February 12, 2013

US Labor Department obtains consent judgment to recover $1.3 million in back wages for more than 14,500 workers of kgb USA Inc.

Company misclassified employees as independent contractors; failed to pay minimum wage

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A federal judge has ordered kgb USA Inc., the world's largest independent provider of directory assistance and enhanced information services, to pay $1.3 million in minimum wage compensation to 14,568 of its current and former employees nationwide for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

February 5, 2013

US Labor Department marks 20th anniversary of Family and Medical Leave Act

New rule announced benefitting military families and airline flight crews

February 4, 2013

Family and Medical Leave Act benefits workers and their families, employers

US Labor Department releases key findings on acts 20th anniversary

WASHINGTON — To mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act, the U.S. Department of Labor today released the results of a survey on its use and impact. Titled "Family and Medical Leave Act in 2012: Final Report," the survey shows that the law has had a positive effect on the lives of millions of workers and their families without imposing an undue burden on employers.

February 4, 2013

US Labor Department investigation reveals Silicon Valley employer significantly underpaid workers from Mexico

Judge orders Bloom Energy Corp. to pay back wages, liquidated damages and penalties

January 17, 2013

US Labor Department, Iowa Workforce Development sign agreement to reduce misclassification of employees as independent contractors

WASHINGTON — Officials of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and Iowa Workforce Development today signed a memorandum of understanding to protect the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors by employers.

January 10, 2013

Dallas-based Paradise Detail to pay nearly $230,000 in minimum wage and overtime back wages following US Department of Labor investigation

DALLAS — Paradise Detail Ltd. in Dallas has agreed to pay 82 current and former detail and car wash employees $229,475 in back wages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime and minimum wage provisions.

January 4, 2013

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace in Savannah, Ga., to pay 361 employees nearly $262,000 in back wages following investigation

SAVANNAH, Ga. — L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC has agreed to pay $261,899 in back wages to 361 workers employed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that found employees were not being compensated in compliance with the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act.

January 3, 2013

3 restaurants in Nassau and Westchester counties ordered to pay $1 million to 255 underpaid employees following US Labor Department investigation

Asian Moon and Golden Rod restaurants also will pay more than $98,000 in civil money penalties for minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping violations

January 2, 2013

Peytons Place restaurant in Duncan, Okla., agrees to pay servers nearly $85,000 in back wages following US Department of Labor investigation

Servers worked only for tips

DUNCAN, Okla. — Peyton's Place LLC in Duncan has agreed to pay $84,864 in back wages to 31 current and former servers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division which found violations of the minimum wage and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

December 31, 2012

Nieman Printing pays more than $96,000 in overtime back wages to Dallas workers following US Labor Department investigation

$26,000 in civil money penalties assessed

DALLAS — Nieman Printing Inc. in Dallas has paid $96,335 in overtime back wages to 101 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, which found that the company violated the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Civil money penalties assessed total an additional $26,000.

December 31, 2012

US Department of Labor recovers more than $133,000 in back wages and benefits for 28 workers of Memphis-based tent and awning company

Employees in New Orleans not paid prevailing wage, overtime

NEW ORLEANS — Mahaffey Tent and Awning Co. Inc., doing business as Mahaffey Fabric Structures, has paid $133,285 in back wages and fringe benefits to 28 current and former workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The investigation found that the company violated the requirements of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act.

December 19, 2012

AutoCricket.com agrees to pay more than $76,000 in back wages to 414 employees following a US Department of Labor investigation

MIAMI — Auto Cricket Corp., doing business as AutoCricket.com, has agreed to pay 414 employees a total of $76,589 in back wages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division personnel that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime provisions. The investigation included two AutoCricket locations in Riviera Beach and Cordele, Ga.

December 18, 2012

Casa Guadalupe to pay more than $121,000 in back wages, damages and penalties for willful labor law violations

Federal judge orders payment following US Department of Labor lawsuit against San Francisco grocer

December 13, 2012

Extensive violations of federal, state laws found among garment contractors at Los Angeles Fashion District location

Shops producing garments sold by major retailers underpaid 185 workers by $326,000

December 12, 2012

Third Generation Electric in Tulsa, Okla., pays nearly $27,000 in back wages to 19 employees following US Labor Department investigation

Company violated Davis-Bacon and Related Acts

TULSA, Okla. — Third Generation Electric Inc. has paid $26,770 in back wages to 19 current and former electricians and equipment operators following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division personnel that found violations of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The company failed to pay employees the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits required by DBRA for work on federally-funded construction contracts.

December 11, 2012

San Francisco and Los Angeles restaurant workers recover more than $672,000 in unpaid wages following investigations by the Labor Department

Wage and Hour Division enforcement initiatives remedy significant labor law violations

December 4, 2012

US Labor Department sues Sabana Grande fruit and vegetable growers for not paying workers minimum wage

Suit seeks back wages, liquidated damages from Bananera Fabre, Finca La Platas

November 29, 2012

US Labor Department sues Dallas-based The Christmas Light Co. to secure more than $240,000 in minimum and overtime back wages

DALLAS — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against The Christmas Light Co. Inc. and owner William F. Rathburn to recover approximately $240,881 in wages and an additional amount in liquidated damages on behalf of 233 employers who installed and removed lights for the company. An investigation in Dallas by the department's Wage and Hour Division found that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay 233 installers and removers the minimum and overtime wages required by law.