News Releases

Monday, December 11, 2017
JASPER, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Carl Cannon Inc., an automobile dealership, for serious safety violations after three employees died and two were injured at its Jasper facility. OSHA initiated an investigation in response to a flash fire. Inspectors determined that the employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor when the fire occurred. As a result, three employees were fatally injured, and a fourth was critically burned. A fifth employee was treated for sm
Friday, December 08, 2017
BOWMAN, ND – The U.S. Department of Labor has debarred Lambourn Farm, a North Dakota grain and cattle farming operation, from participation in the H-2A temporary visa program after the farm violated program provisions and failed to cooperate with Department investigators. The H-2a program allows employers to bring non-immigrant, foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor. Despite Lambourn’s failure to cooperate, the Department’s Wage and Hour Division was able to deter
Friday, December 08, 2017
SYRACUSE, NY – A jury and judge ordered Albany-based asbestos abatement and demolition company Champagne Demolition, LLC and its owner, Joseph A. Champagne, to pay $173,793.84 to a former employee who was fired in June 2010 after reporting improper asbestos removal practices at a school worksite in Gloversville, New York. The judgment supports a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit that found Champagne Demolition, LLC violated the employee’s whistleblower rights. The compa
Friday, December 08, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the November 2017 Employment Situation report: “November’s jobs report shows steady growth fueled by optimism about the pro-growth, pro-jobs policies being advanced by President Trump’s Administration. Last month, the American economy added 228,000 jobs. Since January, the economy has added 1.7 million jobs. “The unemployment rate remains at a 17-year low of 4.1%. The unemployment rate in manufacturing dropped to 2.6%, the lowest ever recorded. The unemp
Thursday, December 07, 2017
In the week ending December 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 236,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 238,000. The 4-week moving average was 241,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 242,250.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
CHICAGO, IL – Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery, a restaurant in Chicago’s South Loop, and one of its named owners, Stephanie Fitzpatrick, have paid 58 employees a total of $339,418 in unpaid wages and damages in a consent judgment following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation. Division investigators found the restaurant and Fitzpatrick failed to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime, and recording-keeping provisions. The judgment calls for payment of $169,709 in back wages and an equal amoun
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on National Miners Day: “On National Miners Day, we recognize and celebrate miners for all they do to maximize our natural resources and make our modern life possible. Mining is a source of good, family-sustaining jobs. At the Department of Labor, we are committed to ensuring miners have safe and healthy working conditions so they can return home safely to their loved ones at the end of each shift. Today, and every day, I thank our miners for their hard work and dedication
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced its annual Winter Alert campaign, reminding miners and mine operators of the increased hazards that colder weather creates at both surface and underground coal mines. The Winter Alert campaign, which runs each year through March, emphasizes increased vigilance and adherence to safety principles during the winter months, when cold temperatures increase hazards for miners.  Throughout the Winter Alert campaign, MSHA personnel regularly visit mines aro
Monday, December 04, 2017
PRINCETON, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Benco Builders of the Virginias Inc. for multiple safety hazards, including lack of fall protection, after an employee suffered serious injuries from a 19-foot fall off a roof. The Princeton-based contractor faces proposed penalties totaling $86,916. OSHA inspected a work site where Benco was the general contractor responsible for demolishing an existing structure and constructing two steel/metal buildings. OSHA issued a willful citation for failu
Monday, December 04, 2017
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – A gas station group and two check-cashing businesses have paid $88,712 in back wages to 39 employees after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations found violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The companies involved in the Department’s Wage and Hour Division investigations are Shifa Food & Gas LLC, which does business as Big EZ Chevron/Rainforest Chevron, and M&M Check Cashing LLC. Investigators found that Shifa Foods and M&M Check Ca
Monday, December 04, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Under the proposed rule, workplaces would have the freedom to allow sharing of tips among more employees.  The proposal would help decrease wage disparities between tipped and non-tipped workers – an option that is currently restricted by a rule promulgated in 2011 that has been challenged in a number of courts. The Department’s proposal only applies where employers pay a full
Saturday, December 02, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding Senate passage of the tax reform bill: “Senate passage of tax reform is continued good news for America’s job creators and job seekers. Reducing taxes and reforming the tax code will help businesses of all sizes hire more Americans and invest in the workforce. President Trump has brought a spirit of economic optimism back to our nation, with nearly 1.5 million jobs created since January, the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, and two consecutive quarte
Friday, December 01, 2017
CONCORD, NH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Manafort Brothers, Inc. for exposing workers to mercury and respirator hazards while they dismantled a mercury boiler at a Portsmouth worksite. The Plainville, Connecticut, construction contractor faces penalties of $329,548. OSHA’s inspection – in response to workers’ complaints – found that employees were being exposed to high levels of mercury during the demolition and Manafort Brothers Inc. was not taking steps to reduce those exposures
Thursday, November 30, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today published in the Federal Register an Interim Final Rule (IFR) and request for public comments on revisions of performance accountability measures for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Revised measures are necessary because the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 (OAA) amended the measures of per
Thursday, November 30, 2017
In the week ending November 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 238,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 239,000 to 240,000. The 4-week moving average was 242,250, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 239,750 to 240,000.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s trip to St. Charles, Missouri, in support of tax reform: “Tax reform is about job creation. President Trump is working to revitalize America’s main streets by reducing taxes, and making the tax code simpler and fairer. With nearly 1.5 million jobs created since January and two consecutive quarters of GDP growth above 3 percent, the President has unleashed a spirit of economic optimism – but our work is not done. Lowering taxes for jo
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
DOWNINGTOWN, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited US Environmental Inc. for 12 safety violations, including willfully exposing workers to confined space and fall hazards at its Downingtown location. The company faces proposed penalties of $333,756. Investigators inspected the facility on May 31, 2017, and found that the company failed to implement rescue procedures for employees in confined spaces; provide protective equipment when working in confined spaces; and provide employees with fall pro
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has opened an area office in Queens to connect employers, community and trade organizations, employees, and other stakeholders with resources and assistance to ensure compliance with federal labor laws. The new office is located at 68-60 Austin St., Room 601, Forest Hills, New York, 11375. “This office will serve as a one-stop resource for compliance assistance and information,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director David An, i
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division, issued a consent order and permanent injunction against Casa Vieja Mexican Grille, Inc., and its owners, after a U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division investigation determined that Casa Vieja violated the minimum wage, overtime wage, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Hendersonville-based restaurant and its owners – Martin Salazar, Jaime Salazar, and Alejandro Mendez – failed to accurately record the hours that em
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
ALPHARETTA, GA – A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation into an Alpharetta-based furniture installer, determined the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and owed employees $194,069. R.I.O.F Inc. – which provides labor for furniture dealers and other furniture installation businesses –misclassified 109 employees as independent contractors and failed to pay overtime. This violation of the FLSA was discovered in the company’s records, which showed the number of hours employ

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