April 10, 2023

US Department of Labor offers webinars for employers, parents, young workers on understanding, complying with federal child labor regulations

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

WHAT:          Child labor webinars


May 9, 2023: For employers, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT   

May 11, 2023: For workers, parents, and educators, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT

April 10, 2023

US Department of Labor, state agencies, industry leaders launch campaign to educate, alert Midwest employers, workers of deadly excavation hazards

CHICAGO ‒ Thirty-nine people died doing trench or excavation work in the U.S. in 2022 – four in Illinois and two others in Ohio. In fact, the number of worker fatalities more than doubled since 2021, continuing a troubling trend cited by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that found 166 workers died in trench cave-ins from 2011-2018, an average of 21 each year.

April 10, 2023

Wages waiting: Department of Labor seeking nearly 2,900 people employed in response to 2015 bird flu outbreak after recovery of $1.7M in back wages

DES MOINES, IA – In September 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor obtained a consent judgment to recover $1.7 million for nearly 2,900 workers employed by 145 different subcontractors in 2015 to euthanize birds and dispose of carcasses during the avian flu outbreak and is trying to locate workers owed back wages.

April 10, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $77K in back wages, liquidated damages after finding three liquor stores denied workers overtime

Employers:         Nyrio Investments Corp., operating as Stateline Liquor & Wine at 1069 Main Street, Southaven, MS 38671

                             Three Star Investments, operating as Three Star Liquor Store, 3305 South 3rd Street, Memphis, TN 38109

                             Yala Investments Corp., operating as Spirits Unlimited at 3024 Covington Pike Street 1, Memphis, TN 38218

April 7, 2023

Statement by Assistant Secretary Julie McClain Downey on March Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Julie McClain Downey issued the following statement on the March 2023 Employment Situation Report:

April 6, 2023

Denver construction contractor’s commitment to workplace safety, health earns ‘Star’ designation from US Department of Labor

Participant:    Guarantee Electrical Contracting LLC

                              1390 Wheeling St.

                              Denver, CO 80239

April 6, 2023

US Department of Labor investigation finds wind turbine parts manufacturer continues to ignore machine safety procedures

HOUSTON A federal workplace safety investigation into a Houston wind turbine parts manufacturing facility – operated by Proinlosa Energy Corp. – determined the employer failed to address safety violations found in a previous inspection from April 2022.

April 6, 2023

US Department of Labor investigation of 29-year-old sanitation worker’s leg amputation finds Ohio food processor again ignored safety standards

CINCINNATI ‒ While working the overnight sanitation shift at an Ohio food processing plant, a 29-year-old temporary worker – on the job just nine months – suffered critical injuries after falling into an industrial blender he was cleaning and became caught in the rotating paddle augers. The worker’s injuries led to a leg amputation.

April 6, 2023

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $114K para 92 carwasheros tras investigación de cadena de autolavados en Houston que no pagó sobretiempo

Ubicaciones del empleador:   Westheimer Car Wash LLC, 12810 Westheimer Road, Houston (Sede principal)

                                                               Hobby Car Wash LLC, 7991 Bellfort Ave., Houston

                                                               Cypress Car Wash LLC, 12702 Jones Road, Houston                      

April 6, 2023

US Department of Labor urges caution to avoid fall, electrical, other hazards during tornado cleanup in Bollinger County, Missouri

BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO - Workers and others engaged in recovery and cleanup operations after at least one tornado struck the Village of Glenallen in Bollinger County in the early hours of April 5, 2023, may face hazards related to falls, downed power lines and sharp debris.

April 6, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $114K for 92 workers after investigation finds Houston car wash chain denied overtime wages

Employer locations:   Westheimer Car Wash LLC, 12810 Westheimer Road, Houston (Headquarters)

                                      Hobby Car Wash LLC, 7991 Bellfort Ave., Houston

                                      Cypress Car Wash LLC, 12702 Jones Road, Houston                    

                                      Cy Fair Car Wash LLC, 2030 S. Texas 6, Houston

April 6, 2023

US Department of Labor renews L.L. Bean ‘Star Level’ designation for workplace safety, health achievements

Participant:   L.L. Bean Manufacturing Brunswick

Brunswick, Maine

Description:   L.L. Bean Manufacturing Brunswick employs about 200 workers at the Brunswick facility where they manufacture and assemble boots, dog beds and perform custom embroidery.

April 6, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 228,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 48,000 from 198,000 to 246,000. The 4-week moving average was 237,750, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 43,750 from 198,250 to 242,000.

April 5, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $62K in minimum wage, overtime back wages, damages for 20 workers of Grand Rapids’ restaurant

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $62,412 in back wages and damages for 20 workers after a federal court in Michigan supported the department’s findings that a Grand Rapids restaurant denied overtime wages to the workers and failed to pay minimum wage to one server.

April 5, 2023

Ohio lathe mill pays $22K in child labor penalties after 15-year-old suffers injury while working in a sawmill

DUNDEE, OH – An Ohio lathe mill has paid an enhanced child labor enforcement penalty of $22,093 after  federal investigators found the company employed a 15-year-old worker illegally in a hazardous occupation –the operation of a sawmill – which led the worker to suffer injury when he became entangled in the gears of a powered wood processing machine.

April 5, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $108K from Alabama-based contractor for 21 workers in Jacksonville illegally denied overtime wages

Employer:                                          Timberline Construction Group LLC

                                                            9000 Philips Highway

                                                            Jacksonville, FL 32256


April 5, 2023

Biden-Harris administration announces $80M in funding available to develop, strengthen, scale equitable pathways to good infrastructure jobs

WASHINGTON – To maximize the impact of the Biden-Harris administration’s historic infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy investments, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $80 million in funding through its Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will highlight the announcement during her travel this week as part of the administration’s “Investing in America” tour.

April 5, 2023

US Department of Labor renews Wheelabrator’s ‘Star Level’ designation for workplace safety, health achievements

Participant:   Wheelabrator Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Description:  Wheelabrator employs about 70 workers at the Bridgeport site. The site is a waste-to-energy facility generating electricity for the New England power grid.

April 4, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $289K in back wages, damages, penalties after investigation found Maryland employers denied workers overtime wages

Employer names:     

Stark Truss Baltimore LLC, 1200 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore, MD 21225

Jordi Construction LLC, 6706 Coolridge Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748