Wage and Hour Division

Monday, April 23, 2018
CHICAGO, IL – Consistent with its mission to protect the American workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor has revoked Rock River Valley Self Help Enterprises, Inc.’s certificate under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after finding nearly 250 workers with disabilities were being exploited. Section 14(c) of the FLSA is designed to offer more job opportunities for workers with disabilities when their disability affects their productive capacity for the work being performed. After applying for and receiving a certificate from the Department’s
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) urges heavy construction employers in 10 metropolitan Utah counties to participate in a wage survey to help establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.  WHD is collecting data on wages paid to workers on all heavy construction projects active from Aug. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017. The survey is not limited to federally funded projects. “Contractor and
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) opened registration for a comprehensive compliance seminar for federal contractors, unions, and workers on the rules governing federal prevailing wage requirements. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required. WHD will hold the training on June 12-14 at the Holiday Inn-Country Club Plaza, One E 45th St., in Kansas City. The three-day Prevailing Wage Seminar covers how to comply with the wage and fringe benefit requirements that apply to federal contracts and federa
Monday, April 16, 2018
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Metropolitan Concrete Corp. will pay $73,647 in back wages to 15 employees working under the H-2B non-immigrant visa program, which provides for the admission of non-immigrants to the U.S. to perform temporary non-agricultural labor or services. WHD investigators found the Sterling Heights-based company classified the H-2B employees improperly as landscapers. The investigation determined the H-2B employees actually worked as cement masons and concr
Friday, April 13, 2018
WESTBURY, NY – After an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Farmingdale Auto Collision Inc. and its owner and officers have paid $306,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 21 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the Farmingdale auto body and paint shop typically paid employees by check for their first 40 hours of work, but paid many of them in cash at rates less
Friday, April 13, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA – Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found overtime and minimum wage violations, prompting the Department to invoke a “hot goods” legal action, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has issued a temporary restraining order to prevent a Los Angeles garment manufacturer from shipping clothes to retailer Charlotte Russe. Division investigators notified garment manufacturer RK Apparel Inc. that they found widespread violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which rendered the garments ma
Friday, April 13, 2018
BLUEFIELD, WV - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has entered a consent judgment requiring Lambert Construction of Bluefield Inc. to pay $116,818 in back wages and liquidated damages to 45 employees. Additionally, the Bluefield, West Virginia, construction company will pay $16,000 in civil penalties to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found in a U.S. Department of Labor investigation. The action comes after the Department’s Wage and Hour Division found Lambert Construction of Bluefield Inc., doin
Friday, April 13, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has ordered Gary Tetone, owner of Southern California-based company GT Drywall, to comply with U.S. Department of Labor investigators in a long-running Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation with which he has refused to cooperate since 2016. WHD issued a subpoena to GT Drywall in Chino Hills and Tetone in November 2016, as part of its investigation of potential wage violations. Tetone has refused to provide a single document and has delayed the U.S. Department of Labor’s actio
Thursday, April 12, 2018
GREEN BAY, WI – In an effort to inform employers and employees about federal wage laws, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is engaged in an education and enforcement initiative at Green Bay-area restaurants. WHD is focused on providing compliance assistance information to employers and industry stakeholders through educational outreach events, as well as conducting investigations at individual restaurants. The initiative includes outreach to a wide variety of organizations in the Green Bay area to identify multiple channels to place in
Thursday, April 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced today that it has issued three new opinion letters. “The Department of Labor has committed to protect employees, enforce the law, and ensure employers have the tools for compliance,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “American job creators and employees deserve to know how an agency will apply the law to a particular set of facts. By addressing the application of statutes and regulations in the specific circumstances presented by an employer, employee, or
Thursday, April 12, 2018
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor has established a hotline for 1,471 current and former Houlihan’s employees of 17 of the restaurant chain’s New Jersey and New York locations to assist them in recovering back wages and liquidated damages. The restaurant chain’s employees in New Jersey in Bayonne, Brick, Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, Eatontown, Fairfield, Hasbrouck Heights, Holmdel, Lawrenceville, Metuchen/Woodbridge, New Brunswick, Paramus, Ramsey, Secaucus, and Weehawken; and in New York in Farmingdale and Westbury may call the Department’s W
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
ALBANY, NY – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Georgia contractor Infinite Services and Solutions and its president, Khary Lewis, who provided transportation services for the U.S. Army in New York and Arizona, have been placed on a list of bidders ineligible for federal contracts for a period of three years as a result of violations of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA). Division investigators determined that the Atlanta-based company and its president w
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
CHATTANOOGA, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Chattanooga-based Chao’s Mongolian Grill LLC will pay $48,197 in back wages to eight employees for violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Division investigators found the restaurant violated the FLSA’s minimum wage requirements when it illegally required servers to surrender 15 percent of their daily tips to the business. Investigators also found Chao’s failed to pay time-and-one-half f
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
GUAYNABO, PR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), fuel distributor Macro Companies Inc., engaged in hurricane recovery activities in Puerto Rico, has paid $1,151,291 in back wages to 219 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), the fringe benefits provisions of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and the recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators found that the Broussard, Louisiana, compa
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
FRESNO, CA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Central Valley garlic grower Valley Garlic Inc. and its farm labor contractor X-Treme Ag Labor Inc. have signed consent judgments, entered by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Fresno. The U.S. Department of Labor sued Valley Garlic Inc. and X-Treme Ag Labor Inc. for being jointly responsible in a June 2015 crash that took the lives of four farmworkers who were being transported to work, including a 16-year-old minor. X-Treme Ag Labor Inc. and its o
Monday, April 09, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – With the inclusion of key provisions related to America’s tipped workers included in the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) to address WHD’s enforcement of tip credit rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As a result of this legislation, workplaces may establish tip pooling arrangements between “front of the house” and “back of the house” staff, such as cooks and dishwashers. The bill vacated WHD’s 201
Monday, April 09, 2018
WHITES CREEK, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has ordered Music City Masonry Contractors LLC and its owners, Brandy George and Robin “Bubba” Waller, to pay $493,987 in back wages and liquidated damages to 247 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The order comes as part of a settlement with the Wage and Hour Division, which assessed a $10,012 civil money penalty for the willful and repe
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
TAMPA, FL – Investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division into rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma have resulted in 11 roofing companies paying $239,893 in back wages to 259 employees for violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Division investigators determined all 11 companies paid employees a piece rate, without regard to the number of hours they actually worked. This practice resulted in overtime violations when the employers failed to pay employees overtime
Monday, April 02, 2018
CAMDEN, NJ – Two companies that operate 17 Houlihan’s franchisee restaurants in New Jersey and New York and their owner Arnold Runestad will pay $5,000,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 1,471 current and former employees to resolve a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The agreement is part of a consent judgment filed on April 2, 2018, that is pending review and approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Saddle Brook-
Friday, March 30, 2018
LUMBERTON, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has ordered Del Sol Partnership 2 Inc. and its owner, Pablo Salgado, to pay $144,884 in back wages and liquidated damages to 15 employees for violating the overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Division investigators found the company paid flat salaries to some employees at its Lumberton and Red Springs

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