Wage and Hour Division

Friday, October 20, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota entered a consent judgment agreed to by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and a Minneapolis employment agency to resolve overtime violations. As a result, 92 healthcare workers will receive $401,384 in back wages and damages. The Division found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions whe
Friday, October 20, 2017
ASHEBORO, NC – A national food distribution company based in Asheboro has agreed to pay $136,266 in back wages and damages to 47 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found overtime and other violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Division’s Raleigh District Office found that El Club Mexicano Inc. had misclassified employees as independent contractors, and subsequently failed to pay them minimum wage or overtime. The employer paid workers a piece-rate based on their production without regard to the numb
Friday, October 20, 2017
BOSTON, MA – A Gloucester seafood processor will pay $90,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 60 employees to rectify violations identified during an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts entered a consent judgment ordering Intershell International Corp., and its owners Yibing Gao-Rome and Monte Rome, to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and to refrain from discharging or discriminating against employees who initiate or cooperate
Thursday, October 19, 2017
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a construction survey in 24 New York 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 building construction projects that occurred between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017, in the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chenango, Chautauqua, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton,
Thursday, October 19, 2017
ZEBULON, NC – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a temporary restraining order against a plastics manufacturer after an investigation found the company failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to its employees. The Department’s complaint seeks to keep Aimet Technologies LLC from shipping any products manufactured between June 19 and July 2, 2017. The Division believes the company’s plastic components – used in commercial and residential appliances – were produced by employees who were paid less than the federal minimum wage during that time period.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
KANSAS CITY, MO – The owner of a Kansas City-area restaurant pleaded guilty in federal court to two felony counts of providing falsified payroll records to impede an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division into violations of federal wage laws. Yong Lin – president of China Garden Buffet Inc. in Merriam, Kansas – entered the plea on Sept. 12, 2017, before U.S. District Court Judge Carlos Murguia. Sentencing is expected before the end of the year. Falsification of records could result in a sentence of up to 20 years impris
Thursday, October 19, 2017
ATLANTA, GA – A U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia has ordered Bland Farms Production and Packing LLC – an onion producer in Vidalia – to pay $1,480,268 in back wages and liquidated damages after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Bland failed to pay overtime to approximately 460 employees over the span of six years, the Division determined. Under the FLSA, employers must pay workers time-and-a-half when they exceed 40 hours in a work week. The overtim
Monday, October 16, 2017
PHILADELPHIA, PA – A Philadelphia restaurant has agreed to pay 63 workers a total of $197,917 in back wages, and an equal amount in liquidated damages, to resolve alleged federal wage violations, including requiring employees to work unpaid hours. The agreement is part of a proposed consent judgment filed on Oct. 16, 2017, pending review and approval by a federal judge. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Philadelphia found that Washington Square Restaurant Partners LP – doing business as Talula’s Garden
Friday, September 22, 2017
PORTLAND, OR – A federal judge has entered a consent judgment ordering a Portland drywall company to pay $285,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 82 employees for overtime violations after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation. The judge also ordered Moshen Salem, owner of Westside Drywall Inc., to refrain from retaliating against its employees and to provide training on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to all of its supervisors within six months. The consent judgment ordered the company to pay $142,500 i
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
CARMEL, IN – An Indiana construction contractor has paid $103,788 in back wages to 29 employees working on a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development project to renovate the Flagstone Village apartment complex in Hammond. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined CRG Residential, the prime contractor, failed to incorporate the required Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) stipulations into the contracts of its subcontractors – Hubinger Landsc
Friday, September 15, 2017
SCOTT, LA – A Southwest Louisiana company that tests soil and concrete density for construction projects has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An investigation found Louisiana Testing and Inspection Inc. violated FLSA overtime and recordkeeping provisions willfully when the employer falsified payroll records. While the records purportedly reflected payment of time-and-one-half workers’ regular rates of pay for overtime hours they worked, the Wage
Friday, September 15, 2017
NEWBERRY, SC – A federal court has ordered a South Carolina company providing laborers to a turkey processing plant to pay four disabled workers $165,402 in back wages and liquidated damages after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the employer violated the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Work Services Inc. provides employees to work at Kraft Foods Global Inc.’s plant in Newberry. Investigators found that Work Services and its owner Joseph Byrd and supervisor David Perez wi
Friday, September 15, 2017
DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA). The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.
Friday, September 15, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and a large Midwest health care management company have reached an agreement to resolve overtime violations at 23 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Ide Management Group LLC, which operates the facilities as IMG, has agreed to pay 594 workers $165,379 in back wages and damages. The Wage and Hour Division found the Indianapolis-based company failed to include non-discretionary bonuses and shift-differentials paid to employees in ov
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
DETROIT, MI – Henry Ford Health System has paid $90,004 in back wages to 22 workers in the Detroit hospital’s cardiac sonography department to resolve violations of overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. The Division found cardiac sonographers would start work up to 45 minutes prior to their shifts to prepare for the patient workload. Additionally, they frequently worked through lunch hours and breaks to complete time
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and a large Midwest health care management company have reached an agreement to resolve overtime violations at 23 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Ide Management Group LLC, which operates the facilities as IMG, has agreed to pay 594 workers $165,379 in back wages and damages. The Wage and Hour Division found the Indianapolis-based company failed to include non-discretionary bonuses and shift-differ
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
ELKHART, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and an Indiana recreational vehicle manufacturer have reached an agreement to resolve overtime and minimum wage violations at nine production plants in Elkhart and Wakarusa. Thor Motor Co. of Elkhart, has paid 386 workers a total of $59,514 – representing $29,757 in back wages and an equal amount in damages. Division investigators found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) occurred whe
Friday, September 08, 2017
ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers in Tennessee on all active building construction projects to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The agency is seeking data from employers on wages paid to building construction workers throughout the state from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017. This survey is not limited to federally fu
Thursday, September 07, 2017
BALTIMORE, MD – A Virginia company that provided human resources and other services to federal agencies nationwide paid more than $3 million in back wages and fringe benefits to resolve the findings of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation. FPMI Solutions Inc. (FPMI) of Alexandria, Virginia, violated the prevailing wage and fringe benefits provisions of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and failed to pay $3,159,214 in prevailing wage and health and welf
Monday, August 14, 2017
ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers in Alabama on all active highway construction projects to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The agency is seeking data from employers on wages paid to highway construction workers throughout the state from Aug. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017. This survey is not limited to federally funded c

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