October 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Record $304 Million in Recovered Wages for Workers in Fiscal Year 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recovered a record $304 million in wages owed to workers in Fiscal Year 2018. WHD also set a new record for compliance assistance events in FY 2018, holding 3,643 educational outreach events – including on the ground presentations and trainings – to help job creators understand their responsibilities under the law.

October 5, 2018

Indiana Manufacturer to Pay $338,151 in Overtime Back Wages and Damages to 1,199 Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

ELKHART, IN – Recreational vehicle parts manufacturer Lippert Components – based in Elkhart, Indiana – will pay $338,151 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to 1,199 current and former employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that found violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 53 plants nationwide.

October 3, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Back Wages And Damages for Workers at Pennsylvania Restaurants

ELKINS PARK, PA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ordered SM Choi Inc. – which operates four fast-food establishments in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania – to pay $93,146 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 38 employees for willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed the employer $26,121 in civil penalties.

October 2, 2018

Tennessee Poultry Processing Plant Pays $43,507 in Back Wages and Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

CHATTANOOGA, TN – A Tennessee poultry processing facility has paid $36,038 in back wages to 69 employees and a civil penalty of $7,469 after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found Koch Foods Inc. violated the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 2, 2018

South Carolina Restaurant Owner Ordered to Pay $190,000 in Back Wages and Damages to 58 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

CHARLESTON, SC – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of South Carolina has ordered Hugo Villalpando, the owner of La Carreta Mexican restaurants in Charleston and Summerville, South Carolina, to pay $190,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 58 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The action comes after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

October 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Proposed Overtime Rule Listening Session

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division will host a public listening session in Washington, D.C., to gather views on the Part 541 white-collar exemption regulations, often known as the "Overtime Rule," on October 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT.

October 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Prevailing Wage Seminar in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a compliance seminar for contractors, unions, workers and other interested parties to provide information on the rules governing federal prevailing wage requirements.

WHD will offer the training on October 24, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Ivy Tech Community College Culinary and Conference Center, 2820 North Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46208.

October 1, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Judgment Ordering Phoenix Security Services Company to Pay $79,000 to Resolve Wage Violations

PHOENIX, AZ – The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has entered a consent judgment requiring Bulletproof Securities Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona, to pay $39,500 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 151 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that identified minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 1, 2018

Florida Restaurant Pays $50,391 in Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

NAPLES, FL – Fish Ristorante LLC has paid $50,391 in back wages and liquidated damages to 57 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the Naples, Florida, restaurant violated the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 1, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Ammunition Manufacturer Paying $678,296 in Back Wages and Benefits to 63 Employees

MILAN, TN – American Ordnance LLC – based in Middletown, Iowa – has paid $678,296 in back wages, overtime, and fringe benefits to 63 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated provisions of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). American Ordnance LLC is an ammunition manufacturer for the U.S. military performing work at the Milan Munitions Plant in Milan, Tennessee.

October 1, 2018

South Carolina Medical Benefits Management Company Pays Former Employee for FMLA Violations

PORT WENTWORTH, GA – Evicore Healthcare – a medical benefits management company based in Bluffton, South Carolina – has paid a former employee $17,760 in lost wages after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation determined the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

September 28, 2018

Federal Contractor Pays $25,170 in Wages and Benefits Owed After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

VINCENNES, IN – The Knox County Association for Remarkable Citizens Inc. (KCARC) – a federal contractor based in Vincennes, Indiana – has paid 95 current and former employees a total of $25,170 – including $3,755 to 28 workers with disabilities - following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

September 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Idaho Insulation Installer Paying $272,253 to Resolve Wage Violations

NAMPA, ID – G Man Insulation LLC – an insulation and drywall company based in Nampa, Idaho – will pay $272,253 in back wages, damages, and penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affecting 39 employees. 

September 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $429,005 in Back Wages For Georgia Department of Corrections Officers

FORSYTH, GA – The Georgia Department of Corrections has paid $429,005 in back wages to 1,257 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation uncovered overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at more than 40 facilities statewide.

September 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Judgment Ordering Boston Pizza Restaurant to Pay $240,000 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties

BOSTON, MA – The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has entered a consent judgment requiring Boston-based Village Pizza and Grill and its owner, Klaundjon Totoni, to pay $115,841 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 14 employees, plus $8,317 in civil penalties. The judgment follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that identified violations of the child labor, overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

September 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Allow Younger Americans to Safely Develop Skills for Careers in Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC – With over 1.1 million jobs currently open in healthcare and social assistance, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposal to allow younger Americans to safely develop critical skills for fast-growing jobs in healthcare – which are expected to add 2.4 million jobs, more than any other occupation, through 2026.

September 25, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Judgment Ordering Yonkers Care Facility to Pay $385,000 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has entered a consent judgment requiring Hudson View Care Center Inc. - doing business as Regency Extended Care Center - and owner Michael Melnicke to pay $182,500 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 81 employees, plus $20,000 in civil penalties. The judgment follows an investigation by the U.S.

September 25, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $14.3 Million for Hurricane Recovery Workers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

GUAYNABO, P.R. – In the year since hurricanes Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has recovered $14,337,657 in unpaid wages for 7,761 employees engaged in recovery work in those territories. WHD has also undertaken significant outreach activities to educate employers and employees about compliance with federal wage laws, as part of its ongoing hurricane response efforts.

September 25, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in City Of Detroit Creating Employee Lactation Stations

DETROIT, MI – The City of Detroit, Michigan, has created a total of five lactation stations and amended its break policy to accommodate nursing employees’ needs to express and store milk during the workday. The policy changes follow an investigation by the U.S.

September 25, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Arizona Transportation Company Paying $64,584 Due to 73 Employees

PHOENIX, AZ – Insearch Corp. – based in Tempe, Arizona – will pay $64,584 to 73 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the transportation company violated minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).