April 12, 2021

Maggiano’s Little Italy pays $116K in back wages after US Department of Labor finds minimum wage, overtime violations

PHILADELPHIA – Many chain restaurant managers hold pre-shift meetings to motivate their employees, reinforce training, update the day’s menu and, ultimately, to maximize profits. The time spent in these meetings is typically time for which employers should also be paying their workers, something a well-known national restaurant chain learned in a recent U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

April 9, 2021

Southern California roofing company pays $616K to 341 workers after U.S. Department of Labor finds overtime violations

WEST COVINA, CA – An Orange County roofing company learned recently that failing to comply with federal wage and hour laws can be costly.

April 9, 2021

Seattle-area restaurants’ owner pays $53K to 22 workers after U.S. Department of Labor investigation finds overtime violations

SEATTLE – Restaurant operators who fail to pay their typically low-wage workers all of their hard-earned wages and divert customers’ tips meant for those workers are underserving their employees and breaking the law.

April 5, 2021

US Department of Labor to host two-day virtual forum for construction industry employers, workers, other stakeholders

DALLAS – U.S. Department of Labor agencies in the Southwest will host a two-day virtual event April 7-8, 2021, to provide guidance on federal requirements governing construction employment to construction employers, contractors and workers in the region. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will also participate.

April 5, 2021

Pennsylvania nonprofit pays nearly $45K in back wages to 80 employees after US Department of Labor finds overtime violations

GREENVILLE, PA – Every two weeks, supervisors and behavior specialists gathered at Keystone Adolescent Center Inc.’s five Greenville facilities where they discussed policy changes, completed required training and reviewed safety procedures – all to be prepared to help at-risk youth they serve.

April 5, 2021

US Department of Labor obtains court order prohibiting Connecticut restaurants, owners from employee retaliation

HARTFORD, CT – Two Fairfield County restaurants and their owners were required to pay $137,465 in back wages and liquidated damages to workers after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations found that the employers violated the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

March 31, 2021

Zeigler Auto Group pays $85K in back wages to 214 workers after US Department of Labor investigation

KALAMAZOO, MI – Zeigler Auto Group’s sales may place it among the leading auto dealerships nationwide, but a recent federal investigation found sales consultants’ commissions often failed to meet minimum wage requirements at 13 Michigan, Indiana and Illinois locations.

March 30, 2021

Maine tomato grower pays $337K in back wages, penalties after US Department of Labor investigation

MANCHESTER, NH The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $245,351 in back wages for 117 employees of a greenhouse tomato grower in Madison, Maine, that failed to comply with federal laws governing wages and working conditions for agricultural temporary guest workers, U.S. workers and workers in corresponding employment.

March 25, 2021

US Department of Labor launches initiative focused on education, outreach, enforcement in nation’s agricultural industry

WASHINGTON, DC Throughout the pandemic, farmworkers have remained on the job throughout the nation despite potential exposures to feed Americans and support U.S. exports. As the U.S.

March 25, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. lanza una iniciativa centrada en la educación, difusion y la aplicación de la ley en la industria agrícola del país

WASHINGTON, DC – A lo largo de la pandemia, los trabajadores agrícolas se han mantenido en el trabajo en todo el país a pesar de las exposiciones potenciales, para alimentar a los estadounidenses y apoyar las exportaciones estadounidenses. Mientras el Departamento de Trabajo de los EE.

March 24, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $19K for 24 employees of Gulf Breeze restaurant after investigation uncovers minimum wage, overtime violations

GULF BREEZE, FL For low-wage earners, every minute spent working equals much-needed income. When employers fail to account for all the hours employees work, as was the case with a Gulf Breeze restaurant, these workers find it more difficult to provide for themselves and their families.

March 23, 2021

US Department of Labor announces proposed rulemakings to further consider, review tipped workers’ regulations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking related to tipped workers as the effective date approaches for the “Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” final rule, published in December 2020.

March 22, 2021

Pontiac, Michigan, grocer will pay $95K in overtime back wages to 14 workers after US Department of Labor investigation

PONTIAC, MI – While its shelves stocked with imported Hispanic food favorites make Pontiac’s Carnival Market a destination grocery for Detroit metro shoppers, a federal investigation has found the employer shortchanged its cashiers, bakers and dishwashers of wages they legally earned.

March 22, 2021

Oregon buffet restaurant to pay $417K in back wages to 39 workers after US Department of Labor finds minimum wage and overtime violations

BEAVERTON, OR – A Beaverton buffet restaurant may offer its customers a wide variety of selections, but a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found the eatery’s owner willfully failed to include legally required wage on its menu for the people who worked there.

March 22, 2021

Hampstead contractor pays $87K in back wages, $19K penalty after failed attempt to obscure records to withhold overtime wages owed to 28 employees

MANCHESTER, NH – A Hampstead contractor falsified pay records to mask its failure to pay workers the required overtime wages they earned, but the outcome of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has set the record straight.

March 22, 2021

US Department of Labor wins consent judgment requiring traffic control company to pay employees for time spent transporting co-workers

NILES, MI – A recent court order requires one of the nation’s largest traffic control companies to pay road flaggers in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio for time they spend transporting their co-workers in a company truck to and from job sites at the company’s request.

March 22, 2021

Pittsylvania County health care services provider pays $139K in back wages after US Labor Department investigation finds overtime violations

DANVILLE, VA – Most home health care workers put in long hours and earn low wages as they meet the needs of parents, grandparents, elderly friends and the chronically ill. For dozens of employees of a Danville home health care company shortchanged on their overtime wages, making ends meet gets even harder.                                                                        

March 19, 2021

Las Vegas plastering company will pay $137K in overtime back wages to 156 piece rate employees after US Department of Labor investigation

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas plastering company will pay $137,174 in back wages owed to 156 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

March 18, 2021

Virginia pizza restaurant pays $11K penalty after US Department of Labor finds employer illegally employed six 17-year-old minors as delivery drivers

GAINESVILLE, VAFor 17-year-old drivers, the Centers for Disease Control cites inexperience, distracted driving, and night and weekend driving as factors that place them among those with the highest risk for motor vehicle crashes. Putting drivers this age behind the wheel to make “as soon as possible” deliveries also violates federal child labor laws, a fact ignored by the operators of a Virginia pizza restaurant.  

March 18, 2021

Michigan commercial cleaning company to pay $56K in back wages, $51K in penalties for violations of guest worker visa requirements

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The H-2B Visa program exists to help supply employers with temporary foreign workers they need while protecting U.S. workers’ access to the same jobs. The program does not permit employers to misuse the program and not pay foreign and U.S. workers the same legally required wages.