WHD News Releases

April 22, 2019

Federal Court Orders Delaware Restaurant to Pay $264,560 to 20 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Willful Wage Violations

WILMINGTON, DE – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has ordered El Tapatio, Inc. - operator of El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware - to pay $128,051 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 20 employees for violating the minimum and overtime wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Mail Hauler Failed to Pay Employees Prevailing Wages and Fringe Benefits in Alabama and Mississippi

ATLANTA, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Postal Fleet Services Inc. – based in Saint Augustine, Florida – will pay $329,057 in back wages and benefits to 53 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

April 19, 2019

Federal Contractor to Pay $1,650,452 in Back Wages and Benefits After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

MEMPHIS, TN – McKesson Specialty Distribution LLC – a California-based distributor for a federally funded children's vaccine program – will pay $1,650,452 in back wages and fringe benefits to 515 employees after discovering and self-reporting violations of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) to the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

April 18, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $53,100 for Employees After Investigation Uncovers Wage Violations at North Carolina Restaurant

APEX, NC – After an investigation by the a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), La Rancherita Inc. – operating as La Rancherita Mexican Restaurant in Apex, North Carolina – has paid $53,100 in back wages to 18 employees to resolve violations of the overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $265,001 in Back Wages For Roofing Contractor’s Employees After Overtime Violations Found

THONOTOSASSA, FL – Orion Builders Service Inc. – based in Thonotosassa, Florida – has paid $265,001 in back wages to 67 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $17,753 in civil money penalties for repeat violations.

April 17, 2019

Florida Contractor Pays $123,650 In Back Wages, Benefits After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Fine Tune Enterprises Inc. - a cleaning service company based in Orlando, Florida - has paid $123,650 in back wages and fringe benefits to 44 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated labor requirements of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Honolulu’s Goma Tei Ramen Restaurants Paying $190,000 to Resolve Overtime Wage Violations

HONOLULU, HI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the operators of five Goma Tei Ramen restaurants in Honolulu, Hawaii, will pay $190,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 49 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Mississippi Sheriff’s Department Paying $51,389 in Back Wages for Overtime Violations

MENDENHALL, MS – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Simpson County Sheriff's Department – based in Mendenhall, Mississippi – has paid $51,389 in back wages to 43 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Company Paying Back Wages, Penalties for H-2B Visa Violations

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – Green Meadows Lawnscape Inc. – operating as Green Meadows Turf & Tree Inc. and based in Rochester Hills, Michigan – has paid $130,325 in back wages to 50 employees to resolve alleged violations of the federal H-2B Visa program for non-immigrant temporary employees and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid civil money penalties of $9,675.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Continues Compliance Assistance During Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts on U.S. Virgin Islands

GUAYNABO, PR – U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) representatives are working in St. Croix and St. Thomas to provide compliance assistance and education for employers, and to investigate payroll practices related to ongoing recovery efforts following Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Efforts to Enhance Wage Compliance in Northeast’s Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service Industry

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has begun an education and enforcement initiative to address common Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations and to enhance compliance with federal wage laws in the dry cleaning and laundry services industry in the Northeast Region of the United States.

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Georgia Department of Human Services Reinstating and Paying Employee $18,910 in Lost Wages

MACON, GA – The Georgia Department of Human Services - operating as Bibb County Division of Family and Children Services in Macon, Georgia - has paid an employee $18,910 in lost wages and reinstated her to her former position after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in $72,425 in Back Wages and Damages for Florida Keys Restaurant Employees

KEY WEST, FL – East on the West Side Inc. – operating as Ambrosia Japanese Restaurant in Key West, Florida – will pay $72,425 in back wages and liquidated damages to 15 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found violations of overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

Georgia Contractor Pays $195,000 in Back Wages, Benefits After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Violations on Federal Contract

KENNESAW, GA – After an agreement between the U.S. Department of Labor and Schadsons Corp., the Office of Administrative Law Judges in Washington, D.C., entered a consent order, affirming that the mechanical contractor violated labor provisions of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Kentucky Restaurant Paying $78,562 in Back Wages and Damages

CENTRAL CITY, KY – New Lucky Garden Inc. – a restaurant in Central City, Kentucky, operating as Lucky Garden – will pay $78,562 in back wages and liquidated damages to eight employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

North Carolina Manufacturer to Pay $22,640 in Back Wages after U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Wage and Child Labor Violations

DENVER, NC - Wooden pallet manufacturer Tree Brand Packaging Inc. – based in Denver, North Carolina – will pay $22,640 in back wages to 48 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid a civil penalty of $2,218 for federal child labor violations.

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April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Jimmy John’s Franchise Paying Civil Penalty for Child Labor Violations

ORANGE CITY, FL - MorBury OC LLC – operator of Jimmy John's Store 1151 restaurant in Orange City, Florida – has paid a civil penalty of $2,218 after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

Comment Period for U.S. Department of Labor’s Joint Employer Proposal Opens

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that the Office of the Federal Register has published the Department's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The official publication in the Federal Register marks the start of the proposal's public comment period, which will remain open for 60 days and close on June 10, 2019.

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Ordering North Carolina Restaurant Owner to Pay $40,555 in Back Wages to 30 Employees

CAROLINA BEACH, NC – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has ordered Hurricane Alley LLC, Diver Down LLC – operating Hurricane Alley and The Dive restaurants in Carolina Beach, North Carolina – and their owner David Cole to pay $40,555 in back wages to 30 employees. The action comes after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Ally Financial Services Failed to Pay Overtime Correctly for 1,287 Employees

DETROIT, MI – Ally Financial Services – based in Detroit, Michigan – has paid a total of $198,311 to 1,287 employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer failed to calculate overtime pay correctly for hourly employees who also earned a production bonus. These errors resulted in overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).