News Releases

Monday, February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the release of President Trump’s proposal to invest in American infrastructure: “Modernizing our nation’s infrastructure is essential to continuing strong economic and job growth. President Trump’s bold plan will not only create jobs in construction industries, but will also support job growth across many industries from transportation to technology. The Department of Labor is prepared to help Americans close the skills gap and overcome licensing
Monday, February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today commented on President Donald J. Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for the U.S. Department of Labor. Through targeted investments and common sense reforms, the Department’s budget request supports the President’s continued efforts to create good, safe jobs for the American people. “The President’s budget provides a fiscally responsible framework to advance the Department of Labor’s mission of ensuring all Americans have access to family-sustaining jobs,” said Secretary Acosta.
Friday, February 09, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, AL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Taziki’s Restaurants LLC – which operates 14 restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia – has paid $135,844 to 26 employees to resolve violations of overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators found the restaurant chain – doing business as Taziki’s Mediterranean Café – failed to combine the hours that individual employees worked at multiple locations in the same workweek to determine whether overtime
Friday, February 09, 2018
CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a settlement agreement with U.S. Fiduciary Services and three of its subsidiaries that provides for payment of more than $7 million to 42 retirement plans that suffered losses as a result of investments in fictitious loans made by Florida-based First Farmers Financial LLC (FFF). The agreement and anticipated future payments from a pending Receivership Estate case involving FFF are expected to compensate the retirement plans fully for approxi
Friday, February 09, 2018
HARTFORD, CT – After an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and Office of Inspector General (OIG), Yolanda Silverio, a former eligibility coordinator for a Connecticut company that administers trust funds for public and private sector health benefit plans, has been sentenced by the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to 10 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. The court has also ordered Silverio to pay $35,461.34 in restitution, perform 150 hours of community service,
Friday, February 09, 2018
JENKINTOWN, PA – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has entered a consent judgment ordering Jenkintown-based Metro Kitchen Bar Inc. and its owner to pay $25,902 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 50 employees. Investigators found that Metro Kitchen Bar Inc. – doing business as Drake Tavern – and its owner Zachary Hulayev willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA
Thursday, February 08, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – After an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Palm Shores Retirement Community Inc. will pay $181,663 in back wages to 454 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators found that the company’s St. Petersburg location failed to pay the required overtime premium to employees who were involved in the evacuation and subsequent care of residents during and immediately after Hurricane Irma. The employer failed to pay these workers for all of their
Thursday, February 08, 2018
MANVEL, TX – After an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Redman Communications Inc. will pay $63,132 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 53 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Redman Communications violated the overtime provision of the FLSA when it paid its non-exempt drivers straight time wages for overtime hours worked. The company violated recordkeeping provisions by failing to m
Thursday, February 08, 2018
HOUSTON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, DC Broadway Inc. – operator of Don Carlos Mexican Restaurants – will pay $97,080 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 24 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators found that when employees worked at more than one of the employer’s locations in the same workweek, DC Broadway failed to combine those hours to determine if the employee had worked more than
Thursday, February 08, 2018
NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc., have a reached a settlement agreement to improve efforts to prevent safety and health hazards in their Carthage, New York, facility. The company will pay $175,000 in penalties. OSHA cited the Carthage-based paper milling company for 62 safety and health violations in June 2017. The agreement requires the company to enhance efforts t
Thursday, February 08, 2018
BAY MINETTE, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited MPV Morganton Pressure Vessels North Carolina LLC, for exposing employees to fire, explosion, laceration, and struck-by hazards. The Bay Minette metal tank manufacturer faces proposed penalties of $101,800. An inspection of the company’s facility found 10 serious, and three other-than-serious violations, including exposure to
Thursday, February 08, 2018
In the week ending February 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 221,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 230,000. The 4-week moving average was 224,500, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 234,500. This is the lowest level for this average since March 10, 1973 when it was 222,000.
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
DALTON, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited First Source Worldwide LLC for several workplace safety hazards that put employees at risk of injury. The company faces proposed penalties of $256,088. Following an inspection of the company’s Dalton facility, OSHA issued willful citations for failing to install a fall protection system, and develop and implement a
Monday, February 05, 2018
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Southern Illinois Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP) have signed an alliance to provide members of the St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council (CRC) with training and resources to prevent common construction injuries. The two-year alliance will focus on preventing exposures to electrical, fall, struck-by, caught-in-between, fire, explos
Monday, February 05, 2018
ROCKY FORD, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Pioneer Health Care Center of Rocky Ford for failing to protect employees from violence in the workplace. The nursing home faces proposed penalties of $9,054. OSHA opened an investigation at Pioneer Health Care Center in response to two complaints related to workplace violence received in August 2017. OSHA subsequently identified five documented incidents of workplace violence in 2017 that resulted in employee injuries, along with several unreported i
Friday, February 02, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, Laura and Carole Nobis – owners of Nobis Care Homes – have paid $194,275 in back wages to 13 caregivers and cooks to resolve Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.   Investigators with the Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Laura and Carole Nobis failed to pay employees for hours they worked beyond 40 in a work week. The Department’s investigation found that the employees regularly worked an average of 60 hours per week, but payroll records showed workers were p
Friday, February 02, 2018
PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) participated in a multi-agency investigation related to pension fund theft that has resulted in a criminal conviction. John M. Hairabet, Jr., a former business associate and office manager of New England Anesthesiologists Inc. and president of Anesthesia Management Consultants LLC – both based in Warwick, Rhode Island – has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for embezzling $120,313 in employee elective deferrals that were to be deposited into an employee 401(k
Friday, February 02, 2018
OMAHA, NE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two Omaha-based roofing contractors for exposing employees to fall hazards at a residential site.  Aspen Contractors faces $129,336 in proposed penalties, and Torres Roofing faces proposed penalties totaling $15,447. OSHA inspectors found that Aspen Contracting failed to provide its employees with fall protection, and failed
Friday, February 02, 2018
LANSDOWNE, PA – Following a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation, a U.S. District Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Lansdowne-based Central Laundry Inc. from transporting, shipping, or delivering goods across state lines that were produced by employees not paid legally required federal minimum wage and overtime rates. A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for today.  Central Laundry Inc. does business as Olympic Linen and Liberty Laundry. Division investigators determined that fro
Friday, February 02, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the January 2018 Employment Situation report: “Our strong economy continues to grow, as 200,000 new jobs were added in January 2018.  Since Election Day 2016, American job creators have added 2,553,000 new jobs.  The unemployment rate remains at a 17-year low of 4.1%.  Job growth in construction was strong in January, with 36,000 new jobs created.  “January saw the third consecutive monthly rise in the wage growth rate, with a 2.9%

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