September 6, 2023

Una investigación federal y litigación recupera $419,000 en concepto de salarios atrasados, daños y perjuicios para 21 personas empleadas a quienes un mayorista de alimentos de Filadelfia les negaba las horas extras

FILADELFIA - Una investigación federal de las prácticas de pago de un mayorista de Filadelfia ha llevado al Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. para obtener una sentencia acordada en un tribunal federal, la cual exige que las empresas paguen $419,615 a 21 personas empleadas a quienes se les negó deliberadamente los salarios por horas extras.

September 6, 2023

Federal investigation, litigation recovers $419K in back wages, damages for 21 workers denied overtime by Philadelphia grocery wholesaler

PHILADELPHIA – A federal investigation of the pay practices of a Philadelphia wholesaler has led the U.S. Department of Labor to obtain a consent judgment in federal court, requiring the employers to pay $419,615 to 21 workers deliberately denied overtime wages.

September 5, 2023

US Department of Labor files suit against Minnesota IT company for not remitting employee’s retirement plan contributions

Date of Action:          Aug. 30, 2023

Type of Action:         Employee Retirement Income Security Act complaint filing

Company/Owners:   Virtual Matrix Corp.

Suman Thotakura

Virtual Matrix 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan

September 4, 2023

Building an equitable, accessible economy for all: a Labor Day statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su

WASHINGTON – U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su issued the following statement on Labor Day 2023:

September 1, 2023

Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su on August jobs report

WASHINGTON – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su issued the following statement on the August 2023 Employment Situation report: 

August 31, 2023

READOUT: Department of Labor joins Boston ironworkers for roundtable discussion on importance of mental health in the construction trades

BOSTON – Leaders of the U.S. Department of Labor convened yesterday in Boston for a roundtable discussion on the importance of mental health friendly workplaces, particularly in the building trades. The event was held at the Iron Workers Local 7 Union Hall.

August 31, 2023

Department of Labor finds Houston-area manufacturer failed to correct 2022 hazards; yields 16 repeat, serious violations, $298K in penalties

HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has cited a Stafford engine component manufacturer again for failing to correct safety hazards that caused an employee’s finger amputation in March 2022.

August 31, 2023

Acting Secretary Su to induct sweatshop workers, LGBTQ+ trailblazers into Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor

WASHINGTON – To celebrate and recognize extraordinary individuals whose distinctive contributions to the field of labor elevated working conditions, wages and overall quality of life of America's working families, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced new inductees into its Hall of Honor.

The inductions will begin on Sept. 18 with a ceremony at which Acting Secretary Julie Su will honor the hall’s first 2023 inductees, the El Monte Thai Garment Workers.  

August 31, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 228,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 230,000 to 232,000. The 4-week moving average was 237,500, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 236,750 to 237,250. 

August 30, 2023

Department of Labor obtains federal court judgment to recover $153K in retirement funds for former employees of defunct Bay Area company

SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a default judgment to recover $153,768 for four people whose former employer abandoned its employee retirement plan more than two decades ago, leaving no one to administer the plan and authorize distribution of its funds, a violation of federal law.

August 30, 2023

Department of Labor, Trade Representative seek Mexico’s review of alleged labor rights violations by MasAir cargo airline

WASHINGTON The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement today requested the government of Mexico review an allegation of labor rights’ violations at the MasAir cargo airline in Mexico City. The Department of Labor and Trade Representative co-chair the committee.

August 30, 2023

Colorado contractor awaits sentencing on manslaughter charge after failing to protect employees in 2021 trench collapse that killed 23-year-old worker

BRECKENRIDGE, CO The owner of an Avon construction company whose failure to follow required federal safety standards led to the 2021 trench collapse death of a 23-year-old employee in Breckenridge now awaits a November sentencing date after pleading guilty to manslaughter on Aug. 3, 2023.

August 30, 2023

Department of Labor completed impact inspections at 15 mines in July 2023, identified 288 violations of safety, health standards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 12 states in July 2023, issuing 288 violations and four safeguard notices. MSHA began impact inspections after an explosion killed 29 miners at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010.

August 30, 2023

Department of Labor announces proposal to restore, extend overtime protections for 3.6 million low-paid salaried workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would restore and extend overtime protections to 3.6 million salaried workers. The proposed rule would guarantee overtime pay for most salaried workers earning less than $1,059 per week, about $55,000 per year.

August 29, 2023

Packager/distributor pays $277K to 50 workers after US Department of Labor uncovers H-2B temporary labor program violations in Cortland, New York

ALBANY, NY – A federal investigation has found that a Cortland facility operated by an Illinois global packager and distributor of personal care products violated laws protecting domestic and temporary nonimmigrant workers and recovered more than $277,000 for 50 underpaid workers.

August 29, 2023

US Department of Labor, Mexican Consulate sponsor worker rights event

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with the Consulate of Mexico in San Antonio, hosted an outreach event for low-wage and at-risk workers and their advocates Aug. 29, 2023, at the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio as part of Labor Rights Week, August 28, through September 1.

August 29, 2023

Federal court orders Huntley restaurant to pay $105K in back wages, damages to 8 employees after Department of Labor investigation, litigation

CHICAGO – A federal court has ordered the operators of a Huntley restaurant to pay eight employees more than $105,000 in back wages and damages, despite the employers’ attempt to interfere with a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found they illegally denied the workers their earned overtime wages.