer free health law seminar November 7 and 8 in Minneapolis

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

October 4, 2007

U.S. Labor Department testifies before House Education and Labor Committee on 401(k) fee disclosure

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

October 3, 2007

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Pittsburg, Texas, agrees to pay more than 5,300 applicants $1 million for hiring discrimination based on gender and ethnicity

PITTSBURG, Texas The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today announced that Pilgrim's Pride Corp., headquartered in Pittsburg, has entered into two consent decrees to settle the department's allegations that the company engaged in hiring discrimination based on gender and ethnicity over a two-year period against some 5,300 applicants.

October 1, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor awards more than $54 million
to eliminate exploitive child labor around the world

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has competed and awarded more than $54 million in fiscal year 2007 grants to combat hazardous and exploitive child labor in countries around the world. The grants will facilitate the collection of reliable data and provide children in need with access to quality basic education and vocational training opportunities.

"These $54 million in grants continue our efforts to eliminate abusive child labor practices around the world," said Secretary Chao.

October 1, 2007

U.S. Labor Department obtains consent judgment restoring more than $100,000 to Orlando, Florida-based ZHA Inc. 401(k) plan

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

October 1, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor sues to distribute 401(k) account assets of now defunct Troy, Michigan business

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

September 28, 2007

U.S. Labor Department to profile faces of disability employment policy throughout October National Disability Employment Awareness Month

WASHINGTON — Throughout October, which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) will profile on its Web site individuals who have personally benefited from agency-sponsored programs aimed at eliminating the chronic underemployment of people with disabilities, as well as employers and organizations that have successfully implemented strategies to hire, support, empower and otherwise value employees with disabilities.

September 27, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor sues to distribute 401(k) assets to workers of bankrupt Iowa business

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

September 27, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA advisory council working groups to hold teleconferences October 16

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

September 26, 2007

U.S. Labor Department to sponsor free workshops, seminars in Portland, Oregon on federal pension and health laws

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

September 25, 2007

U.S. Labor Department sponsors free compliance assistance seminar for retirement plan fiduciaries in Nashville, Tennessee

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

September 20, 2007

$2.3 million grant from U.S. Department of Labor funds consortium to increase employment, self-sufficiency of Americans with disabilities

Rutgers center to lead research, information, technical assistance and training efforts

September 19, 2007

U.S. Labor Department recovers nearly $1 million in back wages for Hurricane Katrina workers

two subcontractors agree to compensate 382 current and former workers