May 21, 2021

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU., grupos de defensa locales, ofrecerán un seminario web en español sobre salarios, protecciones para trabajadores

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU., en colaboración con El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos y NM Comunidades en Acción Y De Fé (café), el Departamento de Soluciones para la Fuerza Laboral de Nuevo México y Somos Un Pueblo Unido presentarán un seminario web en español sobre la iniciativa de Trabajadores Esenciales ‒ Protecciones Esenciales

May 20, 2021

US Department of Labor to host webinar for teens, parents, employers, educators on how federal, state laws protect Pennsylvania’s teen workers

PHILADELPHIA – As millions of teens enter the summer seasonal workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor has scheduled a webinar for teens, parents, employers and educators to review how federal and state laws protect teen workers. The virtual event will be held Thursday, May 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.

May 18, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers more than $150K in wages after investigation finds federal contractor failed to pay employees properly

NASHVILLE, TN – A federal contractor that provides transportation and parking valet service for veterans attending medical appointments has paid $158,068 in back wages to 66 workers to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act found in a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.

May 13, 2021

US Department of Labor announces 18-month delay to rule affecting prevailing wage for certain immigrants, non-immigrants

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an 18-month delay in the effective date of the final rule, “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.”

Published in January 2021, the final rule affects employers seeking to employ foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis through certain immigrant visas or through H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 non-immigrant visas.  The final rule will now go into effect on Nov. 14, 2022. 

May 13, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers more than $530K in back wages after investigation finds Florida employer missed multiple payrolls

Hallandale, FL – Construction industry employers owe it to their workers to pay them their hard-earned wages on time for their long hours and often demanding, physical labor.

A Hallandale-based restoration firm has learned that failing to meet these obligations doesn’t pay.

May 12, 2021

South Florida H-2A employer pays $21K after US Department of Labor uncovers guest worker visa program violations

LEHIGH ACRES, FL – Eighty-one workers harvesting squash and zucchini at a Homestead farm discovered the contractor who hired them was not going to provide meals or kitchen facilities. Workers were forced to spend more on meals than $12.46 per day, the amount promised by the contractor, a violation of the federal H-2A guest worker visa program.

May 12, 2021

US Department of Labor secures court order requiring Tennessee disaster relief company and officer to pay $87K in back wages and damages to employees who worked in US Virgin Islands

ST. CROIX, VI – The District Court of the Virgin Islands has ordered a Gallatin, Tennessee, construction management and disaster relief company and its then officer and current CEO to pay $87,000 to 26 employees to resolve violations of the minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 11, 2021

US Department of Labor investigation finds Orange County assisted-living facilities operator shorted workers’ pay

LAGUNA HILLS, CA – Serving the needs of the elderly and others in residential care demands skill and commitment. More than a job, it is a vocation and a source of pride for many. Yet, regardless of the job’s essential nature, some of these workers fall victim to employers who show little concern for their employees’ well-being or for paying them all the wages they have legally earned.

May 11, 2021

NEWS: US Department of Labor recovers more than $33K in back wages for 22 workers at Florida home healthcare service

CRYSTAL RIVER, FL Few would argue with the fact that home healthcare nurses – who serve the needs of our communities and their most vulnerable – deserve all the wages they legally earn. When employers fail to pay workers like these correctly, the U.S. Department of Labor responds.

May 11, 2021

Los Angeles garment contractor to pay back wages, penalties after US Department of Labor finds overtime violations

WEST COVINA, CA – Garment industry workers have too often fallen victim to employers who fail to pay these vulnerable workers all of the wages they have legally earned. A recent U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found a Los Angeles garment contractor continuing this trend and held them accountable.

May 10, 2021

Minnesota company debarred from federal guest worker program after investigation finds temporary foreign workers exploited

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota lawn care and snow removal company took advantage of more than 70 temporary foreign workers – charging them higher rent than allowed, requiring them to pay for their international transportation and demanding payment to keep their jobs – all in violation of the federal H-2B Visa program. The program helps supply employers with temporary foreign workers when sufficient numbers of U.S.

May 7, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $36K in back wages for Fort Myers’ grocery store workers after investigation finds overtime violations

FORT MYERS, FL – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has recovered more than $36,000 in back wages for workers at a grocery store that denied them overtime pay required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 6, 2021

US Department of Labor asks Kansas heavy construction industries to submit data to help establish accurate prevailing wage rates

WICHITA, KS- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division asks businesses in Kansas’ heavy construction industries to complete surveys to help the agency establish accurate prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

May 5, 2021

US Department of Labor to withdraw Independent Contractor Rule

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the withdrawal – effective May 6 – of the “Independent Contractor Rule,” to maintain workers’ rights to the minimum wage and overtime compensation protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 4, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $39K for 31 employees of Franklin area lawn care company

FRANKLIN, TN – A Franklin lawn care company has paid $39,373 in back wages to 31 workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor that found the employer violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  

May 3, 2021

US Department of Labor offers series of webinars for Southeastern employees, employers on workplace protections during the pandemic

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has teamed up with the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to offer a series of “Essential Workers – Essential Protections” webinars to educate employees and employers on critical workplace protections afforded to them under federal law. The webinars detail the workplace rights of people who have been keeping the country moving throughout the pandemic.

May 3, 2021

US Department of Labor offers webinars for Kansas City area on coronavirus-related employee protections during the pandemic

KANSAS CITY, KS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, its Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Employee Benefits Security Administration will host representatives of the IRS, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to present a series of webinars for Kansas City-area employers and human resources professionals on each agency’s continued response during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 30, 2021

Lorain landscape company to pay $40K in penalties, $36K in back wages following violations of temporary foreign workers visa program

LORAIN, OH Employers that hire temporary foreign workers must pay their international transportation and meal expenses while they travel from their home country, a federal requirement that a Lorain landscaping company violated when it left the workers it hired to pay their own way to the U.S.