February 5, 2024

Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU., la Oficina del Contralor de Puerto Rico renuevan el acuerdo para compartir información y recursos sobre cuestiones salariales.

Participantes:                                    Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU., División de Horas y Salarios

                                                Oficina del Contralor del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor, Puerto Rico Office of the Comptroller renew agreement to share information, resources on wage issues

Participants:                          U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

                                                Office of the Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $181K for 70 nurses, assistants denied overtime after Michigan company misclassifies them as contractors

Employers:    Reliance Staffing LLC, Fahim Uddin, owner

Actions:          Fair Labor Standards Act consent judgment

Courts:           U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor offers webinar for hospitality industry employers, workers, other stakeholders for Hospitality Worker Appreciation Day

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

What:             Labor law webinar for Hospitality Worker Appreciation Day 

When:             Feb. 22, 2024, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST   

February 2, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su on January jobs report

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su issued the following statement on the January 2024 Employment Situation report: 

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 353,000 jobs in January, bringing the total jobs created under President Biden to 14.8 million. The unemployment rate held at its steady, low rate of 3.7 percent. This continues a two-year trend of a jobless rate under four percent, the longest stretch in more than 50 years.  

February 1, 2024

ICYMI: Acting Secretary Su travels to Pennsylvania, South Carolina; spotlights Biden-Harris administration investments in good jobs, workforce training, support for unions

WASHINGTON – This week, Acting Secretary Su traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbia, South Carolina, to highlight how the Biden-Harris administration’s pro-worker agenda is making a positive impact in communities across the country.

February 1, 2024

Department of Labor conducted second Pattern of Violations screening to protect miners in 2023; identifies chronic violator

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today released the results of its second 2023 pattern of violations screening to identify chronic violators and mine operators demonstrating a disregard for the health and safety of miners. This was the first time that the agency conducted more than one POV screening in a single calendar year.

February 1, 2024

Michael Baker International Inc. to pay $122,299 in back wages, interest to resolve alleged gender pay discrimination at engineering unit

PITTSBURGH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has entered into a conciliation agreement with Michael Baker International Inc. to resolve allegations of pay discrimination against female employees in the engineering functional unit.

February 1, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $167K in back wages, damages for 17 workers denied overtime pay by West Virginia restaurant

Employer name:  Ole Jose Grill & Cantina LLC, operating as Ole, Jose Grill & Cantina

Employer address: 564 River Drive Ave., Pineville, West Virginia 24784

February 1, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. recupera más de $460,000 en sueldos y daños para 104 empleados de un supermercado de Houston

HOUSTON: El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. recuperó $460,857 en concepto de sueldos atrasados y daños después de que los investigadores federales descubrieran que un supermercado de Houston no pagó las horas extras a 104 trabajadores.

February 1, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation recovers more than $460K in wages, damages for 104 Houston supermarket employees

HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor recovered $460,857 in back wages and damages after federal investigators found a Houston supermarket failed to pay 104 workers overtime wages.

February 1, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation finds Pennsylvania employment service agency Equus Workforce Solutions violated federal child labor laws

Employer name:  Arbor E&T LLC, doing business as Res-Care Workforce Services, doing business as Equus Workforce Solutions

Investigation site:  245 Depot St., St. Marys, Pennsylvania 15857

February 1, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 224,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 207,750, an increase of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 202,250 to 202,500.

January 31, 2024

US Department of Labor announces updates for former nuclear weapons workers seeking benefits related to toxic beryllium exposure

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an updated procedure for determining whether nuclear weapons workers qualify for benefits related to beryllium exposure under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act. The update implements provisions of the Beryllium Testing Fairness Act, signed into law by President Biden as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2024 on Dec. 22, 2023.

January 31, 2024

US Department of Labor obtains judgment to recover $100K in retirement funds and interest from Bay Area dentist

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a default judgment against Paul G. Fillet DMD Inc. and Dr. Paul G. Fillet for having unlawfully withdrawn more than $85,000 of employees’ retirement money from an employer-sponsored plan and abandoned the plan, preventing two participants from accessing roughly $160,000 in retirement savings.

January 31, 2024

Department of Labor fines New Jersey transportation company $437K after inspectors find workers exposed to safety, health hazards at Paulsboro site

PAULSBORO, NJ – A transportation company is facing $437,860 in federal penalties after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found workplace safety and health hazards at its Paulsboro site.

January 31, 2024

US Department of Labor cites Homestead drywall service employer after 22-year-old worker suffers fatal head injury at Miami Beach worksite

HOMESTEAD, FL – A Homestead drywall contractor could have prevented a hoisting incident in July 2023 by following required safety regulations, a federal workplace investigation has found. A 22-year-old worker suffered a fatal head injury following the incident.

January 30, 2024

Federal court orders coal producer retirement plan trustees to pay $637K in restitution for unremitted contributions, unlawfully diverted funds

MILTON, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor obtained a consent judgment and order in federal court requiring the trustees of coal producer Blackjewel LLC’s 401(k) plan to pay $637,014 in equitable restitution after an investigation found they violated fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

January 30, 2024

Department of Labor reaches settlement to resolve $1.2M in medical claims unpaid by Revelation Energy LLC health care plan, affiliated entities

MILTON, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has entered into a settlement agreement to resolve more than $1.2 million in unpaid medical claims by the Revelation Energy LLC health care plan based in Milton.

January 30, 2024

US Department of Labor awards $768K to support disaster-relief jobs, training in Massachusetts, continue supporting commonwealth’s opioid crisis response

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $768,337 to support continued efforts to provide disaster-relief jobs and employment and training services for people in Massachusetts communities, helping to address the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.