January 8, 2019

CORRECTION: U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds North Carolina Pizzeria Violated Minimum Wage and Child Labor Laws

SURF CITY, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Max's Pizza Inc. – a Surf City, North Carolina, pizza and sub restaurant – has paid a civil penalty of $14,287 for violating the minimum wage and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Alabama Roofing Contractor Violated Pay and Benefits Requirements on Federally Funded Project

TUSCALOOSA, AL – Maldonado Roofing LLC – based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – will pay $57,428 in back wages, overtime, and fringe benefits to 41 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Nebraska Restaurant Paying $145,987 in Back Wages and Damages

OMAHA, NE – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, entered a consent judgment ordering China Palace Inc. and owners and operators – Miao Hui Zhang and Jian Zhang – to pay $145,987 in back wages, liquidated damages and interest to eight current and former employees.

January 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Provide Educational Forum on Resolving Overtime and Minimum Wage Violations January 9, in New Orleans, Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will present an educational forum about developments in its policies and regulations, and its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID), in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 9, 2019.

January 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Ordering Tennessee Construction Company to Pay $501,000 in Back Wages and Damages

NASHVILLE, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has ordered Reynolds Baldwin III – doing business as Copperhead Construction LLC and formerly as Sara-Tech LLC – to pay $501,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 82 employees to resolve violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Additionally, WHD assessed the Spring Hill, Tennessee-based company $29,000 in civil money penalties.

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering Pennsylvania Printing and Bindery Company to Pay $598,366 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties

LANSDALE, PA – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has entered a consent judgment requiring Fox Bindery Inc. – based in Lansdale, Pennsylvania – and owner Henry J. Fox to pay $274,183 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 556 current and former employees. The Department also assessed the employer and its owner a $50,000 civil money penalty due to the willful nature of the violations.

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New Hampshire Catering and Café Enterprise Paying $86,959 in Back Wages and Damages for 70 Employees

MANCHESTER, NH – A Manchester, New Hampshire, enterprise involving a catering business and several cafes – all owned and operated by Keri Laman and Tidewater Hospitality Resources LLC – has paid $86,959 in back wages and liquidated damages for 70 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation identified violations of the overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed the employers $22,820 in civil penalties due to the willful nature of the violations.

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Fourteen Los Angeles-Area Restaurants Paying $126,142 in Overtime Back Wages

WEST COVINA, CA – Fourteen restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area – operating under five different entities – will pay 100 employees a total of $126,142 after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigations found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in North Central Washington Restaurant Employees Receiving $96,995

SEATTLE, WA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Oralia Magallanes and Juan Calderon – operators of three Mexican restaurants in North Central Washington – will pay $96,995 to 32 employees for overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Ordering Nashville, Tennessee, Restaurant to Pay $220,000 to 31 Employees

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division, has ordered Hetal Patel Inc., Pankaj and Hetal Patel, and Madhusudhan Naik - operators of the Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine restaurant - to pay $220,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 31 employees at its Nashville, Tennessee, restaurant. The action comes after a U.S.

January 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Departure of Acting Administrator for the Wage and Hour Division

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the resignation of Bryan Jarrett, Acting Administrator for the Wage and Hour Division, effective January 5, 2019.

December 21, 2018

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

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued two new opinion letters. These letters demonstrate the Department’s commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure that employers have the tools they need to comply with federal labor law.

The letters released today address the following compliance issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):

December 20, 2018

New Jersey Nursing and Rehab Center to Pay $260,000 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

NEWARK, NJ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Sinai Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare LLC – a nursing and rehabilitation center in Newark, New Jersey – will pay $130,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 174 employees to resolve violations of overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Duke University Health System Reinstating and Paying Lost Wages to Employee

DURHAM, NC – Duke Patient Revenue Management Organization - operating as Duke University Health System - has paid an employee $9,066 in lost wages and reinstated the employee 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).

December 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering New York City Hotel Operators to Pay $721,086 in Back Wages and Damages

NEW YORK, NY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has ordered the operators of three Queens, New York, hotels to pay $360,543 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 83 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The operators will also pay $28,914 in civil penalties and $625 in post-judgment interest.

December 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds North Carolina McDonald’s Franchisee Violated Federal Child Labor Law

MOUNT HOLLY, NC – Stanton Enterprise Inc. – a McDonald’s franchisee in Mount Holly, North Carolina – has paid a civil penalty of $5,517 following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation that found the fast-food restaurant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) child labor requirements after a 15-year-old employee suffered a burn to her arm.

December 18, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Ordering Chicago Pallet Manufacturer to Pay $124,370 in Back Wages, Damages to 20 Employees

CHICAGO, IL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a federal court has ordered Great Lakes Lumber and Pallet Inc. – based in Chicago, Illinois – and owner David Radzieta to pay $124,370 in overtime wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees for failing to pay overtime wages. The court also ordered the employer to pay $15,120 in civil money penalties for willfully violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 14, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Provide Educational Forum on Resolving Overtime and Minimum Wage Violations on December 19 in El Paso, Texas

EL PASO, TX - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will present an educational forum about developments in its policies and regulations, and its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID), in El Paso, Texas, on December 19, 2018.

December 14, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Tennessee Dental Practice Paying $50,000 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages

NASHVILLE, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has ordered Smiley Dental Associates Inc. – a dental practice based in Nashville, Tennessee – to pay $50,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 10 employees, for violations of minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering South Carolina Restaurant Owners to Pay $279,269 in Back Wages and Damages

CHARLESTON, SC – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, has ordered Señor Tequila Inc. and Señor Tequila of Summerville LLC to pay $279,269 in back wages and liquidated damages to 68 employees at three South Carolina restaurants. The employer was also assessed $52,615 in civil money penalties.