June 2, 2021

US Department of Labor seeks Idaho building, heavy construction employers’ input to establish accurate prevailing wage rates

BOISE, ID – The U.S. Department of Labor is asking businesses in Idaho’s building and heavy construction industries to participate in a survey to help its Wage and Hour Division establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

June 2, 2021

Lackawanna County home healthcare company pays $140K in back wages, damages, penalties after US Labor Department secures court judgment

OLYPHANT, PA – A federal court has entered a consent judgment resolving a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit filed after an investigation found that an Olyphant home healthcare agency failed to pay 98 nurses overtime wages they legally earned – including payment for ancillary work and work-related travel – in violation of federal law.

June 2, 2021

US Department of Labor fines Piggly Wiggly franchisee after teenager injured doing prohibited work

Nahunta, GA What could have been a catastrophic and life-changing incident for a teenage worker instead resulted in a painful injury, a frightening lesson and an opportunity for a Nahunta Piggly Wiggly supermarket franchisee to protect all of its workers better.

June 1, 2021

Court orders Long Island contractor to pay $500K to 69 employees following US Department of Labor investigation, litigation

NEW YORK – A Long Island construction contractor who often directed laborers and masons to work 10-hour days, five or six days a week, knew the Fair Labor Standards Act required employees to receive overtime pay when they worked more than 40 hours per week, but disregarded the law.

June 1, 2021

Pearl security company pays $18K in back wages to 43 workers to resolve overtime violations found in US Department of Labor investigation

PEARL, MS  Security industry workers too often find themselves misclassified by their employers as independent contractors instead of employees, which can shortchange workers’ wages and benefits and expose employers to liability for back wage payments.

May 28, 2021

Statement by US Labor Secretary Walsh on the President’s FY 2022 Budget

WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden-Harris administration today submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022. As the administration continues to make progress defeating the pandemic and getting our economy back on track, the budget makes historic investments that will help the country build back better and lay the foundation for shared growth and prosperity for decades to come.

May 27, 2021

Gainesville roofing contractor pays $31K in back wages to 30 workers after US Department of Labor finds employer denied overtime illegally

GAINESVILLE, FL – Roofing workers face hard work in hot weather, the risks of working at dangerous heights and, for 30 employees of a Gainesville contractor, concerns about not getting paid all of the wages they legally earned.

May 27, 2021

US Department of Labor debars North Carolina contractor from bidding on federal contracts after investigation finds wage violations at EPA cafeteria

DURHAM, NC – Federal wage laws ensure that government contractors fulfill their legal obligations, among them paying required wage rates and fringe benefits to workers employed with federal funds to provide services to the government. When contractors violate these laws, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division acts.

May 27, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Las Vegas air conditioning, heating company directed employees to misrepresent their hours to avoid paying overtime

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas air conditioning and heating company has learned trying to violate federal labor laws secretly is both unwise and costly, after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.

May 27, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation recovers more than $150K in back wages, damages for 13 Tampa restaurant workers

TAMPA, FL – Restaurant workers who prepare and serve sushi take great care to provide their customers a great experience. A recent investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found the operator of one Tampa sushi restaurant less than careful in how it paid wages to 12 kitchen workers and a manager.

May 26, 2021

Two New Hampshire restaurants pay $302K in back wages, penalties for wage violations following US Department of Labor investigation

MANCHESTER, NH – Two Manchester restaurants and their owner and manager have paid $263,743 in back wages to 68 employees to resolve numerous willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act found in a federal investigation. The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire ordered the resolution in a consent judgement.  

May 26, 2021

Tampa home healthcare service pays more than $45K in back wages to 38 workers after US Department of Labor investigation reveals violations

TAMPA, FL – Home healthcare aides are among the nation’s lowest wage earners. Many depend on receiving every dollar they’ve earned, including overtime wages, so when their employer fails to comply with federal labor laws and shorts their pay, it hits their wallets particularly hard.  

May 26, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Panama City Beach scooter rental operator let minors do hazardous work, work more hours than legally allowed

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – With summer approaching, employers planning to employ teenagers should familiarize themselves with the Fair Labor Standards Act’s child labor provisions to avoid the violations and costly penalties incurred by a Panama City Beach scooter rental business operator.

May 26, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Jackson security business willfully violated wage laws, recovers $68K in back wages

JACKSON, MS – While some employers’ misunderstanding of federal wage and hour laws may lead to violations, there are others whose actions show they intended to shortchange workers deliberately and, by doing so, gain an unfair advantage over their law-abiding competitors.

May 25, 2021

La investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. determinó que el proveedor de Tennessee violó las leyes laborales de trabajo infantil relacionadas con la caída fatal del trabajador

NASHVILLE, TN – Un niño de 16 años que estaba construyendo un techo en un sitio de construcción en un hotel a más de 11 pisos de altura trepó por encima de una barrera en la línea del techo e intentó saltar hacia un dispositivo de elevación eléctrico que estaba al costado del edificio. El joven no logró aterrizar en la plataforma, se resbaló por un hueco entre el andamio y el edificio, cayó cerca de 160 pies y murió.

May 25, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation finds Tennessee contractor violated child labor laws related to teenage worker’s fatal fall

NASHVILLE, TN – A 16-year-old boy doing roof construction atop a hotel work site more than 11 stories above the ground climbed over a barrier at the roof line and attempted to jump onto a power-driven hoisting device next to the building. The teen missed the platform, slipped through a gap between the scaffolding and the building and fell about 160 feet to his death.

May 24, 2021

US Department of Labor secures judgment requiring Southern California logistics company to pay $122K in overtime back wages, damages, penalties

WEST COVINA, CA – An Ontario logistics provider of warehousing and distribution services for the home fashion and apparel industry told workers to record only 8 hours of labor each day regardless of how many hours they actually worked – a finding of the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed by a federal court in California recently.

May 24, 2021

Detroit contractor pays $82K in back wages, fringe benefits to 19 laborers after US Department of Labor finds federal violations

WARREN, MI – The Davis Bacon and Related Acts require contractors on federally funded projects to pay all laborers on site prevailing wage rates and benefits, and mandates that prime contractors make sure their subcontractors follow the rules.

May 24, 2021

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. logra sentencia para que empresa de logística de California pague $122K en horas extra, compensaciones y multas

WEST COVINA, CA – Un proveedor de servicios logísticos de almacenamiento y distribución para la industria de ropa y moda para el hogar de Ontario dijo a trabajadores que registraran sólo 8 horas de trabajo al día independientemente de la cantidad de horas que realmente trabajaran. El hallazgo del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. fue corroborado recientemente por una corte federal en California.

May 24, 2021

US Department of Labor obtains preliminary injunction restraining Massachusetts contractor from retaliating against employees

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts prohibiting a Canton contractor from retaliating against former and current employees who cooperate with the department’s Wage and Hour Division investigation or engage in other activity protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act.