December 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Florida Agricultural Employer In Violation of Guest Worker Visa Program Requirements

OKEECHOBEE, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Coco Sod Farms Inc. – an agricultural employer based in Okeechobee, Florida – has paid a $10,930 civil penalty for violating requirements of the H-2A visa program.

December 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Mississippi-based Agricultural Employer Violated Guest Worker Visa Program Requirements in Florida

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), H-2A Complete II Inc. – an H-2A staffing company providing workers in the Indian River and Highlands County areas of Florida and operating as H-2A Complete – has paid $47,154 in wages to 66 employees for violating requirements of the H-2A visa program.

December 12, 2019

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Final Rule Makes It Easier to Offer Perks to Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that will allow employers to more easily offer perks and benefits to their employees.

December 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Nearly 40 Western Michigan Businesses Violated Wage, Child Labor Laws; Assesses $94,000 in Penalties

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found violations of the wage and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 38 Western Michigan fast food restaurants and manufacturing facilities during an education and enforcement effort to raise awareness and improve compliance with child labor laws in the region.

December 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds a South Carolina Vegetable Farm And Packing Facility Violated Federal Overtime Requirements

PELION, SC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Walter P. Rawl and Sons Inc. – the operator of WP Rawl in Pelion, South Carolina – has paid $101,572 in back wages to 408 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 11, 2019

Winter Haven, Florida, Roofing Contractor Pays $60,098 in Wages And Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

WINTER HAVEN, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) into rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Residential Investment Group – operating as RIG Construction and Roofing – paid $60,098 in back wages and liquidated damages to 43 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds South Carolina Restaurant Violated Federal Wage and Child Labor Laws

SIMPSONVILLE, SC – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Mojitos LLC – a restaurant operating as Mad Cuban Café in Simpsonville, South Carolina – has paid $12,587 in back wages to 12 employees after violating the overtime, tip retention, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid a civil money penalty of $336 for child labor violations.

December 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New Hampshire Hotel and Restaurant Paying $87,771 in Back Wages and Damages to 80 Employees

MANCHESTER, NH – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), The Arlington Resorts LLC and Birch Bar & Bistro LLC – a hotel and restaurant in Bethlehem, New Hampshire – have paid $87,771 in back wages and liquidated damages to 78 employees to resolve minimum wage and overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Air Conditioning Company Paying $57,000 in Back Wages

TAMPA, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Simpson Mechanical Inc. – an air conditioning maintenance and installation company based in Tampa, Florida – has paid $57,018 in back wages to 35 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Guam Bakeries Violated Federal Overtime Law

DEDEDO, GU – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), two Guam bakeries – New Fresh Bread Bakeshop in Dededo and Café Panadero in Yigo – will pay $108,929 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime requirements. WHD has also assessed $7,535 in civil penalties against the employer.

December 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering Blueberry Grower Munger Bros. to Pay $3.5 Million in Back Wages, Penalties

SACRAMENTO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Delano, California-based blueberry grower Munger Bros. LLC and two related companies will pay $2.5 million in back wages to approximately 3,000 workers to resolve violations of the H-2A visa program and the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act (MSPA).

December 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Credit Repair Company Reinstating, Paying Employee for Family and Medical Leave Act Violations

SALT LAKE CITY, UT After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Progrexion Teleservices Inc. – a credit repair company based in Salt Lake City, Utah – has reinstated and paid an employee $10,344 in lost wages and expenses for terminating the employee in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

December 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Plumbing Company Paying $145,297 in Back Wages, Damages for Overtime Violations

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Absolute Plumbing LLC – a residential and commercial plumbing company based in West Palm Beach, Florida – has paid $145,297 in back wages and liquidated damages to 46 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Houston Oil Field Construction Company Paying $141,141 in Back Wages to 21 Employees

CENTER, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), JML Management Inc. – a construction company based in Center, Texas – has paid $141,141 in back wages to 21 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements.

December 5, 2019

Florida-based Elevator Contractor Pays $115,839 in Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Federal Contract Violations

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Global Elevators Sales and Service Inc. – an elevator installation and maintenance contractor based in Hialeah, Florida – has paid $115,839 in back wages to four employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

December 2, 2019

Houston Wing Stop Franchisee Pays $65,316 in Back Wages, Damages And Penalties To Resolve Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor

HOUSTON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Mylanwings Enterprises LLC – operator of a Wing Stop franchise in Houston, Texas – has paid $31,888 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to four employees and $1,540 in civil money penalties for willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime and minimum wage requirements.

November 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Promotes Worker Safety And Pay During the Holiday Season

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) remind employers to protect worker safety and pay during the upcoming holiday season.

November 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in a Phoenix Kitchen and Bath Company Paying $30,000 in Lost Wages, Penalties

PHOENIX, AZ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Diamond Kitchen & Bath Inc. – based in Phoenix, Arizona – will pay $15,000 in civil penalties and an additional $15,000 in lost wages for violating federal law by requesting one of its employees to submit to a polygraph test.

November 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in California Farm Labor Contractor Paying $56,673 in Back Wages and Penalties

SALINAS, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Empire Farm Labor Contractor – based in Salinas, California – has paid $38,260 in back wages to 79 employees for multiple violations found under the H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA). The contractor also paid $18,413 in civil money penalties for the violations found in Imperial County, California, that occurred from December 2018 to May 2019.

November 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Florida ServPro Franchisee Paying $201,508 in Back Wages

BOYNTON BEACH, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Restoration Management 2013 Inc. – operating as ServPro in Boynton Beach, Florida – has paid $201,508 in back wages to 141 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).