November 20, 2020

Suwannee, Georgia, Dunkin Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave after Coronavirus Diagnosis

SUWANEE, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Boston Coffee Inc. – the operator of a Suwanee, Georgia, Dunkin’ location – has paid $1,040 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

November 19, 2020

Nevada Construction Company Pays Back Wages After Wrongly Denying Paid Sick Leave During Coronavirus Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, NV – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Jerezee Construction – a construction company based in Las Vegas, Nevada – will pay $3,270 in back wages after wrongly denying paid sick leave to an employee whose healthcare provider advised to self-quarantine following a potential coronavirus exposure, and failing to pay overtime.

November 19, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Education, Enforcement Initiative To Boost Compliance with Prevailing Wage Laws on Federal Projects

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has launched an education and enforcement initiative in eight Southeastern states to ensure construction companies that work on federal or federally assisted construction projects meet prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

November 19, 2020

Contractor for U.S. Postal Service in Southern California Pays $116,513 In Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage Violations

WEST COVINA, CA After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fames Transport Inc. – a mail-hauling contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Southern California – has paid $116,513 in back wages and fringe benefits to 67 employees for violating the Service Contract Act (SCA).

November 19, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $13,781 in Back Wages for Fort Myers, Florida, Grocery Store Workers After Overtime Violations Found

FORT MYERS, FL S & O Groceries Inc. – operating as Bravo Supermarket in Fort Myers, Florida – has paid $13,781 in back wages to two employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed the grocery store a civil penalty of $806 for the repeat nature of the violations.

November 16, 2020

Gloucester County, New Jersey, Farm Pays Employee Back Wages For Wrongly Denying Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

NEWFIELD, NJ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Buster Petronglo & Son Farm LLC – a Gloucester County, New Jersey, agricultural employer – has paid $1,377 in back wages for wrongly denying paid sick leave to an employee in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

November 12, 2020

Palm Bay Electrical Contractor to Pay $19,642 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

PALM BAY, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Cornelius Electrical Contractors Inc. – based in Palm Bay, Florida – will pay $19,642 in back wages to 13 employees after violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 12, 2020

Franklin, Tennessee, Restaurant Pays $179,878 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Wage Violations

FRANKLIN, TN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant – based in Franklin, Tennessee – has paid $179,878 in back wages to 40 employees to resolve minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $541,026 for Employees of Miami-Area Aviation Engine Repair Companies Following Missed Payrolls

MIAMI, FL After investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), two Miami, Florida-area aviation engine repair and service companies have paid $541,026 in wages to 134 employees after the investigations found minimum wage and overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 10, 2020

Houston Railroad Company Pays Back Wages and Reinstates Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Leave to Care for Child During Pandemic

HOUSTON, TX – TracWorks Inc. – a railroad track construction, maintenance and rehabilitation company based in a Houston, Texas – has paid $4,804 in back wages after wrongly denying an employee leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

November 9, 2020

Textile Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Family Leave to Care for Child During Pandemic

CHARLOTTE, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Barrday Corp. – an industrial textile manufacturer operating in Charlotte, North Carolina – paid $2,606 in back wages for wrongly denying paid leave to an employee under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). The employee missed work to care for a child whose place of care was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

November 9, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

November 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Court Order Restraining Massachusetts Contractors From Unlawful Retaliation Against Employees Who Assert Rights

BOSTON, MA – A federal court in Massachusetts has issued a temporary restraining order against two construction contractors and a representative of one of the companies to prevent retaliation or discrimination after the defendants began a campaign of alleged threats and retaliation against an employee who complained about not receiving overtime pay and requested money he was due.

November 6, 2020

Houston Childcare Provider Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave and Terminated Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

HOUSTON, TX – The Childhood Center – a childcare provider based in Houston, Texas – has paid $864 in back wages after wrongly denying leave to a worker with coronavirus symptoms who was ordered to self-quarantine for two weeks by a medical professional. The employer also wrongly terminated the employee.

November 6, 2020

Wendy’s Franchisee Pays $16,160 Civil Penalty After U.S. Department of Labor Discovers Child Labor Violations

EDGEWOOD, KY After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Sinkula Investments Ltd. Co. – operator of 10 northern Kentucky Wendy’s franchise locations – has paid a civil money penalty of $16,160 for violating child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter.

The opinion letters issued today are:

October 28, 2020

Court Orders New Hampshire Flooring Company to Pay $250,000 in Back Wages And Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation, Litigation

MANCHESTER, NH – The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has ordered C & C Flooring LLC and owner Christopher Coburn to pay 33 current and former employees a total of $240,000 in back wages and liquidated damages and $10,000 in punitive damages, to resolve violations of the overtime and anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The defendants have also paid a civil money penalty of $13,688 for the willful nature of the violations.

October 26, 2020

Hawaiian Landscaping Company Pays $83,192 in Back Wages For Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor

HONOLULU, HI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), The Miranda Group – a landscaping company based on Kauai, Hawaii – has paid $83,192 to 48 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements.

October 22, 2020

Lubbock, Texas Concrete Company Pays $43,216 in Back Wages To Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

LUBBOCK, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), M & US Concrete Inc. – based in Lubbock, Texas – has paid $43,216 in back wages to nine employees for violating the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

October 22, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $125,516 in Back Wages for Employees of Louisiana Correctional Center

TULLOS, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), LaSalle Corrections – based in Ruston, Louisiana – has paid $125,516 in unpaid fringe benefits to 122 employees to resolve violations of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).