April 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Field Assistance Bulletin Regarding Tip Pools and New Authority to Prevent Tip Theft

WASHINGTON, DC – With the inclusion of key provisions related to America’s tipped workers included in the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) to address WHD’s enforcement of tip credit rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Ordering Tennessee Masonry Contractor to Pay $493,987 in Back Wages and Damages

WHITES CREEK, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has ordered Music City Masonry Contractors LLC and its owners, Brandy George and Robin “Bubba” Waller, to pay $493,987 in back wages and liquidated damages to 247 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 3, 2018

Florida Roofing Companies to Pay $239,893 in Back Wages To 259 Employees Following Hurricane Irma Rebuilding Efforts

TAMPA, FL – Investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division into rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma have resulted in 11 roofing companies paying $239,893 in back wages to 259 employees for violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $5 Million in Back Wages and Damages for 1,471 Restaurant Employees in New Jersey and New York

CAMDEN, NJ – Two companies that operate 17 Houlihan’s franchisee restaurants in New Jersey and New York and their owner Arnold Runestad will pay $5,000,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 1,471 current and former employees to resolve a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The agreement is part of a consent judgment filed on April 2, 2018, that is pending review and approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

March 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Oahu Restaurant Owner Paying $60,721 in Overtime to 62 Employees

HONOLULU, HI – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, the owners of four Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurants on Oahu will pay $60,721 in overtime owed to 62 employees to resolve pay violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Restaurant Operator Paying Employees $144,884 in Back Wages and Damages

LUMBERTON, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has ordered Del Sol Partnership 2 Inc. and its owner, Pablo Salgado, to pay $144,884 in back wages and liquidated damages to 15 employees for violating the overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 29, 2018

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Contractor Paying $354,978 in Back Wages to 14 Employees

ATLANTA, GA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Insight Global LLC will pay $354,978 in back wages to 14 employees for violating provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA). The Atlanta-based staffing and consulting company committed the violations during performance as a subcontractor to Hewlett Packard on an information technology contract with the U.S. Department of the Navy.

March 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Order Requiring Concrete Company to Pay Employees $412,000 in Back Wages and Damages

WESTBURY, NY – After an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has ordered Casa Concrete Inc., a provider of concrete services, and its officers, Alice Fernandes and Manuel Fernandes, to pay $412,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Arizona Construction Company Paying $214,392 to 145 Employees

PHOENIX, AZ – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, the U.S. District Court of Arizona entered a consent judgment that requires Scottsdale construction contractor MNI Enterprises Inc. to pay $214,392 in back wages to 145 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The court also ordered the employer to pay an additional $25,608 in penalties because of the willful and repeated nature of the violations found.

March 28, 2018

U.S. Department Of Labor Reaches Settlement Resulting in Contractor Paying $52,969 in Back Wages Owed to Employees Working On San Diego Area Federal Construction Projects

SAN DIEGO, CA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, the Department has reached a settlement with A&D General Contracting Inc., the prime contractor on two federally funded local projects, to pay 16 landscaping employees $52,969 in back wages after its subcontractor Amigos Design Build Landscapes Inc. failed to pay legally required prevailing wages and later declared bankruptcy.

March 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Order Requiring Iowa Restaurants to Pay $833,992 in Back Wages to 64 Employees

URBANDALE, IA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, majority owner of two Iowa restaurants Gloria Ochoa has paid $833,992 in back wages to 64 employees to resolve federal wage violations, including falsifying payroll and time records and failing to pay required minimum wages and overtime. Wage and Hour Division investigators determined that Ochoa, majority owner of Rojas LLC and Ocha Inc., which do business as El Rodeo Mexican Restaurants in Urbandale and in Clive, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in a Washington Orchard Paying $19,297 in Fines for Providing Illegal Housing for Migrant Workers

SEATTLE, WA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Rivera Orchards Inc. has paid $19,297 in penalties to resolve Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) violations that posed a direct and imminent threat to its employees.

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 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 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 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).