December 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $10 Million for National Out-of-School Time Organizations to Expand Workforce Pathways for Youth

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $10 million to fund national out-of-school time organizations that will expand workforce pathways for youth ages 14-21.

December 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces the Availability of Approximately $89 Million in Grant Funding for Youthbuild Projects

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $89 million in grant funds authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for YouthBuild.

December 14, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Keeping America’s Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

December 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $33,397 in Back Wages for Employees After Investigation Finds Overtime Violations at South Carolina Tire Retailer

PAGELAND, SC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Pageland Tire Country Inc. – based in Pageland, South Carolina – has paid $33,397 in back wages to nine employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Proxy Voting and Shareholder Rights by Employee Benefit Plans

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule establishing a regulatory framework for private employee benefit plans’ fiduciaries to follow when they exercise shareholder rights, including proxy voting, and select and monitor proxy advisory firms.

December 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $3,504,345 In Coronavirus Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Dec. 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations arising from 263 inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $3,504,345.

OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:

December 11, 2020

U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury Issue Final Rule to Provide Greater Flexibility for Grandfathered Group Health Plans

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury today announced a final rule that amends the requirements for grandfathered group health plans and grandfathered group health insurance coverage to preserve their grandfather status.

December 10, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 853,000, an increase of 137,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 4,000 from 712,000 to 716,000. The 4-week moving average was 776,000, an increase of 35,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 739,500 to 740,500.

December 9, 2020

Clearwater, Florida, Manufacturer Pays $13,133 in Back Wages to Workers After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Overtime Violations

CLEARWATER, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. – a cylinder head manufacturer based in Clearwater, Florida – has paid $13,133 in back wages to 20 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 8, 2020

Tampa, Florida, Restaurant Pays $70,575 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Wage Violations

TAMPA, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Brewland Development LLC – a Tampa, Florida, restaurant – has paid $70,575 in back wages to 36 employees to resolve minimum wage and overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor, Mexican Consulate in Chicago Establish Alliance to Protect and Educate Mexican Workers in Illinois on Safety

 

CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago have signed a two-year alliance to promote workplace safety and health training and educational opportunities for Consulate and Mexican nationals working in Illinois.

December 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor, Mexican Consulate in Detroit Establish Alliance to Protect and Educate Mexican Workers in Michigan and Ohio on Safety

DETROIT, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Detroit have signed a two-year alliance to promote workplace safety and health training and educational opportunities for Consulate and Mexican nationals working in Michigan and Northern Ohio.

December 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri Association of Manufacturers Establish Alliance to Address Machine and Other Manufacturing Hazards

KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Kansas City and St. Louis area offices have signed a two-year alliance with the Missouri Association of Manufacturers to address safety and health hazards at Missouri manufacturing facilities.

December 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Ohio Craft Brewers Renew Alliance to Promote Workplace Safety in Ohio Breweries

COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and organizations representing many of Ohio’s craft brewers have renewed a two-year alliance to improve workplace safety in the industry.

December 7, 2020

Pasadena, Texas, Employer Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor’s Order to Quarantine

PASADENA, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Men’s T Clinic – operator of a testosterone replacement center in Pasadena, Texas – has paid back wages of $3,432 to an employee to whom it wrongly denied emergency paid sick leave and terminated despite a doctor’s order for the employee to quarantine with coronavirus symptoms.

December 7, 2020

Lakeland, Florida, Painting Company Pays $55,439 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

LAKELAND, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Universal Painting Corp. – a painting company based in Lakeland, Florida – has paid $55,439 in back wages to 71 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $33,492 in Back Wages For Louisiana Concrete Construction and Demolition Employees

ZACHARY, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), A&B Concrete Coring Inc. – doing business as A&B Concrete Coring Co. – has paid $33,492 in back wages to six employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 7, 2020

Texas Cabinet Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Leave to Care for Child During Pandemic

TAYLOR, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Burrows Millworks Inc. – a cabinet manufacturer based in Taylor, Texas – has paid an employee $3,736 in back wages for wrongly denying leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

December 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule to Implement Legal Requirements for Religious Exemption

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today released its Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption” Final Rule, which will be published in an upcoming edition of the Federal Register. This rule will encourage the full and equal participation of religious organizations as federal contractors.

December 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Back Wages for 55 Workers After Louisiana Seafood Processor Fails to Provide Required Sick Leave

MARKSVILLE, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Shirley’s Crawfish Pad LLC and Crawfish Processing LLC – both owned by Shirley Bernard and co-located in Marksville, Louisiana – have paid $42,900 in back wages to 55 employees to resolve violations of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).