February 3, 2020

Electric Contractor Pays $89,370 in Back Wages, Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Pay Violations

LEVELLAND, TX After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Ricky L. Bryant Ltd. – doing business as Bryant Electric in Levelland, Texas – has paid $44,685 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 43 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in National Educational Enterprise Paying $411,478 to 485 Employees

PHOENIX, AZ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Dream Center Education Holdings – a national educational enterprise based in Chandler, Arizona – has paid $411,478 in back wages to 485 employees after missed payroll resulted in minimum wage and overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor, Doña Ana Community College to Provide Seminar For Agricultural Industry Employers, Contractors and Others in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, NM - The U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with various federal and state agencies, and other stakeholders – including the Small Business Development Center at the Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico – will host an educational outreach forum on February 11, 2020, for employers and others interested in information and guidance on regulations pertaining to agricultural employment.

January 28, 2020

Local Government in Michigan Pays $54,945 in Back Wages to 48 Police and Firefighters after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

BELLEVILLE, MI After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Charter Township of Van Buren has paid $54,945 in back wages to 48 current and former employees for violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Towing Company Paying $58,551 in Overtime Back Wages to 66 Employees

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Elite Road Service LLC – based in Clinton Township, Michigan – has paid $58,551 in back wages to 66 current and former employees to resolve violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 27, 2020

Iowa Construction Company Pays $126,420 in Overtime Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Violations

SOLON, IA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), E & J Electric Inc. – based in Solon, Iowa, and operates as both E & J Electric Inc. & E & J Geothermal Inc. – has paid $126,420 in back wages to 25 current and former employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Wages for Employee Terminated in Violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Care Center on Hazeltine LLC – a healthcare center in Van Nuys, California – has paid $13,640 in lost wages and liquidated damages to a former employee after the employer violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

January 27, 2020

Tucson Restaurant to Pay Employees $114,964 in Back Wages, Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Violations

PHOENIX, AZ After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler – a restaurant based in Tucson, Arizona – will pay $114,964 in back wages and damages to 55 employees and $20,372 in civil penalties for violating minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 21, 2020

South Carolina Tobacco, Vape Retailer to Pay $46,748 in Back Wages, Damages after U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Overtime Violations

COLUMBIA, SC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Dab City Tobacco and Vape LLC, headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, will pay $46,748 in back wages and liquidated damages to 31 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The department also assessed the employer a $21,235 civil money penalty for the willful nature of the violations.

January 21, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation and Litigation Results in Consent Judgment Requiring New York Restaurants to Pay Back Wages and Liquidated Damages to 79 Current and Former Employees

WESTBURY, NY – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has entered a consent judgment requiring three Long Island, New York-area restaurants and their owners to pay a total of $365,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 79 current and former employees. The court action follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and litigation by the department’s Office of the Solicitor. The defendants must also pay $15,000 in penalties.

January 17, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Federal Child Labor Law Violations at Restaurant Locations in 9 States

LOUISVILLE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Manna Inc. – a Louisville, Kentucky-based franchisee of 99 Wendy’s and Fazoli’s restaurants in nine states – will pay a civil money penalty of $157,114 for violating child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 17, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Mississippi Wine And Liquor Store Paying $22,782 in Back Wages and Damages

JACKSON, MS – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Warehouse Liquors & Wines Inc. – operating as Wines & Spirits in the Quarter in Jackson, Mississippi – has paid $22,782 in back wages and liquidated damages to six employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Seattle Seafood Restaurant Paying Employees $99,625 in Back Wages

SEATTLE, WA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Joy Fish Restaurant – a seafood restaurant in Seattle, Washington – will pay $99,625 to 28 employees to resolve  violations of provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Detroit Area Car Wash Operator Paying $83,741 in Back Wages and Damages

DETROIT, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Super Car Wash Systems & Holdings LLC – based in Royal Oak, Michigan – has paid $83,741 in back wages and damages to 60 current and former employees at nine Detroit metro-area car wash locations. WHD investigators found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Little Rock Water Park Paying Penalty to Settle Child Labor Violations

LITTLE ROCK, AR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Aquapark LLC – doing business as Wild River Country in Little Rock, Arkansas – has paid $5,559 in civil money penalties to resolve child labor work hours violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Texas Trucking Company Paying $173,426 in Back Wages

AUSTIN, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Rami Transportation Inc. – based in San Marcos, Texas – has paid $173,426 in back wages to 66 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Popular Seattle Restaurant Paying $419,459 in Back Wages, Damages

SEATTLE, WA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Tacos Chukis – a restaurant with four locations in Seattle, Washington – has paid $419,459 to 92 employees to resolve violations of overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule To Update FLSA’s Joint Employer Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to update the regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). They have not been meaningfully updated in over 60 years.

January 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Three New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced three new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter.

The opinion letters issued today are:

January 7, 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, Plumbing Services and Construction Contractor to Pay $195,798 for Overtime Violations Found By U.S. Department of Labor

HONOLULU, HI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Phoenix Renovation Corp. – a plumbing service company based in Honolulu, Hawaii – and its construction subsidiary will collectively pay $134,623 to 93 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Additionally, WHD assessed the companies a total of $61,163 in civil penalties because of the willful nature of the violations.