July 7, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $238K in wages for 26 skilled workers at US Navy installation whose employer incorrectly classified them

SEATTLE Pipe fitters, electricians, forklift operators and carpenters working on two separate federally funded contracts on Naval Base Kitsap failed to receive the prevailing wages and benefits required for their occupations because their employer classified them incorrectly as lower-compensated general laborers.

July 6, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $78K for 27 North Charleston-area food store workers after investigation finds illegal pay practices

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC Some employees may not understand fully how federal law protects them if their employer fails to pay them as the Fair Labor Standards Act requires, as workers at two North Charleston-area food stores have learned.

July 6, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation finds Tennessee supermarket violated child labor laws, leading to amputation of teenager’s arm

CLARKSBURG, TN – When the owners of a Clarksburg supermarket allowed two 16-year-old employees to clean a meat grinder, disaster soon struck. As one boy reached inside the machine, the grinder started and amputated the teenager’s right forearm.

July 2, 2021

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on the June Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the June 2021 Employment Situation Report:

July 1, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $1.5M in back wages for 242 home healthcare workers in Pennsylvania, Missouri

HARRISBURG, PA – When an employer shortchanges home healthcare workers they hurt the workers, their families and the people for whom they care. In the case of a Harrisburg home healthcare company, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has remedied overtime violations involving 242 workers and recovered $1,566,457 in hard-earned wages owed to them.

June 30, 2021

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $98,000 para 39 trabajadores de la construcción a los que empleador de Jamul negó pago de sobretiempo

SAN DIEGO – Aunque una empresa de construcción del Sur de California pagó a sus empleados las primeras 40 horas trabajadas cada semana de acuerdo con la Ley de Normas Razonables de Trabajo,  una investigación federal encontró que las prácticas del empleador respecto al

June 30, 2021

St. Louis metal finishing company pays $45K in back wages, benefits to employee terminated illegally while on protected leave

ST. LOUIS, MO – The federal Family and Medical Leave Act entitles workers to take unpaid, job-protected leave to care for their own or a family member’s serious health condition, so when a St. Louis metal finishing company terminated an employee on protected FMLA leave without notice, the U.S. Department of Labor intervened.

June 30, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $98K for 39 construction workers denied overtime wages by Jamul employer

SAN DIEGO – While the way a Southern California construction company paid employees the first 40 hours each week complied with the Fair Labor Standards Act, federal investigators found the employer’s overtime pay practices did not.

June 29, 2021

Court orders two Minnesota restaurants to pay $435k in back wages following US Department of Labor investigation

MINNEAPOLIS – Imagine being on your feet 60 hours a week serving customers but getting paid for just 30, or working more than 10 hours a day as a cook or dishwasher for a flat salary and being denied minimum wage and overtime protections because your employer wrongly classified you as an independent contractor and not as an employee.

June 24, 2021

US Department of Labor to host webinar for Southeastern construction contractors seeking, working on federal contracts

RALEIGH, NC – The U.S. Department of Labor encourages construction companies and contractors in the Southeast that hold federal contracts or have an interest in obtaining one to take advantage of an upcoming educational webinar on Tuesday, June 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EDT.

June 23, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers more than $50K in back wages for 54 caregivers at Mississippi home healthcare service

MATHISTON, MS – Home healthcare providers expect their workers to meet their clients’ many daily needs. In turn, these workers count on their employers to pay them fairly and legally so they may care for themselves and their families. A recent federal investigation found a Mathiston provider failed to pay its employees overtime and minimum wages as the law requires.

June 22, 2021

Miramar Beach restaurant pays $108K in back wages, penalties following US Department of Labor investigation

MIRAMAR BEACH, FL The U.S. Department of Labor has found an upscale Miramar Beach restaurant again violating federal minimum wage and overtime laws, and redirecting a portion of servers’ tips to non-tipped workers illegally. 

June 22, 2021

Judge orders Nebraska restaurant and its owner to comply with wage laws, pay employees $17K in back overtime

KEARNEY, NE – A federal court has ordered a Kearney pizza and burger restaurant and its owner to pay $17,216 $8,608 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 13 workers after the U.S. Department of Labor found overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

June 22, 2021

US Department of Labor announces dialogue to promote employment equity for women workers

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today’s launch of a national online dialogue to gather ideas to improve labor outcomes for women, especially economically disadvantaged women. The dialogue will be open until July 9.

June 22, 2021

US Department of Labor education, enforcement initiative seeks to increase Southeast grocery industry’s compliance

ATLANTA – During the pandemic, grocery store workers were among those on the front lines whose jobs put them in close contact with others – putting them at greater risk for contracting the coronavirus – while they ensured their neighbors had access to essential goods and services. In return, some of these workers, including many minors, faced wage violations or other workplace hazards.

June 21, 2021

US Department of Labor announces proposed rulemaking to protect tipped workers; clarify use of the tip credit

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to limit the amount of non-tip producing work that a tipped employee can perform when an employer is taking a tip credit.

June 15, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers more than $1M for 362 gas pipeline workers in five states after federal court affirms investigation’s findings

BLUE BELL, PA – Following a Pennsylvania federal court order that upheld the findings of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, oil and gas industry contractor Henkels & McCoy Inc. paid more than $1 million in back wages to hundreds of employees for violating worker protection laws.

June 10, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation finds Campbellsville tobacco, hemp farm shortchanged temporary agricultural workers

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforces the labor provisions of the federal H-2A temporary agricultural workers program to prevent employers from exploiting temporary, nonimmigrant workers hired for seasonal agricultural work and from gaining an unfair competitive advantage over law-abiding employers.

June 8, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center required employees to work after clocking out, manipulated timecards

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas hospital that required workers to complete necessary paperwork without pay after their daily shifts ended also manipulated employee time cards to avoid paying overtime, a federal investigation has found.

June 3, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $162K in back wages for 45 employees of three Key West restaurants after investigations find overtime violations

KEY WEST, FL – Business owners must understand their legal responsibilities to pay overtime when it comes to their workers, as well as any workers employed through staffing companies, to avoid costly violations, a lesson learned by the operators of three Key West restaurants.