October 22, 2020

Lubbock, Texas Contractor Pays $115,113 in Back Wages to 20 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation at Veterans Affairs’ Project

LUBBOCK, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Armstrong Mechanical Inc. – based in Lubbock, Texas – has paid $115,113 in back wages to 20 employees for violating the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

October 21, 2020

CORRECTED: Montana Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor Ordered Coronavirus-Related Quarantine

PLENTYWOOD, MT – The operator of a Plentywood, Montana, facility for people with disabilities has paid $1,600 in back wages to an employee after the employer wrongly denied emergency paid sick leave despite the employee being advised by her healthcare provider to quarantine due to concerns related to the coronavirus, a violation of provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

October 19, 2020

Leavenworth County, Kansas to Pay Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Leave for Coronavirus-Related School Closure

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, KS Leavenworth County, Kansas has agreed to pay an employee $4,998 in back wages after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) determined the employer wrongly denied the employee’s request for paid leave to care for their child whose school closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. WHD found the employer also wrongly terminated the employee for allegedly misrepresenting their spouse’s ability to care for the child during the school closure.

October 19, 2020

California Flooring Contractor to Pay $150,505 in Back Wages and Penalties For Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor

WEST COVINA, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Genesis Floor Covering Inc. – a flooring contractor in Santa Fe Springs, California – will pay $99,624 to 73 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements. The employer will also pay $50,881 in penalties assessed due to the willful nature of the violations.

October 19, 2020

Wichita, Kansas, Best Western Pays 13 Employees Back Wages After Wrongly Denying Paid Sick Leave for Required Coronavirus Quarantine

WICHITA, KS After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Best Western Plus Wichita Hotel – based in Wichita, Kansas – has paid $5,693 in back wages for wrongly denying paid sick leave to 13 employees required to quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

October 19, 2020

Alaska Grocery Store Chain to Pay Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Child Labor Violations At Dozens of Locations

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Alaska Commercial Company – an employer operating 33 grocery and general merchandise stores throughout Alaska – has been assessed $20,490 in civil penalties for widespread child labor violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 16, 2020

Kentucky McDonald’s Franchise to Pay $16,994 Penalty After U.S. Department of Labor Discovers Child Labor Violations

LOUISVILLE, KY After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), 4Bright Management LLC – operator of three Louisville, Kentucky-based McDonald’s franchise locations – will pay a civil money penalty of $16,994 for violating child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 15, 2020

Atlanta Condominium Management Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Sick Leave to Care for Child after Daycare Closed Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

ATLANTA, GA – Windsor Over Peachtree – based in Atlanta, Georgia – has paid $1,153 in back wages to an employee after the condominium company wrongly denied emergency paid sick leave to the employee, who was unable to work while caring for a child when the family’s day care facility closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

October 11, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers And Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

October 9, 2020

Don Pancho Restaurant Chain to Pay $563,350 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage, Child Labor Violations

CLARKSVILLE, TN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Don Pancho Mexican Restaurant will pay $563,350 in back wages to 120 employees after an investigation found minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at three Tennessee locations in Mount Juliet, Ashland City and Jackson.

October 8, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds New Hampshire Restaurants Violated Federal Wage and Child Labor Law

MANCHESTER, NH – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Mammoth Restaurant Group has paid $75,012 in back wages to 63 employees to resolve violations of the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at two restaurants in Manchester, New Hampshire. The employer also paid $5,377 in civil money penalties for child labor violations.

October 7, 2020

Alabama Janitorial Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Family Leave to Care for Children Learning Virtually During Pandemic

BESSEMER, AL – Eagle Cleaning Services Inc. – a janitorial services company based in Bessemer, Alabama – has paid $2,066 in back wages after the employer wrongly denied paid leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) to an employee who missed work to care for children engaged in distance learning. The children’s school was closed for in-person learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

October 7, 2020

Guam Janitorial and Ground Maintenance Services Company to Pay Back Wages, Benefits and Penalties after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

DEDEDO, GUAM – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a janitorial and ground maintenance services company and federal contractor in Guam will pay $22,648 to workers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

October 5, 2020

Tennessee Restaurant Chain To Pay $188,728 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Minimum Wage Violations

KINGSPORT, TN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Cypriana Inc. – operating as Mad Greek International Café – will pay $188,728 in back wages to 65 employees. The investigation found minimum wage and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at two Tennessee locations in Kingsport and Johnson City.

October 5, 2020

Panama City Landscaping Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

PANAMA CITY, FL – Garden Escapes LLC – a Panama City, Florida-based landscaping company – has paid $1,200 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

October 5, 2020

Healthcare Staffing Company Pays More Than $3 Million in Back Wages After Missing Payroll for Employees Conducting Coronavirus Testing

OVERLAND PARK, KS Favorite Healthcare Staffing Inc. – based in Overland Park, Kansas – has paid $3,068,859 in back wages to 1,677 contract employees hired to conduct coronavirus testing in Orlando, Florida, under terms of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

October 2, 2020

Georgia Home Security Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

COVINGTON, GA – Nicholas Security Commercial LLC – a Covington, Georgia-based home security company – has paid $1,153 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

October 2, 2020

Sleep Product Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Tennessee Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

GALLATIN, TN – Solstice Sleep Products Inc. – a Columbus, Ohio-based sleep product manufacturer – has paid $868 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee at its Gallatin, Tennessee, location who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

September 29, 2020

Jacksonville, Florida, Employer to Pay Back Wages to Workers With Disabilities After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

JACKSONVILLE, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Pine Castle Inc. – a Jacksonville, Florida, facility for adults with intellectual and development disabilities – will pay $14,487 in back wages to 48 employees for failing to meet the requirements of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

September 25, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Back Wages for 206 Employees After Investigation of Austin, Texas, Restaurants

AUSTIN, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Controllables Management LLC – owner of five Austin, Texas restaurants – has paid $46,153 to 206 employees for violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).