News Releases

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
VIDALIA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will host free compliance assistance seminars for Georgia agricultural employers and farm labor contractors to promote compliance with the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) and the labor provisions of the H-2A temporary worker program. The first seminar will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST, at AmericInn, 155 Mose Coleman Drive,
Monday, January 15, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: “Today, we honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his historic efforts to advance the fundamental American ideals of liberty and justice for all. As the Department of Labor observes Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we remember Dr. King’s words: ‘Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.’” 
Thursday, January 11, 2018
CHICAGO, IL – Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered a judgment requiring Michael Lewis, former president of Acme Orthotics and Prosthetic Laboratories Inc., to restore $128,535.75 in losses owed to the company’s Profit Sharing 401(k) Plan and Trust (“Plan”). As fiduciaries, Lewis and co-defendant Monica Fox failed to remit $58,531.72 in employee salary deferral contributions and loan repayment contributions, including lost opportunity costs, to the plan from July 2010 throu
Thursday, January 11, 2018
In the week ending January 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 261,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 250,000. The 4-week moving average was 250,750, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 241,750.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, a Riverside, California, company has paid $944,000 in back wages and damages to 1,069 employees working as drywall installers and painters. The investigation found that the employees routinely worked more than 40 hours per week without receiving any required overtime pay. West Coast Drywall and Company Inc., and the Department’s Wage and Hour Division reached a settlement, which was signed by a U.S. District Court judge for the Central District of California. As part of the settlement, the
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
PENNSAUKEN, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Aruvil International Inc. for multiple safety violations at its Pennsauken facility. The chain-link fencing manufacturer faces $199,996 in proposed penalties. Agency inspectors identified violations, including inadequate lighting; lack of machine guards; failing to keep the workroom clean and dry; failing to inspect and ensure proper
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
DENVER, CO – Parkside Landscape Inc. has paid $524,063 in back wages to 53 employees and $26,104 in penalties to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and H-2B non-agricultural visa program provisions. The violations were found during an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The Wage and Hour Division’s H-2B nonimmigrant visa program investigation determined that back wages and penalties were owed because the company failed to pay employees the wag
Monday, January 08, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s remarks on encouraging rural prosperity: “President Trump’s commitment to reducing the barriers that stand in the way of rural development is already having an impact.  For instance, after losing jobs in 2016, mining and logging industries created more than 54,000 jobs in 2017.  The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that every American has access to demand-driven education to bridge the skills gap and fill the open
Friday, January 05, 2018
SENOIA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Stalwart Films LLC for failing to protect employees from fall hazards while filming the television show, “The Walking Dead.”   OSHA issued a serious citation and proposed penalties totaling the maximum allowable fine of $12,675, for the company’s failure to provide adequate protection from fall hazards.  OSHA investigated Stalwart’s filming locat
Friday, January 05, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today its decision for April 1, 2018, as the applicability date for employee benefit plans to comply with a final rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that will give America’s workers new procedural protections when dealing with plan fiduciaries and insurance providers who deny their claims for disability benefits. The new rule ensures, for example, that disability claimants receive a clear explanation of why their claim was denied as well as their rights to appeal a denial
Friday, January 05, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – On Dec. 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the fourth federal appellate court to expressly reject the U.S. Department of Labor’s six-part test for determining whether interns and students are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The Department of Labor today clarified that going forward, the Department will conform to these appellate court rulings by using the same “primary beneficiary” test that these courts use to determine whether interns are employees under the FLSA. The Wage and Hour
Friday, January 05, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – With this week’s massive winter storm and frigid temperatures severely impacting the East Coast, the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is urging all those involved in snow removal and cleanup to take precautions and focus on safety. Workers performing snow removal operations may be exposed to serious hazards, including slips and falls while walking on snow and ice. Other storm recovery work hazards include being struck by vehicles, carbon monoxide poisoning from misuse of generators, hypothermia, an
Friday, January 05, 2018
ANDOVER, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Schnabel Foundation Company for failing to protect employees against crushing hazards while they installed permanent foundation supports beneath the Woburn Public Library. The company faces $212,396 in proposed penalties. On July 11, 2017, OSHA opened an inspection after learning that a 2,600-pound rock dislodged from the building’s foundation and fatally struck a Schnabel employee. The contractor was also cited for failing to instruct employ
Friday, January 05, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the December 2017 Employment Situation report: “December’s jobs report shows steady growth with 148,000 jobs created.  The unemployment rate remains at 4.1%, a 17-year low. “The American workforce showed impressive strength in 2017 with 2.06 million jobs created.  Manufacturing and mining and logging outperformed other industries, reversing job losses in 2016 by creating more than 250,000 new jobs in 2017.  Construction also outperformed 201
Thursday, January 04, 2018
ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Georgia are partnering to sponsor a week-long campaign to reinforce the importance of workplace safety during the winter months. The cold weather Safety Stand-Down is scheduled for the week of Jan. 22-26, 2018. Events will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. EST. Slips and falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries in the construction industry. Slick surfaces, strong winds, and below freezing temperatures prese
Thursday, January 04, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to expand the opportunity to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans. Up to 11 million Americans working for small businesses/sole proprietors and their families lack employer-sponsored insurance. These 11 million Americans could find coverage under this proposal. Many small employers struggle to offer insurance because it is currently too expensive and cumbersome. These empl
Thursday, January 04, 2018
In the week ending December 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 250,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 245,000 to 247,000. The 4-week moving average was 241,750, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 237,750 to 238,250.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed an alliance to promote employee safety and health with the North Central States District Council of Ironworkers, the Ironworkers District Council of St. Louis and Vicinity, and Iowa OSHA. The two-year, region-wide alliance will focus on reducing electrical, fall, struck-by, crushing and welding hazards, as well as the additional hazards associated with steel erection. Participants will also share information on OSHA campaigns, including the National
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
EAU CLAIRE, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Miron Construction Company Inc. have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health on the dormitory renovation project at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The partnership will develop effective safety and health training programs and procedures; identify common construction hazards such as falls, electrical,
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
SEATTLE, WA – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an agreement with a Tacoma property management company that requires the employer to pay 71 employees $255,793 in back wages to resolve Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations. Investigators with the Department’s Wage and Hour Division established that Dobler Management Company, Inc. failed to pay the minimum wage for all hours worked by its on-site property managers, maintenance technicians, and other on-site staff working at client properties. The Department’s investigation further revealed that the

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