February 9, 2012

US Labor Department, California sign agreement to reduce misclassification of employees as independent contractor

WASHINGTON — Nancy J. Leppink, deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, and California Secretary of Labor Marty Morgenstern have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the improper classification of employees as independent contractors. Leppink and California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su hosted a press teleconference Feb. 9 during which they discussed how the U.S.

February 1, 2012

US Labor Department to re-propose 'parental exemption' of child labor in agriculture rule

Additional review will ensure protection of both children and rural values

January 30, 2012

Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announces proposed rulemaking to implement statutory amendments to Family and Medical Leave Act

Rule would expand military family leave provisions, incorporate special eligibility provision for airline flight crew employees

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement new statutory amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act that would expand military family leave provisions and incorporate a special eligibility provision for airline flight crew employees.

January 18, 2012

US Labor Department investigation recovers nearly $8,000 in back wages for former employee of University Health System in San Antonio

Mandated full-time unpaid leave violated Family and Medical Leave Act

SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County Hospital District, doing business as University Health System in San Antonio, has agreed to pay a former employee $7,915 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found that the hospital had placed the worker on full-time unpaid leave, in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

December 5, 2011

US Labor Department, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment sign agreement to reduce misclassification of employees as independent contractors

WASHINGTON — Nancy J. Leppink, deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, and Ellen Golombek, executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, signed a memorandum of understanding Dec. 5 regarding the improper classification of employees as independent contractors. Following the signing, Leppink and Golombek hosted a press teleconference during which they discussed how the U.S.

November 29, 2011

US Labor Department initiative on Long Island, NY, nets more than $2.3 million in back wages for 578 restaurant workers affected by labor law violations

Multiyear effort aims to protect workers, law-abiding employers against industry noncompliance

November 22, 2011

US Labor Department recovers nearly $8 million in back wages, fringe benefits and 401(k) plan assets from defunct security company

SILVER SPRING, Md - The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved a global settlement that allows the U.S. Department of Labor to recover $7,968,744 in back wages, fringe benefits and 401(k) plan assets for more than 2,000 security guards formerly employed by USProtect Corp., a defunct Silver Spring company that provided security services for federal buildings across the country.

November 22, 2011

US Labor Department enforcement initiative recovers more than $1 million in back wages for 295 New Jersey gas station workers

Wage and Hour Division investigations found labor violations at BP and other gas stations

November 22, 2011

US Labor Department recovers nearly $8 million in back wages, fringe benefits and 401(k) plan assets from defunct security company

More than 2,000 security guards nationwide to benefit from bankruptcy settlement

November 7, 2011

US Department of Labor to offer free labor law trainings Dec. 5-7 for Florida agricultural employers, farm labor contractors

Compliance assistance workshops covering H-2A and MSPA rules to be held in Arcadia, Avon Park and Dover

October 31, 2011

US Department of Labor extends comment period on proposed rule to update child labor regulations

Interested parties may submit comments through Dec. 1

October 26, 2011

Hilton Reservations Worldwide employees to receive more than $715,000 in minimum, overtime back wages following US Labor Department investigation

2,645 workers in Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas affected

CARROLLTON, Texas — Hilton Reservations Worldwide LLC, doing business as Hilton Reservations and Customer Care in Carrollton, has agreed to pay $715,507 in minimum and overtime back wages to 2,645 current and former customer service employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

October 4, 2011

Judge rules Ohio-based Cascom employees misclassified as independent contractors, denied overtime pay in suit brought by US Labor Department

Court yet to determine amount of wages and damages owed; more than $1.6 million sought

DAYTON, Ohio — In a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor against Cascom Inc. and president Julia J. Gress alleging wage violations, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas M. Rose has ruled that the Fairfield, Ohio, company violated federal labor laws by misclassifying its employees as independent contractors and, consequently, not compensating them for overtime work, as required under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

September 13, 2011

US Department of Labor to host prevailing wage conference for government contracting officials via webcast Oct. 4 and 5

Conference will provide Davis-Bacon and Service Contract Act compliance assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division will host a free online conference for federal, state and local contracting officials to provide information on federal rules concerning prevailing wages and other labor law requirements. The conference will be webcast live from 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. EDT on both Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Wednesday, Oct. 5.

August 31, 2011

US Labor Department proposes updates to child labor regulations

Aims to improve safety of young workers employed in agriculture and related fields

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they were promulgated in 1970.

August 22, 2011

Restaurant group to pay nearly $145,000 in back wages to 66 Southland workers following US Department of Labor investigation

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles-based Japanese restaurant group has agreed to pay back wages of $144,721 to 66 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that disclosed systemic violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping provisions. The violations were found at seven locations of Bishamon Group Restaurants in Monterey Park, Covina, Arcadia, Costa Mesa and downtown Los Angeles.

August 18, 2011

2 Jacksonville, Fla., restaurants and owners ordered to pay more than $934,000 to 30 workers following US Labor Department investigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two La Nopalera restaurants in Jacksonville and their owners have been ordered to pay 30 employees $934,425 in back wages and liquidated damages under the terms of consent judgments. The agreements resolve a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit based on an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division that alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage, overtime pay and record-keeping provisions.

July 26, 2011

Kinder Morgan to pay more than $830,000 in overtime back wages to 4,659 employees, resolving US Labor Department lawsuit

Violations affected workers in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota and Texas