November 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Judge Ordering New Jersey Farm to Pay $556,745 in Back Wages and Penalties

SWEDESBORO, NJ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge (ALJ) has ordered Sun Valley Orchards, LLC – a farm in Swedesboro, New Jersey – to pay $344,945 in back wages and $211,800 in civil money penalties. Sun Valley Orchards, LLC will pay the back wages to 147 farmworkers, including 96 temporary foreign workers on H-2A visas.

Specifically, the ALJ found that the employer violated the H-2A provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act when they:

November 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Kentucky Veterinary Clinic Paying Employee Back Wages and Damages for Failing to Accommodate Nursing Mother

FLORENCE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Pet Wellness Group PLLC – a veterinary medical clinic based in Florence, Kentucky – has paid $7,794 in back wages and liquidated damages to an employee for violating the nursing mothers’ provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $53,018 for Tampa Nursing Facility Employees after Investigation Reveals Overtime Violations

TAMPA, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Gandy SNF LLC – a nursing facility based in Tampa, Florida – has paid $53,018 in back wages to 105 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Florida Farm Labor Contractor Violated Guest Worker Visa Program Requirements

LAKE PLACID, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Red Harvesting Inc. – a farm labor contractor based in Lake Placid, Florida – has paid $39,527 in wages to 119 employees for violating requirements of the H-2A visa program. The contractor also paid a $1,214 civil penalty, assessed by the Department.

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Houston Restaurants Owner Paying $100,000 in Back Wages To Employees

HOUSTON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the owner of a Houston-based enterprise that operates eight Tostada Regia restaurants in the Houston, Texas, area has paid $100,126 to 438 employees for violating the overtime and minimum wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Wyndham Hotel Franchisee Paying Back Wages, Damages, Penalties for Overtime Violations

LITTLE ROCK, AR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), LRWINS Hospitality LLC– doing business as Wingate by Wyndham and based in Little Rock, Arkansas – paid $12,060 in back wages and liquidated damages to 13 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD also assessed the employer $2,054 in civil money penalties.

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in North Texas Subway Restaurants Paying $39,572 in Back Wages, Damages and Penalties

DALLAS, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Krunal Enterprise Inc. in Plano, Texas; Krunal Subs LLC in Richardson, Texas; and Krunal Foods LP in Plano, Texas – all with common ownership and doing business as Subway franchisees – have paid $18,151 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 10 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 14, 2019

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

NEW ORLEANS, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Imperial Trading Co. LLC – a convenience store distributor of goods and services based in Elmwood, Louisiana – has paid $24,760 to a former employee for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Pipeline Contractor Paying $127,000 in Back Wages, Damages for Failing to Pay Overtime

BORGER, TX After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Team Industrial Services Inc. – operating in Borger, Texas – has paid $127,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 38 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Texas Roofing Company Paying $101,832 in Back Wages

GALVESTON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Morgan Roofing LLC – based in Galveston, Texas – has paid $101,832 in back wages to 28 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements.

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Wyoming Motel Owners Paying Employees $189,466 for Minimum Wage, Overtime Violations

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – After an investigation by the U.S Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Sunil and Parul Patel – owners of a Motel 6 and Super 8 motel in Riverton, Wyoming – will pay $189,466 to three employees for federal wage violations as part of a consent judgment lodged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming. Investigators found the employer violated overtime and minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Injunction Against Illinois Restaurant for Repeated Violations of Federal Wage Laws

EAST PEORIA, IL – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements, a federal judge has issued an injunction against Tequila’s Mexican Bar and Grill – based in Peoria, Illinois – and its owner Hector Munoz and manager Javier Munoz for repeated violations of federal recordkeeping requirements.

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Three Chicago Area Companies Violated Child Labor Regulations After Minors Suffer Serious Injuries

CHICAGO, IL – After investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), it was determined that three Chicago-area companies – Maria V. Contracting, Prate Roofing & Installations LLC, and Red Line Management – violated the Child Labor Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD has also assessed a total of $127,262 in civil money penalties against the companies under the Child Labor Enhanced Penalty Program (CLEPP) because three minors suffered substantial impairment during their unlawful employment.  

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering Commercial Laundry to Pay $266,670 in Back Wages, Damages

LANDSDOWNE, PA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Central Laundry Inc. – based in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania – and its owner George Rengepes and business operator Jimmy Rengepes must pay $133,335 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 32 employees to remedy violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 12, 2019

Two Orlando, Florida, Restaurants to Pay Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Overtime Violations

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Chai BKK Inc. and Chai 99 Inc. – two Orlando, Florida-based restaurants owned by Hong Saeunong – will pay $27,000 in back wages to 17 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds North Carolina Restaurant Violated Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws

FUQUAY-VARINA, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), He’s Group Inc. – operating as King Chinese Buffet in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina – will pay $45,077 in back wages and liquidated damages to eight employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Pennsylvania Restaurant Paying Back Wages, Damages in Settlement Agreement

HATFIELD, PA – In a consent judgment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Via Marconi Pizza Pub Inc. – a bar and restaurant based in Hatfield, Pennsylvania – will pay $362,988 in back wages and liquidated damages to 25 employees for overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD). WHD also assessed a $21,398 civil monetary penalty due to the willful nature of the violations.

November 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Opinion Letters to Enhance Military Service Members’ Ability to Succeed in Civilian Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the issuance of two opinion letters that will assist active duty service members in their transitions to the civilian workforce.

November 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Painting Contractor Paying $107,890 in Wages for Overtime Violations

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Memos Painting & Drywall Inc. – based in Orlando, Florida – will pay $107,890 in back wages to 101 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access To Bonuses for America’s Workers

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow job creators to offer bonuses or other incentive-based pay to employees whose hours vary from week to week.