April 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Company Paying Back Wages, Penalties for H-2B Visa Violations

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – Green Meadows Lawnscape Inc. – operating as Green Meadows Turf & Tree Inc. and based in Rochester Hills, Michigan – has paid $130,325 in back wages to 50 employees to resolve alleged violations of the federal H-2B Visa program for non-immigrant temporary employees and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid civil money penalties of $9,675.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Continues Compliance Assistance During Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts on U.S. Virgin Islands

GUAYNABO, PR – U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) representatives are working in St. Croix and St. Thomas to provide compliance assistance and education for employers, and to investigate payroll practices related to ongoing recovery efforts following Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Efforts to Enhance Wage Compliance in Northeast’s Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service Industry

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has begun an education and enforcement initiative to address common Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations and to enhance compliance with federal wage laws in the dry cleaning and laundry services industry in the Northeast Region of the United States.

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Ordering North Carolina Restaurant Owner to Pay $40,555 in Back Wages to 30 Employees

CAROLINA BEACH, NC – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has ordered Hurricane Alley LLC, Diver Down LLC – operating Hurricane Alley and The Dive restaurants in Carolina Beach, North Carolina – and their owner David Cole to pay $40,555 in back wages to 30 employees. The action comes after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Ally Financial Services Failed to Pay Overtime Correctly for 1,287 Employees

DETROIT, MI – Ally Financial Services – based in Detroit, Michigan – has paid a total of $198,311 to 1,287 employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer failed to calculate overtime pay correctly for hourly employees who also earned a production bonus. These errors resulted in overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Georgia Department of Human Services Reinstating and Paying Employee $18,910 in Lost Wages

MACON, GA – The Georgia Department of Human Services - operating as Bibb County Division of Family and Children Services in Macon, Georgia - has paid an employee $18,910 in lost wages and reinstated her to her former position after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in $72,425 in Back Wages and Damages for Florida Keys Restaurant Employees

KEY WEST, FL – East on the West Side Inc. – operating as Ambrosia Japanese Restaurant in Key West, Florida – will pay $72,425 in back wages and liquidated damages to 15 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found violations of overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

Georgia Contractor Pays $195,000 in Back Wages, Benefits After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Violations on Federal Contract

KENNESAW, GA – After an agreement between the U.S. Department of Labor and Schadsons Corp., the Office of Administrative Law Judges in Washington, D.C., entered a consent order, affirming that the mechanical contractor violated labor provisions of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Kentucky Restaurant Paying $78,562 in Back Wages and Damages

CENTRAL CITY, KY – New Lucky Garden Inc. – a restaurant in Central City, Kentucky, operating as Lucky Garden – will pay $78,562 in back wages and liquidated damages to eight employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

North Carolina Manufacturer to Pay $22,640 in Back Wages after U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Wage and Child Labor Violations

DENVER, NC - Wooden pallet manufacturer Tree Brand Packaging Inc. – based in Denver, North Carolina – will pay $22,640 in back wages to 48 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid a civil penalty of $2,218 for federal child labor violations.

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April 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Jimmy John’s Franchise Paying Civil Penalty for Child Labor Violations

ORANGE CITY, FL - MorBury OC LLC – operator of Jimmy John's Store 1151 restaurant in Orange City, Florida – has paid a civil penalty of $2,218 after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 9, 2019

Comment Period for U.S. Department of Labor’s Joint Employer Proposal Opens

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that the Office of the Federal Register has published the Department's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The official publication in the Federal Register marks the start of the proposal's public comment period, which will remain open for 60 days and close on June 10, 2019.

April 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in USPS Contractor Paying $108,762 to 46 Employees in Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CA – Rito Alcala, a Littlerock, California, trucking company has paid $108,762 in back wages and benefits to 46 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the company violated federal contract provisions of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

April 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Residential Care Company Paying $144,080 to 36 Employees to Resolve Federal Overtime Violations

EL CENTRO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), N Your Home – an in-home nursing care service employer based in El Centro, California – will pay $144,080 to 36 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in $1,794,753 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages For Georgia Distribution Center Employees

ATLANTA, GA – An Atlanta, Georgia-based warehouse and food distributor for restaurants in the Southeast U.S. will pay $1,794,753 in back wages and liquidated damages to 130 employees and $36,414 in penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Mississippi Convenience Store Paying $29,726 in Back Wages to 15 Employees

WEST POINT, MS – West Point Fast Break Inc. – a gas station and convenience store based in West Point, Mississippi – will pay $29,726 in back wages to 15 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $507,455 for 41 Employees After Investigation Finds Violations by Federal Transportation Contractor

ONTARIO, CA – FLS Transportation Services (USA) Inc. – a logistics company based in Chicago, Illinois, providing transportation services for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) – has paid $507,455 to 41 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer violated federal contract provisions of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

April 8, 2019

Federal Court Grants Motion Sanctioning Kansas City, Missouri, Bakery For Failing to Comply with U.S. Labor Department Subpoena

KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. District Court in the Western District of Missouri has granted a motion sanctioning Scratch Bakery KC LLC – based in Kansas City, Missouri – for refusing to comply with a federal subpoena to provide documents to the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to determine compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 5, 2019

Ohio Mental Health Center Pays $48,698 in Overtime Back Wages To 47 Employees after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

DAYTON, OH – A Dayton, Ohio mental health and drug rehabilitation center has paid $48,698 in overtime back wages to 47 employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

April 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Urges Utah’s Highway Construction Employers To Complete Survey to Ensure Accurate Prevailing Wages

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a statewide wage survey in Utah to help establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA). WHD urges all highway construction employers in Utah to participate.