AUSTIN, Texas – In nearly every one of its investigations of restaurants in fiscal year 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division says restaurant owners in the Austin area violated federal labor law by not paying their workers the wages they were legally owed.
NEWARK, N.J. – One hundred and twenty-two employees at a Newark immigration detention facility will receive $4.8 million in back wages and fringe benefits from the County of Essex and one of the nation’s largest providers of re-entry and in-prison treatment services, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule today requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees who work on or in connection with certain federal contracts. The rule will allow these workers to use paid leave if they are sick, need to take care of a sick family member or must see a doctor or take a family member to a medical appointment. Workers may also use paid sick leave for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
SAN FRANCISCO – Oil and gas industry workers often work long hours to provide essential products for the nation’s economy. In return, these employees expect their employers to pay them fairly and fully, as the law requires. For 750 workers employed by one of the world’s largest industry operators, this was not the case.
NEW ORLEANS – Two Gulf Coast staffing agencies have agreed to paid 353 workers nearly $516,000 in back wages after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found they classified employees incorrectly as independent contractors and mislabeled wages as per-diem reimbursement for expenses never incurred.
NEW YORK – For more than a dozen sales clerks, cashiers, stock clerks and security guards at three beauty supply stores in the Bronx and Brooklyn, the hours were long but too often, their pay came up short.
Now, as a result of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation and the department’s litigation, their employers must pay the 16 workers a total of $218,000 in back wages and liquidated damages.