December 9, 2021

Georgia landscaper ordered to pay $175K in back wages, penalties after US Department of Labor finds violations of H-2A worker program

SUGAR HILL, GA – A Sugar Hill landscape company violated requirements of the federal H-2A temporary agricultural worker programs related to hours, wages, transportation costs and work assignments, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor determined.

December 9, 2021

Federal court orders Long Island contractors to pay nearly $1M in back wages, damages following US Department of Labor investigation

NEW YORK – Three Bellport concrete supply and construction companies and their owner, who schemed for three years to deny overtime pay to 99 laborers, have been ordered to pay the workers a total of $987,591 in back wages and liquidated damages, plus interest, in a consent judgment entered in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

December 8, 2021

US Department of Labor finds IT company violated H-1B visa program when it failed to use, pay system analyst; recovers $64K for worker

DALLAS – An information technology services company in Irving hired a system analyst under the H-1B visa program, then failed to use and pay the worker the required prevailing wage for non-productive time – an illegal practice known as “benching” – a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.

December 8, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Chuck E. Cheese exposed minor-aged worker to hazardous machine, incurred recordkeeping violations at Bronx location

NEW YORK – A 17-year-old employee of a Bronx Chuck E. Cheese/Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings restaurant set up, operated and cleaned a power-driven dough mixer – all in violation of federal child labor regulations, a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation has found.

December 7, 2021

Federal court finds owner of three Hawaii restaurants shortchanged 71 workers, orders payment of $220K in back wages, damages

HONOLULU – A federal court has affirmed the findings of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that determined the owner of three Hawaii restaurants denied workers overtime and minimum wages, and discarded time records in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

December 2, 2021

New Hampshire carpentry contractor pays $107K in back wages, liquidated damages to 52 workers shortchanged by illegal pay practices

MANCHESTER, NH – A New Hampshire residential carpentry contractor misclassified some employees as independent contractors and paid others straight-time wages when they worked over 40 hours in a workweek, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.

December 1, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Pittsburgh restaurant illegally shared workers’ tips with managers, other non-tipped employees, recovers $41K for 12 workers

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh restaurant improperly used its tip pool – requiring workers to share tips with managers, supervisors and other employees not usually tipped by customers – leading to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal investigation has found.

December 1, 2021

Operator of five Charleston-area Marco’s Pizza locations pays $101K in penalties after federal investigation finds minors’ safety put at risk

COLUMBIA, SC – The operator of five Charleston-area Marco’s Pizza locations paid $101,027 in civil penalties after federal investigators found the employer endangered minor-aged workers by allowing them to perform prohibited or hazardous duties and employed a 17-year-old worker illegally as a delivery driver.

December 1, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $845K in back wages after investigation finds Northern California roofing, solar panel contractor denied overtime

VACAVILLE, CA – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found that – despite their hard work and long hours – a Northern California roofing and solar panel contractor denied 385 workers overtime wages by paying them on a piece-rate basis regardless of how many hours they worked.

November 30, 2021

Fayetteville motorcycle company’s pay practices violated federal law, US Department of Labor recovers $96K in back wages, damages

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Sixty-one workers of a Fayetteville motorcycle repair and sales company received wages owed to them after the U.S. Department of Labor found their employer’s pay practices denied them overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

November 30, 2021

Las prácticas salariales de la empresa de motocicletas de Fayetteville violaban la ley federal, el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $96,000 en salarios atrasados y daños

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Sesenta y un trabajadores de una empresa de reparación y venta de motocicletas de Fayetteville recibieron los salarios que se les debían después de que el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubriera que las prácticas de su empleador les negaba el pago de horas extras violando la Ley de Normas Justas de Trabajo (FLSA, por sus siglas en inglés).

November 29, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Florida logistics solutions provider shortchanged wages of 31 yard hostlers at Texas distribution center

LANCASTER, TX – With a sharpening focus on the impact of “supply chains” on the timely delivery of goods, many Americans now understand that their ability to obtain goods and services depends on the hard work of logistics industry workers.

November 24, 2021

Court orders convenience store, pizzeria operator to pay $120K in back wages, damages, penalties after US Department of Labor investigation

NEW YORK – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York has entered a consent judgment ordering a Syracuse gas station and convenience store and a Jamesville pizzeria and convenience store and their owner to pay $56,364 in back wages and an equal amount of $56,364 in liquidated damages to 12 employees denied overtime wages.

November 22, 2021

US Department of Labor announces final rule to increase minimum wage for workers on federal contracts beginning Jan. 30, 2022

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that implements Executive Order 14026 to increase the hourly minimum wage for employees on federal contracts beginning Jan. 30, 2022. President Biden signed the order on April 27, 2021.

November 22, 2021

US Department of Labor reminds employers to avoid compliance issues by ensuring worker safety, proper pay practices this holiday season

WASHINGTON – With the National Retail Federation expecting retailers to hire more than 500,000 seasonal workers and employers hopeful for a busy holiday season, the U.S. Department of Labor reminds them not to overlook their worker’s rights to a safe and healthy workplace and to be paid all of their legally earned wages.

November 19, 2021

US Department of Labor, Iowa Workforce Development sign 5-year agreement to better protect Iowa workers’ rights, wages

DES MOINES The U.S. Department of Labor and the State of Iowa have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding to provide opportunities for the department’s Wage and Hour Division and the state’s Workforce Development agency to conduct joint investigations and outreach, and share training materials and other information as appropriate to ensure Iowa workers’ rights and wages are protected.

November 18, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubre violaciones salariales federales y recupera más de $128,000 en sueldos atrasados para los empleados de un contratista de aislamiento y techado de Vermont

MANCHESTER, NH - El incumplimiento de las leyes federales por parte de un contratista de aislamiento y techado de Vermont ha llevado a la recuperación de $163,492 en sueldos atrasados ​​y multas monetarias civiles para resolver violaciones del programa de visas de trabajadores contratados bajo el programa de visado H-2B

November 18, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $228K for 35 workers of Maxton contractor that failed to meet federal contract’s wage requirements

MAXTON, NC – Federal laws exist to ensure employees who work on projects funded by public tax dollars receive all of their legally earned wages and fringe benefits. When a Maxton training contractor’s pay practices shortchanged 35 workers employed at Fort Bragg and other military installations, the U.S. Department of Labor took action.