News Releases

Thursday, October 05, 2017
In the week ending September 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 260,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 272,000. The 4-week moving average was 268,250, a decrease of 9,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 277,750.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October. The Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) previously announced the month-long theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” “This October, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of Americans with disabilities as part of the American workforce,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander
Friday, September 29, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta will attend the G7 Labor and Employment Ministerial meeting taking place in Turin, Italy, today and tomorrow, Sept. 29 and 30. The G7 Labor Ministers will discuss the challenges and opportunities for workers and economies resulting from the impact of new technologies on employment. During the meeting, the ministers will engage with trade union and employer representatives, the International Labor Organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with regard to the future of work.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
In the week ending September 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 272,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 259,000 to 260,000. The 4-week moving average was 277,750, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 268,750. This is the highest level for this average since February 6, 2016 when it was 277,750.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the President’s announcement on tax reform today: “President Donald J. Trump’s tax reform framework is great news for Americans and American job creators. This plan will create a simpler and fairer tax system. American families will keep more of their hard-earned pay, and job creators will have more resources to invest in the American workforce. “This plan promotes job creation in the United States. We are going to see investment retu
Monday, September 25, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with the state of Georgia and local partners, is setting aside funding, making grants to assess workforce needs, and providing additional regulatory flexibilities in response to Hurricane Irma. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has directed the Department to assist the residents and businesses in affected areas, and the Department will continue to work cooperatively with Georgia to assess needs as they develop. Labor Department activities to assist Georgia include: The
Monday, September 25, 2017
CHICAGO, IL – A Chicago manufacturer of rigid metal, plastic, and hybrid containers faces $503,380 in proposed penalties after inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to four separate reports of workers suffering injuries at the facility. As a result of its investigations, OSHA cited BWAY Corporation for five repeated and five serious safety violations of machine safet
Monday, September 25, 2017
SYRACUSE, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and TOMRA NY Recycling LLC have reached a stipulated settlement agreement to improve workplace safety requiring the company to institute enhanced safety measures to prevent employee exposure to blood or other infectious materials. The recycling company has agreed to ensure that its employees at risk of exposure to blood or other infectious materials at each of its New York facilities participate in a training program compliant with OSHA standards. In addition to fu
Friday, September 22, 2017
PORTLAND, OR – A federal judge has entered a consent judgment ordering a Portland drywall company to pay $285,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 82 employees for overtime violations after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation. The judge also ordered Moshen Salem, owner of Westside Drywall Inc., to refrain from retaliating against its employees and to provide training on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to all of its supervisors within six months. The consent judgment ordered the company to pay $142,500 i
Thursday, September 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $1,492,095 to support the recruitment, training, and retention of women in skilled occupations. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant program funds community-based organizations that provide employers and labor unions with one or more of the following types of technical assistance: Pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs; Ongoing orientations for employers, unions and workers on creating a successful environment for women to s
Thursday, September 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – As with Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with the territories and local partners, is setting aside funding, making grants to assess workforce needs, and providing additional regulatory flexibilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has directed the Department to assist the residents and businesses in affected areas, and the Department will continue to work cooperatively with the territories to assess needs as they develop. The Departm
Thursday, September 21, 2017
In the week ending September 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 259,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 from 284,000 to 282,000. The 4-week moving average was 268,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the highest level for this average since June 4, 2016 when it was 269,500. The previous week's average was revised down by 500 from 263,250 to 262,750.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The U.S. Department of Labor today released an update of its annual child labor report – representing the most comprehensive research product to date on the state of child labor in over 130 countries worldwide. The Department simultaneously released a new mobile app, Comply Chain, designed to help businesses root out child labor and forced labor from global supply chains.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
CARMEL, IN – An Indiana construction contractor has paid $103,788 in back wages to 29 employees working on a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development project to renovate the Flagstone Village apartment complex in Hammond. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined CRG Residential, the prime contractor, failed to incorporate the required Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) stipulations into the contracts of its subcontractors – Hubinger Landsc
Friday, September 15, 2017
MISSOULA, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)-Northern Division, and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)-Northern Region have signed a two-year alliance to promote safe practices in Montana and North and South Dakota’s forestry, logging, firefighting, and natural resource industries.
Friday, September 15, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and a large Midwest health care management company have reached an agreement to resolve overtime violations at 23 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Ide Management Group LLC, which operates the facilities as IMG, has agreed to pay 594 workers $165,379 in back wages and damages. The Wage and Hour Division found the Indianapolis-based company failed to include non-discretionary bonuses and shift-differentials paid to employees in ov
Friday, September 15, 2017
DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA). The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.
Friday, September 15, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced employee benefit plan compliance guidance and relief for victims of Hurricane Irma that parallels that which it already provided to victims of Hurricane Harvey regarding verification procedures for plan loans and distributions, participant contributions and loan payments, blackout notices, and group health plan compliance. The Hurricane Harvey relief was announced on Aug. 30, 2017, in EBSA Release Number 17-1216-NAT. The Department unders
Friday, September 15, 2017
NEWBERRY, SC – A federal court has ordered a South Carolina company providing laborers to a turkey processing plant to pay four disabled workers $165,402 in back wages and liquidated damages after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the employer violated the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Work Services Inc. provides employees to work at Kraft Foods Global Inc.’s plant in Newberry. Investigators found that Work Services and its owner Joseph Byrd and supervisor David Perez wi
Friday, September 15, 2017
SCOTT, LA – A Southwest Louisiana company that tests soil and concrete density for construction projects has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An investigation found Louisiana Testing and Inspection Inc. violated FLSA overtime and recordkeeping provisions willfully when the employer falsified payroll records. While the records purportedly reflected payment of time-and-one-half workers’ regular rates of pay for overtime hours they worked, the Wage

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