News Releases

Friday, January 19, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Three Santa Rosa area restaurants have reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to pay 28 employees $147,954 in back wages, and an equal amount in liquidated damages, to resolve federal wage violations. The employer will also pay $15,115 in penalties. Investigators with the Department’s Wage and Hour Division in San Francisco found that El Charro Casita, Inc., and its owner Antonio Gonzalez willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping provisions at its restaurants in San
Friday, January 19, 2018
DETROIT, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor and a Detroit security company have reached an agreement to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including payment of $33,534 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – totaling $67,068– owed to 25 security guards. The Department’s Wage and Hour Division found Eagle Security Services failed to comply with the FLSA’s overtime and recording-keeping provisions. An investigation determined that Eagle Security Services created a separate company, Eagle Secu
Friday, January 19, 2018
MARIETTA, GA – A residential concrete design and installation company will pay $179,314 in back wages to 37 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found Marietta-based TCB Grading Inc. violated the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Wage and Hour Division investigators found that TCB Grading Inc. paid employees straight-time, instead of the required time-and-one-half, for hours they worked beyond 40 in a workweek. The employer also failed to maintain accurate time and payroll records. “The
Friday, January 19, 2018
WEST COVINA, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor and a Fontana pallet manufacturing company have reached an agreement to resolve overtime and recordkeeping violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The agreement requires Forest Green Products Inc. to pay $289,215 in back wages and liquidated damages to 60 employees. Investigators with the Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Forest Green Products Inc. failed to pay required overtime rates when its employees worked more than 40 hours per week. In its investigation, the Divisio
Friday, January 19, 2018
SEATTLE, WA – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement with a Washington tree fruit grower to resolve violations of the H-2A non-immigrant visa program under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The settlement requires Tonasket-based Northwestern LLC to pay $60,000 in back wages to 112 employees, and an additional $18,000 in penalties to the Department. Northwestern Orchards LLC failed to hire a qualified U.S. applicant, in violation of H-2A requirements. The grower also failed to pay prevailing H-2A contractual wages to the workers covered un
Thursday, January 18, 2018
HARTFORD, CT – The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut has entered a consent judgment and ordered a Fairfield restaurant and its owner to pay $244,930 in back wages and liquidated damages to eight employees, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Division investigators found that Vinny’s of Fairfield Inc. – which does business as Vinny’s Ale House – and owner Ernst H. Buggisch failed to pay required overtime to back-of-the-house employees when they worked more than 40 hours per week. In the s
Thursday, January 18, 2018
BUFFALO, NY – On Jan. 20, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will participate in a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Service Corps of Retired Executives’ (SCORE) event to provide information and resources to entrepreneurs and small business owners on starting or growing a small business.  The “Straight Talk 2018” seminar, sponsored by the SBA’s Buffalo District Office and SCORE’s Buffalo Niagara chapter, will be held at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Convention Center Plaza, in Buffalo, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s remarks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on tax reform legislation he signed into law last month: “Passage of tax reform was welcome news for American workers, job seekers, and job creators. More than one million hardworking Americans have already received a bonus or pay raise as a direct result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The President’s tax reform has spurred greater investment in the United States, a growing economy, and a brighter fu
Thursday, January 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of the HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration — an effort that will recognize up to 300 employers for their investments in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s veterans. The program demonstration will raise awareness of the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, which kicks off in 2019. The program utilizes the requirements of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act) signed by President Trump in May 2017 to determi
Thursday, January 18, 2018
In the week ending January 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 220,000, a decrease of 41,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 261,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since February 24, 1973 when it was 218,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 250,750.
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

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