December 6, 2017

Chicago Restaurant to Pay $339,418 in Back Wages and Damages Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

CHICAGO, IL – Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery, a restaurant in Chicago’s South Loop, and one of its named owners, Stephanie Fitzpatrick, have paid 58 employees a total of $339,418 in unpaid wages and damages in a consent judgment following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.

December 4, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Proposal Gives Freedom to Share Tips Between Traditionally Tipped and Non-Tipped Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Under the proposed rule, workplaces would have the freedom to allow sharing of tips among more employees.  The proposal would help decrease wage disparities between tipped and non-tipped workers – an option that is currently restricted by a rule promulgated in 2011 that has been challenged in a number of courts.

December 4, 2017

Georgia Gas Station and Check-Cashing Businesses Pay $88,712 in Back Wages to 39 Employees after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – A gas station group and two check-cashing businesses have paid $88,712 in back wages to 39 employees after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations found violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 29, 2017

Georgia Furniture Installer to Pay Employees $194,069 in Back Wages Following a U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

ALPHARETTA, GA – A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation into an Alpharetta-based furniture installer, determined the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and owed employees $194,069.

November 29, 2017

Tennessee Restaurant Ordered to Pay $751,682 in Back Wages And Liquidated Damages to 45 Employees

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division, issued a consent order and permanent injunction against Casa Vieja Mexican Grille, Inc., and its owners, after a U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division investigation determined that Casa Vieja violated the minimum wage, overtime wage, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 29, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Opens Office in Queens

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has opened an area office in Queens to connect employers, community and trade organizations, employees, and other stakeholders with resources and assistance to ensure compliance with federal labor laws. The new office is located at 68-60 Austin St., Room 601, Forest Hills, New York, 11375.

November 28, 2017

Philadelphia Restaurants to Pay Employees Nearly $830,000 To Resolve Federal Wage Violations

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Two Philadelphia restaurants have agreed to pay 156 employees a total of $414,765 in back wages, and an equal amount in liquidated damages, to resolve alleged federal wage violations. A proposed consent judgment filed on Nov. 27 – which must still be reviewed and approved by a federal judge – details the terms of the agreement.

In addition to paying back wages and damages, the employers will pay a $10,000 civil money penalty.

November 22, 2017

Pizza Restaurants and Owner to Pay Employees $53,000 for Wage Violations, and $14,000 to Former Employee Who Refused to Make False Statements

HARTFORD, CT – A Manchester-based chain of pizza restaurants and its owner will pay $26,575 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to employees to rectify violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found by the U.S. Department of Labor. The restaurant chain and owner will also pay $14,000 in damages to a former employee who refused to provide false information to investigators.

November 22, 2017

Packaging Company Pays $420,000 to 205 Employees In Settlement Agreement with U.S. Department of Labor

BOSTON, MA – A Dudley contract packager of aerosol containers and the U.S. Department of Labor have reached a settlement agreement resolving alleged violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Shield Packaging Co. Inc. has paid $210,227 and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 205 employees and pledged future compliance with the FLSA.

November 22, 2017

Akron Restaurant Pays $118,000 to 21 Employees As a Result of Agreement with U.S. Department of Labor

AKRON, OH– The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and an Akron restaurant have reached an agreement to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including payment of $59,177 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – totaling $118,354 – owed to 21 workers.

November 15, 2017

Chattanooga Company Agrees to Pay Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime and Other FLSA Violations

CHATTANOOGA, TN – MetalTek International Inc. – a foundry and machinist shop in Chattanooga – has agreed to pay a total of $335,680 in back pay and liquidated damages to 68 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not allowing its workers to put on and remove protective equipment while on the clock.

November 15, 2017

Memphis Company to Pay $140,000 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds FLSA Violations

MEMPHIS, TN – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee issued a judgment and permanent injunction against Mulrooney Enterprises to pay $140,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for violating the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 15, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Unintentional Software Error Caused Underpayment of Benefits by Company to Employees

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – A recent U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation of Alabama-based government contractor InfoPro Corp., found an unintentional software glitch caused employee health and welfare benefits to be underpaid from July 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. Division investigators determined that InfoPro owed $126,329 in health and welfare benefits to 84 employees covered by the Service Contract Act (SCA).

November 15, 2017

Roanoke Area Restaurants and Owners to Pay $3 Million in Back Wages and Damages to Workers

ROANOKE, VA – As a result of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia entered a consent judgment ordering six Roanoke area restaurants and their owners to pay $1.5 million in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages, to 149 employees. The consent judgment rectifies federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations. 

November 9, 2017

Massachusetts Restaurant to Pay $282,264 for Wage and Hour Violations

BOSTON, MA – A Chestnut Hill restaurant and its owner will pay $141,132 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 15 employees in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. Café Misono Inc. and owner Kenneth Lee have also amended their pay practices to comply with federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements. They will also pay a $7,000 civil money penalty to the Department.

October 30, 2017

Department of Labor Provides Update on Overtime

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced plans to undertake new rulemaking with regard to overtime.

On July 26, 2017, the Department of Labor published a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the Overtime Final Rule, which was published on May 23, 2016, asking for public input on what changes the Department should propose. That comment period has ended and the Department is reviewing those submissions.

October 25, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Resolves Blue Springs Restaurant Wage Violations

BLUE SPRINGS, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and a Blue Springs buffet restaurant have reached an agreement to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Wage and Hour Division determined Blue Springs-based Legend of Asia and its manager, Yu Min Xiao, failed to comply with FLSA minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping provisions.

October 25, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor and Michigan Nursing Homes Resolve Family Medical Leave Act Violations

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The U.S. District Court in Western Michigan has entered a consent judgment resolving violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) found at two Michigan nursing homes by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The nursing homes are Pine River Healthcare LLC, which operates as Pine River Healthcare Center, and Fremont Healthcare LLC, which operates as Transitional Healthcare Service of Fremont.

October 20, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor and Minneapolis Employment Agency Reach Agreement to Correct Overtime Wage Violations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota entered a consent judgment agreed to by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and a Minneapolis employment agency to resolve overtime violations. As a result, 92 healthcare workers will receive $401,384 in back wages and damages.

October 20, 2017

N.C. Food Distribution Company to Pay $136,266 In Back Wages and Damages

ASHEBORO, NC – A national food distribution company based in Asheboro has agreed to pay $136,266 in back wages and damages to 47 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found overtime and other violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).