March 27, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Tools to Ensure American Workers Are Protected and Employers Are Equipped to Comply with Wage Laws

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has developed a series of helpful instructional videos that provide valuable assistance to employers and further ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to the benefit of the American workforce.

March 21, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in West Virginia Employer Paying $119,040 to Employees with Disabilities to Resolve Violations

ELKINS, WV – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, a federal jury has entered a verdict against Randolph County Sheltered Workshop Inc. - doing business as Seneca Designs - and ordered the Elkins nonprofit to pay $119,040 in back wages to 34 employees. Entered in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia-Elkins Division, the investigation found that the organization violated the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Sues East Penn Manufacturing Co. to Recover Unpaid Wages After Investigation Found Overtime Violations

LYON STATION, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against a Berks County battery manufacturer after an investigation found overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).   

March 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Alabama Manufacturer Paying $28,307 in Back Wages and Damages

FOLEY, AL – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama has ordered Riviera Stoneworks Inc., Hood’s Discount Home Center of Foley Inc., and Michael J. Hood, the operator of both companies, to pay $28,307 in back wages and liquidated damages to 28 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New Jersey Farm Paying $79,007 in Back Wages and Penalties

RINGOES, NJ - After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Mavrode Farms LLC—a Ringoes, New Jersey, wholesale florist supplier—has paid $76,374 to 13 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Division also assessed civil money penalties totaling $2,633 for the violations.

March 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida-Based Hotel Builder Paying $173,320 to 38 Hawaiian Employees

HONOLULU, HI – Neptune Construction Group Inc., a Florida-based construction company, has agreed to pay 38 employees working at various Hawaii locations $173,320 after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime pay violations.

Operating with offices in Kailua Kona and in Palm Harbor, Florida, Neptune Construction serves the entire U.S. and specializes in remodeling and renovation of hotel properties.

March 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Tennessee Contractor to Pay $188,244 in Back Wages and Damages

MEMPHIS, TN – After an investigation by U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has ordered Capital Construction Inc. and its owner, Justin B. Herter, to pay $188,244 in back wages and liquidated damages to 37 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Hurricane-Related Outreach To U.S. Virgin Islands on Wage Compliance, Enforcement

GUAYNABO, PR – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will be on St. Croix and St. Thomas through March 21 to investigate wage issues and provide compliance assistance related to work done in connection with recovery efforts following Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

March 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Alabama Security Contractor Paying $1,184,722 in Back Wages and Benefits to 236 Employees

HUNTSVILLE, AL – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, a Huntsville, Alabama, security company and two subcontractors will pay $1,184,722 in back wages to 236 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the companies violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Service Contract Act (SCA), and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

March 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Marietta Hotel Company Paying $73,732 in Back Wages and Damages

ATLANTA, GA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, two Marietta-based hotels have paid $73,732 in back wages and liquidated damages to 14 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 8, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Wage Survey in Georgia Of Workers Engaged in Building and Heavy Construction Projects

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a survey of wages paid to workers in 74 metropolitan Georgia counties on all active building and heavy construction projects to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

March 7, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Houston Pool Builder Paying $115,786 in Back Wages

HOUSTON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, a Houston-based pool construction company, South Bay Gunite Inc., will pay $115,786 in back wages to 68 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Program To Expedite Payment to American Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor is announcing a new pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, which expedites resolution of inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The PAID program will ensure that more employees receive back wages they are owed—faster.  Employees will receive 100 percent of the back wages paid, without having to pay any litigation expenses, attorneys’ fees, or other costs that may be applicable to private actions. 

March 5, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds $13.9 Million Due to Thousands of Chinese Employees Working on Saipan Casino and Hotel

HONOLULU, HI – The U.S. Department of Labor has finalized a series of settlements with contractors on Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that will pay a collective $13.9 million in back wages and damages to thousands of employees who came from China to build the Saipan Casino and Hotel on the island.

February 27, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Medical Transportation Company Paying $154,404 in Back Wages and Damages

NEWARK, NJ – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, AWAB Transport Inc., a Newark medical transportation company, will pay $77,202 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 38 employees to resolve violations of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 27, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Files Lawsuit After Investigation Finds Washington State Farm Discriminated Against American Workers

SEATTLE, WA – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against a northern Washington berry farm for violating the labor provisions of the H-2A visa program. Sakuma Brothers Farms Inc. and the Washington State Farm Labor Association have been assessed $124,575 in civil money penalties and an additional $9,599 for failing to pay back wages to an eligible U.S. worker who was not hired and to workers who drove the buses that transported workers to the farm.

February 22, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Maui Apartment Complex Owner Paying $84,136 in Back Wages to 22 Employees

KIHEI, HI – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Piilani Gardens LLC, based in Kihei will pay $84,136 in overtime back wages to 22 employees performing maintenance and landscaping activities on Maui to resolve federal overtime pay and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 22, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Tennessee Paving Company Paying $77,467 in Back Wages to 43 Employees

ESTILL SPRINGS, TN – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Tinsley Asphalt LLC, a Tennessee paving company, will pay $77,467 in back wages to 43 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 22, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Farm Labor Contractor Paying $168,082 in Penalties to Resolve Housing Condition Violations

SOLEDAD, CA – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Future Ag Management Inc. – a Soledad, California-based farm labor contractor – will pay $168,082 in penalties to resolve Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) violations that posed a direct and imminent threat to its employees. 

February 22, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Memphis Meat Packing Company Paying $127,830 in Back Wages and Damages to 272 Employees

MEMPHIS, TN – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Empire Packing LP, a Memphis meat cutting and packing company, will pay $127,830 in back wages and liquidated damages to 272 employees for violating overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).