March 18, 2024

Federal investigations find Jersey Mike’s franchise operator violated child labor regulations at 4 northern Virginia locations, denied overtime pay

BALTIMORE  U.S. Department of Labor investigations at four northern Virginia Jersey Mike’s franchise locations have found the operator allowed more than a dozen employees under the age of 16 to perform dangerous tasks and work longer than permitted in violation of federal child labor regulations.

March 18, 2024

Department of Labor alleges Georgia pesticide manufacturer illegally terminated employee who filed safety complaint

GAINESVILLE, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a federal court complaint against a Lawrenceville pesticide and agricultural chemical manufacturer after the company allegedly terminated a worker’s employment in retaliation for filing a safety and health complaint with the department. 

March 18, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation finds Houston-area contractor ignored federal safety measures in teenager’s trench collapse death

HOUSTON A Houston-area contractor’s willful disregard for required safety procedures contributed to an 18-year-old worker fatality when a 15-foot trench wall collapsed on him near Fulshear in September 2023, a federal investigation has found. 

March 18, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation of worker’s confined space fatality finds Oklahoma City-area contractor ignored federal safety measures

OKLAHOMA CITY An Oklahoma City employer’s failure to follow federal safety procedures left a 30-year-old worker suffering fatal asphyxiation as they tried to make repairs inside a water tank at a McClain County wellsite in September 2023, a federal investigation has found.

March 14, 2024

Federal wage investigations recover $607K for 227 workers on extension of Valley Metro Light Rail in Phoenix

PHOENIX – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $607,395 in back wages for 227 people working on an extension of the Valley Metro Light Rail system in the Phoenix metro area. 

March 14, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. intenta distribuir el dinero adeudado a los trabajadores empleados por Empone Inc., Talenique Inc.

BOSTON – Un tribunal federal de Boston dictó una sentencia acordada por las partes en mayo de 2023, en la que ordenó a dos agencias de reclutamiento del condado de Middlesex y a sus propietarios pagar un total de $256,992 en concepto de salarios atrasados e indemnización por daños y perjuicios a 238 empleados actuales y exempleados que ocupaban puestos en empresas de Maine, Massachusetts y New Hampshire.

March 14, 2024

US Department of Labor seeks to distribute money owed to workers employed by Empone Inc., Talenique Inc.

BOSTON – A federal court in Boston entered a consent judgment in May of 2023, ordering two Middlesex County employment staffing agencies and their owners to pay a total of $256,992 in back wages and liquidated damages to 238 current and former employees who were placed with businesses in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

March 14, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 209,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 7,000 from 217,000 to 210,000. The 4-week moving average was 208,000, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 3,750 from 212,250 to 208,500. 

March 13, 2024

Long Island construction contractor to pay $144K, enhance compliance following US Department of Labor investigation, litigation

NEW YORK – An East Patchogue construction contractor will pay $144,000 in penalties and implement enhanced compliance actions and policies to reduce workplace hazards for its companies’ and subcontractors’ employees as part of a stipulated settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor.

March 13, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $479K in back wages for workers with temporary visas, US workers at Missouri vegetable farm

PARK HILLS, MO – A Park Hills vegetable farming and packing operation will pay $479,983 in back wages to 208 workers, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

March 13, 2024

US Department of Labor will offer training, compliance assistance at 2024 Central Alabama Construction Safety Conference, Expo

Who:               U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

What:             2024 Central Alabama Construction Safety Conference and Expo

When:             March 14, 2024

March 12, 2024

Department of Labor inspection finds Hanover Foods subsidiary exposing South Jersey employees to workplace safety dangers, proposes $463K penalty

VINELAND, NJ – A Vineland subsidiary of Hanover Foods Corp., a prominent northeast food manufacturer, allowed workers to service and clean equipment without having procedures in place to stop machinery from starting unexpectedly, a recent federal investigation has found.

March 12, 2024

READOUT: US Department of Labor, Dominican Republic renew partnership to protect workplace rights for its citizens employed in the US

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor and Dominican Republic government representatives today renewed a partnership to strengthen collaboration with the Caribbean nation’s U.S. embassy and consulates to provide its citizens with useful information about U.S. laws protecting their workplace safety and health, wages and work hours and other employment matters. 

March 12, 2024

US Department of Labor to hold West Virginia events for current, former coal miners with black lung disease, their families

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Black Lung Program will host three outreach events in West Virginia on March 19-21, 2024, for current and former coal miners disabled by black lung disease, and their families, to file or refile claims for benefits. 

March 12, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $155K in back wages, damages from Kansas supermarket for 158 workers denied overtime

Employer:      Supermart El Torito Inc.

                        1409 Central Avenue

                         Kansas City, KS 

 

March 12, 2024

US Department of Labor releases research on continued economic effects of job segregation, pay disparities on Black, Hispanic women

WASHINGTON – New research released today by the U.S. Department of Labor reveals that Black women lost $42.7 billion in wages compared to white men in 2023, and Hispanic women lost $53.3 billion in wages. These losses are driven entirely by the fact that Black and Hispanic women are concentrated disproportionately in jobs that, on average, pay lower wages than those held by white men.

March 11, 2024

Federal investigators cite Butler County, Pennsylvania, company for exposing workers to hazards after employee suffers fatal injuries

VALENCIA, PA A federal investigation has determined a Valencia finishing company could have prevented a 46-year-old supervisor from suffering fatal injuries in September 2023 by following required safety standards.

March 11, 2024

US Department of Labor awards $8.3M in funding to Kentucky to support continued clean up, recovery after recent tornadoes, widespread devastation

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $8.3 million to the commonwealth of Kentucky to support continued disaster-relief jobs, and employment and training services in response to tornadoes in December 2021 and severe flooding in July 2022.

March 11, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary Su on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration today released the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2025. Following historic progress made since the President took office — with nearly 15 million jobs created and inflation down two-thirds — the budget protects and builds on this progress by lowering costs for working families, protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, investing in America and the American people, and reducing the deficit by cracking down on fraud, cutting wasteful spending, and making the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share.