June 6, 2024

ICYMI: Acting Secretary Su discusses record low Black unemployment, other workplace matters during interview with TheGrio’s April Ryan

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary Julie Su appeared on TheGrio’s “The Hill with April Ryan” recently discussed how the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts helped produce record low employment among Black Americans as reflected in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ April 2024 Employment Situation Report.  

June 6, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo recupera $157 mil en sueldos adeudados, daños, perjuicios para 46 trabajadores en el Valle del Rio Grande

Nombre del empleador:             LJ2 Investments LLC, que opera como Jasso Express

Sitios de investigación:               805 E. Ferguson Ave.

                                                                  Pharr, TX 78577

June 6, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $157K in owed wages, damages for 46 food service workers denied overtime in Rio Grande Valley

Employer name:                 LJ2 Investments LLC, operating as Jasso Express

Investigation site:             805 E. Ferguson Ave.

                                                     Pharr, TX 78577

June 6, 2024

Federal contractor Deere & Co. resolves alleged hiring discrimination, pays $1.1M in back wages, interest to affected Black, Hispanic jobseekers

MOLINE, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has entered into a conciliation agreement with Deere & Co. to resolve alleged systemic hiring discrimination affecting Black and Hispanic applicants at three of the global agricultural, construction and forestry equipment manufacturer’s production facilities in Illinois and Iowa.

June 6, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 229,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 219,000 to 221,000. The 4-week moving average was 222,250, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 222,500 to 223,000.

June 5, 2024

Department of Labor cites Long Branch contractor for 32 violations in 4-month span for willfully exposing employees to deadly fall hazards

LONG BRANCH, NJ – A Long Branch construction contractor with a history of ignoring federal fall safety standards has again been found exposing employees to potentially deadly fall hazards in eight work site inspections from November 2023 to March 2024.

June 5, 2024

US Department of Labor announces 2024 Iqbal Masih Award winners; recipients in Egypt, Ghana lauded for contributions to end child labor

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the recipients of the 2024 Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor, presented annually to recognize exceptional efforts by an individual, company, organization or national government to end the worst forms of child labor.

The recipients are an Egyptian civil society organization, Wadi El Nil Association and a leading trade unionist in Ghana, Andrews Addoquaye Tagoe. 

June 4, 2024

Federal judge upholds Department of Labor order for crane company to pay truck driver terminated for refusing to violate federal safety rules

HOUSTON – A federal Administrative Law Judge has upheld the Department of Labor’s finding that a Houston crane and rigging services provider violated federal law by firing a company truck driver on June 5, 2020, for refusing to exceed safe driving limits set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

June 4, 2024

Arakelian Enterprises will pay $104K to resolve alleged hiring discrimination

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has reached a conciliation agreement with a Southern California waste collection and recycling company to resolve alleged hiring discrimination against female job applicants cited in a review of the company’s federal contracts.

May 31, 2024

Federal judge affirms 2022 citation, penalties against United Airlines for failing to protect employee seriously injured when 737 crushes foot

NEWARK, NJ – A federal administrative law judge has affirmed safety violations against United Airlines related to a 2021 incident at Newark Liberty International Airport in which a 737’s tire crushed a technician’s foot as they worked with one of the company’s towing crews.

May 31, 2024

Federal investigation into worker’s death finds Appleton pallet manufacturer failed to train employees, address machine safety hazards cited in 2019

APPLETON, WI – Federal investigators have concluded that an Appleton pallet manufacturer’s failure to train employees in machine safety procedures — and ensure the procedures were followed — contributed to the fatal injuries suffered by a 57-year-old employee struck by the carriage of a lumber stacking machine in late 2023.

May 30, 2024

Department of Labor, Office of the Trade Representative announce rights denial remediation, reinstatement of union leaders at Minera Tizapa

WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor and Office of the Trade Representative today announced the successful resolution of a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Rapid Response Labor Mechanism matter at the Tizapa mine facility, known as Minera Tizapa in Zacazonapan.  

May 30, 2024

ICYMI: Acting Secretary Su reflects on Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month’s importance

WASHINGTON – Throughout the month of May, the nation celebrated the contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Acting Secretary Su observed the month by sharing her perspective as well as highlighting the work of the Department of Labor. 

May 30, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 219,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 215,000 to 216,000. The 4-week moving average was 222,500, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 219,750 to 220,000.

May 29, 2024

Rhode Island nail salons, owner agree to stop worker retaliation; pay $753K in back wages, damages after US Department of Labor investigations, litigation

BOSTON – Three Rhode Island nail salons in Cumberland, East Greenwich and North Providence and their owner have agreed to pay employees $753,500 in back wages and damages and take corrective actions to resolve violations of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the FLSA’s overtime requirements. 

May 29, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. multa a un restaurante de Port Isabel por emplear a menores, en violación de las leyes laborales federales

Nombre del empleador:         Dirty Al's 2 Inc., que opera como Dirty Al's at Pelican Station

 Sitios de investigación:         201B S. Garcia St.

                                                            Port Isabel, TX 78578

May 29, 2024

US Department of Labor fines Port Isabel restaurant for employing children in violation of federal labor laws

Employer name:                Dirty Al’s 2 Inc., operating as Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station

 Investigation sites:         201B S. Garcia St.

                                                    Port Isabel, TX 78578

May 28, 2024

Department of Labor, Office of US Trade Representative find labor rights’ denial at Volkswagen plant, Mexico’s largest auto assembly facility

WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement today requested a review by the Mexican government of the committee’s finding workers’ rights were denied at a Volkswagen assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico. 

The request follows an April 25, 2024, petition filed by 10 fired workers who allege Volkswagen Mexico violated the workers’ freedom of association and collective bargaining rights at the plant, the country’s largest and longest operating auto factory.