April 22, 2024

Federal court orders 4 Arizona contractors to pay over $3.2M in owed wages, damages to 890 workers after Department of Labor investigations

PHOENIX – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that efforts to protect residential construction workers from unlawful pay practices have recovered a total of $3.2 million in wages and damages from four Arizona contractors for 890 workers.

April 19, 2024

Statement from Acting Secretary Julie Su on the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee

WASHINGTON – In a statement today, Acting Secretary Julie Su joined President Joe Biden in congratulating Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee who voted to unionize on April 19, 2024:

April 19, 2024

Mine manager pleads guilty to second-degree manslaughter for recklessly operating crane that killed Grafton mine mechanic

TROY, NY – An upstate New York court accepted a mine manager’s guilty plea today to manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony. Anthony Valente, a mine manager at a Grafton limestone quarry, admitted to causing Darren Miller’s death in October 2022 by recklessly disregarding and overriding safety features of a crane Valente was operating, which resulted in a piece of the crane striking Miller, a 35-year-old mechanic, and causing his death. The manager agreed to serve a six-month jail sentence and five years of probation.

April 18, 2024

Departamento de Trabajo recupera $447,000 para 60 trabajadores de tiendas de alimentos a los que empleador en condado de Kern no pagó horas extras

SACRAMENTO, CA. El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recuperó $447,952 en salarios y compensación por daños a operador de tres tiendas de alimentación del condado de Kern para 60 trabajadores después de que una investigación federal descubrió que el empleador ilegalmente negó pagar como sobretiempo las horas trabajadas por encima de 40 en una semana laboral.

April 18, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $447K in back wages, damages for 60 grocery workers denied overtime by Kern County employer

SACRAMENTO, CA The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $447,952 in back wages and damages from the operator of three Kern County grocery stores for 60 workers after a federal investigation found the employer illegally withheld overtime wages for hours over 40 in a workweek.

April 18, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 212,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 211,000 to 212,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,500, unchanged from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 214,250 to 214,500.

April 17, 2024

Department of Labor to host online forum May 8-9 for employers, workers, other stakeholders on compliance with federal workplace regulations

WHO:             U.S. Department of Labor 

WHAT:          2024 Forum: 

                        Ensuring a Strong Foundation of Compliance with Federal Labor Laws in Construction

WHEN:          May 8-9, 2024

                       9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT

WHERE:       No cost to attend this online event. Registration is required for each day individually. 

April 17, 2024

Court appoints independent fiduciary to distribute $597K from abandoned profit-sharing plan to employees of defunct Delaware County mushroom farm

Date of action:           April 15, 2024

Type of action:          Consent judgment and order  

Court:                            U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

April 17, 2024

US Department of Labor to honor workers whose jobs claimed their lives, recommit to protecting workers as nation marks Workers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON – When the nation first observed Workers Memorial Day on April 28, 1970, an estimated 38 U.S. workers suffered fatal on-the-job injuries each day and many more endured debilitating respiratory diseases and other life-altering illnesses related to workplace exposures. 

April 16, 2024

US Department of Labor finds employee fatally injured after manufacturer failed to protect her from caught-between, struck-by hazards

FRANKLIN, OH ‒ An Ohio subsidiary of one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers could have prevented a 26-year-old employee in Franklin from being fatally crushed in October 2023 if the company had provided proper machine guarding. 

April 16, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $254K in back wages, damages for 20 workers denied overtime by Bergen County landscaping company

Employer name:       

John Mirza Landscaping Inc.  

Employer address:    

49 Spring Valley Road

Montvale, NJ 07645 

April 16, 2024

Remarks by Acting Secretary Su announcing final rule to reduce miners’ exposure to silica dust, improve health of nation’s miners

UNIONTOWN, PA – Acting Secretary Julie Su today made the following remarks during an announcement of the department’s issuance of a final rule by its Mine Safety and Health Administration to reduce miners’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust:

(As prepared for delivery)

“Thank you so much Dave, for that introduction and for sharing your story today. It’s great to be in Uniontown and I want to thank the United Mine Workers District 2 for hosting us. 

April 16, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo publica una norma definitiva que reduce la exposición al polvo de sílice y protege mejor la salud de los mineros frente a enfermedades laborales irreversibles

WASHINGTON: El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. ha anunciado hoy que su Administración de Seguridad y Salud Minera (Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA) ha publicado una norma definitiva para proteger mejor a los mineros del país de los peligros para la salud asociados a la exposición a la sílice cristalina respirable, también conocida como polvo de sílice o polvo de cuarzo. 

April 16, 2024

US Department of Labor provides support to families of fallen workers, stresses importance of workplace safety on Workers Memorial Day

LINCOLN, NE Fifteen years after the fatal, work-related incident that took the life of Waverly High Alumni Tonya Malley Ford’s uncle, she has turned her family’s loss into a national event. 

April 16, 2024

Department of Labor issues final rule reducing silica dust exposure, better protecting miners’ health from irreversible workplace illnesses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule to better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards associated with exposure to respirable crystalline silica, also known as silica dust or quartz dust.  

April 15, 2024

US Department of Labor announces proposed information collection to build online search tool to help find ‘lost’ retirement savings

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced today that its Employee Benefits Security Administration is proposing to collect information from plan administrators on a voluntarily basis to establish an online search tool to help America’s workers locate lost retirement savings they earned. 

April 15, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $34K in back wages, benefits for 9 workers misclassified by subcontractor on federal project in District of Columbia

Employer name:       Day-Debut Mechanical Inc.

Employer address:    22421 Goshen School Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20882

April 15, 2024

US Department of Labor cites South Florida contractor for lack of heat illness prevention program after heatstroke claims 26-year-old worker’s life

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Making the trip from Mexico to South Florida, a 26-year-old man arrived in September 2023, ready to start a new job on a sugar cane farm in Belle Glade. Four days later, he suffered fatal heat-related injuries while working in an open field as the heat index reached 97 degrees.