August 31, 2016

US Department of Labor, North Carolina Industrial Commission sign agreement to protect workers from misclassification

Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
North Carolina Industrial Commission

August 29, 2016

US Labor Secretary Perez renews workplace rights agreements with five Central American, South American and Asian Pacific governments

WASHINGTON – At the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez renewed partnership agreements with embassy officials representing the governments of Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and the Philippines. The renewals come as the department kicks off Labor Rights Week 2016, from today through Sept. 4. This year’s theme is “Your Work Has Dignity. Know Your Rights.”

August 25, 2016

US Labor Department finds $576K in back wages, restitution for Dominican Republic farm workers who ‘paid’ to pick vegetables

FOLEY, Minn. – Imagine paying for the right to pick vegetables, and then traveling more than 2,000 miles  – from the Dominican Republic to a Minnesota farm where your employer demanded you kick back a portion of your wages and the entire cost of the airfare you paid – all in violation of federal law.

August 25, 2016

National Freight to pay more than $1M in back wages to 357 workers after US Labor Department investigation

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – One of the nation’s largest commercial transportation companies will finally pay driver dispatchers and trailer yard spotters for the long hours they worked, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

August 25, 2016

US Labor Department finds 16 bulk mail delivery contractors owe more than $500K in back wages, benefits to more than 250 drivers

ST. LOUIS – Their drivers may have delivered the mail through snow, rain, heat and the gloom of night, but 16 mail haulers contracted by the U.S. Postal Service failed to pay full wages and benefits to more than 250 of their drivers in violation of federal law, an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division has found.

August 24, 2016

Nail salons in Nassau, Suffolk counties to pay $203K in back wages, damages and penalties to 95 underpaid salon workers

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s Long Island District Office has resulted in the recovery of more than $178,000 in back wages and damages for 95 nail salon workers underpaid between 2012 and 2015 at six Nassau and Suffolk County nail salons. In addition, the salons will pay $24,640 in civil monetary penalties as part of their settlement.

August 24, 2016

Los Angeles senior living facility to pay $81K in back wages, damages to 17 workers after violating labor laws

Employers: Astoria Quality Senior Living, a residential care facility doing business as Astoria II

Location: 8041 Blackburn Ave., Los Angeles, California

August 23, 2016

SoCal contractor pays $134K in overtime back wages, damages and penalties to 52 workers after Labor Department investigation

Employer: Dinh Construction Corporation

Location: 2313 Hall Ave., Riverside, California

August 22, 2016

US Labor Department urges New Mexico’s building, heavy construction industry employers to complete Davis-Bacon prevailing wage survey

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting survey of building and heavy construction projects in seven New Mexico counties to help establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

August 22, 2016

US Departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development sign partnership to reduce employee misclassification in six western states

DENVER – Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help stop the misclassification of workers in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

The first MOU of its kind represents a new effort on the part of the agencies to work together to protect employee rights and level the playing field for responsible employers by reducing the practice of misclassification.

August 22, 2016

Produce farm’s intimidation effort fails to stop investigation that recovers $250K in back wages for 89 workers

COLUMBUS, Neb. – While some in charge at Daniels Produce LLC kept workers away from U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators, others gathered the farm laborers and instructed them to tell federal authorities the company never paid them less than legally required wages. If the workers did not lie during their interviews, their employer threatened to send them home to Mexico and Guatemala and not invite them back to work in future growing seasons.

August 22, 2016

Salt Lake City construction contractor pays $63K in unpaid overtime, damages to 27 employees after US Labor Department investigation

Employer: Unique Custom Exteriors

Site: 9326 South Hawley Park Road #A, West Jordan, Utah 84088

August 18, 2016

Labor Department sues North Carolina employer for retaliating against workers paid back wages in earlier wage investigation

Employer name: Makin’ Choices Inc.

Investigation site: 2000 Chapel Hill Road, #23, Durham, North Carolina 27707

Investigation findings: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Makin’ Choices and its owner, Rachelle Brooks-Blue and manager Lamont Adams, violated the anti-retaliation provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

August 17, 2016

Plastering contractor to pay $365K in overtime back wages to employees misclassified as independent contractors

Employer: Brownlow Plastering LLC

Site: 19031 Trippi Road, Hammond, Louisiana 70403

August 17, 2016

US Labor Department sues Phoenix electrical contractor for unpaid overtime wages owed to 200 workers

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit filing 

Name of Defendants: Austin Electric Services LLC
Toby Thomas

August 11, 2016

US Department of Labor revokes Buckhannon nonprofit’s federal wage exemption for improperly paying workers with disabilities

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has revoked a West Virginia nonprofit’s ability to pay less than the current federal minimum wage to workers with disabilities after federal investigations found the organization violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.

August 10, 2016

US Labor Department sues SoCal drywall company to recover back wages, damages for approximately 1,500 employees; halt chronic overtime violations

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit filing

Name of Defendants: West Coast Drywall & Company Inc.
Mark D. Herbert
Santos Garcia

August 9, 2016

Kansas flooring company misclassifies installers as independent contractors, to pay nearly $160K in back wages, damages to 22 workers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – An Overland Park flooring company that misclassified installers as independent contractors will pay 22 workers a total of $159,144 – representing $79,572 in back wages plus an equal amount in liquidated damages – after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.

August 8, 2016

US Department of Labor, CalVans partner to expand safe farmworker transportation plan at Fresno event

FRESNO, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the California Vanpool Authority will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the use of the authority’s CalVans fleet – based on the demand from growers, packers and farm labor contractors – to ensure safe and reliable transportation for Central Valley farmworkers to and from the fields every day. The event coincides with the anniversary of an infamous vehicle accident that killed 13 farmworkers in the region in 1999.

August 4, 2016

Citigroup Technology pays $1.8M in back wages to 882 employees in Florida after US Labor Department investigation

TAMPA, Fla. – A federal investigation into pay practices at a technology subsidiary of global banking giant Citigroup revealed the Florida company denied hundreds of employees’ overtime compensation and did not maintain time records, both violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.