January 4, 2021

Florida Landscaping Material Supplier Pays $15,804 Civil Penalty After U.S. Department of Labor Discovers Child Labor Violations

ORLANDO, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Sunscape LLC – a landscaping materials supplier based in Orlando, Florida – has paid a civil money penalty of $15,804 for violating child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 4, 2021

Auto Care and Tire Shop Pays $152,109 in Back Wages to 248 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage Violations in Carolinas and Virginia

COLUMBIA, SC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Colony Tire Corp. has paid $152,109 in back wages to 248 employees for overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 25 establishments throughout the Carolinas and Virginia.

January 4, 2021

U.S. Labor Department Recovers $35,492 in Overtime Back Wages For 12 Employees of Pittsburgh Area Ambulance Service

PITTSBURGH, PA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association – a private ambulance service operating as Southeast Regional EMS in Clairton and Elizabeth, Pennsylvania – has paid $35,492 in back wages to 12 first responder employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. 

December 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters on Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter.

The opinion letters issued today are:

December 31, 2020

City of Tipton, Indiana, Pays $91,924 in Overtime Back Wages To 15 Firefighters Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

TIPTON, IN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the City of Tipton, Indiana, paid $91,924 in back wages to 15 firefighters for violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The WHD investigation found the City of Tipton failed to pay overtime to firefighters who worked more than 106 hours in their two-week pay period. 

December 30, 2020

Restaurant Pays Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Child Labor Violations in Commerce, California

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Commerce, California, has paid $27,150 in civil money penalties for violating child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $81,399 in Back Wages For 45 Employees of Columbus, Ohio, Nursing Home

COLUMBUS, OH – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Chelsea Health Care LLC –has paid $81,399 in back wages to 45 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements at its Columbus, Ohio, nursing home facility.

December 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance Supporting Workplace Flexibilities through Virtual Communication

WASHINTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced new guidance in its ongoing efforts to support the American workforce through the pandemic recovery. As employers continue to meet the challenges presented to their businesses by the coronavirus, and as telework arrangements and virtual communication increasingly provide solutions, the agency provides additional guidance to maximize the benefits of these arrangements for employers and workers alike.

December 23, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Delivers Record-Breaking Outreach in Fiscal Year 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) continued to break records in delivering outreach and education to workers and employers in fiscal year 2020.

December 23, 2020

Southern California Produce Company Pays Back Wages to Five Employees Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnoses

LOS ANGELES, CA – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), DeFranco & Sons – a produce company in Los Angeles, California – has paid $6,000 in back wages to five employees after wrongly denying them paid sick leave after they received coronavirus diagnoses.

December 22, 2020

Federal Contractor Pays $130,619 in Back Wages After Investigation By U.S. Department of Labor Finds Violations in Southern California

WEST COVINA, CA After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Technica LLC will pay $130,619 in back wages and fringe benefits to 43 employees. Investigators found the contractor failed to pay required prevailing wages to warehouse employees on their contract for work at the Barstow Marines Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, California.

December 22, 2020

Southern California Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Employees Wrongfully Terminated After Requesting Coronavirus-Related Leave

LOS ANGELES, CA – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), NGY Group – a stone products and cabinet manufacturer in Chino, California – has paid $11,134 in back wages and reinstated two employees the company terminated wrongfully after they applied for coronavirus-related leave, a violation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

December 22, 2020

Indiana Restaurant Operator to Pay $317,108 in Back Wages To 21 Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

EVANSVILLE, IN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Los Tequila Inc. – operator of Los Tres Caminos restaurant in Evansville, Indiana – will to pay $317,108 in minimum wage and overtime back wages to 21 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 22, 2020

Federal Contractor Pays $49,553 in Back Wages After Investigation by U.S. Department of Labor Finds Prevailing Wage Violations in Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, F&P Construction has paid $49,553 in back wages and fringe benefits to 35 employees working on the Reno Renewable Diesel Plant to resolve violations of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

December 22, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule To Amend Tipped Employee Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule protecting the tips of employees. This rule addresses amendments made to Section 3(m) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2018.

December 21, 2020

Louisiana Electrical Contractor Pays $22,501 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Failure to Pay Fringe Benefits

BATON ROUGE, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Linx Electric has paid $22,501 in back wages to nine employees for violating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

December 18, 2020

Indiana RV Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $103,318 in Back Wages to 168 Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

SYRACUSE, IN – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Travel Lite Inc. will pay $103,318 in overtime back wages to 168 employees after the WHD found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements at the company’s two recreational vehicle production facilities in Syracuse and New Paris, Indiana.

December 17, 2020

Court Orders Three Kalamazoo, Michigan-Area Restaurants to Pay $225,000 in Back Wages Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

KALAMAZOO, MI – Three Kalamazoo, Michigan-area restaurants under joint ownership have paid $225,000 in back wages to 82 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found minimum wage and overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 17, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $85,753 in Back Wages For 414 Employees of Detroit-Area Car Wash Operator

ROCHESTER, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Mr. C’s Car Wash – based in Rochester, Michigan – has paid $85,753 in back wages to 414 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime and minimum wage requirements at all nine of the employer’s Detroit-metro locations.