News Releases

Friday, November 17, 2017
GIBSONTON, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Tampa Electric Co. and Critical Intervention Services, a security services provider, for $43,458 in total proposed penalties, following a release of anhydrous ammonia – a chemical refrigerant – at its Gibsonton facility. On May 23, 2017, OSHA responded to the incident and determined that the ammonia release occurred when a relief valve activated after a pipeline became over pressurized.
Friday, November 17, 2017
CAMBRIA, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $1,837,861 in fines against Didion Milling Inc. following a May 31, 2017, explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old employee who suffered a double leg amputation after being crushed by a railcar.  OSHA found that the explosion likely resulted from Didion’s failures to correct the leakage and accumulation of highly combustible grain dust throughout the facility and to properly maintain equipment to control
Thursday, November 16, 2017
NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached agreements to resolve three lawsuits with First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS). The lawsuits alleged that FBTS violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) when it approved stock purchases by three Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). As part of the agreements, FBTS will pay $15.75 million to the plans and reform its procedures for handling ESOP transactions. The Department filed suit against FBTS in 2012 in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Distri
Thursday, November 16, 2017
In the week ending November 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 249,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 239,000. The 4-week moving average was 237,750, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 231,250.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today toured the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union 100’s Apprenticeship Training Center in Suitland, Maryland. The facility is with SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART). Earlier this week, SMART’s General President Joseph Sellers, Jr., participated in a meeting of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion at the Department of Labor. The Task Force – which includes business, labor, educational institutions, trade groups, wor
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
CHATTANOOGA, TN – MetalTek International Inc. – a foundry and machinist shop in Chattanooga – has agreed to pay a total of $335,680 in back pay and liquidated damages to 68 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not allowing its workers to put on and remove protective equipment while on the clock. Investigators found that the company did not pay the workers for the time spent taking safety precautions before and after work amid high levels of lead and o
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – A recent U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation of Alabama-based government contractor InfoPro Corp., found an unintentional software glitch caused employee health and welfare benefits to be underpaid from July 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. Division investigators determined that InfoPro owed $126,329 in health and welfare benefits to 84 employees covered by the Service Contract Act (SCA). InfoPro recognized the error, and immediately agreed to pay the benefits to the affected workers.  To avoid future violations
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
MEMPHIS, TN – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee issued a judgment and permanent injunction against Mulrooney Enterprises to pay $140,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for violating the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found Gregory Edward Mulrooney – doing business as Mulrooney Enterprises, a Memphis construction company – misclassified employees as independent contractors. As a result, Mulrooney failed to pay overtim
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
ROANOKE, VA – As a result of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia entered a consent judgment ordering six Roanoke area restaurants and their owners to pay $1.5 million in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages, to 149 employees. The consent judgment rectifies federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.  The Division’s investigation found from Jan. 29, 2012, to Jan. 25, 2015, the defendants willfully violated
Monday, November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding the first meeting of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion: “Today, business, labor, educational institutions, trade groups, workforce advocates, and public officials discussed best practices regarding how to expand apprenticeships across industries. The practical expertise that the Task Force members shared will benefit the Administration’s strategy to grow high-quality apprenticeships. “We’ve seen strong interest in
Monday, November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor will hold informational meetings in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for former and current nuclear weapons workers and their survivors on the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). The EEOICPA provides compensation and medical benefits to eligible employees and former employees for occupational illnesses related to work exposures while employed at covered facilities. Eligible survivors may also be entitled to compensation. A searchable list of th
Monday, November 13, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded $10,537,000 in grant funding to reduce mining accidents, injuries, and illnesses by supporting safety and health courses, and other programs. The awards were made to 47 states, the Navajo Nation, Guam, and Native Village of Barrow. Grantees will use the funds to provide miners with federally mandated training. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in s
Monday, November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today welcomed the start of National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide opportunity for companies, trade and industry groups, nonprofit organizations, unions, labor-management organizations, and educational institutions to highlight how apprenticeship programs can address the nation’s skills gap. President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed November 13 – 19 as National Apprenti
Friday, November 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day: “On Veterans Day, we continue a solemn national commitment to always remember the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans. Veterans are patriotic and selfless, reflecting the very best of our nation. “Veterans have many of the skills job creators need. Through their military service, veterans have leadership qualities, technical expertise, and proven problem-solving capabilities. Every veteran who wants a job deserves a job. As the
Thursday, November 09, 2017
BOSTON, MA – A Chestnut Hill restaurant and its owner will pay $141,132 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 15 employees in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. Café Misono Inc. and owner Kenneth Lee have also amended their pay practices to comply with federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements. They will also pay a $7,000 civil money penalty to the Department. The Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the company and its owner failed to comply with the FLSA’s minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping req
Thursday, November 09, 2017
BOSTON, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Lynnway Auto Auction Inc. for electrical, struck-by, and other hazards at its auto auction facility in Billerica. On May 3, 2017, OSHA inspected the facility after five people were struck by a sport utility vehicle and died as a result of their injuries. The agency issued 16 citations to the company for motor vehicle hazards, blocked exit routes, violations of the hazard communication standard, and recordkeeping deficiencies. Lynnwa
Thursday, November 09, 2017
NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again cited Trade Fair Supermarkets for exposing employees to safety and health hazards at three of its locations in Queens, New York. The company faces $505,929 in proposed penalties. OSHA’s Queens District Office inspected supermarkets in Astoria and Jackson Heights. Inspectors found blocked exit routes, saw blades without safety guards, and found a lack of eyewash stations needed in the event of exposure to corrosive substances. The company als
Thursday, November 09, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its Final Rule for the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act. The law, signed by President Trump in May, creates the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, which will recognize companies and organizations for their efforts to recruit and retain America’s military service veterans. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program will launch as a demonstration in 2018 with about 300 participating employers. It will be fully implemented in 2019. “Through their militar
Thursday, November 09, 2017
In the week ending November 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 239,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 229,000. The 4-week moving average was 231,250, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 232,500. This is the lowest level for this average since March 31, 1973 when it was 227,750.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Billings general contractor and a Rock Springs, Wyoming, subcontractor for exposing workers to numerous safety hazards, causing an employee to suffer severe burns. The companies face $249,516 in proposed penalties. On May 5, 2017, a Coleman Construction Inc. employee suffered third-degree burns when compressed oxygen inside an underground duct caused a fire. The subcontrac

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