Wage and Hour Division

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
Monday, July 31, 2017
BOSTON – An enterprise operating six limited-service restaurants with pizza delivery in Worcester, Shrewsbury, and Auburn has paid $292,016 in back wages and an equal amount in damages for 73 employees. It has also amended its payroll practices to comply with federal Fair Labor Standards Act requirements in an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. Investigators in the Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Tavco Chandler Street Inc. and five associated companies – all doing business as Golden Pizza
Monday, July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON, Pa. – A Pittsburgh-area wholesale nursery has paid nearly $150,000 in back wages and penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor found the company failed to recruit and hire American workers from Puerto Rico before hiring foreign workers under the H-2A visa program, in violation of section 218 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced
Monday, July 31, 2017
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has reached a settlement agreement with owners of six southern New Jersey gas stations to pay nearly $500,000 in back wages and damages to 27 employees working as gas station attendants. The Division found that R & R Store Inc. – doing business as USA Gas – and its co-owners Prabhjit Singh and Harbir Riar, violated the overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping requirements of the
Thursday, July 27, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. – The owner of an Oregon concrete company that contracted with the federal government recently started a two-month prison sentence for lying to federal investigators. The crime occurred when he told U.S. Department of Labor officials that he had paid employees more than $93,000 in back wages that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division found the company owed its workers following a 2014 investigation. The Department’s investigation revealed that Westwind Concrete had failed to pay the proper prevailing wa
Thursday, July 27, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and 13 home health care businesses in Indiana have reached agreements to resolve violations of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act found by Division investigators. As a result, 379 workers will receive more than $948,000 in back wages and damages. “The U.S. Department of Labor welcomes the decisions made by these home health care businesses to correct the violations we identified,” said Pat
Thursday, July 27, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Sonic Industries Services Inc. – franchisor of the SONIC Drive-In restaurant chain – have signed a voluntary agreement to help SONIC’s independently owned and operated franchise locations comply with federal labor laws. As part of the agreement, the Oklahoma City-based franchisor will provide a forum and the resources needed to assist the division in educating SONIC Drive-In owners, ma
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor will publish a Request for Information for the overtime rule on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The RFI is an opportunity for the public to provide information that will aid the department in formulating a proposal to revise these regulations which define and delimit exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain employees. The RFI solicits feedback on questions related to the salary level test, the duties test, varying cost-of-living across different parts of the U.S.,
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Who: U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration National Labor Relations Board Louisiana Workforce Commission/Office of UI Administration What:
Thursday, July 20, 2017
NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed an injunction against the owners of two medical offices in Brooklyn to prevent further retaliation against employees who refused to provide false information to obstruct the department’s investigation into alleged violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. In a complaint filed
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
EAST ORANGE, N.J. – Three East Orange construction companies have entered into a consent judgment  with the U.S. Department of Labor and will pay $850,000 in back wages and damages to 153 workers to resolve violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The department’s Wage and Hour Division investigators found that DKNJ Masonry Corp., Roy Rock LLC and Silver Construction Inc. – all controlled and operated by Rui Pires – violated the FLSA’s overtime and recordke
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Employer: Colima’s Carniceria y Taqueria Site: 611 Tulare St., Parlier, California Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found that Colima’s Carniceria y Taqueria owners Maria and Martin Cobian violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay employees time-and-a-half their regular hourly rates for hours worked beyond 40 in a week. The employer also failed to
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
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
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
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

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