November 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Agricultural Employment Initiative Recovers $422,152 for Southern and Central California Workers

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently concluded an agricultural employment focused educational and enforcement initiative that recovered $422,152 in back wages for 443 low-wage workers across California and assessed $85,168 in civil penalties primarily against growers in Central California.

October 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Delivers Record $322 Million in Recovered Wages For Workers in Fiscal Year 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recovered a record $322 million in wages owed to workers in Fiscal Year 2019. WHD also set a new record for compliance assistance events in FY 2019, holding more than 3,700 educational outreach events – including on-the-ground presentations and trainings – to help job creators understand their responsibilities under the law.

October 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Federal Contractor Violated Wage Law in Georgia

ALBANY, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), XOtech LLC – a federal contractor based in Tyrone, Georgia – has paid $43,224 in back wages to five employees for violating requirements of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.

October 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Kentucky Lawn Service Company Paying $100,000 in Back Wages, Damages and Penalties

LOUISVILLE, KY After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Michael Osbourn – the owner of Mike Osbourn Lawn Care Inc. – will pay $76,067 in back wages and liquidated damages to 69 employees. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky issued a consent judgment against the Shepherdsville, Kentucky-based employer for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Granite Falls, North Carolina, Restaurant Violated Federal Wage and Child Labor Laws

GRANITE FALLS, NC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Granite Falls Seafood Inc. – operating as Captain’s Galley Seafood Restaurant – will pay $21,974 in back wages and liquidated damages to eight employees for violating minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid a civil penalty of $1,751 for FLSA child labor violations.

October 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $27,959 in Wages for South Carolina Real Estate Developer’s Employees after Finding Overtime Violations

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), TR Sales Plantation – a real estate developer in North Augusta, South Carolina – has paid $27,959 in back wages to eight employees for overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Bay County, Florida, Convenience Stores Violated Federal Wage Laws after Charging Employees for Shortages

BAY COUNTY, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Kajkunj Inc  and Ram Duhn LLC – two convenience stores and gas stations based in Bay County, Florida – will pay $28,724 in back wages and liquidated damages to employees for minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 24, 2019

Tennessee Butcher, Restaurant Pays $88,276 in Wages, Damages and Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage, Child Labor Violations

SUMMERTOWN, TN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Shaffer Farms Custom Meats LLC and Shaffer Farms Texas Bar-B-Q restaurant has paid $69,514 in back wages and liquidated damages to 21 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Home Hardware Supplier in Guam Paying $48,046 to 39 Employees for Overtime Violations

HAGATNA, GU – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), WMJ Inc. – doing business as Guam Home Center in Dededo, Guam – will pay $48,046 to 39 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Missouri Health Care Facility Paying $42,696 in Back Wages

FLORISSANT, MO – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Helia Healthcare – doing business as Pillars of North County – has agreed to pay $42,696 in back wages to 99 current and former nursing staff employed at the long-term care facility in Florissant, Missouri. WHD investigators found violations of the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Rock Hill, South Carolina, Subway Restaurant Franchisee Violated Federal Child Labor Laws

ROCK HILL, SC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Houston Enterprises Inc. – operator of 13 Subway franchises – with headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina, has paid a $5,802 civil penalty for violating federal child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Bayonet Point, Florida, Construction Contractor Paying $33,795 in Back Wages, Damages

BAYONET POINT, FL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning LLC – based in Bayonet Point, Florida – has paid $33,795 in back wages and liquidated damages to 57 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in North Carolina Healthcare Agency Paying $90,640 in Back Wages and Damages to Employees

WILMINGTON, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Care Providers of Wilmington Inc. – a healthcare agency based in Wilmington, North Carolina – has paid $90,640 in back wages and liquidated damages to 21 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Debars South Dakota Construction Company From Participation in H Visa Programs for 5 Years

FLORENCE, SD – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Dagel Steel Construction – based in Florence, South Dakota – agreed to be debarred from participating in the H Visa programs for five years. WHD investigators alleged the company violated the labor provisions of the H-2B Visa Program.

October 17, 2019

Orange County Residential Care Home Operators Pays Workers $1,100,000 For Exploitive Working Conditions Resulting in Federal Violations

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered a consent judgment resulting in two Orange County, California, residential care home operators paying $1,100,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 66 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Vaping Shop Retailer Paying $63,842 in Back Wages, Damages

SPRINGDALE, AR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Jasleen Enterprises LLC–based in Springdale, Arkansas, and doing business as Vapor Maven – has paid $63,842 in back wages and liquidated damages to 103 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 16, 2019

Connecticut Restaurant Pays $39,314 in Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigates

HARTFORD, CT – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Nolita LLC – operating as Nolita Ristorante in East Hartford, Connecticut – and owner Vishal Sharma has paid $19,657 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 14 current and former employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

October 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Moline, Illinois, Restaurant Paying $78,970 in Back Wages to 33 Employees for Wage, Overtime Violations

MOLINE, IL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Osaka Steak House Sushi & Hibachi Inc. – doing business as Osaka Buffet in Moline, Illinois – will pay $78,970 in back wages to 33 current and former employees for violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.

October 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Survey of Highway Construction Projects to Ensure Delaware Employees Covered by Proper Wage Rates

PHILADELPHIA, PA – To help establish prevailing wage rates, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a survey of highway construction projects in Delaware.

The survey includes wages paid on all highway construction projects – active between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019 – throughout the state of Delaware. The survey is not limited to federally funded construction projects. The information provided for this survey will be used to establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

October 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Aeronautical Federal Contractor Paying $951,456 to 1,109 Employees Nationwide

POWAY, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. – a Poway, California-based federal contactor providing aircraft systems and services to the U.S. Army – will pay $951,456 to 1,109 employees nationwide for violating the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).