October 23, 2014

WHD News Release: AT&T Prime Communications LP to pay $122,254 in overtime back wages following a US Department of Labor investigation [10/23/2014]

HOUSTON, Texas — Prime Communications LP, doing business as AT&T Prime Communications LP, has agreed to pay $122,254 in back wages to 255 current and former employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

October 16, 2014

WHD News Release: Toledo, Ohio, area restaurant owner pays more than $38,000 in back wages to workers following US Labor Department investigation [10/16/2014]

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo area restaurant owner Nicholas Tokles has paid 69 cooks, bartenders and servers a total of $38,425 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions at his restaurants. A consent judgment, entered in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, ordered the payment.

October 14, 2014

WHD News Release: US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division establishes district office in Austin, Texas [10/14/2014]

AUSTIN, Texas — A newly upgraded Wage and Hour Division district office has opened in Austin to connect employees, employers, community organizations and other stakeholders with resources and assistance to ensure compliance with federal wage and hour laws. The district office is located in the J.J. Pickle Federal Building at 300 E. 8th St., Suite 865, Austin, 78701.

October 7, 2014

WHD News Release: US Department of Labor's agricultural enforcement initiative impacts hundreds of workers in northern and central Florida [10/07/2014]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An ongoing enforcement initiative conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that focused on the agricultural industry in northern and central Florida has uncovered widespread violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and the field sanitation standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

October 7, 2014

WHD News Release: US Labor Department obtains an order against Atlanta's Antico Foods LLC to stop retaliation against workers during investigation [10/07/2014]

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Labor filed a petition for a temporary restraining order and obtained a consent order in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia enjoining Atlanta business Antico Foods LLC and its owner from intimidating and retaliating against any of their employees who are cooperating in a federal investigation.

October 2, 2014

WHD News Release: US Labor Department signs agreement with Alabama Labor Department to reduce misclassification of employees [10/02/2014]

WASHINGTON — Officials of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and the Alabama Department of Labor today signed a memorandum of understanding to protect the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as something other than employees, such as independent contractors.

October 1, 2014

WHD News Release: US Labor Department obtains temporary restraining order against BabyVision Inc. to stop intimidation of workers during investigation [10/01/2014]

NEW YORK — The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoining a Poughkeepsie business and its owners from intimidating and retaliating against any of their employees who are cooperating in a federal investigation.

October 1, 2014

WHD News Release: US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announces final rule raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers [10/01/2014]

WASHINGTON — Upholding President Obama's promise to make 2014 a year of action to expand opportunity, reward work and grow the middle class, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced a final rule that raises the minimum wage for workers on federal service and construction contracts to $10.10 per hour. The final rule implements Executive Order 13658, which was announced by the president on Feb. 12, and it will benefit nearly 200,000 American workers.

September 23, 2014

WHD News Release: Philadelphia-based farm labor contractor sued for alleged federal labor violations at Medford, New Jersey, nursery [09/23/2014]

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against Philadelphia-based farm labor contractor Heng Heng Agency Inc. and its president and owner Visith Oum for wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and wage, record-keeping, registration and transportation violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

September 17, 2014

WHD News Release: Subway franchise owner in Buffalo, Minnesota, to pay 16 workers back wages, damages after US Labor Department investigation finds falsified time records [09/17/2014]

MINNEAPOLIS — The owner of a Subway sandwich franchise that failed to pay minimum wages and shaved hours from employees' time records will pay 16 workers a total of $9,800 in back wages and liquidated damages under terms of a consent judgment issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act by Subway of Buffalo Inc. and one of its owners and store manager, Marvin Baugus, which resulted in the lawsuit.

September 16, 2014

WHD News Release: Shell Oil and Motiva Enterprises to pay nearly $4.5M in overtime back wages to employees after US Labor Department investigation [09/16/2014]

HOUSTON — Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

September 15, 2014

WHD News Release: South Dakota forestry contractors ordered to pay more than $541K in back wages to 66 workers on Black Hills National Forest projects [09/15/2014]

RAPID CITY, S.D. — As a result of a three-year multiagency investigation, five South Dakota forestry contractors have been ordered by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota to pay more than $541,000 to 66 workers as a result of significant violations of the Service Contract Act, Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

September 4, 2014

WHD News Release: Connecticut landscaping company to pay $300K in back wages and penalties after US Labor Department finds violations of worker visa program [09/04/2014]

HARTFORD, Conn. — Ultimate Services Professional Grounds Management Inc., a Wolcott landscaping company that the U.S. Department of Labor claims violated federal law by failing to hire U.S. workers and underpaying temporary foreign workers, will pay $280,000 in back wages to 80 workers and nine job applicants and $20,000 in civil money penalties. The company signed consent findings approved by the Labor Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges and agreed to actively engage in enhanced recruitment of U.S. workers.

August 27, 2014

WHD News Release: Costa Solutions to pay more than $146K in overtime back wages following US Labor Department investigation [08/27/2014]

Warehouse service provider to the HEB grocery chain to pay 63 workers

SAN ANTONIO — Costa Solutions LLC, a warehouse service provider to the HEB grocery chain, has agreed to pay $146,459 in overtime back wages to 63 current and former employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

August 20, 2014

WHD News Release: US Department of Labor obtains injunction to prevent Nashua, New Hampshire, employer from intimidating employees in wage lawsuit [08/20/2014]

CONCORD, N.H. — The U.S. Department of Labor has secured a preliminary injunction against Nashua painting contractor Kevin Corriveau Painting Inc., and its officers and agents, to prevent them from intimidating, retaliating or discriminating against current or former employees involved in a federal investigation and lawsuit.

August 7, 2014

WHD News Release: US Department of Labors Wage and Hour Division opens field office in Temple, Texas [08/07/2014]

TEMPLE, Texas — A new Wage and Hour Division field office has opened in Temple to connect employees, employers, community organizations and other stakeholders with resources and assistance to ensure compliance with federal wage and hour laws. The field office is located in the W.R. Poage Federal Building at 101 S. Main St., Room 350, Temple, TX 76501.

August 4, 2014

WHD News Release: LinkedIn to pay nearly $6M in unpaid overtime wages and damages to 359 employees following US Labor Department investigation [08/04/2014]

WASHINGTON — LinkedIn Corp. has paid $3,346,195 in overtime back wages and $2,509,646 in liquidated damages to 359 former and current employees working at company branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York. An investigation by the U.S.