June 1, 2015

WHD News Brief: U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division to offer free compliance seminar in Manhattan on June 3 [06/01/2015]

Date and Time: June 3, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

Location: Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, Conference Room J, New York, N.Y. 10278

May 28, 2015

WHD News Brief: Portland grocery store to pay more than $99,000 in overtime back wages, damages to 11 workers [05/28/2015]

Employer: Tienda y Carniceria La Tapatia Inc., doing business as Supermercado Tapatia

Sites: 18330 SE Stark St., Portland, Oregon

Investigation findings: The employer incorrectly categorized a number of employees as exempt from overtime and failed to pay these employees additional half time for hours worked beyond 40 in a work week. Instead, La Tapatia paid a flat salary for all their hours regardless of how many hours they worked, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 27, 2015

WHD News Brief: Marrocco Group to pay $303K in back wages and damages to 146 low-wage workers at 7 Providence, Rhode Island, locations [05/27/2015]

Employer name: Marrocco Group, four restaurants, two bar/lounges and a boutique hotel owned by Gianfranco Marrocco.

May 19, 2015

WHD News Brief: U.S. Labor Department lawsuit seeks back wages, damages for 2 recreational vehicle technicians in Coloma, Michigan [05/19/2015]

Employer name: SSF Inc., doing business as Gourmet Garden

Investigation site: 2255 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Investigation findings: The Wage and Hour Division of the U. S. Department of Labor conducted an investigation and found the employer in violation of the minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 12, 2015

WHD News Brief: Tobacco grower to pay back wages and penalties for labor law violations [05/12/2015]

Employer name: T Bond LLC

Investigation site: 2920 Sparta-New Liberty Road, Sparta, Kentucky

May 12, 2015

WHD News Brief: Department of Labor files suit alleging Valparaiso, Indiana, auto mechanics did not earn minimum wage or overtime pay [05/12/2015]

Date of Action: May 1, 2015

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act Lawsuit

Name of Defendant: Five M's LLC, d/b/a Premier Auto, Premier Auto Sales and Valparaiso Transmission also known as Valparaiso Car Care and Transmission, R-Way Inc., d/b/a L & W Auto Salvage, and John Morgavan

May 8, 2015

WHD News Brief: Labor Department obtains consent judgment against Shivam Hospitality for violations resulting from misclassifying employees as independent contractors [05/08/2015]

Employer name: Shivam Hospitality LLC, formerly doing business as Super 8 motel, and as of early 2015 doing business as the Florence Aston Hotel.

Investigation site: 7928 Dream Street, Florence, Kentucky 41042

May 7, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Labor Department signs agreement with Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to protect misclassified workers

Participants: U.S. Department of Labor, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

April 30, 2015

WHD News Release: BabyVision Inc. willfully violates federal wage and hour law, obstructs investigators and threatens employees [04/30/2015]

NEW YORK — A Poughkeepsie-based maker and distributor of baby apparel and accessories denied 49 workers overtime pay and then attempted to thwart federal investigators by hiding workers and threatening them if they spoke to U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division agents.

April 23, 2015

WHD News Release: Investigation in Utah and Arizona secures wages and benefits for more than 1,000 construction workers who were wrongly classified [04/23/2015]

WASHINGTON — A nearly five-year federal investigation of illegal business practices by 16 defendants in Utah and Arizona has yielded $700,000 in back wages, damages, penalties and other guarantees for more than 1,000 construction industry workers in the Southwest, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.

April 23, 2015

WHD News Release: Investigation in Utah and Arizona secures wages and benefits for more than 1,000 construction workers who were wrongly classified [04/23/2015]

WASHINGTON — A nearly five-year federal investigation of illegal business practices by 16 defendants in Utah and Arizona has yielded $700,000 in back wages, damages, penalties and other guarantees for more than 1,000 construction industry workers in the Southwest, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.

April 21, 2015

WHD News Release: US Labor Department recovers more than $1.4M in back wages, damages for 300 employees of Long Island City plumbing and heating contractors [04/21/2015]

NEW YORK — The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a settlement by consent judgment that provides for the recovery of $1.42 million in back wages and liquidated damages for more than 300 current and former employees of four Long Island City plumbing and heating contractors. The related businesses are Danica Group LLC; Copper Plumbing & Heating LLC; Copper II Plumbing & Heating LLC; Copper III Plumbing & Heating LLC, and the owners are Thomas Andreadakis, Leonidas Andreadakis and Helen Andreadakis.

April 13, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Labor Department sues Syracuse based property management companies for willfully underpaying dozens of workers [04/13/2015]

Date of Action: February 26, 2015

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act Lawsuit

Names of Defendants: Alliance Property Services Inc., Alliance Property Services PA Inc., Secure Assets First Inc., Imperial Property Services Inc. and Michael McCaffrey, individually and as owner.

These are centrally owned and commonly managed businesses, based in Syracuse, New York, engaged in property preservation and inspection services for foreclosed properties in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

April 13, 2015

WHD News Brief: Saipan dive shop pays workers $20,000 in overtime back wages [04/13/2015]

Employers: Seashore Saipan, a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands company that provides diving tours and dive instruction activities.

Sites: Garapan, Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

April 9, 2015

WHD News Release: Over 1200 grocery workers receive more than $1.3M in back wages and damages [04/09/2015]

HOUSTON — Imagine living on less than $300 a week in an area where a month's rent averages $1,000 or more. That's a reality for many workers in specialty grocery stores in Houston, reports the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The finding results from a multiyear enforcement initiative by the division that found widespread minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

April 9, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Dept of Labor secures injunctions ordering Jan Charles Gray, affiliated businesses to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act [04/09/2015]

Employers: Jan Charles Gray, individually and Mount Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc., All American Inn - Glenrock, and American President Resorts.

Sites: Mount Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc., in Casper, Wyoming; All American Inn - Glenrock in Glenrock, Wyoming; and American President Resorts in Custer, South Dakota.

April 9, 2015

WHD News Release: New Jersey employer violates guest worker program, to pay more than $322,000 in back wages and penalties [04/09/2015]

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The owner of two East Rutherford, New Jersey, companies will pay $322,094 in back wages and penalties after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found the companies willfully violated a provision of the H-1B visa program, which allows guest workers to be temporarily employed in the United States.

April 9, 2015

WHD News Brief: High violation rate on FLSA, H-2A, MSPA prompt multi-year enforcement initiative by US Labor Department in Oklahoma agriculture industry [04/09/2015]

Location: Oklahoma

Type of Action: Launch of a multi-year agriculture education and enforcement initiative.

April 8, 2015

WHD News Brief: Saipan hotel to pay more than $117K in back wages to 84 employees [04/08/2015]

Employer: Saipan Hotel Corporation, doing business as Hafadai Beach Hotel

Site: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands