News Releases

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
State: Missouri Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant Total Amount Approved: $8 million Initial Amount Released: $2.7 million Funding Awarded to: The Missouri Division of Workforce Development Number of Workers Served: Approximately 250 Use of Funds: The U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $8 million – w
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
GROVEPORT, Ohio – Amsted Rail Company Inc., a manufacturer of cast steel freight components, faces $610,034 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after agency investigators found workers at its Groveport plant exposed to machine hazards and silica. OSHA found one worker was hospitalized after suffering severe injuries when he was caught in a machine, and at least four workers were exposed to excessive levels of
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON – When individuals exit correctional systems, they face a variety of challenges that inhibit their ability to reenter the workforce and their community. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $72,797,326 in grant funds to be awarded to 32 programs to strengthen access to opportunity for these individuals. The Reentry Project grant program supports the improvement and effectiveness of research-based, evidence-informed services that lead to better employment opportunities and outcomes for eligible participants. These grants give organizations the
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has begun instituting procedures aimed at monitoring and managing opioid prescription usage under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. OWCP’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation provides benefits for federal employees who sustain a workplace injury or illness. Effective June 26, 2017, the DFEC established a prior authorization process for all compounded
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.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule. The agency published the final rule on May 12, 2016, and has determined that a further delay of the com
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
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
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
WASHINGTON – Summer has begun and it brings hot weather – and potentially dangerous work conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers and workers to take precautions to stay safe before a heatwave begins. OSHA’s message is simple: Water. Rest. Shade. On hot days, the agency recommends frequent breaks in a cool or shady environment, and drinking water every 15 minutes. OSHA also urges employers to allow new workers to acclimate and build up r
Friday, June 23, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a proposed rule that would modify the agency’s recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. Representatives of the shipyards and construction industries, as well as members of Congress, raised concerns that they had not had a meaningful opportunity to comment on the application of the rule to their industries when the rule was developed in 2015-16. This proposal provides a new opportunity to comment on th
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
Thursday, June 22, 2017
State: Michigan Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant Initial Amount Approved: $15 million Incremental Amount Awarded: $4.1 million Funding Awarded to: Michigan Strategic Fund Number of Workers Served: Approximately 650 Use of Funds: On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant award for up to $15 mill
Thursday, June 22, 2017
In the week ending June 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 241,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 237,000 to 238,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,750, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 243,000 to 243,250.
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
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
Monday, June 19, 2017
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – A month after a 33-year-old worker died while working in an unprotected trench, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found another employee of the same Missouri plumbing contractor working in a similarly unprotected trench at another job site. OSHA determined that, in both cases, Arrow Plumbing LLC of Blue Springs failed to provide basic safeguards to prevent trench collapse and did not train its employee
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
Monday, June 19, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. – Data recently compiled between October 2015 and March 2017 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration shows that less experienced miners – both at a mine and at a specific occupation – suffer injuries at a higher rate than more experience miners. Over this 18-month period, miners with one year or less of experience at a mine suffered 903 injuries, compared to 418 for those who had worked at a mine between one and two years. Miners with one year or less job experience suffered 603 injuri
Monday, June 19, 2017
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the award of $43.3 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to provide training to an estimated 21,000 homeless veterans to help them reintegrate into the American workforce. In all, the department’s 2017 award will fund 155 grants in its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program. “The grants we announced today will help thousands of homeless veterans to acquire the skills t

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