Wage and Hour Division

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced today. The action allows the department’s Wage and Hour Division to use opinion letters as one of its methods for providing guidance to covered employers and employees. An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Wage and Hour Division of how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by an employer, employee or other entity requesting the opinion. The letters were a division practice for mo
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has sent a Request for Information related to the overtime rule to the Office of Management and Budget for its review. When published, the RFI offers the opportunity for the public to comment.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Employer: Freshore Hospitality, LLC doing business as Willows Inn on Lummi Island Site: 2579 West Shore Drive, Lummi Island, Washington Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found that Willows Inn violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay overtime and minimum wage to its employees. The restaurant required entry-level kitchen staff known in the industry as
Monday, June 26, 2017
Employers: Forge Building Company, LLC Site: 2619 West Lampert Drive, Boise, Idaho Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found that Forge Building Company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions. The company – a provider of customized manufactured galvanized steel structures and storage facilities – failed to
Thursday, June 22, 2017
NEW YORK – A company that operates 138 parking garages in New York City and surrounding areas has paid $296,836 in back wages for 1,164 employees and amended its payroll practices to align with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Quik Park NYC LLC; RL Holdings 2 LLC; and Quik Park NYC (Fee) LLC, which does business as “Quik Park,” did not comply
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Employer: Zenefits FTW Insurance Services Site: 303 2nd St. San Francisco, California Two closed offices in Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found that Zenefits violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying 743 account executives and sales development representatives in San Francisco, and in Tempe and Scotts
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – The owners of two establishments – a produce market and a restaurant – at Reading Terminal Market have entered into a stipulation agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that requires the payment of $660,117 in back wages and liquidated damages to 140 present and past workers to resolve violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The department’s Wage and Hour Division investigators found that Iovine Bros Inc. – doing business as Iovine Brothers
Monday, June 19, 2017
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – Ten workers at a Minnesota title company will receive $107,893 in back wages and unpaid fringe benefits after the title insurance company that employed them was found in violation of the Service Contract Act during an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The employees worked on real estate closings on a contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Labor Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges issued a decision and order effect
Thursday, June 08, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a residential construction survey in 25 eastern Pennsylvania counties to collect data on wages paid to workers to help establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The survey includes wages paid on all residential construction projects that occurred between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, in the following counties: Adams, Berk
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
DAWSON, Pa. – A Southwestern Pennsylvania farm and landscaping company has paid nearly $22,000 in back wages and penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor found the operator failed to recruit and hire U.S. workers before hiring workers under the H-2A visa program, in violation of section 218 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Investigators with the department’s Wage and Hour Division found Dawson-based Christner Farms L
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO – For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Labor has successfully obtained a preliminary injunction order under the H-2A visa program against entities accused of providing illegal and life-threatening living conditions to its employees. G Farms, its owner, and three other defendants are accused of providing the dangerous and substandard housing to agricultural workers in El Mirage, Arizona. G Farms claimed in its H-2A visa application that it would provide shelter for its workers in mobile housing units. Instead, G Farms appears to
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
BALTIMORE – A North Carolina company that rounds up live chickens for poultry processors has paid nearly $600,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 838 workers as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The Marshville company, Unicon Inc., paid the back wages to employees who worked as chicken catchers and van drivers. Investigators with the department’s Wage and Hour Division found violations of the Fair Labor Standar
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
ANDOVER, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges approved a consent finding and order to resolve a complaint filed against a New Jersey-based mail delivery contractor and others for failing to pay legally required wages and benefits to employees. Under the order, the company agreed to pay $245,000 in back wages. The department is now distributing the wages to the affected workers. Dennis K. Walker
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Date of Action: May 8, 2017 Type of Action: U.S. District Court decision Name of Defendants: Foreclosure Connection, Inc. Jason Williams, owner Findings: U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball for the District of Utah, Central Division, has ruled that workers of Foreclosure Connection, Inc. – a Salt Lake City company that acquires, remodels, rents and re-sells foreclosure properties – are employees, and not independent contractors as the defendants alleged. The court also found th
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment in federal court requiring a New York City design and construction company and its owners to pay $726,989 in back wages and liquidated damages to 184 employees and take other corrective actions to resolve past overtime and recordkeeping violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Design Development NYC, Inc., had misclassified almost all of its employees as independent contractors, an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Divisi
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a construction survey in Vermont to collect data on wages paid to workers to help establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The survey includes wages paid on all building construction, heavy construction and highway construction projects in the state that occurred between Feb. 1, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017. It is not limited to federa
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a survey of residential construction projects in metropolitan Oklahoma counties to help establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The division is collecting data on wages paid to workers on all residential construction projects statewide from Oct. 1, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federally funded projects.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
SAN DIEGO – The CEO of a leading U.S. staffing company will pay a former live-in domestic service worker $135,000 in back wages and damages under the terms of a consent judgment entered into the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The judgment, entered on April 11, 2017, resolves a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Labor on Aug. 22, 2016. An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Himanshu Bhatia willfully and repeatedly violated
Thursday, April 13, 2017
BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has secured a consent judgment in federal court ordering two Gloucester-based fish processors – Zeus Packing Inc. and Cape Ann Seafood Exchange Inc. – and the companies’ owner Kristian Kristensen to pay over $200,000 in liquidated damages to more than 100 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found the defendants violated the FLSA’s overtime an
Monday, April 10, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor and a Philadelphia commercial printer have entered into a consent judgment that requires the company to pay $273,892 in back wages and liquidated damages to a group of temporary employees to resolve past violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the agreement, back wages will be paid to 136 temporary employees who worked as machine operators and general laborers at Bartash Printing, Inc. An investigation by the department’s

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