March 29, 2022

US Department of Labor recognizes Seattle construction management company for excellence as a workplace safety ‘Star’

SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certified the Walsh Group, a commercial construction management company in Seattle, as a “Star” employer in the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs.

Now in its 40th year, the VPP is the highest level of OSHA recognition for workplace safety and health excellence.

March 29, 2022

Readout: Secretary Walsh joins Gov. Tom Wolf, trucking leaders, workers to open drivers’ training facility, discuss Registered Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today joined Gov. Tom Wolf, leaders of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Yellow Corp., and union members to announce the expansion of the trucking company’s 17th Commercial Driver’s License Driving Academy in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

March 29, 2022

As demand for summer workers grows, US Department of Labor reminds Salt Lake City-area employers to comply with child labor laws

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Department of Labor is stepping up its efforts to identify child labor violations in the Salt Lake City area as school closings for the summer nears, and its Wage and Hour Division offers the findings of three recent investigations to remind employers about the regulations and limitations related to the employment youth.

March 28, 2022

US Department of Labor announces proposed rule to amend federal occupational injury, illness recordkeeping regulation

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41. The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that they are required to keep – to OSHA.

March 28, 2022

US Department of Labor proposes $198K in penalties to Grand Junction foundation repair company for willful, serious trenching safety violations

Employer name:       Groundworks Colorado LLC

                                          2575 U.S. 6 & 50, Unit A

                                          Grand Junction, CO 81501                    

March 28, 2022

Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh addresses President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request

WASHINGTON The Biden-Harris administration today released the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget and Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The President’s Budget details his vision to expand on the historic progress our country has made over the last year and deliver the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address: to build a better America, reduce the deficit, reduce costs for families and grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out. 

March 28, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos celebra la Semana Nacional de los Trabajadores Agrícolas con un seminario de la industria a nivel nacional, alcance local, aplicación de la ley

WASHINGTON A pesar de su papel crítico en la economía, los trabajadores agrícolas con demasiada frecuencia enfrentan salarios no pagados, transporte inseguro hacia y desde los lugares de trabajo y condiciones de vivienda deficientes.

March 28, 2022

US Department of Labor marks National Farmworkers Week with nationwide industry seminar, local outreach, enforcement

WASHINGTON – Despite their critical role in the economy, farmworkers too often face unpaid wages, unsafe transportation to and from worksites, and substandard housing conditions.

March 28, 2022

Investigation recovers $60K for workers from Shell station operator in Memphis who paid bonuses illegally to avoid paying overtime wages

MEMPHIS, TN – The operator of a Memphis Shell gas station and convenience store paid workers cash bonuses in place of overtime pay and persuaded them to sign altered time records to avoid paying full overtime wages due, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.   

March 25, 2022

US Department of Labor, Doña Ana Community College invite agricultural industry employers, stakeholders to attend labor law seminar

WHO:             U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division

                        Doña Anna Community College

WHAT:           2022 Agricultural Employer Seminar

WHEN:          March 31, 2022

                       8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March 24, 2022

US Department of Labor urges workers, employers, public to recognize hazards, ensure safety after recent storms in Texas, Louisiana

DALLAS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging response crews and residents in areas affected by recent storms that spawned tornadoes in north Texas and New Orleans to recognize and protect themselves from hazards created by flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris.

March 24, 2022

US Department of Labor issues $139K in penalties to address workplace safety deficiencies after six workers injured in flash fire

Employers:                Westlake Chemical Lake Charles South, Westlake, Louisiana

                                    Wastewater Specialties LLC, Sulphur, Louisiana

March 24, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Pensacola custom cabinetmaker again after inspectors find workers exposed to fire risks

PENSACOLA, FL – Despite the findings of a January 2021 federal workplace safety investigation, a Pensacola custom cabinet manufacturer continued to expose workers to fire risks, inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found in a follow-up visit.

March 24, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 187,000, a decrease of 28,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since September 6, 1969 when it was 182,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 211,750, a decrease of 11,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 223,000 to 223,250.

March 23, 2022

Federal court orders 3 restaurants, owners to pay $1.45M in back wages, damages to 116 workers denied overtime wages

PITTSBURGH – Following litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor, a federal court has entered a consent judgment against three restaurants – one in Pennsylvania and two in West Virginia – and their owners after investigators found they paid back-of-the-house employees off-the-books salaries for all hours worked and denied them overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

March 22, 2022

UPDATED: US Department of Labor issues $167K in penalties to address workplace safety deficiencies after 29-year-old worker’s electrocution at Clinton TVA

Employers:                William Specialty Services LLC

                                    100 Crescent Centre Parkway, Tucker, GA 30084

                                    G UB MK Constructors

                                    297 River Road, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

                                    Tennessee Valley Authority

March 22, 2022

Statement from Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda on amicus brief filed with National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON – Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda today issued a statement on the Department of Labor’s filing of an amicus in a case now before the National Labor Relations Board. The brief argues the validity of a confidentiality provision in a mandatory arbitration agreement imposed on employees by Ralph’s Grocery Company.

“Confidentiality agreements pose a direct threat to effective enforcement of the country’s worker protection laws.

March 22, 2022

US Department of Labor reopens rulemaking record, schedules public hearing on proposed final rule to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 exposure

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reopened the rulemaking record partially and scheduled an informal public hearing to seek comments on specific topics that relate to the development of a final standard to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from workplace exposure to the COVID-19 virus.