News Releases

Friday, February 16, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Fort Lauderdale window and door installation contractor ADCO Installers LLC will pay $103,608 in back wages to 35 employees. WHD investigators found the employer violated overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators determined ADCO Installers LLC paid employees straight-time rates, instead of the required time-and-one-half, for hours they worked over 40 in a work week. “The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that e
Friday, February 16, 2018
CHARLESTON, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Atlanta-based Peach State Roofing Inc. for failing to protect its employees from fall hazards at a Charleston worksite. The company faces $107,930 in proposed penalties. OSHA initiated an inspection on Aug. 9, 2017, after observing employees accessing a building roof without a ladder or stairway and working on the roof without fall protection. The company was cited for one repeat and two serious violations. “Fall hazards are well-kno
Friday, February 16, 2018
MIAMI, FL – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Cartagena’s Inc., a Miami-based commercial aircraft paint contractor, will pay $54,704 in back wages to 31 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators found Cartagena’s Inc. failed to include time employees spent traveling between job sites when determining how many hours they had worked.  Doing so created overtime violations when these unpaid hours occurred in workweeks longer than 40 hours
Friday, February 16, 2018
COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Buckeye Service, Transmission, Exploration, and Production Safety Network (STEPS) have renewed an alliance to address safety and health hazards, and help improve workplace safety in Ohio’s oil and gas industry. The three-year alliance will develop effective awareness and education programs for Buckeye STEPS’ members on hazards such as heat stress, vehicle operations, air contaminants, chemical exposures, falls, electrical, and caught-by and struck-by
Friday, February 16, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), WM Limited Partnership-1998, a Grand Rapids-based franchisee of 53 Wendy’s Restaurants, has paid $258,249 in civil money penalties for child labor violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at all 53 of its Michigan restaurants. WHD investigators determined WM Limited Partnership-1998, which does business as Wendy’s of Michigan, permitted three 14- and 15-year-old employees to operate manual deep fryers and 422 minors to work more than 3 hours o
Friday, February 16, 2018
STEUBENVILLE, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Management Specialists Inc. (EMS) reached a settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit filed under the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Under the agreement, Steubenville, Ohio-based EMS will pay $21,000 in back wages to one of its employees. A field technician alleged EMS terminated him after he filed complaints with OSHA that employees were exposed to confined space and respiratory hazards as the
Friday, February 16, 2018
MOBILE, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited fiberglass pipe manufacturer RPS Composites Alabama Inc. for safety and health violations after an employee suffered a finger amputation. The company faces $74,833 in proposed penalties. OSHA investigators determined that due to a lack of machine guarding, the employee’s safety-gloved hand was pulled into a pipe-winding machine, resulting in a finger amputation. OSHA cited the Mobile manufacturer for 10 serious and two other-than-serious
Thursday, February 15, 2018
In the week ending February 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 230,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 221,000 to 223,000. The 4-week moving average was 228,500, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 224,500 to 225,000. Read the full release.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
ERLANGER, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Erlanger-based plumbing contractor D&B Plumbing has paid $73,470 in back wages, overtime, and fringe benefits to eight employees. Investigators determined the company violated labor provisions of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA). D&B Plumbing worked as a sub-contractor on a senior housing project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The DBRA requires all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal and cer
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
ANN ARBOR, MI – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Min & Kim Inc., an Ann Arbor restaurant doing business as Seoul Garden of Ann Arbor, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Min & Kim Inc. was ordered by a federal court to pay $112,212 in back wages to 27 employees to resolve alleged federal wage violations, including failure to pay overtime and maintain accurate payroll and time records. Investigators determined Min & Kim Inc. paid cooks, sushi chefs, cooks’ helpers, servers, dishwashers,
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
TROY, MI – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Nino Salvaggio Fruit and Vegetable Markets—operator of three Detroit-area fruit and vegetable markets—has agreed to pay $135,657 in back overtime wages and interest to 212 employees to resolve a federal lawsuit.   Investigators determined Nino Salvaggio Fruit and Vegetable Markets failed to pay employees for time they spent on rest breaks shorter than 20 minutes, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Failing to pay for this time resulted in overtime violation
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
HAINES CITY, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), landscaper Southern Sod will pay $79,758 in back wages and liquidated damages to 70 employees. The WHD investigation found the company violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators found Southern Sod paid employees flat rates per day, regardless of the number of hours that they worked. Overtime violations resulted when these employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek and received only those day r
Monday, February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the release of President Trump’s proposal to invest in American infrastructure: “Modernizing our nation’s infrastructure is essential to continuing strong economic and job growth. President Trump’s bold plan will not only create jobs in construction industries, but will also support job growth across many industries from transportation to technology. The Department of Labor is prepared to help Americans close the skills gap and overcome licensing
Monday, February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today commented on President Donald J. Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for the U.S. Department of Labor. Through targeted investments and common sense reforms, the Department’s budget request supports the President’s continued efforts to create good, safe jobs for the American people. “The President’s budget provides a fiscally responsible framework to advance the Department of Labor’s mission of ensuring all Americans have access to family-sustaining jobs,” said Secretary Acosta.
Friday, February 09, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, AL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Taziki’s Restaurants LLC – which operates 14 restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia – has paid $135,844 to 26 employees to resolve violations of overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators found the restaurant chain – doing business as Taziki’s Mediterranean Café – failed to combine the hours that individual employees worked at multiple locations in the same workweek to determine whether overtime
Friday, February 09, 2018
CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a settlement agreement with U.S. Fiduciary Services and three of its subsidiaries that provides for payment of more than $7 million to 42 retirement plans that suffered losses as a result of investments in fictitious loans made by Florida-based First Farmers Financial LLC (FFF). The agreement and anticipated future payments from a pending Receivership Estate case involving FFF are expected to compensate the retirement plans fully for approxi
Friday, February 09, 2018
HARTFORD, CT – After an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and Office of Inspector General (OIG), Yolanda Silverio, a former eligibility coordinator for a Connecticut company that administers trust funds for public and private sector health benefit plans, has been sentenced by the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to 10 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. The court has also ordered Silverio to pay $35,461.34 in restitution, perform 150 hours of community service,
Friday, February 09, 2018
JENKINTOWN, PA – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has entered a consent judgment ordering Jenkintown-based Metro Kitchen Bar Inc. and its owner to pay $25,902 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 50 employees. Investigators found that Metro Kitchen Bar Inc. – doing business as Drake Tavern – and its owner Zachary Hulayev willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA
Thursday, February 08, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – After an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Palm Shores Retirement Community Inc. will pay $181,663 in back wages to 454 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators found that the company’s St. Petersburg location failed to pay the required overtime premium to employees who were involved in the evacuation and subsequent care of residents during and immediately after Hurricane Irma. The employer failed to pay these workers for all of their
Thursday, February 08, 2018
MANVEL, TX – After an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Redman Communications Inc. will pay $63,132 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 53 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Redman Communications violated the overtime provision of the FLSA when it paid its non-exempt drivers straight time wages for overtime hours worked. The company violated recordkeeping provisions by failing to m

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